This place could be a hidden gem if they would update the furniture. If you are used to Gold Crown resorts then this is not the place for you. But if you are not too fussy, then this place is not so bad. It is in a good location and it is a nice size. Some of the rooms are very large, but unfortunately have very dated furniture. The good thing was the unit was clean with the exception of some stains on the carpet and kitchen chairs.
The TV’s in the living room and Master bedroom are still tube TV’s. The living room is so large that the TV is kind of far from the couches, you may need glasses to read anything scrolling on the TV. There is no TV in second bedroom. I believe all units are 2 bedrooms, with both rooms having queen size beds. They were not the most comfortable beds and the pillows were lumpy or flat in both bedrooms. The Master bedroom is large with a large bathroom. There is plenty of storage space to unpack your things, bring hangers if you would like to hang your clothes, there was only about 4 hangers in each closet. It also had an ironing board and iron. If you would like a hair dryer you can get one at the main office. There was no tub in the master bedroom, just a shower stall….Although there was a Hot Tub, which we did not have access too, because it was behind locked doors, so I cannot comment on that. If you would like to have access to the Hot Tub, there is a fee for them to set it up for you. I believe it is $50 for the week. The 2nd bathroom did have a tub and the bathroom was much smaller.
The kitchen was very large and well equipped. It did have a dishwasher, microwave, dishes, pots and pans, etc. There was a fairly full size washer and dryer there as well. They do supply you with a few amenities to get you started like dish detergent & paper towels. But they will not resupply you with anything, so you may want to bring extra toilet paper or paper towel etc. but there is a Wal-Mart about 7 miles away. You can exchange your linens or towels for fresh ones free of charge.
We did not have children with us so I do not know what kind of activities the resort offers for children. There was a VERY SMALL play area near the office. We went after Labor Day, so the pool was closed and I’m sure their activities were limited as well. There is a $25 fee to use a fitness facility and I’m not sure all the amenities, but they are off site and I think about a mile away or so??
There is a very nice golf course next door called Apple Valley Golf Course which is not affiliated with the resort. Our husbands played some golf and they said it was a very nice course. They do serve food up until 2:00pm. We did have lunch there the first day and it was OK. They sell things like like burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, etc. There is a bar there as well. Not sure how late they stay open.
The roads are very hilly and windy in the area. I don’t really recommend driving in the dark if you don’t have to. There is not much nearby the resort. A GPS is almost necessary around here….we would have never found the places we wanted to get to without one or we would probably have to do A LOT of homework on map reading.
There is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Mt. Vernon is about 10 min. away where there is a lot of restaurants to choose from and shopping. We did go to a Mexican restaurant one evening there and it was very good. I believe it was called Mexican Fiesta. Other places we ate near the resort was Spearmans. It is not your typical looking restaurant from the outside because it is actually a gas station….but I guess it’s a local favorite and I can see why, the food was VERY good and so were their desserts! You get some good home cooking there! We also tried out the Bad Apple Pub and had some subs there which were very good. Also Kelly’s Pizza which was good too, if you like sweeter sauce on your pizza!
The things we did while vacationing at the resort was go to Amish Country about an hour away or more depending on which county you go to. One of the days we went was when there was a rib tasting festival in one of the towns and they had a stand that sold fresh hot Amish donuts, OMG they were the best donuts we ever had. If you are in town for any festivals, they are a mobile donut stand which only makes the Amish donuts. You MUST try one. It was called Amish Country Donuts.
We also stopped off at Heinis Cheese Chalet and sampled some cheese and went to an Amish Bakery which was walkable from Heinis called Kaufman’s Country Bakery.
On another day in Amish Country, we went to a couple of wineries and did some wine tasting. The 2 we went to were Breitenbach Wine Cellars Amish Winery and Silver Moon winery. Both had delicious wines. We also stopped off at the World’s largest Cuckoo Clock in Sugarcreek. We ate at Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek. The food was delicious. They offer a buffet meal or you can order from the menu. Their Broasted chicken was delicious!
On another day we went to see the Cleveland Indians play which it was about 2 hrs away. Before the game we were able to walk several blocks away from the stadium to see Lake Erie.
Another day was spent at Columbus Zoo which was about 1 hour to 1.5 hrs away. Well worth the visit.
Another day was spent at Mohican State Park about 30 min from the resort. We climbed the Fire Tower and went to the covered bridge and walked a trail to Lyon’s Falls. It was a beautiful walk but a BIG disappointment at the falls, where it was only trickling.
Another day the guys went to The Pro Football Hall of Fame which is about 1.5 hrs away, while we women went to Longaberger Basket which was about 1 hr away. We also went to see the World’s Largest basket in Dresdon, which was only about 10 min from Longabergers We did not get to see the one in Newark which is an actual building.
We had a great week in Ohio and Apple Valley was a good stomping ground. We did not spend much time at the resort so we were OK with its appearance. It’s too bad they haven’t invested in updated their furniture yet. I’m not sure if it’s in the works or if all the units looked like this one. Maybe the other ones weren't so bad? The resort is at a great location, very nice size and the staff was very friendly. So all in all not a bad place to stay.
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