Two couples went on two day golf package after Labor day. A storm had went through and power issues were being dealt with competently by staff. Single room lodge reservations were upgraded to cottage across the street. Cottages have 4 double beds, kitchen, living room with tv and porch. Our friends took the upstairs bedroom and we were on the main floor, next to noisy hot water heater (disruptive sleeping). I can see where this set-up would work well for 4 guy outing. There's a Weber gas grill..perfect for grilling steaks. The kitchen table great for cards and cable tv with sports. Our guys loved watching the Tigers while us girls watched stars on porch, sipped wine and talked.
Driving in, the grounds are impressive! The wooden bridge above the road, the split rail fence..then the imposing log structure. All with beautiful landscaping and flowers. It certainly is a surprise to see a project of this magnitude in the middle of nowhere. One must admire the entrepreneur who had this vision and courage to invest their dollars. It gives one hope for Michigan's sagging economy...and is definitely a boon to Lewiston area.
We found the resort's restaraunts too expensive, though observing patron's plates...looked very appetizing. Over 13 dollars for breakfast buffet..and we always eat light before golfing. The professional staff said they could price each item we may choose separately. But you know how that can go..potential hassle. So we went into Lewiston and enjoyed light bites. And talking about Lewiston restaraunts..do not miss the Redwood Steak House! It opens at 4:30 for dinner. Early bird special starts then. New York strip steak $9.99, Parmesan or grilled whitefish $7.99. Add the salad bar, which includes fresh gulf shrimp and creamed herring ($3.99 extra). The place immaculate, phenomenal service. It reminded me of the old fashioned, totally delightful supper clubs of yesteryear.
The guys totally loved the well tended 4 golf courses. Rangers keep all on track. We golfed Reflections and Fountains. Both beautiful. Loved the eagle's nest that can be viewed on hole 11
on Reflections. Us girls, well we "play at golfing". These courses are equivalent to the "black diamonds" of our downhill skiing days..we really don't belong there. So we picked up our balls, used drop areas and oohed and ahhed when guys made dramatic shots. Loved the scenery, being outside and comradarie of our group.
It is a resort that is all about golf. Though hot, temperature in the 80's, outdoor pool padlocked and all furniture stacked (apparently put away for season). Indoor narrow swim lap pool in basement and not meant to lounge around. So, would agree with others..if you are not a golfer, not the place for you. No great shopping or surrounding tourist destinations for the non golfer. Better to choose the other side of the state, where these options abound.
The staff were friendly, courteous, helpful and genuinely concerned about guest's comfort. They are renovating lodge rooms..so ask for a "renovated" room, if you stay at the lodge. The new rooms have more rustic, neat furniture and fridge.
We toured it all, because really do not think as a female golfer (at my level) that I will be back. Had a wonderful time, enjoyed walking, socializing and amazing scenery. If you are not a die hard golfer or wealthy, it is a one time shot. It is expensive..but hey, it takes money to keep it all up! Seems like a great convention place or shared guy's getaway. And I am appreciative of the chance to experience Garland.
- Also Known As:
- Garland Lodge And Resort
- Garland Hotel
- Garland Hotel Lewiston
- Garland Resort Lewiston