Skyland Resort, Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park offer summer activities
Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park are ready to welcome families this summer with an activity rich experience. Booking a Linger Longer Package includes a two-night stay and three activities throughout the resort and park.
Rates for the Linger Longer Package start at $462.00 for two people. The package includes two nights lodging, breakfast each morning and choice of three activities. The activity choices include one hour guided horseback from Skyland Stables, cooking demonstrations at Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge, a 3 hour canoe trip on the fabled Shenandoah River, tour of Luray Caverns and the antique car & carriage museum, as well as wine tasting on the Blue Ridge whiskey loop.
“Shenandoah National Park and the surrounding communities are the perfect destinations for families to reconnect with nature,” said Skyland General Manager Charles Friend. “There are a variety of activities from leisurely walks, horseback riding, hiking on multiple trails, stargazing evenings, National Park Service Ranger programs, cooking classes and nightly entertainment inside the park to wineries, zip lines, caverns, and canoeing near the park. Everyone should be able to find something to explore and enjoy.”
Described by founder George Freeman Pollock, Jr. as “beauty beyond description,” Skyland Resort is located at mile 41.7 and 42.5 on skyline drive and perched 3,680 feet up at the highest point. The breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley never cease to amaze guests from around the world.
The resort boasts 28 buildings on 16 acres along the crests and wooded areas of Shenandoah National Park.
Big Meadows Lodge is located at mile 51 and its name comes from the “big meadow” that is located on the east side of skyline drive near the entrance. On July 3, 1936 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and thousands of guests stood together in that meadow and celebrated the official dedication of Shenandoah National Park. Big Meadows Lodge was completed just three years later in 1939 by local craftsmen. The lodge was placed on the “National Register of Historic Places” on April 28, 1997. The interior of the lodge is built of native wormy chestnut which is now virtually extinct. The beams in the
The Great Room and dining room are made from native oak and the roof is made from heavy tinted cement shingles which are necessary to survive the harsh winters of the mountain. Lodging accommodations at both properties range from small, rustic cabins and main lodge rooms to comfortable traditional rooms