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Lewis Mountain Cabins
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 25, 2022 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022 Rating: 5
Outstanding cabin! A bit above primitive, it has heat, hot water, power and lights. A bit less than modern, still a small bathroom with low water pressure. But that's why you go, to get away and not be bothered. There is sporadic, at best, cell coverage, so you're really disconnecting here. The unit does not have refrigeration but you can find ice at the concessionaire if yours runs out. If you choose to cook, you will cook on an open flame, but the firepit does have a grill above it so you can place pots or pans, I don't recommend placing food directly on it without a thorough cleaning (lots of soot and charcoal on it). The area is natural and clean, there are bears in the vicinity so be sure to use the bear box (right next to the fire pit) to store your food or put it in your car (do NOT put it in your room or the critters will find it). Lewis Mtn is miles away from the other areas but that's a good thing, it is also the smallest area so there aren't many people there even when all the cabins are occupied. Our heater was noisy, the hot water pressure was low and the bed was a little old and soft for our taste, otherwise, the cabin, location and amenities are damn near perfect for a weekend or weeklong getaway. Highly recommend!
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
GWStudent07 from: Washington DC, District of Columbia
Published Date: Oct, 6, 2022 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2022 Rating: 5
These cabins are fully equipped with electric heat, a back up space heater, jot water, toilet, sink, shower, a closet, lots of outlets, (power), and a keureg machine with pods and creamers and sugar. Bed was comfy and they provide four pillows and a comforter. BYO fire wood. Even the outside covered picnic area as electric lighting. There is a little shop where you can buy eggs, milk, etc. Very friendly and cozy spot!
Dan P from: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Published Date: Jul, 18, 2022 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2022 Rating: 2
Improvement but way over-priced
We have been visiting and staying in Shenandoah National Park for over 20 years and the value since Delaware North took over in 2013 has definitely declined. This was our 2nd time in one of the Lewis Mtn. Cabins so we knew it was not a "luxury" cabin. However, the pricing is way out of line with the amenities.
Food selection, service and other amenities has also declined at Big Meadows Wayside. We realize that some of this is due to covid and other factors beyond their control but they are pricing themselves out of the reach of many. The new outside dining terrace at Skyland is nice but why are the "high" tables in front of the views of the lower tables to the rear? And, why was it necessary to re-arrange the gift shop there? We used to stay for 2-3 days every year but now only spend one night, if that. Hopefully, things will improve as covid diminishes and immigration policies (for temporary workers) are relaxed.
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 24, 2022 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Planning to stay there again
Remember folks, this is RUSTIC. Read the other reviews. Compare this to a tent, and you will come out positive. Not a resort!
We had no problems other than check-in being a bit inconvenient. Staff was not welcoming (did not explain the process - you had to figure it out yourself) and timing was a bit tricky. We got there early and had to go down the road and have a picnic while we waited.
We did use the bear box for our food - taking it out of our car. Talked to a couple of employees that evening and saw recent photos of bears nearby. Nice covered outdoor picnic table where we set up our camp stove. Fire ring where we had a nice fire that evening.
Bed was fine. Shower was fine. Beats a tent!! Nice little porch. Parking was across the road, but you could park "on the street" to unload your stuff. We did not see any mice.
Very near the Appalachian Trail (just a few yards away through the woods with access in the nearby campground), so I walked about a mile in both directions. Stopped and talked to the tent/camping area host and that person was very friendly and helpful.
We will be back, hopefully with friends to explore the AT in both directions.
Shawn H from: Washington DC, District of Columbia
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 27, 2021 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2021 Rating: 3
Prepare for Rustic
We booked two nights in cabin 7, but only ended up staying the night for one the last week the area was open. The cabin (half a duplex) was small, with a tiny shower/bathroom and bedroom with smallish bed. It was pretty rustic, there was heat, but not very good until you pull the electric heater out of the closet and plug that in as well. During the one night we stayed there, we noticed mice in the room. The next morning, there was no water for the sink or toilet, which seemed to be a common issue and maintenance people were there to fix it. Even with the water going, water temperature in the shower was hit or miss and there was only a trickle of water coming out of the sink. The cabin had a little patio area with picnic table and chairs with a fire pit, but it was not a very private space across from the store and the neighboring cabin. They sold firewood for $7.50 a cord in the store and we managed to burn two, though the cold wind blowing through the site made it pretty tough to get the fire going. At night, the noise of the wind blowing through the cabin and shaking the door and the mice made it somewhat difficult to sleep.
The cabins are arrayed around a camp store, which is well stocked with essential camping supplies, food, drinks, and small souvenirs. Front desk staff was there for check-ins and check outs, but had a sign up saying to ring the doorbell of a nearby cabin in case of late check-in.
If you are going to stay here, think of it as a slightly more comfortable alternative to tent camping, rather than a bad hotel.
- Rooms: 2
- Location: 4
- Service: 4