I knew of PJ's and it came highly recommended but I was very disappointed. There are some great aspects but also some things unacceptable. First the good stuff. The owners and staff are wonderful. Great hospitality. The restaurant food quality and presentation were both incredible. And the river view/setting is great too. Now the bad stuff. The room is ultra small. Ok for one person but cramped for 2. The floors creak loudly. The shower so little that the shower head was at my chin (I'm 6'2"). Worst of all are the paper-thin walls. We could easily hear the voices and snoring of the guys next to our room. And when their drinking and loudness was going on at 2am, not much sleep in our room. Also there was no microwave or little fridge. And the toilet paper was cheapo brand. You can get equal or better quality at economy hotels. There are plenty of better accommodations up and down the White river. One bad thing about the restaurant - it is understaffed. Took us 1 hour to get our food on Friday night.
If I rated the restaurant separately I'd give it a 4, but the lodge only a 2.
Wonderful 1st class service! Been coming w/family and now solo for over 25 years. Upgraded several years ago--yummy beds and amenities. Super friendly, a family enterprise! Cahill room #9 is my go-to deluxe nest. As a single, you are not treated as an oddity.
My partner and I took our 3 young children to the area for a brief hiatus from our daily lives. We arrived around 6pm in absolute pouring rain. Our 3 & 4 year old girls were irate and our 8 month old son was not exactly pleasant himself. I was sure this would quickly become one of those horror trips that you use as a basis to convince your single friends to never have children.
However... as soon as we unloaded our kids in the freezing rain and drug them into the main entry of the lodge, everything started to click. The owner was immediately attentive and started chatting up our daughters. He introduced them to his dogs, commented on their light up shoes and even started making our son lighten up with his kind demeanor. When given our room keys, he provided us with umbrellas and even walked us to our cabin rooms without hesitation. I was thoroughly impressed at that point.
We came back to the main building for dinner shortly after that and, again, I was concerned about what the experience would entail. It was a very quiet, romanticly lit setting with several other couples in the same hall. The table had already been set up with a high chair and even a box of toys for the girls. The server was extremely kind and patient with all of us and it made me relax immensely. The owner, again, came by to say hello to the kids. Once dinner was over and we were back in our rooms our daughters were asking if we could go back and visit with him some more. They were pretty put off when told that he had to go to bed too!!
We purchased two rooms that had adjoining doors and it was absolutely perfect. I loved the homey set up of each room and the abundance of luxurious scrubs, soaps and shampoos that were provided. The girls each had their own twin bed and were passed out immediately without even stirring once throughout the night. Our room offered a soft, lovely queen size bed and we slept soundly, never even hearing our neighbors coming and going once.
We were told that breakfast only ran until around 9am the next morning and naturally we missed that by about 30 mins. When I took the kids to check out and return the room keys, the owner insisted that since the breakfast was part of our room purchase, that he would happily go ahead and set us a table. I was impressed, by far. He even waited on us himself.
I am SO pleased with this experience. We will recommend PJ's to anyone we know looking to get away.
We chose PJ's Bed and Breakfast Lodge after researching many options and were impressed with the consistently high praise found in the reviews. I don't know if there are adequate words to describe how enjoyable our anniversary weekend was at the lodge. Our expectations were high, but our experience was far above those lofty expectations. The extraordinary personal care we received at the lodge extended to other guests as well. Les and Julie have created an impeccably prepared and elegantly presented oasis that is saturated with warm hospitality and charm. The rooms are well designed, clean, quiet, and soothing after a day of touring, fishing, or hiking. The food is amazingly prepared and beautifully presented. The prime rib takes a day to prepare and the coconut sour cream cake is a 3-day process. Half the fun is admiring the beautifully presented masterpieces being served to guests. All ingredients are colorful, fresh, and perfectly prepared. Breakfast is included with the room and is a delightful start to each day. The eggs and fruit are the freshest possible and as beautifully presented as the evening meals. We skipped lunch each day due to the generous breakfast. We met 'locals' who drove 2 hours for the food and hospitality that only Les and Julie can provide. On our trip, we saw many of the cabins and inns we had found on the web to discover their atmosphere to be far from the descriptions. PJ's sits peacefully on the river with picturesque views from the dining room and guest rooms. Julie brought us fresh iced tea to the gazebo after a busy day and it instantly erased our weariness from a busy day. We had to skip the bountiful breakfast on our last morning to get on the road early and found a road pack with fresh pastries, fruit, and juice left on our porch. A lovely unexpected surprise, but one that perfectly describes the care which characterizes our hosts. Needless to say, we plan to return many times to refresh and renew.
What an unexpected and pleasant surprise, we found when arriving at PJ's Lodge. The room was small but quaint, very tastefully decorated with the comfort and feel of home. The real find was the restaurant. The weekend supper specials included fresh seafood flown in that day and the wine list was fairly extensive. It is a place the local people frequent for a fine dining experience. Breakfast the next morning was also a unique experience. Sitting at a table with guests also staying at the lodge was just delightful, as was the breakfast. Les and Julie have created a unique lodge/bed & breakfast that is just amazing. We look forward to our next trip to PJ's Lodge on White River.