DC Refined: Cruise along Skyline Drive and discover Skyland lodge
“Tomorrow is the autumnal equinox, meaning it’s officially acceptable to stock up on pumpkin spice-flavored everything and pull out the cable-knit sweaters. Once you’ve gotten that taken care of, you’ll want to turn your attention to the plethora of fall activities, from pumpkin patch visits to apple picking excursions. On the very top of your list should be peeping the vivid foliage, which is best done from the sky-high vantage points on Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley.
Perched at the highest point on Skyline Drive is Skyland, a rustic lodge offering sweeping vistas and a cozy place to rest your head after a day of trekking up mountains or strolling through meadows. The property was first established as Stony Man Camp in 1888, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
It’s a significant upgrade from tent camping in the backcountry—complete with heating, hot showers, flat-screen TVs, and a full-service restaurant—but you still get that off-the-grid feeling of sleeping amidst the trees thanks to huge windows that overlook the Valley.
The property has 178 guestrooms, ranging from simple cabins to more elaborate suites, some of which are pet-friendly. The rooms are grouped in clusters throughout the property and are designed to blend into the landscape. Suites come decked out with fireplaces to really amp up the hygge factor. While wi-fi isn’t available in all the rooms, you can get online at the main office or in the dining room lobby. Rooms rates run from $120 to $210.
The Pollock Dining Room, the Mountain Taproom, and the gift shop are all just a short walk or drive from the rooms. Here you can sit down for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or grab a sandwich or snack to take with you on an excursion into the park. You can also enjoy free nightly entertainment in the taproom.”
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Featured photo courtesy of Skyland.