We just returned from a three day visit to this beautiful resort. Our primary interests in visiting were the mountain setting, on location activities, and hiking. The lodge is gorgeous, with a spectacular lobby that was mostly uncroweded during our stay. It was a lovely, cool place to relax on a VERY hot day. The rooms were clean and neat, although a bit smaller than we might have liked. A luggage stand and a few more hooks for wet suits would have been appriciated. The staff were helpful and friendly overall.
The patio has spectacular views. Here, however, was one of my two main disappointments. Being an early riser, I looked forward to taking my coffee out on the patio to watch the sun rise. Unfortunately, loud jazz music is piped out onto the terrace all day (including at six in the morning when I went out). I am no jazz fan, and to make matters worse, the adjacent pool area plays the XM Greatful Dead channel, so both stations play over one another. The birds and breeze would have made much more pleasant music. The buffet breakfast in the Stillwaters Restaurant was quite good. Try the custom made omlets or waffles, and a scone. Budget travelers should be warned that the food is moderately expensive and there is no complimentary beverage station in the lobby, so plan accordingly.
After breakfast, we asked the front desk staff for a map of the hiking trails. We hoped to hike the Cairns trail to see the mysterious stone structures, but after some confusion (the staff member at the desk knew nothing of the trails), we were informed that the trail was closed. We opted to take the orchard trail instead. Unfortunately, the map we were given showed the trail head in a place where it didn't exsist. After some searching along the road in 90 degree heat, we gave up and headed down the road to find the Autumn Laurel trail. Before we came to the trail head, we passed a sign that said "Cottage guests only beyond this point". After dragging down the hot road an extra mile, I would have commando crawled under a barbed wire fence and swung across the reservoir on a vine to reach that trail, so I marched passed the sign with a "somebody try and stop me" attitude. Once we finally reached the trial, however, we enjoyed a lovely hike around the mountain. There was some great wildlife viewing including an unusual box turtle on the path. If any hikers are considering the resort, take my advice and head down to the park headquarters for information before enduring the frustration.
Some of the trip highlights were dinner at TJ Muskies (the hummus platter is fabulous), and the relaxing Little Sorrel boat cruise. The pool was a nice hangout for the kids, and the paddle boats were a nice energy burner. In all, we enjoyed our stay and would return after further researching area hiking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stonewall Resort combines the pristine surroundings of Stonewall Jackson Lake with all the comforts of home. Here, in the midst of lush, rolling hills and tranquil lake waters, the beautiful Adirondack-style lodge offers a refreshing perspective, state-of-the-art conference facilities and a luxury resort experience. From the resort's own Mtn. Laurel Spa, 374-slip boat marina and award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, guests can enjoy a wide range of recreational activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stonewall Hotel Roanoke
- Stonewall Resort Roanoke