Too bad there isn't a better/as good option over the IH for this gathering, I for one am not a fan now.
I don’t have hard feelings about it. They need to shore up weather-related business risk, just as we need to do the same. I think they’ll eventually land on a graduated cancellation refund policy so that the risk is shared, but I’ll factor that into my plans as I figure all their customers will. With a 3-night minimum and the first night non-refundable, it’s actually more generous than most AirBnb refund policies (50%).
It’s a great location and I think the new owners really are trying to maximize the potential of the property. Clearly they’re investing in new construction, better connectivity and entertainment options. I got the impression they were genuine in hearing our feedback, and two of my network router ideas have been implemented already. Live music was new to them and I think they’re adjusting to what each group wants.
So, I’m not much of a joiner/club/large group kind of person but I do enjoy the amazing riding nearby and a group of great people I’ve met over the years. It’s nice to have seating around a fire and just enough background music so we can catch up with good food and favorite beverages, and IH has all of that except the friends that we have to provide. In the grand scheme of things, what’s a few dollars extra for meals and some deposit money on the table for the adventure it signs us up for?
Personally I know of more luxurious accommodations in the area that I may prioritize, but that’s a personal one and not based on my experiences at IH.