All the private rooms were booked and I was little apprehensive about a semi-private room (sharing a bathroom with previously unknown bikers) But WOW what an awesome place!!!
Rather than a Jack/Jill type bathroom, the rooms were totally private with a surprising modern, clean & large bath off a common foyer. Each room had it's own set of large, fluffy towels. The shower had a shampoo/conditioner/body wash dispenser. The bathroom had TWO hair dryers a heater and even a spray can of room deodorizer - they literally thought of everything !
Add to that Ice chests/coolers available for guest use, covered parking for motorcycles, chairs on the cabin porch/deck, rockers on the lodge deck all topped off by EXCELLENT, friendly service and fun fellow guests. I look forward to staying here again.
So why not a 5 rating you might ask. Only "minor" reasons. Although I hear the Prime Rib on Sat. is excellent we stayed over a Friday night. My BBQ (pulled pork) was avg., my bf didn't care for the chicken and the sides were bland - not a complaint per se, the generous servings filled us up for a reasonable price. Again breakfast was generous, but bland & we got cubed fried potatoes, not hashbrowns like I think of hashbrowns - perhaps it's a regional difference in terminology. Also, the convenience store had only carbonated drinks & water, maybe powerade too, I don't recall. I really wanted lemonade or juice, I've never seen a Coca-Cola fridge full of coke products without Minute Maid lemonade or other flavors, so that was a disappointment for me.
Not meant to be a negative toward the venue or owners, but something I will be more aware of in the future is to ask if they have a special event planned. They were hosting a wedding the weekend we stayed, thus many (most?) of the other guests were already family & friends, and they "took over" the fire pit so to speak. Remember I started this review saying "....previously unknown bikers". Our "bath-room-mate" was pleasant company on the porch and we made a point to have dinner & breakfast at tables with solo dinners, so we met some nice folks from all across the country. However, I noticed at the fire pit some solo bikers, as well as my bf and I were scattered about the outer edges of the fire circle, effectively observing a private party. Whereas if not for the wedding, I believe all "equal strangers" probably would have gathered closer in and enjoyed some biker camaraderie.
Ironically, it's akin to the "give an inch and they take a foot" phenomena, since the meals, store & fire pit are more than is offered at many other lodges, it's almost unfair of me to use them as reason for less than excellent rating. However, since it was built up such that I expected "bonuses", just more variety of beverage choices (for purchase) and socializing at the fire, could have put it "over the top" for me.
Note it is located in a 'dry county', so if you wish to imbibe - BYOB or plan to make a run to the next county.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a motorcycle exclusive resort located in the middle of the twists & turns in Western NC. We offer all types of accommodations from primitive tent camping, private rooms, RV sites, and full cabin rentals that sleep up to 6-12ppl!! We also have a restaurant on property, Chuck Wagon Grill, that serves breakfast 7 days a week and Dinners Wed - Sunday for our guests on property. We carter to couples, individuals, small groups and even larger groups with 120+. ... more less