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Montecito Sequoia Lodge & Summer Family Camp
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Reviewed May 4, 2009

we visited the lodge which is set between 2 nat'l parks, kings canyon and sequoia last July. we took only part of a day to visit the parks because there was so much to do at the camp! it is semi-rustic along with updated amenities. you have a choice according to your budget. even the more rustic rooms had updated bathrooms and were clean. we were a large group of 16 so i got to see a variety of lodging. we stayed in a renovated condo like suite that when we were inside we forgot we were at a camp. it was like a luxury suite! beautiful tile, comfortable cushy beds with quality bedding and very clean. this camp was like a paradise for us, as parents of 3 young children. they have wonderful counselors, who helped my needy and shy children transition into their groups. thye have activity periods for all ages of children and you get a schedule so all day you kow where your kids are. you can also sed them for partial periods and then take 1 of your kids for a special date with mom or dad to do craft or sailig, canoing, archery, rock clinbing. this i loved because i have 3 kids so it allowed for me to have one on one time while the others were being cared for and having fun!! and they always found me if necessary. my son got ill on the mountain and they quickly sent the bandi (on site medic) who treated him and stayed in touch to track his health. that was a comfort to me as we were in unfamiliar territory. every night they have a family theme. my favorite was the variety show. i laughed so much and enjoyed some good old fashioned family fun! being away from the tv, although they did have wireless access because we cant be totally disconnected, was so rewarding and forced the kids (and my hubby) to come out and they were so glad they did. we had an awesome fourth of July celebration where each family created a boat out of bark and candles to float out on the lake after dark. we all added stuff for our family boats and worked as a family team. i met many families that return every year and thye got all into those activites that are repeated like the boats and the variety show, which was open for anyone to perform. we did get closer as a family and as husband and wife and the conveniences of this camp fostered that. did i mention the food? you won't believe the dining! there is a chef, not a cook but a chef. you can meet him! he made things like herb crusted rosemary lamb chops! no, im not kidding! the food was fantastic and there is 24 hour stuff available too. starbucks coffee 24/7. milk- juice, cereal, pb and j, bagels and bread all available 24/7. and when we were doing all day hikes you just order a sandwich and they packed us a lunch. there was so much to write about! on wed, midway thru the camp they will take your dirty laundry and wash it. this was great and worth the small fee, but i did wish they had coin machines because you get dirty and i wanted to wash my stufff before i packed it up again. not much of a complaint but that was something i submitted on my comment card. we were asked about our opinions on the camp and the staff seemed interested to be improving and expanding according to feedback. all in all, we LOVED this camp. this is a camp designed around good old fashioned fun! i would highly recommend this for a family, even your family reunion! we will be return visitors!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 28, 2009

We have stayed twice at Montecito before last summer. The camp changed ownership and our vaction last summer really suffered.

1. During the evening mountain hike, people were left behind at a rest point. These people waited for over an hour in the dark alone. The hike was poorly staffed, with only one guide, and numerous people got lost on the way back in the dark. This could have ended in disastrous consequences.


2. A group of families on a horseback ride just outside the camp were attacked by a group of wasps. There was no reconnaissance of this area, although it was no more than a few hundred yards beyond the camp. The participants were instructed to do an emergency dismount. This is clearly unacceptable and negligent instruction. There were horses running wild and a number of the children were trampled, including my son Ari.


3. The water-ski boat remained broken for the entire week of our stay, despite the fact that one of the main attractions advertised on the website and at the camp, was waterskiing. Despite repeats inquiries, no meaningful attempt was made to fix the boat. What’s more, the boat had broken down several weeks earlier; however, no replacement boat had been brought to the camp for the week we were there. .


4. No overnight activity was offered to the children. Many of us look forward to this experience for our children. We were not notified until after we had paid that this opportunity would not be available.


5. At least two serious accidents occurred at the archery range, which could have been prevented by properly testing the equipment. On two separate occasions, a guest pulled back to shoot and the arrow shattered. In one instance, the guest suffered shrapnel wounds in his hand. Another guest performed field surgery on his hand in a room the patient and she were directed to that had inadequate lighting. The patient is left with a large scar. This incident should have resulted in the most careful equipment testing. However, it did not and a few days later, another arrow shattered during a guest’s use. Shrapnel nearly flew into the shooter’s eye.


