Massanutten Resort in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
by crazymama on July 8, 2006
This is a timeshare me and my family visited this past week. What a great time we had. You literally "never" need to leave this place, and why would you. There is sooo much stuff to do that there isn't enough time in a week to accomplish it all. From an 18-hole golf course to Canoeing, chairlift rides, finger painting, karaoke, yoga, Summer tubing which was a blast and tons of things for the kids to do. There is even a water park on site which is small if you're comparing it to Disney or Water Country USA, but great for the kids, we all had a great time. If you purchase an activity card - "$49.00 for 17 and under and $99.00 for adults" lots of things are free and the rest is a reduced cost. Without the cards you pay for everything at full price. You definitely need a car to get around this resort. From the front to our units was about 4 to 5 miles which can be an inconvenince with teenagers and the resort does not have a shuttel service. There was a Summer Jam concert with Dickey Betts which we heard from the porch in our unit and were able to see the fireworks show afterwards. There are about 7 pools, some are indoor, most have towels but others you need to bring. Our unit was big and nice, not new but seemed to be pretty well maintained. Our two bedroom had a large master bedroom with a small bathroom and the larger bathroom was in the hallway with the biggest Jacuzzi I've ever seen. A nice sized, well equipped kitchen and livingroom with the porch right off the living room. We had to share a washer/dryer with the downstairs occupants which was an inconvenience at times and it was soooo small you could barely fit anything in it, which wouldn't have been such a huge problem except you only get 6 towels for a 2 bedroom and with 6 people in the room that meant washing every day and the machine only held 4 towels. When I'm on vacation I don't like to do wash every day. I was a bit surprised that we never got a mid-week cleaning like I've always had at Gold Crown Resorts. All in all a nice place to visit with the family and so so much to do I would definitely go back again.
There is so much to do at this resort, you literally never have to leave. You can purchase activity cards for $49 for 17 and under and $99 for adults. There are a few activities that you get for free with the card, and the rest are at discounted prices. Without the card, you pay full price. For example, we did not get the activity cards because we really didn't want to be a slave to the clock (97% are at specific times), the kids really just wanted to play at the pools, and we were looking to really relax and veg out. We went to the Jason Bishop Magic/Illusion show, which I highly recommend, as it was awesome and we paid $10 per person. Had we had an activity card, it would have cost nothing. But we figured out everything we wanted to do and basically, for us, found that we would have maybe broken even with the kids, but it was not worth it for ourselves. Here are a few things to do: Comedy show, karaoke, glycerin soap making, tie-dye T-shirt, decorative painted mirror, fishing, ballroom dancing, stress-reduction class, aromatherapy, hiking, glass sun-catcher...just to name a few. Check out their website at www.massresort.com for a complete list. The resort is huge and a car is a definite must to get around. There is no shuttle for teenagers, so that can be an inconvenience. The water park was nice. It was on the small side but was well put together, and the younger kids loved it.
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