I had the good fortune to find the Forest Motel and Resort on the internet and booked it based on the descriptions online. I was there with 24 high school seniors and 4 other chaperones for 3 nights in October. The motel is perfectly located off the main strip (Ontario Street) and on a quiet country road. The grounds surround a beautiful lake and includes hiking trails.
My booking experience with the husband and wife team (Conroy and Kim) was extremely easy. Every time the number of participants changed, they were flexible and changed things around to accommodate our group. They were very responsive on email and made me feel very comfortable about booking a place abroad for 30 people.
When we arrived close to sunset, we were blown away by the magical setting on the lake and how friendly Conroy and Kim were. The rooms assigned to us were all very luxurious for motel standards (I would say this is a 3-star place based on indoor amenities, but 5-star based on the outdoor amenities). They were immaculate, had real pinewood furniture made by Conroy that struck a good balance between sleek and rustic, and had great views of the surrounding woods.
Every step of the way, the owners went out of their way to help our students feel welcome in Stratford. Brown-bag breakfasts were placed in the room refrigerators for each student with yogurt, fruit, juice and snacks for the rest of the day. Conroy helped us build campfires and provided us with all the tools needed to BBQ and make smores.
Outside, we had access to kayaks, canoes, a peddle boat, fishing gear (even waders!), sports equipment, nets for catching bait fish and frogs, and more. Everything a group of students needs to busy itself when not at the theater is within easy reach.
I do not hesitate to recommend this place. When we left, many of my students wanted to be left behind. They had a great time riding tandem bikes and taking night hikes to look at stars. We don't get to do these things in Chicago.
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