My boyfriend and I chose to spend our 5-year anniversary at The Guesthouse after buying a deal on LivingSocial so, the price was right. We were warmly greeted with a bottle of wine and a cheese platter and given a tour of the place.
I loved the many public spaces to curl up with a book or just relax and talk. There are lots of outdoor porches and patios with great views as well. I only wish the guest rooms were as nice as the main lodge. Our room had a little bit of a funky smell and was just generally not a space that makes you feel good to be in - odd artwork, dark painted wood paneling, etc... Unfortunately, on a trip like ours - we kind of did want to spend a lot of time in our room, but found it easy to find other spaces to enjoy each other's company.
We had two rocking chairs and a little table right outside our door which was lovely in the evenings. There's a shared kitchenette where you can keep beverages, so we were glad we brought some beer and wine coolers to enjoy on our porch (although you can't drink them by the pool or the main lodge as they have a bar and are licensed to sell their own alcohol in those spaces).
Our deal included a $25 dining credit at the restaurant each night so we took advantage of that (not that there are many other options nearby) and the food was delicious. The warm cornbread they bring out is to die for and was so good I wanted to order more for dessert. I highly recommend the mushroom ravioli. The service, however, was a joke. Out waiter the first night knew absolutely nothing about any of the menu items or the beers (all bottles by the way, none on draft). Our waitress the second night was grumpy and unfriendly. I don't think she smiled once and our food took twice as long as everyone else in the dining room with no explanation.
As other reviewers have noted, the real culinary highlight is the communal breakfasts. My boyfriend and I both agreed that the bacon on Saturday morning was the best bacon we ever had and the homemade apple butter was a total treat. We were disappointed when there was no bacon Sunday morning, but the pancakes and sausage were yummy, too! Breakfast is brought out right at 9am, so I would recommend getting there as close to that time as possible.
A note about sleep quality - the weekend we went there, they were doing repairs on the pool. We were notified in advance via e-mail and were assured that the construction would not start until after 9:00am. However, noise so loud OSHA would have probably required earplugs started before 8:00am and made sleeping past that point impossible. Not sure why the owners would agree to that kind of construction on a Saturday morning when their lodge was full to capacity rather than a weekday, but I was mostly just disappointed that it began earlier than we had been told.
The location was our favorite part - it's a short drive from DC and it felt wonderful to be in the middle of nowhere with fresh air, starry night skies, and best of all - no traffic.
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