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“Thanksgiving Winter Wonderland!” 5 of 5 stars
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Mountain Lake Lodge
115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA 24136 (Formerly Mountain Lake Hotel)   |  
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“Thanksgiving Winter Wonderland!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the perfect place to reconnect with the family over a Thanksgiving weekend. The Lodge has a grand history but has a very comfortable feel to it. The rooms are comfortable, the grounds are beautiful (especially with a foot of snow on the ground), and the staff is very helpful. They have a talented chef, and the manager is focused on customer service. We enjoyed the entire stay!

Stayed December 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stuart, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We only had one evening and wanted to go somewhere local, and Mountain Lake Lodge is only 1.5 hours away. We had never been and were looking forward to it. It really is a beautiful location with lots to do outside. With the loss of the lake to natural causes, they have done a great job reinventing themselves with really great outdoor activities and hiking trails, etc. The geological history of the area is fascinating too, and I cannot wait until someone unravels the mystery of what happened to the lake! We stayed in the Chestnut Lodge and our room was lovely and quite large enough, bed is very comfortable.

Dined at Harvest and the local Appalachian cuisine was amazing. I had the quail and my husband the pork chop. A very nice upscale menu, great presentation, fair pricing. Enjoyed our before dinner drinks in the tavern as well. The bartender was pleasant and gracious and the drinks were generous.

That being said, with this a resort and charging resort prices, there are a few areas that could use improvement. First, no firewood. Great fireplace in room, no wood provided, nor any indication of how to get any. Even the local state parks provide a complimentary starter wood pack with a cabin rental, so that would be a good addition to the rooms. Or at least include in the room information how to get some. Also, when you wake up on a morning that is 12 degrees, you want a good cup of coffee. Forget that! A little Maxwell house packet with a sweet'n'low and a tiny packet of dry creamer and a Styrofoam cup does not a good cup of coffee make! Nor is there anywhere to get any coffee without actually going to the restaurant to get breakfast. Considering there is a local coffee shop, supplying their product with a good coffee maker and real condiments would be in keeping with the "local" theme.

Yes, as others have mentioned, there is some "seediness" - the abandoned and rusting boats in the dry lake bed are an eyesore, and some of the furniture is pretty much on its last legs, but I felt like I was back in the 1950s with the atmosphere of the lodge.

Definitely enjoyed it. Actual review would be 3.5, but not an option.

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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Drove up at the start of a snow storm on Halloween weekend. My wife called that day and found out about the snow, we brought our sleds, boots and coats as well as our costumes. Started snowing as we drove up the mountain. Loads of people in costumes walking through the snowy night were very surreal. Got there just in time for a meal cooked by the manager and bartender, the kitchen staff had left early due to the snow. Woke up at sunrise to go sledding down the hill (the same hill featured in Dirty Dancing) It continued to snow during the day and by nightfall we had 6 inches on the ground. Room was not perfect but the surroundings and the setting more than made up for it. I have traveled for 30 years in every country in Europe but had never had a weekend as filled with magic as this was. Breakfast and staff were awesome. Thanks- and thanks again

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 days here, to wonderful relaxing days. Getting there was an adventure of itself . The winding road to the top, for someone who hates heights it can be terrifying ( me ) , but once at the top, such a reward! We arrived 1 hour early for check in , the front desk said we had to wait until our 4 o'clock check in, showed us a map, sent us on our way. She wasn't the friendliest person, so no name here.

Once on the grounds we walked around getting a feel for the property. It was breathtaking.
The grounds are laid out in sort of a circle , so the cottages and cabins are on the outside, and all outside activities in the middle. Swimming pool, ( to cold to swim, and closed) Tither ball, bocce ball, Mary's Barn, tennis just to name a few.

They have a small Dirty Dancing museum, nothing great, but if you are a fan, you'll find it enjoyable. They supply you with a map ( self guided tour) of the landmarks where the more popular scenes from DD were filmed~ the gazebo, the cottage ( the Virginia ) where Baby stayed, dining room...etc.There is a beautiful stone memorial for Patrick Swayze.

We went to the gift store where there is nice gifts from Mountain Lake Lodge , and a few items that have Dirty Dancing logo, bought a nice t-Shirt at the low price of $10 ! The store is also their
activities center, and Jess was very accommodating and knowledgeable in helping us with our hiking needs. We hiked up to Bald Knob, which is one of the more challenging trails, but once you reach the peck , it will take your breath away. Pack a lunch, you'll want to stay up there and take in the view, you don't get to experience the beauty of the world that often.

Our Cottage we stayed in was the Lake Cottage. A large room with bedroom/ living room, seating area. A porch that wrapped around . It had a small ( very small ) sink and refrigerator.
Nice size bathroom with a bathtub/jacuzzi. It was nice to sit out on the porch with a bottle of wine and take in the view.

The lake...well, it's not there. It's more of a pond now. Mother Nature has a funny sense of humor. You have to wonder how the lake got there in the first place, it was natural , but remember you are on a mountain. So be warned, I wouldn't let that spoil your time there. There is so much more to the resort.

We dined at the restaurant, Harvest and at the Stoney Creek Bar - separate review for that.

Walking from our cottage to the main building we did hear howling from the coyotes~ freaked me out, but exciting at the same time. We had mice dine in the kitchen area and found their little gifts lift on the counter...

The negative...
While it is rustic, there is some major repairs that need to be done. Painting, rails need to be repaired. Cosmetic repairs that should be taken care of , the Virginia which is a big draw from fans of DD had broken bars on the railing. The Barn, where they had a Halloween party still had empty beer bottles, and plastic cups laying around.
For the amount of $$$ for the room, the furniture seemed one step up from Walmart .
It's small details that I saw, things that can be easily fixed. Perhaps while they close for the season they'll have a " honey do list " and get busy and make the repairs. It is such a "grand " resort. Details make the difference.

All that being said , Would I go back? No, but only because of the distance ( 7 hour drive )
Should you go and visit? Most definitely ! This place is majestic , I can only imagine what it was during its glory day. I like the fall, not a lot of guest, peaceful ~ don't miss it~

Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We ate dinner at this lodge and really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies ever so it was really neat to see the locations from the movie. Would love to stay the weekend or longer there some day. The grounds are very well kept with lots of outdoor activities available. The Lodge itself is warm and cozy with huge fireplaces to cozy up to. The food was excellent, our group enjoyed the quail, bison, and the pork. Prices were not super expensive. The drive up the winding mountain road is quite long. If you're someone who gets car sick be wary. But once you're up there it's so worth it for the view and the food.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We loved this lodge. The rooms are very basic but very clean. There is no tv which forces you to take advantage of the great hikes nearby. The food was good and the bar was exceptional with service and food. We value you get for this lodge is worth every penny. We will return!

Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA 24136 (Formerly Mountain Lake Hotel)
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Location: United States > Virginia > Pembroke
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pembroke
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Number of rooms: 101
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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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