True Lakeside Luxury: Stonewall Resort

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The following article is a paid collaboration with Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.

Soak in West Virginia’s rugged mountain beauty without sacrificing the comforts of home at Stonewall Resort. This secluded retreat is the perfect blend of luxury and adventure— an upscale hideaway near peaceful water and untouched land, with a ton of outdoor activities to help you get out and explore it.

Bike on one of the many trails at Stonewall Resort.
    Chris Audia
Bike on one of the many trails at Stonewall Resort. Chris Audia

Adventure

Stonewall Resort is in a state park, along the shores of Stonewall Jackson Lake— a picturesque playground for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding and paddleboating. Or zip around on their newest boats: horizontal catamarans, which are basically fun-and-fast pontoon/jet ski hybrids.

The lake at Stonewall Resort is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and paddleboating.
    Chris Audia
The lake at Stonewall Resort is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and paddleboating. Chris Audia

Stonewall Jackson Lake is also known as one of the best bass fishing lakes in the eastern United States.

"This lake is not shaped like an oval," said Chris Audia, Marketing Manager of Stonewall Resort. “It weaves into a lot of different coves. That creates some very awesome fishing opportunities.”

Spend a relaxing day on the water at Stonewall Resort.
    Chris Audia
Spend a relaxing day on the water at Stonewall Resort. Chris Audia

Trees still grow out of the farmland below the lake, which makes excellent hiding places for fish. Bass, musky and crappie weave through the submerged plantlife, which spreads out over 2,600 acres— so you won’t have any problems finding a spot to yourself.

While lake adventures are the centerpiece, you can also go hiking and biking at Stonewall. Five trails cover more than 16 miles around the resort, some peaceful and flat, while others are wooded and rugged.

Stonewall Resort can be a romantic getaway, or a family-friendly vacation.
    Chris Audia
Stonewall Resort can be a romantic getaway, or a family-friendly vacation. Chris Audia

As if the water sports, fishing, hiking, and biking weren’t enough to keep you busy, Stonewall Resort is also home to an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, which was named as one of "America’s Best Resort Courses" and “Best Courses You Can Play” by Golfweek for nearly a decade. King’s Course, a reference to Palmer himself, is a new program that lets you play tee boxes closer together. So if you’re on a time crunch, 18 holes that normally take 4-5 hours can be shortened to 2 ½ hours.

Toast marshmallows over an open fire with an amazing view.
    Chris Audia
Toast marshmallows over an open fire with an amazing view. Chris Audia

Relaxation

After a long day exploring the park, settle into a cozy, spacious room. There are individual cottages along the lake, plus a AAA Four Diamond Adirondack-style lodge with 191 guest rooms that are rustic, but still have modern amenities like flat-screen HD TVs and Wi-Fi. For a a little extra luxury or a special occasion, upgrade to King or Executive Suites.

Stonewall Resort is also home to an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course.
    Chris Audia
Stonewall Resort is also home to an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. Chris Audia

You can bring, Rover on your retreat, too! Pets are allowed to stay at the lodge.

If you really wear yourself out during the day, there’s no better way to relax and rejuvenate than with a trip to the tranquil Mountain Laurel Spa. Get massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and more.

Stonewall Resort is beautiful day or night.
    Chris Audia
Stonewall Resort is beautiful day or night. Chris Audia

Winter Wonderland

Even when it’s too cold to explore the lake, Stonewall Resort has plenty to do during the colder months, including culinary events like Spanish tapas wine pairing and the unique Culinary Classic.

"It’s every Food Network show you have seen in one setting— competitions, seminars, chefs from all over the state, craft beer brewers and wine sommeliers," Audia said.

Walk along the pier at Stonewall Resort, or hit one of the five trails.
    Chris Audia
Walk along the pier at Stonewall Resort, or hit one of the five trails. Chris Audia

Take the kids on a Polar Express journey to the "North Pole" during December’s “Season of Comfort and Joy,” or enjoy other festive holiday events like live music, holiday games and even more culinary demonstrations.

Learn more about this relaxing retreat.

Originally written for West Virginia .

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