We were debating Great Wolf Lodge and Boyne Mountain Resort for a fun family overnight the third weekend of September. We ended up in Boyne because the cost was about the same and we'd been to GWL before. The waterpark at Boyne was far superior, and the room was nicer too.
We made the right choice and had a great time. I had read quite a few reviews before booking and decided to book a room in the main lodge since it seemed to be the newest and most up-to-date part of the resort. We had a huge room (301) with a full bathroom, living room with fireplace and bar (microwave, fridge, bar sink, counter, dishes, silverware) and sofa sleeper, and a loft with 2 queen beds, and another full bathroom upstairs. It was great that the kids had their own TV in the loft.
I thought that we really should have stayed two nights (though the cost would have been prohibitive) or arrived a few hours earlier to have time to hike. Check in was late (5pm), though our room was ready when we got there at 4:15. The girls wanted to go to the waterpark right away, so we went for an hour or so before we were so hungry we had to get out and get some food. We detoured for a ride up the ski lift and a hike back to the bottom, which was lovely. We ate at the restaurant in the clock tower building. It was a bar, and had bar-like quality food. We had pizza (mediocre), a couple of grinders (pretty good), and a Greek salad. That had at least a cup of feta on it! We stopped for ice cream after dinner in the little shop right there in the resort "village". There was a guy juggling in the square when we were on our way to dinner, which was neat.
After dinner, we sat in the lobby enjoying the fire for a while, and headed up to our room. It was very quiet -- I didn't hear a single footfall from the hallway, and I am a LIGHT sleeper. In the morning, we ate the breakfast buffet at Everett's, which was okay, but nothing great. The fruit was plentiful and good, but the rest was "eh". It was costly for the quality. Next time I'd know to bring food for breakfast, since the fridge in the room is decent sized, and there's a microwave and coffee maker. We split up after breakfast, with half of us hiking up the ski hill to the paths at the top, and the other half going to the waterpark. Hiking was great, and we finally left the resort at noon.
The staff was very friendly. The early fall is apparently a GREAT time to go, since the resort seemed very empty. There were NO lines in the waterpark for anything, and we didn't see another soul out hiking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Things happen at Boyne Mountain. If you've been here, you know. If you haven't, take our word. We understand how to have fun. And not just the kind of fun people talk about at work on Monday morning - but the kind that keeps you smiling to yourself all week long. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boyne Mountain Hotel Boyne Falls
- Boyne Mountain Lodge