Lake Lure is gorgeous and the views from the Lodge frame it beautifully, from the top terrace right down to water's edge. We enjoyed sitting out on the boat house roof deck every evening of our three night stay, watching the sunset behind the distant mountains and waiting for the stars to appear. This part of our stay was magical. I wish I could be as complimentary about other aspects. Our room (nicknamed Fortune Cookie) was clean and comfortable, and we enjoyed having our own balcony up in the treetops -- especially appreciated as it was shady during a really hot spell. However, details fell short from there. Although the lodge is quaint and historic, it looked like it needed some maintenance and upkeep to make it shine - and we wondered if they were short staffed. Deck lounge chairs at our door were ratty and in disrepair. A full trash can outside our room was not emptied the whole time we were there. The door to our balcony was so swollen shut we had to a put a shoulder to it to get it open, and then could not get it fully shut again, so we had to go to sleep trusting that we were in a safe enough place that we wouldn't be murdered in our bed. The deck chairs at the front entrance need some paint. The planters need some TLC -- plantings were not colorful or well tended - just kind of sad and unwatered. The main lodge decor could use some updating and little things like murky water in the table flower vases just lend a slightly icky note. We hoped to go on a pontoon boat tour, but the boat was out for repair. One canoe was swamped, and we couldn't see how we could get into the other one without help due to the long step down between dock and boat (we're in our 60s) -- but there was no staff down at the dock to assist with equipment or even to get deck chair cushions dry enough to be comfortable. How much would it cost to hire a teen to take care of the boat house needs for the summer? We improvised as best we could with turning cushions over and doubling them up. So we sat on the roof deck and LOOKED at the lake. Pleasant enough. Happy Hour as advertised was a bit odd. One afternoon, a cheese tray was out in the lounge, but we had to ask for wine, which was provided with a smile, but the staff seemed surprised and discombobulated by our request. Next day, the wine was out, but the cheese tray had been switched for a funny salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and packaged croutons - not good with wine of any variety. The third evening, we again had to ask a seemingly befuddled staff member for wine, although the kitchen had prepared a tray of very nice appetizers -- although late as the ovens had conked out during the day and were repaired late afternoon to everyone's relief before dinner time. Dinner service also came with a bit of standing around waiting for someone to notice that we hoped to be seated. We ate dinner in the restaurant twice -- and I actually ordered the same pork dish twice. The first night it was fine, the second it was really good --which tells me that there were different chefs on duty. Wine service one night at the table was fine, one night, the server arrived with our bottle already opened and she proceeded to pour each of us a giant glassful. None of this matters a hill of beans in the grand scope of things, but the little refined rituals that we come to expect in classy joints would help the overall ambience of the place. Breakfast was okay. Standard fare -- although we hoped that the croissants served at dinner would make it to the breakfast buffet because they were really good -- but alas, they didn't. On our check out day, we hoped to get away early. Breakfast was scheduled for 7 am, we came to the dining room at 7:30 but not everything was out yet. We got enough to eat and grabbed a muffin on our way to our car, so no huge deal, but come on, people! Our lasting impression is one of the Lodge on Lake Lure being nice, but not special or particularly on their game. We heard there is new management related to the new Tryon Equestrian Center, so perhaps they will breathe that bit of class and sass into the place that will make it a worthy of Select Registry. By the way, with things being as remote as they are in this area, the room we were in could use a bar fridge for keeping snacks and drinks cold.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lodge on Lake Lure is a wonderful combination of an elegant country inn and a casual bed and breakfast - an intimate environment with all the privacy you want, furnished with art, antiques and collectibles. A large, rambling structure, the Lodge is situated high on the hillside to afford a sweeping view of the lake and beyond.Built in 1938, The Lodge was originally used as a retreat for the NC State Highway Patrol and operated by them until 1968. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Lodge On Lake Lure Hotel Lake Lure