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
If you are so lucky of lodging at Big Meadows during a summer night storm, you will be delighted by the romantic noise of the rain beating on woods and window panes.
If you are an early morning bird, you will be enchanted by the fascinating dawn light from the terrace as well as the essential home made breakfast in a not crowded dining salone where the roaring 20’s soundtrack is more appreciable.
If you are so patient to resist to the particularly squalid bathroom door of your room as well as the malfunctioning shower jet that you are unable to activate, if you are so calm to stand to the noisy fire alarm wake upping you during the night when it is accidentally activated by power surges during the summer storm, you just got the correct place where to stay.
The bed was comfy, the room was fine. I didn’t expect it to be amazing. The problem was someone left the screen open of our room when we checked in and there were bugs everywhere. It was annoying. The dinner in the lodge was okay. Breakfast was a buffet which was nice to try different things. The store on site was really cute.