We went last week before school started, and we all had an amazing time. We knew about the lake drying up before we got there, so were weren't expecting much in that respect. Both of my kids were able to participate in activities with and without us...(which was a nice break).
The restaurant was fine...but not enough food. Several times they seemed unprepared for the crowd and there wasn't any food (breakfast). Dinner is certainly not cheap, but the food was good and there was a lot of it. A lighter menu in summer might be preferable.
We got a cabin on blueberry ridge and it was nice. Not 5 star...but clean and nice. Not enough toiletries to last, and despite putting the sign up, no one came to clean. The a/c didn't seem to work so that was a bit frustrating as it warmed up a bit -- but I like to sleep in a cold room.
Recommendations: Per a former user, you need a small grocery on site -- going down the mountain through the fog was kinda scary! Offer sandwiches and bagels -- something to eat and run -- we would've done more activities if we didn't have to leave. The hours for the restaurant were limiting.
Signage must be improved! We arrived in the dark of night and had to literally find our way...It was not clear or easy -- especially with tired kids. A guide to activities and amenities waiting in our room would've been helpful as well.
The activities were fun, but everything needs to be replaced...arrows were old and broken, targets were difficult to penetrate and hard. The barn activities were dated too. New ping pong balls are really needed and the pool tables aren't smooth anymore.
That being said, the kids running the activities and the staff were great. They tried hard to do the best they could. We loved not having (or not realizing we had Wifi) it helped us really connect with our kids. it was one of the best vacations we've ever had. The kids are begging to go back.
- 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