My fiance and I stayed here in mid October with a deal we had gotten on groupon. The deal was for a two night stay, a tour of the winery, and a cheese plate. Breakfast is also included in their rates. The first night we stayed in Estate Room #2. I was very impressed with the room upon check in, there is an alarm clock which you can put an ipod into to play music, the bed was comfy and the shower was huge. The room was very clean. A suggestion would be to add additional towel bars to the room since there is only one. Everything was great until it was time to go to bed, this room is very close to the road, you are far out in the country, but it is a decently traveled road so we did hear road traffic at night which kept me up. Also the heating unit can get quite noisy kicking on and off. Due to the noise, we requested to stay in a different room on our second night. They moved us to Estate Room 6, the view is better, but the layout of the room seems a little smaller. The shower is still a decent size, but it was only maybe a third the size of the other shower. This room was much quieter and we did not hear road traffic. The ceiling fan could use a little tightening, it was kind of noisy. Also, the flap off the freezer in the mini fridge is broken, due to this, the food we had on the top shelf in the fridge froze. This room is by the ice cooler and pop machine, which wasn't used much so it was not a problem for us. We could hear through the Estate room walls somewhat (we could hear people walking across the floor and moving furniture).
The cheese plate they gave us was really good, but they could serve food on better dinnerware. All meals we had were served with plastic ware and black Styrofoam plates. So yes, the plastic knife snapped while cutting the cheese. Breakfast was good, just the basics, cereal, oatmeal, bagels, bananas, yogurt, waffles, and quiche with drink choices of coffee, tea, and Orange juice. We only ate at the winery one day for lunch, we had soup and grilled cheese. It was just ok. The menu mainly consists of sandwiches and pizza. The other days we had just brought coolers with us and ate in our room. The rooms have mini fridges in them.
In the pictures of the groupon deal we bought there was a picture of Tazo tea, coffee mugs, and a coffee press. However, this is not what is in the rooms. Tazo tea is not provided in the rooms nor is it provided at breakfast. The rooms had a coffee pot and wine glasses. However, when we first arrived we only had one wine glass in the room but were able to get an additional glass from the winery to take back to our room.
We also did wine tastings while we were there. Although they have a decent assortment, It seemed like they were constantly running out of certain wines. Before our trip, we saw online that they had fruit wines, but when we got there they were all out of them. They ran out of a few other wines right as we had arrived. I wasn't a fan of any of the wines I had sampled because I usually drink fruit wines. They do sell a few types of beers as well.
Entertainment wise, there isn't alot of it here. We stayed on a week day so there wasn't really anything going on, sometimes they have concerts on the weekends though. You can go to the shooting range which is also on site. We spent our time going back and forth from the winery, walking through the vineyard and tasting the grapes, the winery tour, and spent time relaxing. It was good for what we were looking for in a trip.
The staff was all friendly and helpful. If we had a problem, they took care of it.
- Also Known As:
- Elk Creek Hotel Owenton