We were long time members of Avalon and condo owners before moving to Florida in January, 2013. We returned for a visit in July, stayed in the lodge over the weekend and then in a friend's condo in the middle of the week.
Avalon has always been "in the middle of nowhere". It has never had cell service, and probably never will. Buy a phone card to use the public land lines that are available.
There has been a complete change of management and an almost complete change of staff at Avalon since January, 2013. The two female "managers" cited in so many negative posts are gone. The new management is focused on rebuilding an atmosphere of friendly fun that was poisoned over the last two years by the two departed managers. It's an uphill climb. (And, that's not intended as a pun, but if you go to Avalon you will see why it could be taken that way.)
The lodge rooms are basic, and the walls are paper thin. (That's one reason that there are no TV's in the rooms.) The housekeeping has improved 110% with the departure of the former management and staff. The rooms are clean but very basic. TV is available in a common room at the indoor pool and in the main dining room. This facility was built as a church camp by the Winchester (VA) Church of God, so that may give you an idea of why the structure isn't exactly up to Hilton standards. Still, it's comfortable, clean and safe.
Read the web site carefully or talk in detail to the office about what food service will be available during your stay. Previous management teams have tried to run a full service 4 star restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Didn't work. You will find that the food on offer is well prepared, basic and you won't starve--but DO make sure that you understand what's going to be available and when. If the restaurant is closed for dinner, the pizza place in Paw Paw is OK.
The bar has gone "no-smoking", and offers some WV Lottery "slots".
The campground is up a fairly steep hill and is unlighted at night. So, carry a flashlight and watch your step.
If what you are seeking is a relaxing, fun, easygoing experience in the beauty of West Virginia's mountains with a bunch of friendly folks--who just don't happen to wear clothes--this is your place.
And, yeah, there are some members over 60 who could loose a few pounds. If that's a problem for you, go somewhere else.
Bottom line: This is a wonderful nudist facility in a magnificent natural location. It is not a Hilton, and never will be. It is not a 4 star restaurant and never will be. It is in the middle of nowhere and always will be. New management is working hard to recover from serious problems created by prior management, and they are on the right track. Go, expecting to enjoy a relaxing time and meet new friends among the great crowd that goes to Avalon. If this is your first nudist experience, Avalon is a great place for dipping your toes in the water.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avalon is nestled in a lovely valley in wild & wonderful West Virginia. As soon as you arrive, your tension and stress from the outside world begins to melt away. Whether you sit on the green grassy lawn or play volleyball or tennis, you will find your daily cares slipping away. Or you may decide to sun by the pool or soak in the spa to begin your relaxation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Avalon Hotel Paw Paw