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... 2015 the Detroit Tigers Comerica Park and Minneapolis Twins at Target Field...My focus and proposed trip will take me to Detroit, onto Green Bay Wisconsin for the shareholders meeting late July, then to Minnesota...This will be followed with a drive to Leadville, CO and climbing Mount Elbert before driving to Seattle, Washington for a relocation cruise to Australia...Maybe a stop in Chelan, WA to visit ...
Ryan has a once a month poker game with several guy friends and it was his turn to host it. It was held in the big tree house that he built. Since he knows that Betsy plays Texas Hold'em on occasion, he asked her to join them. They have a local rule that the game goes until one person has finally won all the chips. I think the buy-in was $10 or 20 dollars. Betsy said that the men were very solicitous, patiently telling her about big and little blinds and all the ...
After our stay at First Landing, we drove further into Virginia to stay in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with our Niece, Bridget, her husband, Ryan, and two boys, Ronan (7) and Remy (5). We parked the RV on the only flat driveway in the area (at my ex sister-in -law's house) for two weeks and stayed in the spacious basement of Bridget & Ryan's house. The cats had carpet again and room to stretch their legs for some sprints.
... blossoms beckoning us.
I decided that a wonderful way to spend my Birthday would be with Steve and Deb on their mountain so we set off on March 23rd from South Carolina to Virginia. I've always dreamed of being somewhere warm and cosy and experiencing a white Christmas but I didn't think I'd get my dream come true for my Birthday - I woke up to snow on March 25th! It snowed all day and quit at 5 inches - loved it! No sign ...
... and drove to our one-week rental home located in the Gordonsville area. We are staying in an historical home built in 1856 called The Wolftrap Farm. It is beautifully decked out with decorations reflecting the horse hunting heritage of the area. The place is even registered as an historic home in Virginia. Our sleeping digs are in a second home on the property, the quaint and comfortable Pond House. Love the porch ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Shenandoah Crossing Gordonsville
Our week long vacation at the resort
Okay, here's my review on this resort.
We exchanged our week in Hawaii for this resort. After reading the reviews, we were hesitant, but had already booked the trip, so went ahead with it. The cabin was actually very nice and spacious. The decorating was tasteful and the rooms were large and exceptionally clean. The furniture and appliances were in excellent condition. All units had been updated with new appliances during the last year, and I was told the cabins were completely renovated during the past three years. The bathroom needed to be updated, as the floor tiles appeared to be old and faded, and the mirror and cabinets were a bit worn around the edges. However, it was very clean and well stocked with clean linen. We were told the management planned on changing the floor tiles over to linoleum. There were no spider webs, roaches, or bugs crawling around! There was a large porch, complete with a picnic table and barbecue grill. Great for hanging out at night and watching the stars.
As for the resort itself, it is a very relaxing getaway if you enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and swimming. They have an inside and outdoor pool as well as a spa, and all are excellently maintained. They have planned activities, which were fun, and a great game room complete with pool and ping pong tables, along with arcade and board games. They also have onsite miniature golf which was fun for the kids. The staff is genuinely friendly, and really work hard to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
The area around the resort is very quiet. Everything you need to have a relaxing stay at the resort is within a five mile radius. A grocery store, a bait store, a Chinese take out and Pizza restaurant, 7-eleven, banks and many gas stations are located within a few miles of the resort. There is another grocery store and drug store as well as a video rental place nearby as well. It's basically farmland and wineries, so if you are looking for nightlife action, this is not the place for you. This is the only resort in the area, which would most likely explain the absence of many restaurants and shopping. The closest nightlife, dining and shopping experiences are about 45 minutes away. You are better off picking up groceries at the store and barbecuing instead of trying to find a restaurant closeby. There is a great seafood restaurant, Cape Porpoise, about 9 miles from the resort. China, which is the take out restaurant near the resort, had excellent food, so we would recommend that as well. In addition, the resort is located near Monticello and Montepelier, as well as closeby to Skyline Drive and the caverns, and about 45 minutes from Paramount. Great daytrips for the family.
