Shenandoah National Park lodges give back to neighbors

Soaring temperatures continue to affect the mid-Atlantic region as residents struggle with lack of power or slow restoration of electricity.  In an effort to give back to the community and give residents respite from the heat, ARAMARK – the concessioner of the lodges inside Shenandoah National Park – is offering a special promotion during July as part of their newly declared Neighbor Appreciation Month.

“Shenandoah was also impacted by the recent storm” said Wayne Soard, resident district manager for Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge.  “While our power has been fully restored, we recognize our neighbors in the communities around us are still inconvenienced from power outages and suffering from the heat.  We encourage them to visit us in the cooler temperatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy an escape from these issues.”

As part of July Neighbor Appreciation Month, ARAMARK is offering guests from the neighboring counties of the park a $25 resort voucher at check-in which can be used toward their room fee or in the restaurant.  A current Virginia driver’s license is required at time of check-in to receive the voucher.  The offer is not valid with other promotions or discounts and is based on availability at time of booking.

July Neighbor Appreciation Month is being offered by ARAMARK in conjunction with Shenandoah National Park’s designation of Shenandoah Neighbors Day.  Park entrance fees will be waived on July 21, 2012 to residents of the following neighboring counties: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham and Warren. If residents visit the park on July 21, take advantage of the popular Blackberry Delight event that will be held at Big Meadows Wayside from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Live music, children’s crafts and face painting, wine tastings and lots of delicious food will be on site.  The wayside is located at mile 51.2 on Skyline Drive.

For more information or to book an escape from the summer heat, call 888-896-3833 or go to to see all the special offers and events.

Augusta Health Kris McMackin CPA
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