We spent a week at Massanutten Resort with another family (4 adults /4 kids aged 9 to 13). One family had been to the resort twice before and the Dads visited in October 2012 with 4 other guys for a week of golf. This was my first stay with my 2 kids. We booked two, 2 bedroom units on the main floor of our Woodstone complex building. A superb layout for families that allows the kids freedom to go between units without disturbing other guests.
Condos were clean & very spacious and have a (shared) washer & dryer and gas BBQ. Living area has a pull out sofa, love seat & chair, coffee & side tables, LCD TV and gas fireplace. Full kitchen is equipped with vacuum, fridge with freezer (& ice maker), stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, blender, electric can opener and toaster. Large eating table with 6 chairs. Enjoy the mountain views from the small deck off the kitchen. Second unit with a partial kitchen has a toaster over in lieu of a stove top oven and is has a slightly smaller layout for the kitchen / living room. Large master bedroom has a king size bed, closet, witting desk, TV armoire and spacious ensuite bath with tub/shower. Second bedroom is standard with 2 twin beds, closet, single side table, TV stand and dressing chair. Main bath is huge with a large jacuzzi tub & single person shower. Resort provides you with enough garbage bags (recycle program), dish washing detergent, laundry detergent, paper towel, TP and bath towels for the week.
There are plenty of things to do at the resort. I would suggest you take some time and look at the entertainment guide before your trip. Plan out which activities you are interested in doing because they run on a once a week cycle. This will also help you determine whether buying an activity card is worthwhile for you. If you plan to golf 2+ times or go to water park 3 times, it's a no brainier because green frees then become free and you save 50% on water park entry, but if not or if you are there only for winter sports (skiing or snow tubing), it may be better to pay for things as you go. Pools (excluding water park) with towel service and rec. centre (ping pong, basketball and weight room) are included with your stay, but ice rink, tennis racket rental, racket ball court are not. Cards give you nominals savings on activities such as crafts & horseback riding.
Woodstone is close to the check-in / market hub and our unit was within walking distance of the lower course club / driving range. You may want to select your condo closest to the activities you plan on doing the most because the resort is huge and you will need to drive a lot otherwise. It's too bad the resort does not have shuttle service between key spots.
Skip the pony ride - an expensive & disappointing 5 lap walk about. The 1 hour low-mountain trail ride was 45 min at best on well trained horses who will not deviate from path (great for inexperienced riders, but disappointing for the rest of us). No trotting or mouth dropping views, sadly.
Our group golfed at both courses. Rent a pull or gas cart for the mountain course unless you are really used to walking. There is also a driving range.
The indoor water park consists of a lazy river, water play structure with body slides, 3 exciting single or multi person tube slides and a surfer simulator (a must try!). A day pass gives you in and out privileges or save a few dollars by getting an evening pass (3 hours is more than enough time to enjoy this). Observers must pay to enter. You can rent a locker for $5. Bring yournown beach towels. Snack bar on site is fairly priced. The outdoor park was seasonally closed. In view were a set of racer slides, splash pads, possibly a wave pool and plenty of covered outdoor seating areas.
I highly recommend the winery tour. A comfortable coach brought us to 2 wineries each giving us a different experience. A guide at each gave us some history and toured their facilities. We were then provided no less than a dozen taste samples of white, red and desert wines. You spend approx. 1.5 hours at each location. Pack your own lunch & snacks to eat along the way as there is no lunch stop. You can visit these same wineries on your own, if you like.
The wine tasting dinner on site at Fareways was also a great experience. The food was amazing and each of the 5 courses was perfectly paired with a different glass of wine. I also heard the beer tasting experience was a equally enjoyable.
We took the Luray Caverns tour (entry is free with the activity card, a savings of $75 per family). Very beautiful. Including the drive, allow yourself a half day for this.
We don't ski and usually by mid-march the snow sports have ended. Thanks to a late snow storm, the hills were open and we did snow tubing. Tickets for 2 hour sessions are sold a day In advance to card holders. Certain days have discounts. First sessions have smaller crowds and give you prime conditions before sun hits the mountain and begins to melt the snow. Treadmill brings riders to the top, so there is only fun to be had. Ride at your own risk, so bring helmets, if you feel it necessary.
Overall, our families really enjoyed our stay. We are already talking about the next time (and that is with a 11 hour drive to get there).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A breathtaking property, Massanutten Resort features 6000 acres of mountain fun at its very best. Unique in both its size, variety of amenities, and outstanding condo and hotel accommodations, Massanutten has secured its spot as one of the premier all-seasons resort destinations on the East Coast. This is truly your one-stop shop for a great family vacation! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Massanutten Hotel Mcgaheysville
- Massanutten Hotel Harrisonburg
- Massanutten Harrisonburg