My wife and I have stayed at patrick creek lodge several times.It just gets better.The owners have not stopped renovating the place since they first bought it.Now it's looking great and just where it is ,next to the smith river and patrick creek gives the place a relaxing feel.The food is great and the staff is very helpful.
We have passed by the lodge many times as well as viewing the website, interested in the dining and the cabin. It looks like such a charming place to stay. The grounds have a peaceful,relaxing atmosphere. The dining unknown. We were driving through the grounds admiring the lodge, checking out the location for a small wedding when a kitchen employee starts walking towards our vehicle yelling "EXCUSE ME!!! IT'S PRIVATE BACK HERE!!!" How were we to know when there are no "private drive" signs, or anything similar indicating limited use? After her rudeness, we cancelled our plans for Sunday brunch, and will look elsewhere for a wedding site.
We thought the private "cabin" sounded quite nice, so we called to reserve it. When we arrived, around 6:00 PM, We found a frame-build "house" up in the area above the utility buildings for the lodge that had been left to the elements without much maintenance for apparently years. No air conditioning might not be a problem if there were screens on the windows or doors to allow us to air the place out. That the television didn't work might not be a problem if there was a selection of movies to watch. Sitting outside would be nice if the "management" thought to water the grass and plants that seem distressed. It would have been nice if the fireplace worked. The word "dump" comes to mind. My wife would not sleep under the covers. Get the picture? When we complained (which I HATE to do) we were met with truculence and the advice that if we didn't like it we could have left - even though this place is about 30 miles from any known alternative. There is apparently no pride here - or shame for that matter.
By the way, I only had to send my steak back once, and would it kill them to have some sort of vegetarian fare available?
Patrick Creek Lodge is a beautiful, historic site, with potential to once again become the delightful retreat that our family has been visiting for over 50 years. There are many of us hoping that a change of ownership will be happening in the near future, and some planning towards that end is currently in the works. I am so sorry to hear about customers being treated in this rude and inexcusable manner! I have many happy memories of dinners, reunions and celebrations at this unique site.
We have been coming here for over 4 years with no problems. However, after the change of ownership the quality has gone down. On our last trip there it was absoultely horrible! The waiter had to call the owner in at 7pm so he could get some help. The owner was drunk and yelled at the waiter for being overwhelmed. The food was taking longer than usual to arrive and our nearly two year old daughter began to get fussy. The owner walked up to our daughter and stuck her finger in her face and yelled at her to shut up or she's going to kick her out. That of course caused our daughter to break down into tears. Shockingy the owner put one hand behind out daughters head and the other over her mouth and screamed at her. We were so shocked we got up, left and called the police for her to be arrested. We had several other patrons who got up and left and many told us our children were well behaved. It is a shame because we will NEVER be going there again and it is a small town and word will travel fast!
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