First, this is a highly seasonal resort. During the winter, the sidewalks are poorly maintained and become icy death-traps. I almost killed myself on an ice covered ramp at night. Further, activities like horsebacking and hiking become far less pleasurable in the dead of winter and (like many worldmark resorts) the local towns have next to no tourism value. The nearest movie theater is 40 minutes away, there are only 2 or 3 restaurants nearby...etc.
Secondly, but not entirely unrelated to my first point: shopping and local patronage, hiking, fishing, etc. Will only entertain you for so long. You will need some age appropriate entertainment for your guests.
Worldmark resorts don't compare to other hotels as a general rule. All (Most) of them have full kitchens, 3 and 4 bedroom units aren't un-common. If I were to book a best western or doubletree therefore, and receive the room I did, it would be a five. As an owner though, I have to compare this property against the others and I was a little unhappy with the room I received.
The knives were dull, there were really bad hard-water build-up in the sinks and showers, poor water-pressure besides, the furniture was oddly laid out, as were the rooms, there was no tub in the master suite. Some of these things (like dull knives and hard-water, not to mention a poorly maintained public space in the winter) speak to bad management.
On the other hand, the unit did have 2 balconies including a private one in the master. The decorations were nice, the hand-carved dining room set was a nice touch and the boardwalk area was generally delightful, although it suffers from abandoned storefronts and over-priced specialty shops that seem out of place, like a soap boutique and a Christmas store that also sells 50 dollar handbags for 150.
In my opinion you should plan no more than 7 days here, even during the spring and probably no more than 4-5 here during the off season.
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