We used to stay at the Woodstock Inn for long weekends where my husband and son would play the golf course while I relaxed by the pool, shopped around town, or visited the spa. Now that is a resort of the highest calibre. My expectations for Lake Morey Resort were certainly not this high, so when a business colleague gifted me with a golf & meal weekend package for 2, I was happy for the opportunity to visit my favorite nearby getaway state for minimal cost. Upon arrival, there was no assistance with baggage as one would expect at anyplace other than a motel. A resort should absolutely have a doorman, baggage assistance and someone to show you the amenities of the room. While my husband played the lovely 18-hole course, I enjoyed the best meal I had at the resort - a Caprese sandwich with crunchy French fries and iced tea in the lounge, all for the very most price of $8.72 + tip. That was the only expense incurred during our stay, as I brought my own bottle of Knob Creek to enjoy in our room and avoid the drunken golfers at the bar.
Speaking of drunken golfers, that's half of what killed our dinner on the first night. Unfortunately, our weekend coincided with a golf junket of the most unruly, loud-mouthed boors who raised the noise level in the dining room beyond any semblance of civility. The requested dress code was a joke, as several of these guys were in shorts, flip flops, and still had their caps on. Totally lacking in decorum. The food, once it finally arrived, was revolting. Shrimp cocktail - 3 shrimp and a piece of cucumber filled with cocktail sauce. Salad - a baby portion thrown on the plate. My entree of haddock was laughable - the size of a matchbook - no exaggeration - accompanied by an ice cream scoop of "mashed" (more like petrified) potatoes and halfway decent asparagus. One look at the plate and I said, "you've got to be kidding." Our waitress said "that's the portion." I refused to accept this. She took and the plate and returned with an additional matchbook sized piece added. It was dried out, overcooked, just plain awful. I recall better meals in my high school cafeteria.
The dining room itself was like the basement of a VFW post. White tablecloths and crisp napkins could not offset the bad food, the chintzy silverware (tinware is more like it), and general feeling of dining in a mess hall.
Breakfast at least was less crowded as the golfers slept off their hangovers, but nothing spectacular. Some smoked salmon would have rasied the bar above the usual eggs, brekfast meats, cold items, and fruit.
One look at the buffet dinner menu for Saturday night while my husband played golf, and I made a dinner reservation at Simon Pearce, where we enjoyed superb cuisine served on pottery dinnerware and blown glass barware made on site. The ride mack to Lake Morey on dark and winding 91 North reminded us that we'd never driven the VT highays at night. A hairy experience, but well worth it for the elegant dinner.
While the lake is lovely, there really is no quiet place to just sit and enjoy it. There's noise everywhere, and part of this was the clientele oblivious to the need for peaceful enjoyment by their fellow guests.
Had I been paying full fare for this getaway, would have been livid - checked out and demanded a refund and driven up to the Kedron Valley Inn.
Not a place I'd stay on my own dime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Morey Resort is located in the picturesque Connecticut River Valley directly off I-91 (exit 15) in Fairlee, VT. The resort sits right on the shores of Lake Morey offering breathtaking views. The resort, originally built in 1905 offers 133 guest rooms with many different room types to choose from. In addition to clean, comfortable guest rooms the resort boasts an 18-Hole Championship Golf Course, boating, biking, hiking, and tennis for the warmer months. When winter arrives guests can enjoy the Lake Morey Skating Trail, the longest maintained skating trail in the U.S. In addition to the 4.5 mile skating trail the resort also has a full line of Nordic skate rentals along with figure and hockey skates. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, access to the VAST snowmobile trail system round out the winter fun. The Lakeside Dining Room with spectacular views of Lake Morey and the surrounding mountains serves breakfast and dinner daily during season and most weekends and school vacation weeks in the winter months. We work closely with local vendors to provide our guests with the freshest ingredients possible. The Steamboat Lounge is open daily during the season and most weekends and school vacation weeks in the winter months. Many nights you will find live entertainment from some of the area's most talented musicians. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Morey Hotel Fairlee
- Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, Vermont