This review is duplicated in the Santee forum, due to technical difficulties.
Okay, let’s start off with the correct driving instructions on how to get there.
I-95 exit 98. Head North on SC -6, at the traffic light in town, next to the Horizon gas station, turn right at the light. Yes, it is a dead end. Go down about ¾ mile and you will see the property on your left.
They are still building the main-center; check-in is in a building trailer. It is not as bad as it sounds. Check-in was pretty smooth; Hope was very helpful and has some good recommendations in case you need any.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom unit on the main floor. The unit was new, to fairly new. Well furnished and supplied with all the necessities. The kitchen has all Stainless steel appliances, toaster, cuisine art coffeemaker, the cone kind and it was missing the filter holder, so if you are bringing paper filters, bring the cone shaped ones. A blender and missing a cookie sheet. It came with dish detergent, 3 dishwasher balls and 1 set of shampoo/conditioner. Plenty of pillows, towels and blankets.
The unit was clean, and did not really have any issues. Nice, clean, new, and in good condition. Towel and linen exchange is on Wednesday’s. Just hang the card on the door.
There really is not any audible construction noise coming from what I believe will be check-in, pool and recreation center. Again, besides fishing and boating, there really are no activities that you can do at this property.
The only major issue I have with this property.
There is NO INTERNET CONNECTION ANYWHERE ON-SITE. (As of 11/15/09).
This comment is for Wyndham (Come on Wyndham, I’ll pay for it, but to have none????)
We actually had to cruise and “take” internet from the Travelodge (park in the Russell Stover store parking lot, or at the Holiday Inn. (These 2 were the fastest) Thank you for being so kind and enable me to get connected.
There are no trails at the property to go for a walk; you can go down the road and cross Lake Marion on the old Bridge. Runs next to I-95, so it will not be quiet. Go can dock your boat or canoe, and of course fish off one off the many docks that they have.(5 docks). Housekeeping was around all day. The units are fairly loud if you are used to silence, during our stay there were not many kids around so it was quiet. This property is a good base, but there is nothing to do on-site and of course they do not have internet. TV had enough channels. There is a Food lion just down the street and a Piggly Wiggly as well. The nearest Wal-Mart we could find was in Summerville off I-26.
There is a Cracker Barrel, (food was ok), a Chinese restaurant Food is to be ok according to others), A Thai/Mexican and several chain restaurants in town. The outlets are pretty much deserted. For outlet shopping you are better off going to the Tanger outlets just outside off Charleston.
Things to do:
Charleston, of course, ----------nice city to go and explore with or without kids. It is about a 60 minute ride if that. We had lunch at the brewery (See other review.) Walked around a bit, shopped at the market. We came back because we liked it when we were there a few months ago. Bring your camera; there are some great pictures to be taken.
Rent a boat,------- we used Lake Side Marina, on Hope’s recommendation and they were great. Nice people, not looking to scam you. They are about 8 miles from I-95 going South on SC-6, you will see a sign for Lake side Marina and turn left. We rented a Jon boat with electric motor for $35,00 could have had it all day I believe, They have motor boat, pontoons etc. Check with them what you need.
Edisto Gardens in Orangeburg, ---------about 45 minutes drive. It is cute and free. We looked at Middleton Place ($25/adult general admission $5/kid) this is a whole day event. Magnolia Plantation, next door ($15/adult, $10/kid)
We did not go into Santee Park, played golf or fished. Which are the other main things to do here. A good source of information will be the Tourist information office on SC-6, you’ll need their expertise after 4 days, unless you like golf and fishing.
Columbia, ----about 60 minutes take SC-301 to I-26, it will save you 20 minutes and it is a good drive. We went to the Children’s Museum in downtown Columbia. General admission was $9.50 adult and Children. It is a pretty interactive display, a good place to be for a couple of hours on a rainy day. The state museum is across the street, we did not go see that one.
Santee Dam/Harry’s Fish Camp-----------Follow the sign for Santee Dam on SC-6 to SC-45. Direct Lake Access. Nice guy’s Harry and Steve, Father & Son, have been running the tackle shop and cottages for a while there.
Mepkin Abbey----just outside Monks Corner, nice grounds to stroll around, (free), the tour of the abbey starts at 11.30 am and 3 pm, check their website. ($5 adult, kids free). Also a nice gift shop on site, with plenty of products made by the local monks and from around the country. Buy some drizzle; it is made by the Moncks and pretty tasty.
I hope this helps. Enjoy
- Also Known As:
- Wyndham Vacation Resort Lake Marion Hotel
- Wyndham Vacation Resort Lake Marion Hotel Santee