Bluegreen Shenandoah Crossing
Bluegreen Shenandoah Crossing
We visited last year and stayed in a cabin. It was so peaceful and relaxing. The staff was super nice. We were there over July 4 and there were a lot of events at the resort: an author guided a history walk, barbeque, pool party, and fireworks. The short drive to Monticello was a great experience.
Spent 3 days in a YURT in July. What a neat experience. We usually stay in a cabin. We had no reservation and a few extra points. Had nothing scheduled for July but took a flyer an booked mid-week for the 3 days. Comfortable and quite spacious. A real surprise. If you have never stayed in a Yurt try it for a few days. If you don't like it blame me not the resort.
Visited resort in July. Stayed in a 2 bedroom cabin with a sleeper sofa bed in living room. Great for nature lovers! Close to lake for fishing and tennis & mini-golf for kids. Had to drive though to get to the clubhouse which housed the pools, gameroom and restaurant. Inconvenient if you needed to rent equipment for sports (tennis & basketball). Horseback riding was great. Only ate at restaurant one time due to very high prices. Would definintely recommend for a family vacation! New waterpark/pool/general store not open yet but looked nice!
The four-star rating applies to the "new" side of Shendandoah Crossing. They have added a bunch of new 3 bedroom log cabins (much more luxurious than the older 2 bedroom cabins that have been there for a lot of years) which can sleep 8 people. They have also added Yurts - basically a luxury (very large) tent on a wooden deck. The Yurts come in two sizes - 2 bedroom with a king bed and a queen bed - and Open, which is basically one big open room with a king bed. The two bedroom Yurts have a 3/4 height wall separating the rooms, but privacy is lacking, and space is very tight in the master bedroom. The Open Yurt will supposedly sleep 4, but I would recommend it as a romantic stay for only two people. The kitchens are state-of-the-art with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The one bathroom has an upscale basin sink and a large, two person walk-in tiled shower. Each Yurt (and 3 bedroom cabin) also has an outdoor kitchen on the deck, with a gas-fired grill, sink, and table and chairs.
The new section also has a new outdoor pool complex (paterned after Bluegreen's partnership with Bass Pro Shops) - usually no crowds and very nice.
Note that cell and computer service is very limited at the resort (Verizon only), so this is truly the "middle of nowhere" - but very relaxing being in the middle of the woods with an "almost alone" feeling.
Golf course is fun, cheap, very playable, and never crowded. The equestrian center is very popular and you need to reserve your horse well in advance.
First, let me help clarify that Shenandoah Crossing Resort (a Bluegreen run resort) consists of four very differing basic unit types (and many additional distinctions within the log cabin units). The four primary unit types are:
1. The Main Lodge - (more like a hotel, but with larger rooms). This building is also the location of the registration office, restaurant, lounge, game room, indoor and outdoor pools, and fitness center for the entire resort. About half of these lodge units overlook the distant lake.
2. Townhomes - these are located near the Main Lodge, but are in a more suburban looking styled area that overlooks (and is quite close to) the lake.
3. Log Cabins (in the woods) - these are the resort's predominant unit types and they come in all shapes and sizes. The vast majority are somewhat small and rustic and are relatively secluded in the woods (scattered as if they were campsites in a campground). However, there are some limited more modern, (meaning not rustic) units; some are even located directly on the water's edge and offer spectacular lake views.
4. Yurts - these are newly constructed (2008) glorified tents (they have real floors and real roofs but canvas fabric exterior walls; there are no interior walls and except for their self contained bathrooms are basically wide open areas inside). They are sited like RV park pads. (Note: there is also an RV park at Shenandoah Crossing, but I don't think it's part of the timeshare).
The resort is generally well run and will appeal to families and others looking for seclusion in the woods near a medium sized lake (along with fishing, canoeing, kayaking or paddle boating on the 60 acre man-made lake - no power boats); horseback riding, or golfing. While these activities will suffice for many, if not most, there is not much more other than the area's historical homes of former Presidents Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, and the Shenandoah Mountains, all of which are 30 - 60 minutes away. The city of Charlottesville offer additional options in the way of shopping and cultural activities. Also, there are quite a few wineries located within 60 minutes from the resort.
The resort offer a nice, relatively secluded getaway for those seeking solitude in an environment similar to that of a summer camp for adults!
Our family spent a week at Shenandoah Crossing in May 2005. It was very enjoyable and we hope to go back again. The resort had lots of activities for families to enjoy. The horseback riding was a favorite for us.
