If you've taken the time to read down through the reviews over the last couple of months you know that this place is beautiful. My wife and spent 5 nights at the lodge and will diffidently be back. If you are looking for a nice place to go where you can be pampered by the staff then I'd suggest this place. Everyone was very pleasant. The valets were there every time to help you in and out of the car and with anything else you needed. Here are a few key take-aways that I thought would be helpful to me to ready if I was planning a visit.
1. Book early, this place fills up quickly and for a good reason. Its not the cheapest place to stay but its the nicest place in the whole area.
2. The rooms are great. We stayed in the main lodge for 3 nights on the 3rd floor. The room was very spacious and very clean. Even though we didn't pay for the lake view rooms we still had a partial view of the lake from the balcony.
3. We had to move to the Viking building for the last two nights of the stay. At first I was a little bummed about it but let me tell you, the rooms were just as nice. Maybe a little smaller but the place was quite and peaceful. The Viking building is across the street from the main lodge so you won't be able to see the lake but if you request a room at the end of the building facing the nature preserve you won't be disappointed. Just a little secret that I am not too many people knew about it is that in the Viking building at the end of the building there is a hot tub and a fire pit that I never saw anyone use. I just don't think many people knew it was there as they never walked out that end of the building. The hotel does not have anyone staffed over there in the lobby so I guess folks just never went and looked. Its a great find. When we go back, we will probably stay in the Viking building the whole time....its a little cheaper and in my opinion just as nice, esp. if you are just using the hotel mostly for sleeping while you are out all day long visiting other attractions.
4. We also went the second week in September and found that it was right at the end of the busy season so the town and surrounding area was not as busy. If you don't like crowds then I'd say that this time of the year would be a great time to visit.
5. We stayed away from eating at the lodge because of the poor reviews that I had been reading all summer so I really can't comment on their service in the bar or restaurant.
6. Area attractions If you have the time I would highly recommend the zip-line and tree top tours up on the ski resort. Each of those will take about 2.5 hrs but they were great experienes that my wife and I will never forget. If you haven't zip-lined before this will be worth the money you spend. I had't done it before but others in our tour had and said this was so much better then any others they have been on. I highly recommend that you spend the $40 and rent a helmet camera if you don't have one. If you do....make sure you angle it so that you are not seeing the handle bar the whole time.....we had a lot of those shots.
7. Food - we ate at several places but really liked LouLa's Cafe. Super great breakfast! We loved it so much that we ate there twice, go have a breakfast or even a dinner (only certain nights) and you won't bee disappointed. My wife had fish taco's one night and said they were the best she's had ever. Highly recommend it.