Lakeshore Resort is a wonderful rustic place to stay. It is so close to explore the wonders of the wilderness areas; we drove to Mono Hot Springs seeing many wilderness areas and also parts of the beautiful Sierra Mountains we had never seen before.
If you enjoy nature, there are so many activities to do in the area. The resort has boating facilities. In the summer, one can hike, off road vehicle explore, fish, swim, and other summer activities. In the winter, there is nearby skiing, snow mobile, and snow play.
In terms of "rustic", yes, the cabins were first built about 90 years ago. They were used by locals when the area was being built. The resort keeps them well maintained. We had a wonderful "rustic" one bedroom place. There were plenty of pots and pans, dishes, wine glasses, etc. to enjoy the week-end. We cooked two wonderful breakfasts, one we enjoyed inside at the nice dining room table, and one we enjoyed outside at our large wooden picnic table. We enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels play as we enjoyed our meals. We also enjoyed cooking one dinner there - having caught trout at Huntington Lake. One meal we ate at the wonderful restaurant of the resort. The restaurant is well decorated; has an excellent menu; and some of the best service I've seen in California. Attentive, friendly, and welcoming. We enjoyed a wonderful steak dinner and wine/beer. Afterwards we we went next door to the lively bar area - large screen TVs, full bar menu, and a fun and lively Friday night scene. It was nice. They did mention that in July with the summer vacations and sailboat regalias it is even more fun with the dances on the week-end at the lodge.
In regards to the rooms, the bed was comfortable. The decor was rustic. Remembering that the places were built 90 years ago, the bathrooms are on the small size; but the showers were warm and welcoming. Nice fluffy towels - one can either go "green" - reuse them; or take them to the office and get new clean towels each day. The great thing about the room is that they are cabins. The area outside each cabin is large. As mentioned, we had large picnic table. We had several chairs to sit on outside; we also had a fire ring (although due to time, we did not enjoy this time - but yes, we look forward to it. Others who were at other cabins enjoyed theirs.).
The place has boat rentals; a well stocked camper store, and their employees who we met were all nice and welcoming.
Again, this place is rustic - its not your 5 star luxury condos; its a great place to enjoy the great outdoors and come back to a nice evening. There are no TVs in the room, but you can go to the bar if you do want to watch the TV. We enjoyed our evenings putting together a puzzle, drinking wine, and enjoying the evening. Yes, you do need to wash your dishes - there is not an automatic dishwasher.
We will be back. We got a wonderful sense of this area on our vacation - and there are so many beautiful and wonderful places to enjoy in this area. If you go with the right mood of enjoying the great outdoors, having a place to enjoy both inside and out, and having a wonderful restaurant and bar on site, you will enjoy this lodge. If you go wanting luxury 5 star living with TVS, stereos, CDs, computers...and hate the outdoors, you may read mixed opinions on this place. For indeed, it is a place to savor yesterday; savor the outdoors; and have a wonderful time.
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