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... as having several interesting state parks that we wanted to explore.
The KOA campground where we stayed was in the middle of the Hocking Hills area and close to the Old Man Cave State Park. You can imagine our surprise and delight to discover that our visit coincided with the 2014 Washboard Music Festival, the highlight of the year in Logan, OH. Events planned for the weekend were numerous music groups performing on stage ...
... the dog jumped up and grabbed the stick and hung on swinging through the air. We expended tons of energy for not much mileage forward. The map told us that Salem had lodging, yet when we got there at dark, no go. We waited until it got even darker and then slipped behind an abandoned swimming pool in the middle of town and made ...
What a gorgeous day. 1 rain delay for about 30 minutes in the late afternoon. Didn't try to ride in the downpour, see pictures. Another 750km day, leaving about 600 km to finish off on Sunday. Stayed at a Quality Inn in St George for the nite, while not a dump, signs of getting there in a year or two are there. Limited supper choices, choose KFC, ouch big ...
I can tell I'm getting back to reality, because I am waking up early...mentally going over my "to do" list! Why do I do that? The entire time we were on vacation I slept so well. For the first time in a LONG time I was mentally relaxed. I promised myself I wouldn't start working on school projects until we were on our way home...and I didn't! I started yesterday...and now I'm waking up at 5:00 AM! It's kind of a love/hate relationship. I love processing a new school year. Once I get ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stonewall Resort Roanoke
Remote, but very nice.
I visited the Stonewall resort for a conference in June. It is a new lodge/resort/golf destination. However, it is the only option for food and dining within 10 to 15 miles. It is in the middle of nowhere.
The lodge itself is very sharp and modern. The staff is helpful and friendly. The pool is impressive. The whole place was very clean. The guestroom exceeds what you would expect from a typical Radisson, Marriott, etc.
The only complaints (other than location) have to do with the food and the golf. The restaurants are overpriced ($11 for a grilled chicken club). The service is also underwhelming at the bar and the restaurants. The golf course is an Arnold Palmer design, but tough. My gripe is with the staff at the course. In the days we played there seemed to be any interest in ensuring golfers were happy and accomodated. For example, an overnight rain forced the course to open late. This meant our group would not have time to play 18 holes. Despite the fact that there were several groups waiting for the tee, the pro would not allow us to begin on #10. This made little sense. He also would not allow the waiting groups to use the driving range (included as part of the greens' fee) because the staff was not able to pick up the balls from the previous night. We also could not use the putting green because it was near the driving range and they were worried someone may begin hitting balls...I'm not making this up.
When you pay $75 for golf, you should be treated like a valued customer, not an inconvenience.
I would return again, but could not imagine staying anymore than 2 or 3 days simply because there is nothing to do outside the resort.
Not What We Expected
Although the area was nice, Stonewall Resort is now what we expected. The food is over priced, and leaves alot for the appetite to desire. Unfortunatley, the front desk staff took it upon themselves to charge our credit card for whatever they wanted to, without our authorization. The restaurant charged our credit card several times for one meal. We spent more time getting our charges straighten out with the resort and the bank than we did vacationing.
Peaceful and relaxing....
My husband and I visited Stonewall Resort for four nights in May. I grew up in WV and have since moved away. The resort proved to be a little slice of heaven, just like West Virginia herself.
The resort seems to be more geared toward conferences, but they do have leisure visitors. The conference areas are huge, new and very nice.
The spa was small, but nice. We were there to relax, so I did a 3 hour session with a manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. The massage therapist was very good and the mani and pedi were great. I did not care for the facial. After having been to the Nemacolin Spa in Farmington, PA, this spa does not compare, but for WV and the prices, it was just what I needed!
My reason for not giving Stonewall 4 stars is the food. 1- They're over charging. 2- The food is just average. 3- Of the three different resaturants, they serve the EXACT same thing at 2 of them, and a small variation of the first 2 at the third restaurant. They did have a nice bar area with good drinks and the food wasn't horrible, just not enough of a selection and too overpriced.
We rented bikes, which was nice, but they need to label the trails better. We were going to go on a evening dinner cruise, but they didn't have enough people to go, so it was canceled. I think their season is not in full swing, so I'm sure the summer cruises regularly have enough to do them.
Overall, a great relaxing weekend and I would definately recommend Stonewall.
A first class escape to the beauty of West Virginia
we spent four days at Stonewall at the end of August and cannot wait to return. Children, ages 9-18 and adults all had a wonderful time, enjoying the scenery, lake and abundant wildlife. The lodge is spacious, rooms are kept very clean and a great effort is made by the hotel staff to be of service. The only downfall of the resort is the food service at the lodge, expensive, sometimes poor in quality, and limited in selection. The alternative is the restaurant on the golf course, Lightburns - there service, selection and quality are excellent.
The spa is small but very pleasantly managed and you will find a full array of services in a very peaceful environment. Be sure to visit them.
THere is a very nice gift shop with beautiful WV items.
We look forward to our return.
