My Fiance has been very busy with work and part time school so I wanted to have a getaway for the both of us to really spend some time together. Now he loves to hike, play sports, adventure..stuff like that, so I thought this place would be fun for both of us, and we'd get to embrace the winter weather.
Its pretty pricey but everything is included. I think it cost about $700 for two nights for the both of us with tax. I don't think i'd do it again unless I brought children. This place is perfect for families.
The room: The room is fine. Its not gorgeous, but its definitely clean. Its a ranch. It has that ranch type feeling. Its a little run down, but I'm not a picky person. People who are picky will not like it.
The food: The food is really good, especially what is served in the dining hall (breakfast and dinner) The water does taste weird. I brought water bottles before hand because I read that on here and they're right. The Iced Tea is gross, but the fruit punch is really good if you like sugar. During cocktail hour they have free alcoholic drinks and soda, grab an extra of these and use it as your drink for dinner. It'll save you the money or the fear of drinking the yucky water.
The events: every day there is a new schedule, i was only there 2 days but it seems the schedule does repeat a lot. There are contests every hour that you can win pinegrove money. We played an egg toss contest and got real close. Then my fiance played the rock wall climbing contest and won that so we got $5. The evening events were kind of lame unless you have children. They had a magician one night, and a mind reader the other night. We ended up leaving early and watching tv in bed, which was much more enjoyable then watching the entertainment. The best part of the entertainment was watching the kids watch the entertainment. I think if I had kids i may enjoy it more? I don't know.
The upkeep/ Activities: the upkeep of the place was pretty shabby. It seems that this place is much more hopping in the summer, but I can't compare. The indoor minigolf sucked a lot, as did the laser tag (half the room was closed because of a flood in their basement) The pool didn't smell to me (i read others complain of that) My favorite thing was the shuffleboard and bacci ball. The archery was fun except that the bullseye things were so worn down that none of the arrows would stay in. Seriously it was hard to see the bullseye. The ice rink was closed because it was too warm, so was the skiing. I saw the skiing area and although i have never skied in my life, i would imagine if i did that i'd be laughing at this pathetic course. The snow tubing was fine but we got tired walking up the hill every time so we only did it a few times. The kids running all these activities looked like they hated life.
Horseback Riding: I was so excited for this. I love horseback riding and i hadn't gone for a long time. However I used to ride a lot at the advanced level so I was very disappointed with what I saw. You have to sign up for all your rides the first day you're there. You need to sign up for which trail you want to go on (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) Too bad everyone ends up in the same trail anyway. You have to alternate between an afternoon and morning ride so everyone has a chance. You can also ride on standby. You have to wait in a line and then they let you ride. While i was there there was no one who was denied riding while waiting in that line. There were people who would get off one ride and hop in line for the next. I would see no problem with this except that the line of people in each ride is huge. I read on here that sometimes you would get to ride alone. I never saw that happen. Easily 20 - 30 horses in a row, slow head to tail line. Now to be fair they taught us we should always keep one horse distance inbetween ourselves and the next horse, however they do not enforce this rule. These horse definitely seemed cranky and over worked, and since they were literally up the other horses behind there was a tendency for the horse to throw fits. One horse threw a woman, and the next day that horse was back on the trail again. He threw another man, this guy not as lucky, he broke his wrist. I don't blame the horses, they are over worked. I blame the crew and pinegrove ranch. I would not trust my kids on these horses.
That is my largest complaint for the resort since it has to do with safety. Peeling paint ,and a falling appart archery board is nothing compared to this.
Oh yeah and they take pictures of you throughout your stay and you can buy them. I bought them because the proofs looked real cute. However once developed they were not good quality at all. For overpriced pictures to begin with i want decent quality.
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