Monday, June 4, 2018
My husband and I arrived on June 1, 2018 and checked in. The staff was very sweet and helpful. This is NOT a review of the cabins. Just the lodge. This review was rated so low for the following reasons:
1) The lodge itself is outdated - the interior, the bedrooms, the grounds are "maintained" at best. So, if you are looking for anything more than just a place to rest your head...keep looking.
2) The lodge does not provide any lake rentals. I found this very strange considering it sits directly on the lake. There is nothing provided to guests to use on the lake. There are 2 picnic benches that sit by the water but no grills. I've stayed at many lakeside and ocean side lodges and this is highly unusual. You might be thinking...just go rent something. Yes, you can rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and such but that is located about 10-15 min away on the other side of the lake. You will also share this area with the public and people primitive camping. So you would either need to use them there or transport and return the rentals. The paddle board rental was $22/per person for 1 hour. With the exception of the patio and the 4-5 picnic benches there is no place to sit and relax other than your room or on the water in a boat.
3) Do not let anyone tell you otherwise, this lodge is best used for people with boats. If you need a place to sleep while you take your boat out on the water - this is for you. If you planned like I did, to sit and relax, walk around the lodge and set up a chair...this is NOT. There is about 1-2 feet of rocks that make a "shoreline". If you want to chill, watch your kids play etc you will have to do so from the rocks where the boats are being launched. This NEEDS to be explained on their website.
4) Nature is beautiful, but the over grown trees make it almost impossible to see the lake from the 2nd floor in certain areas.
Finally, I DO NOT recommend this lodge for a vacation unless you have a boat, a truck to haul and rent things, plans to buy groceries because they only serve packaged goods for breakfast and plans to make trips into town because there isn't anything in the surrounding area.
This is not meant to harm the establishment - the two ladies were so sweet but this lodge has such great potential with a little innovation. It's their job to prepare their guests for the accommodations or lack thereof.
Save your money and primitive camp on the beach line or buy a boat and have a place to shower. If you think, I'm going to wing it and go...bring everything you would to primitive camp in a motel room.
I travel a lot and luxury accommodations are not a necessity but clear information of what to expect is.
Again, this was not a review of the cabins - but I did pass by those and they looked amazing.