The best part of course is the birding, and this was the best overall birding spot in the area when we stayed here the second week of April. It was also great fun for us to meet other birders and naturalists and to share their enthusiasms. The setting is beautiful, and the food was very good to great. Here's the thing though--the lodging is really, really basic. Each cabin consists of around half a dozen beds and that's about it. It was cold at night while we were there, and while each cabin does have a heater and lots of heavy blankets, they're not insulated, and I had to huddle right up next to the heater to feel close to comfortable. I know it's usually hot there when most people would go, but if the temp drops at all, it gets cold quickly. A warm, reasonably comfortable common area, to talk with our new acquaintances, would have been very welcome, and there's just no place to go. The dining hall is for dining only and shuts down when the last diner leaves (meals are at set time only), and the cabins are just not very inviting, so there's little opportunity for conviviality when the weather doesn't allow you to stay outside. Birders, hikers and bikers are a tough lot (and I know this place is designed for researchers, not tourists), so this probably won't seem important to most, but I would say that if comfort matters to you, it's at least better to go when the weather is warm.