My son was at orientation at Va Tech so I thought I'd have a little vacation while waiting for him. My oldest son was with me. I expected a great resort hotel with plenty of activities and it came up short. It is located in a beautiful area on top of a mountain and the hotel itself is a beautiful and comfortable stone lodge. The lake has lost so much water that there are no water sports there, can't kayak and doesn't look swimmable either. I think that they should tell you this at booking or upon check-in. My son did the overhead treetop adventure which was a good beginner course but not very high or very challenging but ok. The other major difference from the website is that they show two restaurants, a casual one and a formal dining one and in reality only the formal one was open. It was expensive. The food was good but I wasn't expecting to pay that for lunch and dinner. Also the menu in summer is what I would consider 'winter fare' such as stew, chicken pot pie, soups. Delicious but not summer menu. There was no phone reception there and I was waiting to hear from son at college who had questions for registration but didn't realize we couldn't get reception. I think this is a great place for families in a cabin, lovely setting but you need to have a lake to use for more fun and more things to do. The pool table area was so hot, we couldn't stay in the barn loft.
- 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