Having lived in Virginia my entire life, there are few places in our beautiful state that I have not visited. Mountain Lake was one of those few, so my husband and I decided to go up for a night during spring break. Overall, we had a wonderful time, and the hotel (Stone Lodge) is beautiful, but there are a few things the average visitor should be aware of before booking. The rooms are tiny! Not really a problem for us, but a couple with a child or two would be very crowded. Our room was hot! This was not a summer visit, but a late April one in which the outside temperature hovered in the 40's. Even after adjusting the thermostat, the room never cooled down enough for comfortable sleeping. We tried to open the interior shutters for some light, but the whole frame pulled out of the wall when we tried (very scary!) No TV in the room was a bit of a disappointment as we would have liked to watch some news at least, but we were pleasantly surprised to find wireless internet available. The biggest disappointment was the Harvest restaurant. While the our dinner was delicious, it cost as much as we paid for one night's lodging, and was a bit too fancy and unusual for our tastes. (Who in the world puts onions in sweet potatoes?) The dinners were pre-selected - you did not have any choices of sides and the menu did not explain well what was included. We were informed on Thursday night that Friday's breakfast would be served until 10 AM, so we arrived around 9:20 only to discover that they actually stop serving breakfast on Fridays at 9 AM. The lake is sad, but certainly not the fault of the staff, as I understand that geologic fluctuations are part of nature. Still, I would love to go back when the lake is actually full. I have read on other reviews that they are expecting it to reach 2/3 capacity by summer 2014, but I don't see that happening as it is just a puddle in April 2014. I don't regret going - it was an interesting couple of days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated historic Mountain Lake Lodge features 43 Rooms in the Stone Lodge, 16 in Chestnut Lodge, 9 Mountain Homes at Blueberry Ridge, 8 historic rustic cabins and 9 Front Lawn Cottages on 2,600 acres of preserved mountaintop property owned by the Mary Moody Northern Endowment. Mountain Lake Conservancy, a non-profit organization founded in 1989, serves to protect the land and wildlife resources on the property for future generations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain Lake Pembroke
- Hotel Mountain Lake