We booked online & didn't have any issues. We came for a retreat & to hike to the Ink Pots. We had a duplex unit near the tennis court.You can hear the river, it was great. Every unit had either chairs or a bench swing to enjoy the surrounding nature. There was also a BBQ space that you could use.
There were webs in some of the corners but with these being older cabins in the middle of the forest I think if you cleaned the webs in the morning some would be back by check-in. The Better Crocker coffee pot was a joke, we had to run water through twice to get water hot enough for tea. The provided coffee was ok though. If you can, bring your own mugs. We found the ones provided were small (maybe 8oz/250 mL)
The bed was ok, we've had worse. The mini fridge was useful but we did not feel like renting VHS to play on the small TV. We came to recharge & get away from the city so not being able to watch tv or surf the net on our laptop wasn't the end of the world. You do get cell service. We had a gas fire place but the thermostat must be off. It never reached the temp indicated & it was a balmy 6•C when we arrived. We didn't get a unit with a tub, I'd highly recommend that if you're going to hike. Our cube shower was clean & I was surprised at the amount of hot water we got. The walls between units were pretty thin, we could hear a lot of what the other guests were doing.
Bridges Restaurant: we had the same server for the 3 meals we had & she was great. I enjoyed everything but my husband was not a fan of the chicken burger (what he didn't like is what made it a great burger for me). We sat by the fire place for breakfast, but the fire was mostly out & ash was floating around. Neither of us brought this up to our server though. The dinner menu changes on the weekend. We very much enjoyed the steak. The Gluten Free chocolate almond torte was delicious.
The Falls: we've been here a couple times before so we knew what to expect. The best time to start is before 9am, after that the tour buses show up & not everyone understands courtesy. It's an easy walk to the lower falls & for a non-hiker it was a bit hilly up to the upper falls. The views along the way make it worth it.
Ink Pots: I was expecting more from these. The views that surround them is what saved this hike. I thought they would have been near the top of mountain for some reason. It's a lot of uphill, with some steep sections followed by a lot of downhills to the Ink Pots. It was an almost 6 hour round trip for us newbie hikers. Everyone we encountered on this bit of the trail was friendly. We saw squirrels, woodpeckers and a grouse. Be prepared for varying temperatures.
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