This was our first time to a clothing optional resort. We were both nervous and a little unsure of exactly what to expect. We decided to camp there for the weekend after much research about this and other similar places around the country. It was truly a unique experience and we plan to go back again.
If you are looking into staying at a place like this for the first time my wife and I agree that it is only weird for a short amount of time. Having your clothes on actually seems weird after less than an hour there, seriously. After being there for a few days you will wonder why this is not more common and acceptable among the general public.
Everyone there was very friendly. Everyone always waved or said hello anytime they drove or walked past. There were a handful of families with children. If you are worried about people staring or gawking at you, there is no need. Oddly there is probably less of that at the nude pool compared to a regular beach or pool.
There is no cell phone service in the area around the resort. However, there is free wireless around the lodge and indoor pool area. Considering we were in the middle of nowhere it was actually pretty quick.
The camp sites were clean and convenient to the bath houses. All the camp sites were covered by trees so it kept things very cool even in mid 90 degree weather. Be aware that only a few of the sites have picnic tables. You may want to bring a portable table and chairs unless you want to use the picnic tables in the community areas or sit on the ground. You will probably not have a problem except around holiday weekends like the 4th of July or during their "AvalonFest." The bath houses were very clean during our weekend stay. The only downside that we saw with the campsites was that many of them were a little close together and some were a bit small. Again, this was would likely only be a problem during holiday weekends.
The outdoor pool, indoor pool, hot tubs, and tennis courts were all clean. I did walk some of the trails and they were very well marked. Depending on which trail you go on I would say they are easy to moderate in difficulty. In general the entire resort was very well kept. Because we did not see the lodge rooms or condos I can not comment on them.
It is worth mentioning that the resort has good number of people who have permanently parked their RVs or live in the condos. Many of their setups are quite nice.
As I said at the start we do plan to go back again, we may even become a member of the resort and AANR. Next time we would like to check out the Nudsino, try the restaurant, and walk more of the trails.
If you are looking for a relaxing weekend, or an entire week, give this a try and you will not be disappointed. Toss away the puritanical beliefs holding you back and be free.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avalon is nestled in a lovely valley in wild & wonderful West Virginia. As soon as you arrive, your tension and stress from the outside world begins to melt away. Whether you sit on the green grassy lawn or play volleyball or tennis, you will find your daily cares slipping away. Or you may decide to sun by the pool or soak in the spa to begin your relaxation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Avalon Hotel Paw Paw