We stayed at Mountain Lake Resort, in one of the cabins (Dorland cabin # 356) on November 13 – 15, 2014. One word to describe the cabin – AWESOME! We were expecting a somewhat plain and rustic cabin/room but we were surprised that the room was almost luxurious. We normally stay at Embassy Suites so our standard is pretty high; well this room meets that standard, especially with the vaulted ceiling, which makes the room seem even larger! They had stated on Mountain Lake Lodge’s website that the rooms had been refurbished but we never expected it to be this nice. It looks as though they completely upgraded the rooms (we also saw some rooms in the main Lodge) using an interior decorator. In addition, the cabin had two wonderfully comfortable queen-size beds, a large bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, a refrigerator and microwave, and the best part – a wonderful fireplace in which we made a roaring fire while it snowed outside – very Norman Rockwell.
We also had dinner and lunch (the next day) at the Harvester restaurant. You would think that a “Lodge” would have basic food fare however this is not the case; their menu and food is upscale and absolutely delicious! For dinner, we had the Chicken Breast, the mushroom tort, and the Buffalo Strip. They brought plenty of fresh baked bread with butter to begin the meal. In fact, the rolls were so fresh that we had to wait a few minutes while they baked them. The chicken breast was tender; the buffalo strip was actually a buffalo steak that was cooked perfectly; and the mushroom tort delicious as well. Service was very good and the waiter was very friendly and attentive. Lunch the next day included a corn chowder soup. However, when the waitress came back after telling us what the soup du jour was, she informed us that the sous chef had another soup. After expressing our disappointment, the waitress went back and checked with the chef who said that he would make the corn chowder soup just for us! Talk about making your customers happy – we were thrilled – and best of all, the soup was fresh, hot and absolutely delicious! I would agree with the one reviewer who wrote that there was a lack of firewood; we had to go scrounging around to find some but no big deal.
I can’t say enough positive things about Mountain Lake Lodge and their restaurant. If you’re looking for outdoor activities but also would like to enjoy the luxuries of a beautiful room and delicious food at a somewhat upscale restaurant, than Mountain Lake Lodge is the place to go! Thank you Mountain Lake Lodge!
- 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