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... up tents in the rain is really no fun, so we tried to get everything set up as quickly as possible. After everything was set up, we headed out on our hike for the day. We were headed to Overall Run Falls, the tallest waterfall in the park. Conveniently, the trailhead for this waterfall is located in the back of the campground, so we didn’t need to drive any more to reach it. We walked ...
... to run some errands and do the grocery shopping! Whilst in the process of packing the car I chatted to Dean (Susan's husband) about different things around the farm and also about chickens and the different breeds of them, etc. an interesting talk it was! Learnt a lot about eggs and chickens - never buying eggs from a supermarket again... They're not good for you at all! So at about 3.30pm Susan and I drove off and we were ...
We done a day trip to the historic village of Harpers Ferry which borders 3 states. A great little place for lunch and packed with tourists.
The next day we took a quick ride up to West Virginia so I could tick another state off on my bike then we headed for Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive.
Had an amazing ride along the ridge of the mountains with stunning fall scenery. Even saw a couple of baby bears in a tree which caused the usual 'bear jam'. ...
... to see a juvenile black bear cub and a smaller cub scampering across the road and up over the stone wall. WOW!! As we drove along we all had our eyes peeled to our surroundings looking out for more animal sightings.
We are staying midway off the Skyline at Big Meadows campground. We saw some deer as we approached. We set up camp which was super fast as the rain had briefly stopped, we managed to get the tent and rainfly on ...
... looking around the shops, we went to eat lunch at the red robin restaurant. We then went ot buy some scrapbooks and craft materiel for them in Michael's (craft store) followed by a trip to Barnes and Noble bookstore. When we get back we will show you guys the scrapbooks we have done.
Overall a very successful day, despite the heat.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Massanutten Resort McGaheysville
Great family vacation!
From the time our family arrived at Massanutten Resort, there was always an activity available whenever we felt the need (swimming, hiking, golfing, tennis, miniature golf, dining, massage). The hospitality from the resort staff was excellent whenever we needed assistance, and they would go out of their way to make our visit as pleasant as possible. With the beautiful surrounding mountains (also used for skiing), and the well kept grounds within the resort, Massanutten is not only a top-notch family getaway, but also a great location within a 4 hour driving distance from Southeastern
PA. I highly recommend Massanutten Resort, and with a WaterPark under construction to be completed by 2005, we hope to return in the near future!
I loved the view looking down into the valley from the mountain top.
I had the pleasure of staying at the resort this July,2004. The visit was wonderful and the sites awesome, i will be returning in the future.
Timeshare owner for 25 years!!
Just can't beat Massanutten Resort....even after 25 yrs. of owning timeshare at the Villas..can't wait to go. It just gets better with age. They continue to keep the resort top notch. Eager to help you and friendly. Our children have been coming since they were little and look forward to coming back and bring their family and friends.
The golf is fantastic
If you are a golfer do not hesitate on trying this resort. Two great courses to choose from that are both challenging in different ways. The pools are great too and in winter you have the skiing which I am told is fantastic.
We come back every year
We have been staying at Massanutten each summer for the last 4 or 5 years. We love it. Lovely condo, we are a family of six and the accomodations are excellant. Lots to do for the kids and plenty of shopping nearby. Relaxing and rejuvinating. Going again this year!
Great condo, lousy location
In June 2002 my husband and I exchanged a week through RCI - we were booked in one of the two-story condos. Huge whirlpool tub, steam sauna on the downstairs floor, two bedrooms/baths upstairs. We were booked for at least one king bed but instead had a double - that's tough when you're not used to such a small bed, but it was also horribly soft. We slept on the sofas downstairs the last two nights. Overall the condo, though, was very well-outfitted and clean.
We made the mistake (we were newbies at the time) of agreeing to come to their RCI breakfast and tour. Good grief - we spent a half day with a rep who drove us around the resort in her filthy minivan full of used babywipes, toys, carseats, fast food containers and wrappers - all in the name of $100 in "Massanutten Money". What suckers we were!!!!!! Don't fall for it - the new condos we saw were higher up the mountain and had gorgeous views, were very nicely decorated and would be an ideal fit for family gatherings or several couples. The sales reps need some polish though.
As for the town, we were extremely disappointed. Shopkeepers were rude and rarely spoke to you, watched you like they thought you were going to shoplift and there was very little in the way of entertainment. I don't need to go clubbing every night but to have been a college town, this place had nothing.
We are avid hikers and found the Shenandoah Valley to be hot, muggy and bug-ridden. Some nice waterfall hikes but not worth going back to.
We recently (March 27-29) visited Massanutten Resort strongly considering purchasing a time share. The resort was picturesque, the amenities were plentiful and well maintained and the housing was beautiful. However, the marketing representative was extremely self indulgent and became frightenly angry when we asked him 2-1/2 hours into his sales presentation if he could speed the process along. He drove his car at excessive and unsafe speeds through the complex and completely ignored us when showing us a condo. Upon being questioned about his change in demeanor, he said "he didn't like being rushed." His attitude was threatening to the point of frightening my wife and driving her to tears. The irony is, the resort is capable of selling itself and the need for such theatrics or attitude is not even needed.
Beautiful Shenandoah Mountain Resort
Massanutten truly has something for everyone. All of the resorts are "Gold Crown" or "Resorts of International Distinction" as rated by RCI (Resort Condominiums International). The SUMMIT and MOUTAINSIDE complexes are the most luxurious, but all are very nice. In the summer there is a fishpond, horseback riding, swimming, you name it, all within the resort complex. They also have artisans who teach classes for a small fee. We purchased an activity card for $99 (which included some of the golf fees) and found it to be a tremendous value. We are going back the week of Christmas to try some of their winter activities and will be staying within walking distance to the snow tubing. To have the best possible experience, a car is essential as the complex is mountainous (easy driving, lousy walking) and spread out. We have always enjoyed our time here. It is truly family oriented.
I can NEVER contact the reservation agent
I see this ski resort in their webpage and finally I decided to book this one for my vacation in US. The only way that I can make reservation (according to what they told me from my enquiry through email) is to call them during Mon-Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm (Hong Kong time 10:00pm - 6:00am). Okay I then tried to call at night (I called until 5:00am in Hong Kong) in Hong Kong but everytime I called, it went to the vocie messaging machine. I left message and ask them to call back, but I recieved no phone call for 3 working days. I sent them email for reservation, but I didn't get a reply either. I don't think it's the right attitude to ignore their potential customer this way and in e-business world, why didn't they just simply make a online reservation? Unless they don't really want to do business with people outside US.It will be my second visit to US. My first trip was to west coast 1 year ago and I was satisfied with the hotels booking online. To all people living outside US, don't consider this resort unless it has improvement on its reservation process
An all-time favorite
My family stays at Massanutten Resort in the Shenandoah Valley every year. Our first time was a last minute decision and we were concerned that it would probably be the leftovers no one would want, but we loved it. We ended up buying a second timeshare there. They have everything: 5+ pools, horseback riding, weightroom, racquet ball courts, tennis courts, hiking trails, tubing and kayaking trips, fishing, boating, restaraunts, outlet malls, skiing, easy access to Shenandoah National Park, Monticello, and just about everything you can imagine! The people are friendly and helpful and the rooms are absolutely gorgeous. We stay at the Summit and it is like a dream, with a 4 person jaccuzzi with surrounding mirrors and marble floors, two bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room with a lovely gas fireplace, and a screened in porch which makes a great spot for reading. I would recommend Massanutten to anyone. There is without a doubt something there for everyone.