How to describe Earthshine? I am still not sure if I can do it accurately, but I do know I didn't do it justice while selling my husband on the idea. He only heard we were making candles for a week. This place is SO much more than making candles (or only visiting the Pioneer Village).
We were looking for something different from either the beach or Disney which tend to be staples for family trips. I found Earthshine online and cannot be happier with the decision to try it out. If you are looking for a vacation sitting by the pool, this is NOT the vacation for you. If you are looking for something that is active (and mildly educational for the kids) and super fun, this is perfect.
I have to say the staff are wonderful and always seem to be happy to see you. They are very attentive and professional for each activity. The food....ahhh, the food. God Bless Marnie. She made some kind of apple, caramel, parfait thing for dessert...I really wanted her to keep what I couldn't eat so I could have the rest for breakfast. I was a little leary of what we were going to be getting to eat...is it cheap cafeteria style? Canned beanie weanies? Absolutely NOT! The meals were wonderful and they are nice enough to put our a pre-dinner snack each night.
Both of my children are under 10, so they were unable to do the "high adventure" activities, but I don't think they even noticed. I think their favorite part was the creek hike and finding the treasures at the end of the hike. I was pleased and impressed with each activity and the kids had fun the ENTIRE trip.
For the moms, this is the ideal vacation where you do no planning. The question "what are we going to do today?" never came up because its all set up for you. Same with "what are we going to eat today?". It was the most relaxing family vacation I have been on yet, but at the same time I felt like we were constantly doing something and being active.
Highly recommend this for a wonderful family vacation experience. Well worth the price!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Remember that sense of wonder and adventure that gave childhood its magic? Well, get ready to feel it again. Escape to a storybook place guaranteed to exceed your expectations. Your family can unplug and reconnect with one another in an environment free of digital distractions. Earthshine is "unforgettable." ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Earthshine Mountain Hotel Lake Toxaway