So basically, this is a great place if you want to get away from it all, bike ride, horseback ride, swim, fish, hike, barbecue, connect with nature and maybe visit a few president's homes and wineries. It is clean and cared for, with an excellent, friendly staff. If you love log cabins, camping and nature, you will love this place. If the thought of seeing a bug turns your stomach, you may be disappointed.
Our kids said that they had a blast, and loved fishing and hunting for the frogs, lizards and tadpoles. They also loved the pool and the game room, and made friends with alot of other kids.
Not A Resort
This is not a resort. It is, however, a deplorable, nasty, rundown camp. We will never stay here again. I have never been so disappointed in a vacation before in my life. The cabins are filthy and smell of mildew. There are roaches everywhere. The linen was not clean, and I dare not bathe in the tub. The facility is close to nothing, so be prepared to bring groceries. The restaurant is only open for about 5 hours a day. This trip was not worth the money we spent in gas.
Enjoyed our trip
As a new member of Blue Green, we weren't exactly sure of what we would be getting. We decided from the pictures that Shenandoah Crossings looked beautiful. We drove from Michigan on our motorcycle, and invited my sister and her new husband to meet us there. We loved the cabin we stayed in, although the pillows were hard and my sisters bed was missing sheets. This was taken care of by the wonderful staff very quickly. After reading the other reviews, I felt compelled to write. If what you are looking for is a relaxing vacation, this is the place. We drove through the Shenandoah park, and were in awe at the beauty. We were fortunate enough to see 2 bears, and extremely fortunate enough that the copperhead sunning itself a mere 6 inches from my husbands foot, did not take a taste of him. My husband and I work alot, and my sisiter and her husband both own businesses in Grosse Pointe, we were looking to relax, and we did. The stables were well maintained, the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. We wanted a relaxing escape and we were happy with our trip.
Not a place for young couples with small children
O.K....I am writing this review because after reading the others before
I visited this resort, I had a 50/50 chance on whether or not it would
be a good trip. We visited this resort as a BlueGreen Member and
expected a 5 star resort from what we had been told by BlueGreen. We stayed
in a private 2 bedroom cabin. This was far from being a 5 star resort,
I would give it a 2. The cabin was probably built in the 60's or so
and was not very clean. Spider webs and dead bugs lined the corners of
the rooms. We were not happy. The Marina is not quite a marina, they
have a few paddle boats and old row boats. This place would be fine for
a family with children 5 and over because they do seem to have
activities planned for children. But terrible for a young couple with smaller
children. Nothing to do....the closest town with nice shopping or
restaurants is an hour away in Fredericksburg. We left after 2 nights
there. We had an incident on Saturday evening with people being loud and
fighting outside the cabin after 11:30 pm. we had tried calling the
front desk and security office several times with no answer or response to
our calls. We ended up hearing gunshots being fired behind the cabin
and had to call the police because we couldn't get anyone to answer in
the security dept. So, for us this place was terrible. I hope the
review helps other young couples who are looking for an outdoors type
resort, this is not the place to go especially for more than a couple days.
Great fun for the whole family!
Shenandoah Crossing was a great place to stay. The whole family had a great time. We especially enjoyed the horseback riding that the resort offered. They had numerous activities, which included tennis, miniature golf, and pool. The resort also encompassed a park and several swimming pools. The cabin was nice, however, the lighting in the bedroom was slightly under par. But for the most part, the rest of the cabin was satisfactory. It was very serene. We would highly recommend this resort to anyone, we would definitely like to return.
Shenandoah Crossing Wedding Weekend
My family, friends, and I spent a wonderful three day wedding weekend at Shenandoah Crossing Resort. We rented the lovely Manor House as well as several hotel rooms and cabins. We were more than pleased with our casual yet relaxing accommadations. The rehearsal dinner, reception, and breakfast were all wonderful. The staff was very helpful. The grounds were not perfect, but were relaxing and inviting. My guests could not stop commenting on the variety of activities and how much fun they had during their stay.
