Spent a long weekend at Raystown Lodge on a yoga vacation trip. From central NJ it took us approximately 4 hours - but the last 40 minutes is litterally "over the hills (and mountains) and through the woods". Glad we had a Garmin as the map was very difficult to follow with all the twist and turns - but it is a pretty ride.
We had a 'deluxe room' in the lodge - I think the 'deluxe' just means you can see the lake at least a little from the second floor rooms. We lucked out - we had room 313 and from what I could tell it looked like one of only 3 rooms in that building that you could actually see the lake thru the woods. You can not access the lake from the lodge buildings. The rooms are ok - kind of dated and could use some updating and new carpets. Beds were comfortable, bathroom pretty small. They say they have a kitchenette - but it just a small refrigerator, a tiny microwave and a 2 cup coffee pot. Not one single real plate, cup or utensil - so if you bring food or snacks be sure to bring your own. We did not and got hit at the market on the grounds for paper cups, plates and utensils. We did sneak a peek in the suites in the building one morning when the housekeeping staff was cleaning - they were quite nice - if I were to go back that is where I would stay!
The other part of our group stayed in the villas - they were quite nice - clean and more modern. Full size kitchen with utensils - but there bathrooms had not one single towel - they had to run out to buy a floor mat for the shower and luckily had brought their towels. The villas are set on a cul de sac with half of the villas being lake front and the back ones you can kind of see the lake between the houses. That particular area of the lake is small and not real picturesque.
As for the rest of the property - you do have to drive or bike up to the marina and restaurants as it is really dark at nite. The marina cafe served pretty good food - we had 2 group meals there and we went on our own one afternoon for lunch. Their burgers are really good!
We dont own a boat so can't comment on the marina itself - other than their seemed to be a lot of boats docked. They do rent boats - which part of our group did to go water skiing - cost $250 for 2 hours! Their is a large tent outside in the parking lot that their was a DJ playing at nite - but there were little in attendance and we ended up leaving to go back to the villas and have our own party.
And big warning - if you intend to enjoy some 'spirits' you need to bring them in with you. It is a DRY county! You have to drive 20-30 minutes to Huntington county to get any type of liquor. On the property - they did allow the group to bring in wine for dinner, but it has to be bought in PA and you have to have the receipt with you. Brining liquor into your rooom or villa is allowed.
- Also Known As:
- Lake Raystown Hotel Entriken