We stayed in a three bedroom "cabin" up on the hill overlooking the marina. It was really a three bedroom house, complete with dishwasher, washer and dryer, and deck. It was clean enough, had a nice layout, and TV for the kids. I only wish the fireplace had been gas or wood instead of electric. It had no hangars in any of the closets, but another friend tells me that's pretty standard with cabins. They did provide a scoop of laundry detergent and some dish soap, which was very nice.
We arrived in late April, well after closing time. They had left the key "in the box" for me... but it took us a while to find the office, and to figure out how to open the box, and then to find the cabin. It's not a good place to arrive at late a night... it's not well lit, and no one is around. On the other hand, it was very quiet at night, which we liked!
When we arrived the entire place was quite overgrown. Over the next few days (really, for almost our entire stay) the landscapers were there with weedwackers, so that by the time we left it looked very nice.
I was a little disappointed that although the website said the pool is open in April it was not open at all while we were there (last week of April). Apparently they have a pretty cool slide... also not open. The mini-golf was one of the first things hit by the weedwackers... which was good since the rock course has become quite weedy. We got clubs and balls the first day and played with the same ones all week, so that was fine, and a lot of fun for my kids. The restaurant was only open certain days and hours, but since we had our own kitchen that was not a big deal to us.
This is a working marina, and it has a very working feel to it. It's not all manicured grass and rope lighting, but is interesting in its own respect. There is a huge, decrepit looking building which I wondered why was left standing... turns out it was the first dam built on the Tennesee River, now a historic landmark, and actually quite interesting once you know what it is and why it's still standing.
I had wifi, so I was happy. The kids had a playground and caught bluegills, so they were happy. It was less than a half an hour to downtown Chattanooga, so it made a nice base for our day trips, while providing a quiet place in our own house each night.
The girls on staff were nice. There were a few cleaning supplies in our cabin, but since we were there a full week we needed additional dish soap, etc., which they provided. I had to ask for a grill for the deck (apparently it had been removed for a party), but they brought it back for us. A few of them didn't really know the answers to my questions, but the girl in charge (whose name I've forgotten) was fabulous, and they were all pleasant to deal with.
Five star resort? No way. Enjoyable for my family? Absolutely! My kids loved it and we'll probably be back someday.
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