I am writing this review in response to one that I read stating that Shenandoah Crossing should be labelled as a campground. Although their may not be mints on your pillow each night, my family and I often camp, and I hardly think that Shenandoah Crossing Resort is in the same league.
Shenandoah Crossing is a true dump!
Believe me when I tell you that Shenandoah Crossing is a complete dump!!! I travelled there over Easter Break--and believe me...never, never again. The rooms were the size of my master bathroom! It is so small, there aren't even closets in the room, only a 3 foot valet coat rack for the entire family to hang up there clothes. The 13 inch T.V. in our room didn't even work, and the Maintenance staff that leaves everyday at 7:00 PM, could not fix it. The food is horrible, and the breakfast buffet is a joke! The only thing that this dump had was great activities. This is okay if you are planning to stay up for 24 hours. However, at some point---it is back to the dump to sleep. I did not encounter one guest at Shenandoah Crossing that enjoyed the place. Everyone was complaining. In fact, several couples left prematurely to stay in hotels in the next big city, which was about a 45 minute drive. If you don't believe me, then go to Shenandoah Crossing yourself, but make sure to take extra money with you to change hotels.The only positive comments that you will read about this place will be coming directly from the management of Shenandoah Crossing. I was even told by other guests that the cabins were worst than the dump hotel! There are at least 60 resale lots available right now, and some have been listed for more than 2 years. Go figure!!!! I can't imagine anyone other than the owners of Shenandoah Crossing making positive comments about this rundown facility.
Loved my weekend retreat!
Driving down the long entrance driveway I sighted well groomed horses grazing lazily in a verdant green pasture. Check-in was smooth. Bedroom in lodge was so large I felt lost - lake view spectacular-bathroom nice with English Lavender toiletries- room clean and well appointed. Banquet room and service great overlooking lake. Lots of activities daily many of them free. Have stayed at numerous resorts around the world. This one has a unique country/mountain atmospere including fresh wholesome food and clean air. Service was great - better take advantage of it early. Place closes up early. I have selected this place for our 2004 family reunion because of its excellence and something for all ages.
She;nandoah Crossing Resort should be renamed Shenandoah Crossing Campground
Shenandoah Crossing Resort should be called Shenandoah Crossing Campground. This is definitely not a resort. There is only one restaurant, and it is only opened limited hours. There is a so-called breakfast buffet--that consists of only six items--bacon, sausage, eggs, potatoes, and pancakes. The hotel room is so small, only one person can walk at a time. The walls are paper thin. The hotel is in need of a renovation. The front desk closes at 9:00 PM. There is no one to answer the phone after that time. There is no emergency maintenance service--the security guard will take your request and pass it along to someone the next day. The grounds are in bad condition. The cabins are even worse than the hotel. It smelled of mildow. The linen was deplorable. I didn't even want to sit down in the chairs. The cable was out the entire time. There are no antennas on the televisions.
Therefore, it was no reception in the cabin whatsoever. The fixtures in the bathroom were so rundown, I had to use a paper towel to turn the knobs because I didn't want to touch the fixtures with my bare hands.
This was a total misrepresentation of what I thought that Shenandoah Crossing was supposed to be. The family activities were good, but it didn't make up for the dreadful nights' stay in the rooms/cabins. The only thing that Shenandoah Crossing has going for it is that the customer service was outstanding, and I applaud the staff for being able to withstand this rundown place.
Comfortable home away from home
A quiet place to stay with semblances of home. The duplex townhouse was clean and neat. Excellent gas fireplace. A central enough location to travel from: 1hr 30 min to DC. Only complaint was that the bed was extra firm and not as comfortable as my wife and I are accustomed to.
Has enough anmenities for family on site if you don't wish to go any where. Gordonsville is the normal small town with the basic needs provided.