Decided to take a spontaneous trip up to Huntington Lake having never been there before. I was surprised to be able to get a reservation at the last minute. We LOVE this spot and will now be working it into our family vacation getaway routines. First, Huntington Lake is gorgeous and it's hard to beat the natural beauty of the place. But we really enjoyed where we stayed at Lakeshore Resort.
It should be stated that if the term "resort" makes you think of luxury accommodations like Club Med, this place is NOT for you (I read a previous review complaining about a spider. Really?! Seriously?! SMH). This is a real mountain community with all the joys that go with it (that includes not just natural beauty and fresh air, but yes, gasp! Insects and dirt). The cabins are rustic (which is precisely their charm). Think camping, but without having to haul all your crap (to me that's luxury!)
We had one of the smallest cabins (A10) that did not have a kitchen, because I didn't plan on cooking and there's no need to because there is a full restaurant there. Most cabins DO have a kitchen, and in retrospect, I do think we'll book one of those next to save some money on eating out for each meal. The food and service was good. The dinner menu a bit spendy though.
They also have a store with pretty much anything you might need or forgot (but you will pay small store prices (as appropriate). For a more planned trip, I will definitely bring snacks and drinks as it adds up pretty fast to shop there.
There is also a saloon. We did not go there, but it appeared to be quite the happening place (but not in an overly loud or obnoxious way.) On a different trip with friends, I think it might be fun to stop in.
Each cabin has a spot (or often deck) for sitting outside (with chairs provided), as well as an outside fire pit so you can have a camp fire, roast marshmallows, or sing Kumbaya (ha!) if you like. But when it's all said and done, you can take a hot shower and sleep in a bed.
Every cabin is different, and I suggest you spend some time examining all the photos of each one on their website. Some are older and more rustic (which I like) others are newer and offer a more modern charm.
The one comment that I agree with is that there is an area where large machinery is parked/stored and another area where there is a stockpile of what looks like old appliances from a remodel of the restaurant kitchen. This DOES take away from the natural beauty of the place. I realize the equipment is necessary to maintain the place....but maybe a more strategic parking spot (or perhaps a built up blind?) would help. As to the old appliances....I can't imagine they would be saving them for anything, get a scrap metal company to come and pick them up! Just a thought ;)
- Also Known As:
- Lakeshore Hotel Lakeshore