First off, I stayed in the Main Ranch House, so the experience in the cabins or Silverbell Lodge may be different. The house is an old structure, but is in very good condition. They had a big fireplace which was nice to gather around. The biggest surprise was... NO TV in the rooms! (I understand that other areas of the property have DirecTV). This may be just what you are looking for, but I was a little surprised. There is a TV in the main lobby, if you just cannot make it without. They do have wi-fi, however, it can be a little slow, and you may get knocked off and have to reconnect. Also, NO CELL SERVICE on the mountain. I found a spot or two on the grounds that had a bar or two occasionally, just enough to check VM or make a call, but if you are very dependent on using your cell phone, forget about it!
The Hummingbird room where I stayed was very nice, with a queen and twin bed. It was fine for me at 5' 10", but if you are tall, you will hit your head on the roof beams, especially toward the outside wall. Likewise, people 6 feet and over will have to stoop in the shower and toilet area. The queen bed was very comfortable, and the heater kept the room nice and toasty (it got down just below freezing overnight on my 2 night stay).
The food was AWESOME!! My business retreat included all meals, and they were all incredible. Great home cooking, served family-style. For those unfamiliar with that concept, food was brought out in big bowls or platters, and you passed it around and got what you wanted. Beverages were served by the wait staff. Two of our meals were cookouts, where they placed a buffet outside next to the grill, where staff cooked steaks & ribs for supper, and hamburgers & hot dogs for lunch. You can eat outside if you want, but it was too cold to stay out there during my visit.
Some of the family members of my business associates went horseback riding, and I heard very good comments on their experience. I did not have time to participate in any outdoor activities.
Overall, it was a great experience. I would recommend it for families wanting to get-away-from-it-all during warmer months (my stay was in early November).
- Also Known As:
- The Cataloochee Ranch Hotel Maggie Valley