We went with our 2 small children for 4 nights to enjoy the great outdoors without the hassles of typical tent camping. Overall we had a great time because we made the best of it, and the greater Huntington Lake area is beautiful.
That being said, Lakeshore Resort could be a quaint, rustic, beautiful place if some effort was put in to maintaining the grounds and making the property presentable. Our cabin was decent - it met our needs. We were not looking for anything fancy although I've been told our cabin was one of the nicer ones (D8). Some cabins had picnic tables but ours unfortunately did not. The linens are worn but the beds were comfortable, the water was hot and the stove/oven worked well. But, the shower is dingy and the worst part was that the carpet was extremely stained and so it made the cabin seem very dirty.
It was hard to keep the dirt out of the cabin because there is no pine straw or wood chips outside to help keep the dusty dirt down - The dusty dry dirt is tracked in each time you enter the cabin. Fortunately there was a broom and dustpan which helps somewhat.
We understand there was a tremendous amount of snow this winter, but Lakeshore could do better in trying to keep their repairs to buildings a little neater and less disruptive to guests' experience. The place is like a giant construction zone, and everything looks very dilapidated and run down. My kids asked if the General Store was a haunted house when we pulled up because the stairs on the side are literally falling off. The worst part is that there are construction vehicles parked everywhere, just sitting around, which are total eyesores for guests. Bulldozers, Haulers, etc. just sitting in the lots between the cabins and the RV park, and by the main buildings, which takes away from the "nature" experience. The staff zooms all around the property at top speed in their little trucks hauling debris, and by the way, there are piles of debris everywhere. Lots of trees cut down, laying around, lots of stumps. It is a real shame that they don't take more pride in keeping the grounds looking nice in such a beautiful forest.
Even from the front of the property closest to the lake, where you might catch a glimpse of the lake, there are industrial vehicles in your line of sight and tarps covering more junk.
In regards to the staff, a young man named Aman in the front office is very polite and friendly. Other than that, we never encountered anyone that was a real "Grown Up." Just 20-somethings who did not care to be polite or friendly, nor who could answer our questions about things to do in the area. When I asked about fishing I was told I had to figure it out myself! Again, they could do better. They could provide guests with a 1-pager map of the key things to see/do in the area and this would be a nice touch (we picked one up at the Mono Hot Springs resort.)
If I owned this place, I would put more effort into making the grounds presentable. I would remove carpet from the cabins and lay pine straw outside the front doors but away from the fire pits. I would give each cabin a picnic table. I would confine all hauling and construction vehicles to an area out of guests' sight, or put up a wall to hide it all. I would keep piles of debris limited to this area as well. I would also invest in staffers who are knowledgeable and friendly to guests, and provide an orientation sheet for those new to the area.
I had read the reviews and sadly did not have high expectations. But, we will not return. It's a shame because there are wonderful things to do nearby. We enjoyed a boat ride on the Lake at Huntington Lake Resort (which is beautiful), a day trip to Mono Hot Springs (which is amazing!) a hike to Rancheria Falls, and a hike to the Indian Pools behind China Peak.
I hope for their sake, Lakeshore can turn it around.
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