My husband came here to hunt in 2009 with buddies. He called me that very night and told me the next time he comes here to hunt he's bringing me. Well, it's 2011 and it's my second time here during the November archery deer season. Gary and Wanda treat you like family and it's an absolutely beautiful lodge!
Ron and I stay in the main lodge, downstairs in the Lab Room. The room is large and decorated beautifully and the bed is comfy. The bathroom is large, as well, with a jacuzzi tub...nice.
The food is scrumptious! I gained five pounds, no kidding, during my first stay. All homemade and delicious...even the bread and desserts. No ready made stuff here! And, you can eat as much as you like - prime rib, turkey, roast beef, pork roast, meat loaf with all the trimmings. There is no alcohol at the lodge but that doesn't stop people from bringing their own - no problem with that. Now, if only Wanda would write a recipe book...
The crew that work in the lodge are so welcoming and friendly and the hunting guides are great guys! The same guides have been here for a few years and I see some of the same staff from last year.
Lots of things to do here, if you are a non-hunter. Quaint little antique shops and some boutiques in Pittsfield and Hannibal is only 45 minutes away. I have no problem taking off on my own for a day trip - a GPS is my best friend. Wanda was so helpful to me with suggesting places to visit. However, just sitting and reading or taking long walks is Heaven.
Can't wait to come back again and again!