My wife and I wanted to take our 7 year old grandaughter to the mountains. She had never flown in a plane nor seen or played in snow. We chose to head towards the Sugar Mountain area and wanted to get some type of "lodge" experience also. Smoketree Lodge looked like it was a great spot. When reading reviews though, I was quite concerned and ready to make another choice.
We stuck with the reservation but arrived with some apprehension. I was greatly surprised and pleased. Now mind you, we weren't looking for a 5 star place. The rate was $110 per night. We rented a room for 3, which was a 2 room unit-king, pull out sofa in the other, with kitchenette. It was very clean, satisfactorily equipped with all utensils, towels, extra pillows, etc. no smoke smell. It was a great stay for 2 night weekend. We flew into Charlotte, rented a car and had a 3 hour drive, quite beautiful. Unfortunately we hit the warm front weekend, but there was enough snow at the mountain resorts to play and give her a lifetime memory. Back to Smoketree. It had a great lodge room with large game area for all ages, sauna, hot tub and heated pool, all of which we used most of Saturday due to a heavy rainfall. If you have kids of any ages and want a reasonable place, this is great. Its true the outside is a little weather beaten, the hallways were needing trim paint, etc. but the rooms were great, the lodge was super and it met our needs in every way. I am in the tourism business, so this review counters many bad ones and is an honest one. It is located with easy access to Sugar Mountain & Beech Mountain, and Hawksnest (tubing)and we will come back next year and bring more with us!
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