6. Excessive additional fees were charged for a variety of other activities, including children’s jewelry making in the arts and crafts building.


The sink in our bathroom in our room never worked properly despite repeated attempts to try to get it fixed.


These are just a few of the items that made for our worst week at camp in all our years there.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 31, 2009

Really liked the camp-feeling of the lodge - smaller no-frill rooms [who wants to stay in there at a National Park anyway?], family-style meals, lots of games to play in the evenings. Enjoyed the beer selection at the tiny bar. Went with Dad and 2 sisters - all in our 20s. We didn't need tons of entertainment - the point is to enjoy each other, right? Jacuzzi was great on a cold March night. Food was fantastic!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 30, 2009

We went in to use the restroom, but when we saw that lunch was being put out, decided to eat then got so comfortabe by the fire in the lodge we voted to stay. Plenty to do. Great food. Friendly and welcoming.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 29, 2009

We had the best time here. It was our first real experience going to the snow and trying out different snow-related activities. My two teenage sons really enjoyed themselves, and that is the reason I would recommend this place to those looking to have a fun family vacation. The staff was super friendly. In the evening, the lodge was the place everyone gravitated to for relaxation. There were games such as foosball, board games, a ping pong table, puzzles, books, etc. One night, the staff organized a game of musical chairs which seemed like a blast for the younger kids. Also, there was live music on each night, which was a nice touch. Mainly, the whole atmosphere was laid-back and casual- very relaxing. The food was well prepared, plentiful and healthy. Starbucks coffee and other beverages available anytime... yummy desserts, too.
We enjoyed tubing down the slopes and trying out cross-country skiing and snow boarding.
It was very friendly and in a gorgeous location, very good food, and quite special. I hope to go back sometime.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2009

We stumbled upon this gem while looking for something all-inclusive beyond Club Med or Carnival Cruise that would be entertaining for our family but not be a chore for Mom. Best vacation decision we ever made! We spent part of Winter Break up at Montecito Sequoia Lodge, and really liked the snow activities and family time together, but the anticipation of summer family camp (this summer is our 3rd) is what really gets us fired up. The best part about this place is the myriad of choices. That goes for activities, food, entertainment, even what kind of lodge room or cabin. My favorite things to do (or not!) there, are painting, hiking and reading by the pool. The rest of the family is more active. They are out water skiing, fort building, rock climbing, doing archery, mountain biking, tennis and trampoline. We're not into equestrian so much, but they have that too. The evenings are magical. There are family games and theme nights and evening hikes and s'mores and campfire songs and kids camp-outs and casino parties. The kids are exhausted by bedtime, but are up-and-out in the morning. The food is really great--always healthful with lots of choices and it's all delicious. We love all of the counselors and the activities staff and the sometimes very funny camp names they've given themselves. The only less than wonderful thing about our week there in the summer is having to leave. Last year while leaving, I realized that I hadn't heard a cross word or whining all week--an amazing occurrence! And the memories last until our next visit, two months too far away.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2009

We have been to Montecito two years in a row and we are planning our third trip for this summer. If you have tweens and young children, value the outdoors and all its scenic beauty, and enjoy a warm caring family atmosphere this is the place for you! We hike, swim in the pool and lake, ride horses and enjoy connecting with new and old friends at Montecito. The activities for children are supervised by camp counselors, many who were themselves family campers at Montecito at one time. What I like best is that Montecito has motivated my children to get away from the TV, video games and other couch activities to master new skills that are healthy for them (e.g. rock climbing and mountain biking). They have also been able to explore their inner artist through the arts and crafts and story telling. And the meals at Montecito are good too!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Address: 63410 General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range: $157 - $338 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Montecito Sequoia Lodge & Summer Family Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ALL-INCLUSIVE RUSTIC MOUNTAIN LODGE INSIDE OF SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA - Buffet meals and seasonal activities included in the room rate! Spectacular view of the Great Western Divide of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Rooming options include newly-built Forest Cabins and Lake View Suites with private baths & decks, Vintage Lodge Rooms & Suites all with private baths. Rustic Cabins with a wood-burning stove and shared bathhouse. Property features an outdoor hot tub open year-round, and a seasonal pool, private lake, and hiking trails directly on property. Lodge is open year-round. ... more   less 
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