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
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.
by Bridget L
We stayed at this lodge after doing our fair share of research, we were aware of the issues mentioned by other travels but gave it a chance anyways. I have stayed in hotels all over the world and slept in just as many tents. I would have preferred a tent in 19 degree weather to this lodge. Upon arrival we were greeted by lackluster staff, not a huge concern. We grabbed our keys and headed for our room (RM 507). From the time we opened the door it was a disaster and disgusting. I have included photos for your view. Dust everywhere, possibly cob webs, an absolutely horrendous bathroom, and mold...lots of it! I took pictures and presented them to the front desk requesting to move rooms. The response by the woman at the front desk was options 1) stay in your room and housecleaning will take care of it the next day or 2) you can move tonight and check out a day early. I was appalled at the lack of response by the front desk, she was rude and disrespectful. We had driven a long way and decided to stay. After dealing with the wonderful front desk staff we were given the honor of having a terrible dinner in the dining room with the background conversation of the servers that were very pleased to be there. (Sarcasm) The housekeeping did not clean the mold up, I have dated pictures, and the next evening another couple stated to us that they had the WORST meal of their lives at the lodge dinning room. It was a surreal experience to pay a decent amount for a room and have one of the worst stays we have had with a hotel/lodge. I recommend you look at Skyland Lodge. They have a coffee shop and overall seemed much better. We will NEVER return to this lodge nor recommend it to anyone we know. - Side note: the lodge did give us $60 off our first night but only after being reminded when they presented us with the original bill.