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
We decided to travel the Skyline Drive,to see the wild flowers-which we saw 3 including dandelion, on our way to Big Meadows Lodge. This is a lodge that brought back the 50’s. Getting to our room was difficult. Long walk to a cold room. Cumbersome to take luggage in and out. Overpriced. Heater was inadequate. Very dated. If you like camping out, this is for you. Not much of a view. The people were very friendly. Food was just ok. We would not go back.
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.