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DC Road Trip and Shenandoah National Park Series

Shenandoah National Park

Road Trip to DC: Adam & Ellie’s Wedding

Road Trip to DC: Primanti Brothers

Road Trip to DC: Exploring the National Mall

Road Trip to DC: Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park: Dark Hollow Falls

Shenandoah National Park: Dinner at Skyland

Shenandoah National Park: Stony Man

Book Review: The Undying Past of Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park: Dinner at Skyland

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!

Room with a View

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.

Stony Man Camp Cooler

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.

House Salad

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!

Rapidan Camp Trout

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.

Road Trip to DC: Shenandoah National Park

The day after the wedding, Jason and I packed up to hit the road again. One of the benefits of driving was that it enabled us to visit Shenandoah National Park on our way back to Wisconsin. We’re really cruising along on our goal to visit all of the national parks  🙂

Shenandoah National Park

We didn’t know much about Shenandoah before our visit, but we were quick studies.

The major feature of the park is the 105-mile Skyline Drive, which also happens to be the only public road through the park. The road is designed to maximize the great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia Piedmont, and the Shenandoah Valley. There are overlooks every few miles, providing plenty of opportunities to take pictures and absorb the environment. An excellent feature of the road are the mile posts running the entire length of Skyline Drive. At any given moment, you can know exactly where you are along the road, and you can easily find your way to any point of interest you want to visit.

Skyline Drive

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center along Skyline Drive
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge in Fall

Piedmont

Another prominent feature in the park: Deer. We saw deer all over the place, several at a time, who were completely unfazed by the presence of people. The speed limit along Skyline Drive is 35 mph for good reason – the majority of the deer we saw were right along the road.

Deer Crew

Lots of Deer

No joke – We were seriously this close.
Buck

We stayed at Skyland Resort, located at the highest point along Skyline Drive. The resort was founded in 1888, and it is now made up of 28 buildings. The rooms are rustic but comfortable. The best part of Skyland: the incredible views.

The dining room building
Skyland Resort

Our room was located in Raven’s Nest
Raven's Nest

You couldn’t beat our view.

Our View

Room with a View

Blue Ridge Sunset

Visiting Shenandoah was a very good decision.

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