On a trip from CT to visit my wife's sister in WV, we wanted to stay somewhere different than a chain hotel along the freeway. The single night reservation was made the day before and the Skyland Resort had a few rooms available when other "nicer" properties were full. We arrived at the property late due to a visit to the ER in Front Royal which resolved the problem quickly and other misadventures. So, we arrived in the dark and marveled at the brightness of the stars, nothing much else was visible.
Our room was in a single story building that had a small foyer with access to two rooms. To our surprise, the room was nice, new beds in a 1930's notty pine walls room, no TV and ahead of the curve on phones, no land line. The bathroom was period correct but everything worked and the rooms were warm. When we looked out of the large picture window at the rear of the room, we discovered a valley view that was spectacular.
As we walked out to the car to leave, we noticed people going to the building with the front desk which we had been told also contained a dining room. Again, the view was captivating as the property sits on top of a ridge in the Shenandoah National Park. The breakfast buffet was great, service was fast and friendly, the fireplace added just the right rustic touch for a couple of city slickers.
Although this is not a highly rated accomodation, for us, it was a nice surprise, good experience and one that was very enjoyable. The views from Skyline Drive were worth getting off the interstate and the rest is icing on the cake. We may even consider hiking on the trails next time.