What is a Resort or LodgeTelling someone that you stayed at a resort can elicit a variety of responses. Some shun the thought of what they consider a \"canned\" vacation experience, while some wax poetic, thinking back to a treasured vacation memory. The reason for this varied opinion is because such destinations are diverse in their implementation. The only consistent facet of a resort is that the owners try to provide every service -- food, drinks, lodging and entertainment -- in one destination. Resorts can range from a campy, 50-esque \"Pedro's South of the Border\" in South Carolina, to Walt Disney World.
Lodges are similar to resorts in that they can offer a variety of services under one general management. Lodges will typically provide a more rustic theme and their activities often center around the surrounding natural beauty. Some lodges are little more than aptly decorated hotels located near natural wonders, while others try to offer a full range of outdoor experiences.
Why Choose Resorts or Lodges?By consolidating the services under one roof, resorts and lodges are able to do many things cheaply. Often these savings are passed onto the visitors though this is not always the case. Many people consider the convenience of having all of your vacations needs available in walking distance to be reason enough. And why not? Many of these resorts offer a vast array of services, from guided tours to full golf courses.
Many resorts also offer people the option of making the resort a more permanent part of their life, through real estate offering. Resort owners will often go beyond merely offering a temporary reprieve, and begin to build individual homes and condominiums on the resort grounds. These homes often come with permanent golf, marina and club house memberships.
Choosing a resort or a lodge for a getaway is about more than just convenience. Many lodges have a close connection to the history and importance of a place, and offer these treasures in a way that would be otherwise unknown to the casual researcher. Natural wonders and an incredible vision are hallmarks of memorable getaways, and should be taken into consideration when choosing a destination. Though the internet can be a great resource, consider calling the resort to discuss the finer points with someone who knows the area. This will help you separate the resorts that offer treasured memories, from the glorified, cash-hungry hotels.
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