I recently visited Shenandoah Crossing with my wife and son. We are Bluegreen owners and have stayed here before many times. We stayed in a cabin. For those disparaging this resort, it appeared that many stayed in the hotel section of the property. My recollection is that the hotel rooms are very similar to a low to mid priced hotel/motel room with minimal amenities. We only stayed in that section once, the first time we visited, and made our initial purchase. I do know, that if I were visiting, I would try very hard to get a cabin rather than a room in the Lodge, as it's called. The pluses to staying at the lodge is the proximity to the pools, the game room, exercise room and the restaurant.
When we stay here now, we always either stay in a cabin or a townhouse and we have generally been very satisfied. Minor issues do crop up every now and then. Our most recent stay was pleasant but unfortunately, it rained the day we checked in, our one full day there and, of course, cleared up on the day we checked out. The cabins are situated in the woods and if you are careful and make your reservations early, you can get cabins with a lake view. Our son enjoys the swimming pool and game room. We usually play ping pong ourselves and we bring our own paddles and balls. I believe you can pick up relatively basic paddles from the activity desk for free and pay $0.25 per ball which you then keep.
For those who like horseback riding, this is available. There are tennis courts, a playground, a fairly simple put put golf course, a race track for remote controlled cars and a marina as well as a ball field and a basketball court. We sometimes bring our own inflatable boats and so haven't used the resort's boats in a while. You can also fish on the lake. Also, there is an 18 hole golf course on the other side of the lake. When we first purchased, this was part of the resort. It has since been spun off but, I believe, is still available for public use and there may be a discount for people staying at the resort, you would need to ask at the activities desk or when you check in. For those who like hiking, mountains and waterfalls, etc., US-33 west goes directly to Shenandoah National Park. We often hike there when we stay at Shenandoah Crossing.
When we stay at Shenandoah Crossing we usually eat in, as the cabins and townhouses have full kitchens. When we eat out, we usually go to downtown Gordonsville, where a few good restaurants are located. One is the Tolliver house, and there is another restaurant across the street from the Tolliver house that we like as well whose name I cannot remember. There was a small french restaurant in Gordonsville that is closed, at least temporarilty, due to a fire. If you are looking for more food choices, downtown Charlottesville is only 25 - 30 minutes away by car and Orange also has a reasonable selection and is about 30 - 40 minutes away.
We like this resort as our son almost always has a good time. In our cabin, they have upgraded the entertainment system so it plays both DVD's and Video tapes and the rooms are cozy and comfortable. Depending on the cabin/townhouse, you either get a charcoal or gas grill and similarly either a wood or gas fireplace. A lumber mill, nearby, sells wet firewood for a reasonable price. Make sure you have a lot of kindling as it can be a bit difficult to get this firewood to light. The lumber mill is on US-33 before the intersection with US-15 heading towards Gordonsville from the resort and is on the right side of US-33 heading away from the resort. There are grocery stores in Gordonsville and Louisa. We have not been overly impressed by the restaurant scene in Louisa in the past but we haven't visited there in a while.
I believe this is considered a regional resort for Bluegreen. They have been slowly upgrading the property since we've been owners, which is good. We have been quite happy with this resort in particular and Bluegreen in general. We stayed on October 6th, 7th and checked out on the 8th of 2006.
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