How was your experience?
I did this with a group of 7, and we all had a great time. The outside on the boat does get chilly and windy, so do dress accordingly. It was a bit early in the season to see the changing leaves, but we enjoyed the scenery nonetheless. I had read that the Oktoberfest was kind of a bust, so my group opted to have brunch at the Overlook Lodge instead (about a 15-20 minute walk from where you get off the boat). The walk was a bit steep, so bring your walking shoes. The unlimited brunch buffet was about $32 and included bloody marys/mimosas if you wished. The views from the Lodge were also lovely. I would definitely recommend this trip at the discounted Goldstar rate. It made for a very enjoyable day trip.