Stonewall Jackson Resort - a little piece of heaven
We recently spent a week at the Stonewall Jackson Resort in northern West Virginia in our travel trailer at their campground. The camprgound is surrounded on three sides by a 2,000 plus acre lake with some of the best bass fishing in northern West Virginia. The entire resort, which features a golf course, spa and several fine restaurants, is breathtaking. The wildlife, deer in particular, visit all areas of the resort and are very tolerant of people. Does and little ones, still with their spots, were as numerous as the people all over the park. Hiking, mountain biking, boating and fishing took up all of our time. The facilities are extremely clean and well maintained all over the resort. The marnia features pontoon boat, canoe, kayak and fishing boat rentals. They also rent houseboats so that you never have to leave the lake. This was our first visit and one that we will certainly do again. We were less than two hours from home and it seemed like a world away. The people we encounted during this trip, folks from the resort, our neighbors in the campground, folks working at local businesses, were all extremely friendly. It is located just off of Interstate 79 at exit 91.
Suite life with children
Trip date June 27-30, 2004. We were thrilled with our summer visit back to our roots in central West Virginia - what a lovely resort tucked over the hills from I-79. Stonewall Resort has rustic charm with all the modern conveniences. We booked a room with 2 queen beds adjoining one of the 6 parlor/suites. Every room overlooks the beautiful Stonewall Jackson Lake and most times of the day you could easily spot deer and fawn enjoying the scenery too. The parlor/suite was very spacious w/kitchenette and huge bath w/jacuzzi tub and separate shower, pull out sofa bed as well. The queen bedded room had a lovely spacious bath equipped w/2 sinks. The indoor/outdoor pool w/2 hot tubs is great and well maintained - the well furnished fitness room sets along side the pool with lovely locker room facilities. My children enjoyed the playground every day. We were fortunate to have our stay coincide with the arrival of the resorts cruise boat, the Little Sorrel. We enjoyed a 2 hour sightseeing cruise one afternoon to the dam on the lake. This cruise is an experience not to miss - they outfitted the children with their own life vests. The menu in Stillwaters is full of variety and staff very helpful. The fire pit glowed every evening and seemed to be a nice spot to recap your day spent in this beautiful section of West Virginia. The golf course was simply breathtaking and there were also all sorts of recreation available on the lake, kayaking to fishing to jet skis. We highly recommend this little jewel in the hills!
Loved it over the 4Th!
Love it! I have been there twice already and I can't wait to go back. Service was great, spa was the best ever they really give you the full time you paid for, and the food was to die for! Loved the fire pit and we enjoyed fireworks over the lake on the 4th!
Unique combo of luxury and low price
I've been here twice... once in the summer and once in the winter...
and loved both visits. Everything from the golf course to the food at the resort lodge restaurant is first rate. Yet it is relatively inexpensive. It's right off Interstate 79, so access is a breeze. The outdoor section of the pool was actually still open in the early winter. We hung out in the hot tub while the snowflakes flew around!
The fire pit outside the lounge is ablaze at night as people gather around for nightcaps and hot chocolate. This place is amazing. My wife loved the big, comfy leather chairs in the main lobby by the huge stone fireplace and the adjoining library. The whole resort was decked out for Christmas. Take time for a massage if you get the chance.
The ultimate in relaxation
We have stayed at this resort on two different occasions and have dined here numerous other times. We were very impressed by all the resort has to offer. The lobby is so relaxing with the large stacked stone fireplace and comfy chairs. The charming rooms contained all the necessities plus a beautiful view of the lake. The staff was very polite and friendly. If you enjoy golfing, this place is for you. The course is challenging and the views are breathtaking. The cuisine is exceptional, even if it is a little pricey. The menu is extensive and the wine list is very good.
Really nice resort!!
This place is one of the best kept secrets in WV resorts!! The cost of staying the night is triple less than the cost of staying at the Greenbrier! The lodge stretches along the banks of the Stonewall Lake so every guestroom has a great view. All rooms are equipped with necessary items like coffee pot and iron, etc and every room has windows that open! The staff is very friendly and they not only help carry luggage but they have a shuttle bus from the parking lot! The main lobby is beautiful in woodwork and style; complete with a fireplace. Halls lead down to a pool and spa area. The same pool inside the building runs outside! And both areas have a hot tub. There is a fitness center and a Mt. Laurel Spa. An Arnold Palmer Signature Golf course and a Marina are next door. If you bring your own boat to the marina you can park it for free if you are a guest at the lodge, in the cabin or staying at the campground. Downstairs is the Dining Room and a Lounge that has nightly entertainment till midnight. There is a deck area outside if you prefer to sit there and they bring the food to you as you sit comfortably in the deck chairs and watch the lake activities. Also in this deck area is a huge fire ring that is on at night. Some children were actually roasting marshmallows! Music flows out to the deck via a speaker. The rooms are situated away from all the activities and noise from the deck and pool areas. On the road to the Resort, people were walking and jogging on the hiking trails and pathways. Will go back again!!