Okay, first, the bad news. If WiFi reception is important to you, know this. The dining room and the nice rooms in the Main Lodge get no WiFi reception. We were in room 15. In the bathroom (like I want to sit in the bathroom to work on my IPad), reception was spotty. In the bedroom there was NO WiFi at all. The people in room 16 asked us if we were having better luck than they were with WiFi because they had none at all and my advice to them was to try sitting on the toilet. Fortunately, at the Stone Lodge WiFi was perfect. Even sitting on the porch or in the chairs lakeside the signal was strong. I'll call the lack of reception in the Main Lodge "bad news" because I specifically asked for a room with good WiFi when booking because I work some while on vacation and I need it and I was told the entire property got reception. False. I even had the staff reboot the router for me to no avail.
Next: At breakfast one can order as much of whatever is available as one wants, including orange juice and coffee. At dinner on the prepaid plan you can have all the coffee you want but order a diet coke and you'll have to sign for it because it will cost you $1.50. Sorry, but that's weird. An up-charge for wine, beer or liquor I can certainly understand but for a diet coke? No! Big suggestion: The coke should be included in the price of the meal! Owners? STOP IT! You don't charge for the coke with the meal plan dinner! It's crazy!
Okay: Now for the good news. In brief, everything else. The entire lodge is spotless, the service is extremely attentive and friendly to the extent that one feels the staff, themselves are enjoying themselves. The lodges and the decor within bring one back to days gone by in mountain lodges of this kind. The lake is right there for you to kayak in, canoe in or just sit by and enjoy some reading or chatting.
Apparently The Hedges dining room gets a good deal of business from people who are not staying at the lodge in addition to those who are so there are two menus, the BIG one and the one for guests who have paid for their meals (except their diet coke, mind you). The menu for guests offers a fish dish, a meat dish a vegetarian dish and a chef's salad. The food is good and while diner is not an "all you can eat" deal like at another place on the lake, it was all I could eat, and I'm 6' and 220 pounds. If anything, at the end of dinner I felt like I'd eaten too much. Another suggestion. The lodge MIGHT want to offer the current guests dining plan and then another plan for guests who'd like to order from the full menu.
I mentioned the other place on the lake. It's called Hemlock Hall. We stayed there last year and opted to go to The Hedges after a 25 year hiatus this year. We prefer the grounds at The Hedges and not only was there NO WiFi anywhere at Hemlock Hall but even 3G was spotty at best and the place was just too day campy for us. Everybody knew everybody else, except us. People book the same week each year so as to meet up with old fiends who have been coming for decades and meal service is family style at tables for 10 or 12 or so. At The Hedges, you get a private table for your party alone and while people have also been coming for decades, that day camp for older people feel is non-existent.
I REALLY enjoyed The Hedges and we want to come back too. I do like to mix things up some by trying a place like this one year and maybe The Asticou Inn in Bar Harbor the next and The Finger Lakes the next but I'd recommend The Hedges to anyone and I plan to go back more than once in the future. I love it.
- Also Known As:
- The Hedges Hotel Blue Mountain Lake
- Hedges Blue Mountain Lake
- Hedges Hotel Blue Mountain Lake