My wife and I spent an anniversary weekend here, staying in Dale's cabin. The place is beautiful, peaceful, cushy. The food was really terrific, and each evening we ate out on the patio which was lovely. The service was great. The swimming pool was wonderful. Our cabin was excellent, although not quite our style: actually that's my general sense about this place, which is oriented towards a world of hunting ruffed grouse and skeet shooting and various other activities I associate with the upper classes of the first half of the last century. If you like that kind of thing, you'll feel right at home here.
We came for a relaxing weekend, partly drawn by talk on the website of "miles of hiking trails" more than talk about shooting skeet. But the hiking trails, it turned out, were either gravel paths (pretty enough, but not that interesting) or poorly marked and worse very poorly maintained trails that (we were told) hadn't been mowed in a long time. The trail map we got wasn't really accurate, and the questions we asked before we left about where to go were answered by young folks behind the front desk with lots of uncertainty and vagueness. You really didn't get the sense that hiking was taken very seriously as an activity. -- On the other hand, we asked for a packed lunch, which we picked up in the kitchen before leaving and were delighted to find came in a nicely packed and attractive backpack with nice (though simple) sandwiches and salads, and china plates and linen napkins and silverware to eat them with. We liked that a lot.
We also had a "couples massage" while there, from two very good masseuses. There isn't really a "spa" as such: the massages took place in an attic area of the main lodge, which was somewhat crowded, rather warm, and actually set up as a dormitory area with bunk beds etc. Again, this didn't seem like an aspect of the place that was taken that seriously -- but the massages were great.
Finally, on departure we discovered a $200 "resort fee" had been added to our bill -- and when we questioned it the young person at the desk said she'd see if she could take it off, and then (without asking anyone else) simply removed it. On the one hand I leave this as a word to the wise: they're prepared to take the charge off if you simply ask them to. On the other hand it left a sour taste in our mouths as we checked out: why charge a hidden fee you're willing immediately to drop when questioned? it's a blatant attempt to rip off those who don't notice it.
We paid $750 a night, not including lunch and dinner (the lunch was about $45 for the two of us, dinners were $100 prix fixe per person including service but not drinks -- and were delicious). That seems to me awfully expensive for what one gets. I would pay $400 or $500 a night and feel like this was a wonderful place. At $750 it seemed overpriced.
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