Skytop is one of the best of the old New England-style full service family resorts. We had a wonderful four-night stay in July, and I can't say enough about the resort and its staff. The rooms are old and somewhat dated, because it is a historic resort and is maintained as such. If you want a modern room, go stay at the Andaz in NYC. The older rooms fit the historic nature of the resort. Our room was small, but our kids had a larger room with two twin beds - a rarity at most resorts.
The food was outstanding. We met the chef one afternoon and had a chat about how he tries to source much of the food locally. He is a very personable chef, not one of the overbearing types you see on TV. I think that is reflected in the service of his staff. The menus had something for everyone, including vegetarians. Dinner was upscale, breakfast and lunch were more casual. The fish was always good, and I had one of the best duck dishes I have ever had.
The resort has so much to do, we only left the property once for horseback riding. We took the learn-to-shoot-skeet program for the family, and everyone hit at least one clay. This program is run by Orvis and is excellent. I just wish they also had a pistol range and pistol program. The lake is beautiful for boating, and the Orvis center has everything you need. We also did the stand-up paddleboards at the swim lake. What fun! The have beginner boards for the first-time user, which are more stable and easier to master. Then try the expert boards for a real workout of your core! The golf course is very nice. We also shot archery and learned how to lawn bowl. They had badminton, volleyball, pool workouts and fitness classes. If you have younger children, they have a great kids program and a wonder play area.
What stood out to us was the hiking and running trails. The trail around the lake is gorgeous, especially first thing in the morning. It is very level and worth two loops for a nice morning run. If you want more challenging, there are hill trails and some very rugged off-road trails. The resort has planned hikes with a leader. They are a nice way to get out, see nature and the streams, and get your exercise.
At night, the resort has different activities. Campfire sing-along one night, music in the main hall on other nights, and some very nice traditions. We went to the card room one night and played a board game for some family time. And unlike some New England resorts, you can get a drink at Skytop at dinner, in the bar or pool-side.
Could the rooms stand an update? Sure. But you won't be disappointed in the total experience at Skytop. I am certain we'll return for a second visit soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Naturally InspiredExperience the ultimate retreat by visiting one of the most esteemed lodges in the country—Skytop. This grand historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation including the new Adventure Center at Skytop.You and your family can explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing—to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services. No matter your age, personality or desire, Skytop Lodge can make your next trip an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Skytop Hotel Skytop
- Skytop Resort All Inclusive
- Resort Skytop Lodge
- Skytop Lodge Skytop