After our Dark Hollow hike, we returned to Skyland and got settled into our room. We spent about an hour relaxing out on our balcony and enjoying the incredible view of the Shenandoah Valley. It was perfect!
As the sun set, we headed off to dinner. We debated having dinner in the Mountain Taproom at Skyland, but opted to eat in their Pollock Dining Room instead. We were seated along the the huge bank of windows overlooking the Valley. In addition to the view, the dining room boasts a fireplace. There wasn’t any fire burning, but it would have been incredibly cozy if one had been going.
I started dinner with one of Skyland’s specialty drinks, the Stony Man Camp Cooler – rose wine combined with cranberry juice and topped with Sprite. On first glance, it totally looked like a tall kiddie cocktail.
Which reminds me, I’ve been meaning to order one some Friday when we go out for fish. I used to get them all the time when I was younger. Mmm, kiddie cocktails 🙂
I decided to order the House Salad, and enjoyed it with their house dressing, a blackberry vinaigrette. The dressing was SO good! Jason went with their soup of the day, a beef chili. He really liked it, and he’s picky about his soups.
For my entree, I had the Rapidan Camp Trout – pan seared farm raised trout served with rice pilaf, fresh vegetables, and lemon-chive butter. I regretted not ordering the trout any of the nights we stayed at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge this summer. So when I saw trout on the menu here, my decision was easy. Trout as well as a “Shenandoah Tradition?” Sold!
In a moment of weakness, we ordered dessert. Their Blackberry Ice Cream Pie is the signature dessert at Skyland, but Jason isn’t much into blackberries. We went with the cheesecake topped with strawberries. We devoured it before I even thought about snapping a picture.
We had dinner early, as in 5:30pm early. Hey, what can I say? We’re old 😉 However, it was a Monday night, the Packers were playing Monday Night Football, and the only TV we could watch it on was in the Mountain Taproom, Skyland’s bar. We didn’t stay to watch the actual game, but we hung out for a while watching the pre-game coverage and enjoying some Prohibition Punch. The punch was made with orange-flavored liquor, orange and lemon juice, mixed with moonshine, rum, and Grenadine. It definitely packed a punch, but a tasty one.
We also chatted with the bartender who happened to be a huge Oregon fan. We talked about this college football season in addition to the Packers. Fingers crossed that my Badgers get the best of our bartender’s Ducks in the Rose Bowl.
Overall, the dining at Skyland was fabulous! Consistent with our experience out West, it is a little pricey. But here, it was well worth it. I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing evening.