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
Stayed in a cabin- had 1 bed, fireplace and washroom with shower. It was fine, as long as you know you are getting rustic accommodations ( which we did). Dining room was fine, nothing special but good food. Staff were wonderful and our waitress was delightful and personable. Music at the bar would have been good too but we’re too tired to check it out. The Great Room had a superb view and wonderful place to relax. Overall, you won’t be disappointed!
Spent one night here. The room was cozy and the beds comfortable. Room had coffee pot and hair dryer. The floor under night table and in bathroom were not very clean. The faucet had tooth paste. The restaurant for breakfast had pretty bad coffee. My omelette was good but my friends ordered pancakes and said that they tasted like chemical. The service was so so. They need more wait staff. The area is beautiful and the views from the rooms are awesome. Nice area to hike and visit I would come back but don’t expect top service or accommodations.