Luxury camping? --That's what I thought when we found this resort - of sorts - hidden in the Appalachian mountains of western Maryland. The description seems mutually exclusive, and I admit that arriving at 8:30 at night was much like receiving a present on Christmas eve that you're not allowed to open until morning. We checked into cabin 11 located at the very end of a gravel road. The first thing we noticed was no television, rustic and comfortable furnishings and the wine lover's basket we requested displayed nicely on the table in front of the cast iron "stove" which functions as the heating unit. Oh, did I mention that a hard freeze was anticipated this evening in May? Thin blooded as I am, the cabin stayed very comfortable. Tired as we were, we climbed the raw wooden steps to the loft which held a queen size bed outfitted in luxuriously soft linens. When we rose the next morning, we were pleased to find 2 cup coffee maker and a mini fridge full of half n half for the coffee (cause this is important). True to their word, awaiting us on the front porch was a picnic basket with extra large mufffins, fresh orange juice, the daily SRL news and a copy of the Washington Post. Bound up in our toasty robes made of the same fine materials as our bedding, we sat sipping coffee, eating blueberry muffins and gazing at the 2 deer (no doubt on the payroll here) that wandered past our cabin about 100 feet into the woods. Luxury camping - I get it now. For the next 4 nights and 3 full days, we explored the hiking trails (all but 2) most of which were fairly easy to traverse (except for goat trail (duh) and part of the red outer loop (3.2 miles) which has a couple of more difficult areas to navigate). The trails are gorgeous and the red outer loop would be a great place to picnic as it wraps the rushing waters of the Savage River. It didn't take long to gather a routine here. We enjoyed our daily deliveries of muffins and news, hiked 1-3 hours every day and dined in the lodge lunch and dinner. The dining here is fantastic. They cellar about 1000 bottles of wine so the selection is nice with very little mark up which really surprised us. What was also surprising was the quality and variety of food available in this rural setting. They offer creative vegan and vegetarian options in addition to lamb, duck, homemade soups and pastas. During our stay, there were only 1-3 cabins booked yet the restaurant offered full service at both lunch and dinner. I was amazed they could do this - that they would do this - for just a few guests. The service at every meal was attentive, friendly and accommodating. The staff speak highly of the owners who can be seen onsite most of the time (just not this particular week). The lodge itself has an enormous stone fireplace, and bar that seats 10-15 people. Everything but the lodge is pet friendly. If your not dining, the lodge also offers several areas inside and out for mingling with people or nature (deer, humming birds,what have you). There is a well stocked gift shop with lots of great gifts and luxuries available for purchase. We came to the end of our stay, having met about 1/4 of the staff by name and having developed a real appreciation of indoor camping. This is the place to get away, relax and live unhurried and unscheduled.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfort - Privacy - Relaxation. We often hear these words when people talk about the Savage River Lodge. Nestled within more than 700 acres of Western Maryland's Savage River State Forest, the lodge is a peaceful retreat from a busy world. Once you're here, you'll find all the elements of relaxation and comfort--fantastic food, sink-into accommodations, your own private cabin, and exceptional hospitality. Whether you prefer to watch nature from your rocking chair or spend your day in pursuit of your favorite outdoor activity, you'll take home the spirit of the forest...and the Savage River Lodge. Our eighteen luxury cabins and the nearby lodge building, surrounded by the forest, convey a rustic, lived-in comfort. Our amenities and appointments, however are decidedly upscale and infused with a genuinely friendly and relaxed hospitality. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Savage River Hotel Frostburg