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Big Meadows Lodge
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Great Dinner and views
User: Jimsims from: Massanutten, Virginia
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 16, 2019
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
The improvements are noticeable. The deck across the back is a great place for dinner. We arrived around 7 which I would think it was prime time. Very little wait for a party of two. Cocktails served quickly. I had the roasted chicken and my wife had shrimp and grits and salad. Both were very good. Presentation great and cold food cold and hot food hot! Ash our server or Ashley had a distinctive uniform and some of the dining room decorations were upgraded over last year. Nice to have a theme and cocktails served to the table. Last year we had to run down to the tap room. I appreciate the improved service. The room was full but our food came out in a reasonable amount of time. We had the house labeled beer and wine, both were good and I felt reasonable priced. The cottage seemed to have new beds and was very clean for a real cottage feel with chestnut wood on the inside. we will be back. Keep up the great work!
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Road Trip
User: kathleen e from: Warwick, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 16, 2019
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
This is a rustic and comfortable lodge. There is no air conditioning but they do provide fans that do the job. Being in the mountains, the air is crisper at night so it was not a problem in July. The daytime temps were high, but it was still comfortable in the room, main lodge and dining areas. The views are stunning, the staff is excellent. We loved the casual laid back feel of this place. It was totally relaxing. I would definitely stay there again.
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Nice experience
User: Begemoth from: Siberian District, Russia
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 13, 2019
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
There are several options for accommodation in the lodge. We stayed in the room in the main building, on the second floor, above the dining room. Since the lodge was built long time ago, one can hear almost everything that happens in the dining room. Also the bathroom door is super squeaky and one of the windows was nailed shut, and it was impossible to open it. However the view from the room is awesome, the beds are comfortable. Staff was amazing too.
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Beyond Expectations with Minor Flaws
User: mbseuf from: Strongsville, Ohio
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 12, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
As there are many types of accommodation at Big Meadows, it may help to know that we were on the second floor of Rapidan (building) 106, which is a minute's walk to the main lodge. We could not secure a campsite (discussed in a separate review) for the first night of our trip, so we took the only room that can accommodate a family during our stay (at $226/nt including breakfast in peak season). This was the most expensive and best room type that the park can offer guests (air conditioner, fan, t.v., etc.). That aside, I fell in love with the lodge and the room at first sight. It is a motel style (with porch front door and patio back door) with screens to allow for breezes. The patio overlooks the valley and a beautiful sunset. Our building was a total throwback to the 60s/70s era with wood paneling and vaulted ceilings. It was next to a playground (for our children), and we could not have been more thrilled with the whole experience. That said, beauty was only skin deep. Flaws were apparent (see my photos of the screen, faucet, etc.) and can be a bother for some. I read reviews before our trip and expected less than what we got. The main lodge was such a gem too. The common spaces were the place to be on a Saturday night. We breakfasted in the restaurant on Sunday, which was chaos. There is also a coffee bar, which was a lifesaver.
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A room over the kitchen
User: CINDY C from: Connecticut
Published Date: Jul, 12, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
Shenandoah is one of our favorite national parks. We stayed at Big Meadows Lodge in early June. Our room was located in an interesting place - up the stairs from the kitchen and gift shop. I liked the room; there was a beautiful view from the room. It was a big room with a step down to the bathroom. One complaint about the location of the room was that there was activity in the kitchen all night and early morning. It didn't keep us awake, but it was a little annoying.

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