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
Despite having a great view, my overall experience here was awful... Room was full of cobwebs - not the small cobwebs that pop up after a day or two, but the large ones that take weeks to appear. Heat unit in the room wasn't working, which was a bit of a problem since it was late October and dropped below freezing at night. Obviously, I wasn't expecting the Four Seasons, but for the price of these rooms, I was expecting a bit more. I had a much better experience at Skyland, so if you are looking to stay at lodging inside Shenandoah, try that first.
by Ty F
Although we got there before the leaves changed colors, it was lovely to see the grand views from the stops along the way. The Lodge was comfortable, the restaurant was very good, with good service and the gift shop was inviting. You can order food to go from the restaurant and eat it on the veranda or in the central great room.
Although our room was one of the top floor rooms, the undergrowth had become overgrowth in the last 20 years and blocked our view. The little balcony was nice, but the view from the room or lodge was not as spectacular as it was from the outlooks along the way because of the smaller trees.
The room was a little worn, especially one of the leather upholstered chairs. Wall heaters and an in-room HVAC kept us quite comfortable. Not all rooms have HVAC.
This is a Pet Friendly venue. Our Wyatt, enjoyed being with us for an additional $25/night. We were going to take him on a walk on one of the trails, but a sign indicated, "No Pets." Probably a good idea. He might have made a nice snack for a bear.