We spent Thanksgiving night and Friday night at the Inn at Evins Mill. It is a gorgeous property. The rooms were decent – nothing special and fairly basic, but clean, and really, that is all that matters when you have such a fabulous property to explore. We booked a Mountain Laurel room, but after seeing them, I would probably recommend the Evergreen rooms to save the money. I didn’t see the Evergreen rooms, but the Mountain Laurel was pretty basic for the price point. Although, you are really paying for the fabulous property and amazing cuisine, not the rooms.
The Thanksgiving dinner was just fantastic. It was probably one of the best meals I have ever had – and we are big foodies! The service on Thanksgiving evening was also top-notch. Breakfast was great. The picnic lunch was also tasty with lots of extras – chips, fruit, granola bars and cookies. We weren’t sure when our lunch would be ready so my husband went to the lodge around 11 am to check and couldn’t find anyone. I went about 12:15 and it was still empty so I peeked into the kitchen and asked someone, who quickly got us our lunches. So, I am not sure if that is standard procedure, but it worked for us! We hiked the South Trail. It got a bit steep for our son so I went all the way down to the falls while my husband stayed at the overlook. It was so worth the hike. It is just gorgeous down there. There is a swimming hole and plenty of places to just hang out and relax. I can see how it would make for a perfect summer day.
Now, the bad. My husband and I have a three-year-old son. Before booking, I called and spoke with someone about the fact that we had a toddler and asked if children would be allowed, since their website states only on select weekends. He was very nice and assured me that it wouldn’t be a problem. At dinner on Friday evening, about three minutes after we were seated, a gentleman asked us if we would like to move to a separate room downstairs, outside of the main lobby where everyone else was eating, to make it more comfortable for our son. My husband and I could tell that it was more of a request and not something being done to accommodate us in any way, so let them move us down to the room with board games and the big screen TV as to not make a scene. It was fine, but just not really what we had signed up for. I understand that it probably made more sense to move one family rather than risk the rest of the guests being offended by a child, but when you pay close to $900 for a two night stay (I think after taxes, tips and extra charges for a few drinks and air mattress in our room it was $850 or so), and check in advance to make sure children are welcome, it definitely leaves a sour taste in your mouth to feel that you aren’t welcome.
It’s a shame because we really loved the property and felt that it would be a great place to continue to make memories. We were already planning a return trip for summer to check out the swimming hole and I had been texting my girlfriends about a girls weekend, but we really just felt awkward and like we were in the way the rest of our stay. I realize this is contrary to the rest of the reviews on here and hope it was just an isolated incident, because it really is a fantastic property.
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