Tough to leave this place!
Submitted: April 3, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
Location, location, location. That's what this place is all about. The huge balcony puts you right smack dab in the middle of the core of Snowshoe, the Village. After a day of skiing, it doesn't get much better than sitting in one of the Adirondack chairs, enjoying a beer, and soaking in the afternoon sun on the west-facing balcony while listening to the kids playing and giggling on the huge snow mound in the plaza. Heaven.
Steps away are all the great shops and restaurants, including our favorite, the Foxfire Grille. The dry-rub ribs, salmon, and buffalo chicken dip are fantastic and the service usually good. Cheat Mountain Pizza is also a favorite - you exit onto the plaza, take a right, and walk 40 feet or so to their front door. On level "L" you'll find the ski locker room; exiting the room at the far end puts you right on the slopes (Ballhooter Lift). Awesome.
Inside the room, the owners have really done a nice job with the decor and amenities. You'll find modern flat panel TV's with HDMI connections (for instance for a PS3 for the kids), plus a Blu-Ray player is included in the living area. The full size kitchen with lots of counter space is great for stay-in meals and there are plenty of glasses, mugs, plates, silverware, pots/pans, and cooking utensils.
If you're considering renting a junior studio or studio here or elsewhere, you might want to reconsider - the extra room of a one-bedroom is money well-spent. Two weeks prior to our stay here we stayed in a junior studio at the Rimfire - very cramped, no full kitchen, no separate bedroom, no balcony - for the same price as this place.
We did have one minor misadventure - on our last night, the room key mysteriously stopped working, even though we just used it to get into the building. The nice folks at Allegheny Springs made us new ones and problem solved.
The only negative is, well, the location. The bar crowd spills out onto the plaza after last call and there will be some noise as folks stumble towards their rooms. It didn't last very long and the humming of the supplied humidifier helps somewhat. For me, the advantages of the location FAR outweigh that minor annoyance.
Also be careful with the Adirondack chairs, as they are pretty rickety and nearing end-of-life. You might want to enjoy the other chairs, table, and hammock instead.
In closing, I've stayed at Allegheny Springs, Rimfire, and now this unit at the Highland House. It's by far my favorite and I can't wait to go back!
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