I arranged a 4-night long weekend as a reunion with four of my former students and their families (four husbands, 2 toddlers, and 3 infants). Everyone had a great time. The families stayed in four adjoining rooms, which worked well, and I was in the Lake Cottage which gave us all room to get together. We went on some hikes and spent some time in the pool each day. Mostly, we hung around together while one or more of the children was napping.
The staff members were very friendly and helpful. The location was very peaceful and a great place for families. The breakfast buffets were fine - the bacon/eggs/pancakes that one would expect. The dinner buffets were a bit marginal - maybe "adequate" is the best word. Two nights we ordered from the menu, and both nights took far too long. We were at dinner when they opened (5:30), but did not finish until about 7:30 - with significant periods of time when we were simply waiting for the next course to arrive. That's tough when you have five young children at the table. Some of the food got raves from those who had it, some was just OK - and the potatoes and vegetables were always cold - as if the cook had arranged 20 plates of potatoes/vegetables and kept them warm under lights. The wait staff were all very nice - and they were great with the kids - but dinner was frustrating nonetheless.
Yes, there are bugs (it is the mountains). I got many chigger bites from standing on one of the lawns one day - wear insect repellant if you're going to be on the grass.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated historic Mountain Lake Lodge features 43 Rooms in Main Stone Lodge, 16 in Chestnut Lodge, 9 Mountain Homes in Blueberry Ridge, 8 historic rustic cabins and 9 Front Lawn Cottages on 2,600 acres of preserved mountaintop property owned by the Mary Moody Northen Endowment. Mountain Lake Conservancy, a non-profit organization founded in 1989, serves to protect the land and wildlife resources on the property for future generations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain Lake Pembroke
- Hotel Mountain Lake