This resort is wonderful! We stayed in a cabin which was nicely decorated country style. We did horse back riding, miniture golf, paddle boating, horse shoe, swimming. There were a lot of activities to do in the resort. This is a great place for city life getaway. It is so quiet and relexing. The sincery was so beautiful. The horseback riding part was the most impressive! This is the resort we difinitly will visit again.
Best Things Nearby: The equestrian center (on-site).
Three of the president's homes: Montpelier, Monticello and Ash Lawn-Highland.
Shenandoah National Park is supposed to be very beautiful.
The independently run (and we heard challenging) golf course is also located along the lake.
Blue Ridge Pottery - Route 33 just east of Shenandoah National Park. Tours available. Worth the trip!
Best Things About This Share: Horses!! We bought here primarily for the onsite horseback riding.
The grand resort cabins have two bedrooms and two baths, a hot tub, a large living/dining area with a fireplace, and a well-stocked full kitchen. The appliances are all full sized and newer models.
The staff is wonderful here and they have a full activity schedule year round.
Did I mention they had horses??!!
General Comments About The Experience: The drive from Connecticut to Virginia took us through seven states. Although long, it was a beautiful ride. We finally arrived at Shenandoah Crossing after dark, unable to get a good view of the surroundings. We did catch sight of two deer grazing just outside the span of our headlights as we neared the main lodge for check-in.
The young woman at the front desk was very cheerful and friendly. Everything was well prepared and we were quickly on our way to our cabin, #165, with our keys, map and an information packet. Street lighting is limited both in and out of the resort, so finding the cabin can be a bit of an adventure as the cabins are staggered and aren't all visible from the road.
Grand Resort Cabin This is a two bedroom, two bath cabin with fireplace, screened in porch and gas grill. Although you used to have to "cool with the windows and heat with the fireplace", the units are now heated and have central air. Keeping to the rustic log cabin theme, many interior walls are made of wood planks and the dining table, end tables and bedroom furniture are also made from unfinished wood. The master bath has a skylight and either a single or double Jacuzzi, depending on the unit. The master bedroom has a queen bed and there are two twins in the spare bedroom. Each room has a closet with hangers, a dresser and night stand(s). The living room sofa folds out to a queen sized bed.
Under the kitchen sink was a scrub sponge, small bottle of dishwashing liquid and some dishwasher tablets. We had plenty of these to get through the week. Some shampoo, lotion and soaps were provided in the bathrooms, but not enough for a week. Linens/towels can be exchanged at any time at housekeeping, a vacuum cleaner, broom and dustpan can be found in the spare bedroom.
Activities When we were at the lodge for check-in, we quickly checked out the small indoor pool with large Jacuzzi, the game room, exercise room and restaurant. (There are also two outdoor pools and one jacuzzi that were closed for the season.) An attendant is on duty at the game room which includes ping pong and pool tables, various video and pinball machines, air hockey, basketball shooting. Videos are available for rent. Games cost under a dolllar to play. Outdoor activities include tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, radio controlled racecar track and miniature golf course. There is a nice play area for smaller children with jungle gym, swings, play house, etc.
There is a marina at one end of the resort with rowboats and paddleboats. In season, there is a 20 minute pontoon ride around the 60-acre man-made lake.
We fully enjoyed the full activity schedule at the resort. We won a miniature golf hole-in- one contest and my husband won a ping- pong tournament. We participated in a pool tournament also and came in second. I was very impressed that so many activities were still run during such a slow time.
Being a work out fanatic, my husband is quite picky about exercise areas. He was impressed with the facilities at Shenandoah Crossing. There were two treadmills, two recumbent bikes, weights and resistance machines and more. All looked to be relatively new equipment.
Laundry There are no washer/dryer units in the cabins but the laundry room is conveniently located in the playground area. There are about 10 washer/dryer units and all are brand new. Two didn't even have the delivery paperwork removed yet. Best of all, there was no charge to operate. There is a second laundry room in the campground area near the stables.
Gordonsville Gordonsville is small, but has all the necessities. We visited the Food Lion a couple times for groceries. The store is well stocked, has some good sales and it is easy to get a customer card in order to get the sale prices. There are some quaint shops on Main Street that are worth a visit. I picked up a couple Christmas gifts at Jane's Blueberry Basket.
Overall, this was one of our best vacations we've had this year. The facilities and grounds are very well maintained and the staff (especially equestrian, activity & maintenance staff) were great. Now if we could just figure out how to get the resort closer to home!!
I use to own up at the Crossing when it was first being built. I use to love to go up there to get away from it all. I sold my place many years ago and I am sorry I did that. This is a place where you can go to unwind from the hussle and bussle of today world. so if you get that chance to either rent or own your own timeshare do it. You will not be sorry.