by Candyce H. Stapen
The Civilian Conservation Corps built Big Meadows original lodge in the 1930s. The lodge takes its name from the grassy meadows that surround the property; good places to spot deer. Located at 3,510 feet (mile 51.3), Big Meadows Lodge offers 25 rooms in the main building plus 72 more units that range from rustic cabins to multi-unit lodges and modern suites. The property is open from early April to late November.
Each deluxe room features a television, sofa bed, king bed, fireplace and porch. No other rooms have televisions and none come with in-room phones. Rollaways cost $11 per night. The property has a restaurant and there’s free entertainment on some nights. In addition, Big Meadows offers an activity, such as making S’mores, listening to stories or creating crafts for children 3 to 10 years at selected times during the week. Some activities are free and some require a minimal fee.
Our Editor Loves
- One- and two-bedroom suites
- Onsite dining
- Lots of activities and nighttime entertainment
Traditional two double bed room but baseboard heat not working and circuit breaker reset but then must have gone out again within hours. Wall heat not working so used one small portable heater. One bulb in overhead light so bring your own but watch for the dead bugs in the fixture while changing it. Few room areas with dust, hair, rust, peeling paint.
Mostly room clean, beds comfortable, towels soft, shower curtain newish and hot water low pressure readily available. Room pluses include portable humidifier (guest left before?) and USB or 3 prong charging outlets as well as small coffee pot, blow dryer, if you need in summer large standing fan, iron and ironing board. Two albeit old chairs available and bathroom lighting bright which were both a plus.Guests around us must have been quiet because rarely heard them.
Staff all pleasant, check in and out smooth, food in dining room okay for the price.
by Mike B
Arrived during the fall peak. The views and hiking were spectacular. $250 per night for a two-queen bed room plus box lunches was worth it. The main lodge played 40's music to celebrate 80 years. The food was okay but understandably pricey. The night sky was magnificent. Fireplaces in cabins and main lodge. The interior and back door handles s tohould be upgraded or repaired. The water pressure was low but adequate for showers. Don't drink the water. Drink bottled water instead. The restaurant water tasted okay.