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Savage River Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Frostburg B&B and Inns
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Everything about our visit to Savage River was perfect. We were there for three days to celebrate our five year anniversary and bike the Great Allegheny Passage with their 50/40/30 package. From the moment we checked in, until Britian dropped us off at the trail for our last ride, we were in great hands. The staff will know your names, and surprisingly for these two introverts, you'll quickly get to know theirs. How they manage to keep up with the plans and preferences of all their guests is beyond me, but they do.

We ate at the bar our first night, which gave us a chance to soak in the lodge atmosphere and chat up some veteran guests for good advice. Everyone, staff and guests alike, made us feel entirely welcome and at home. Our cabin, when we finally made it back there, was warm and spacious. We LOVED the loft. That first night's sleep may have been the best we've had in years.

Our bike adventure started with picnic basket breakfasts delivered to our cabin door, everything fresh and delicious, and continued with shuttles to the trail. We were lucky enough to have Mike drive us himself the first two days, and we grilled him for all kinds of inside information. He was a wealth of useful knowledge, and we enjoyed the conversation very much. We got back to our cabin after our first day of riding to find a growler of beer and chocolate truffles waiting for us. Perfect!

We ate in the lodge after biking and the service was second only to the amazing food. The servers hit just the right balance of attentiveness without crowding us, and easily accommodated special requests. The peanut butter pie was as good as everyone promised (which is saying something).

We could go on and on, but really it boils down to the fact that Savage River Lodge is the epitome of what a weekend away should be. We can't wait to get back.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We just returned from a long, 24th anniversary weekend at the Savage River Lodge. We are two busy business people from the DC area, and were looking for the perfect combination location, not to far away. Perfect combination would be great outdoor retreat for my fishing/camping loving husband and quiet luxury for me (I needed many naps after coming off weeks of business travel/stress and spring allergies keep me indoors). Our beloved 12 year old dog also needed to be accommodated. The Savage Rive Lodge fit the bill - rustic, peaceful surroundings, fly fishing heaven, a Select Registry property, and dog friendly. It was an easy decision.

I can't say we were knocked off our feet (we've been lucky to stay at some incredibly resorts, but SRL wouldn't rank in the top 10). Don't get me wrong, it's lovely, but....driving up to the lodge building was underwhelming. The parking lot doesn't make the best impression. It may have been because we came right at the end of their busy fall/winter season, but the cabin exteriors looked worn - the decks/rocking chairs need a good cleaning and stain/paint (mildew) and the roofs looked tattered and littered with branches and leaves. We stayed in a premium cabin, but it had only a queen bed. I thought that was all they cabins had until we were told at dinner our last night some cabin have kings. These details just left us a bit underwhelmed.

On the positive side, the cabin interiors are spacious, clean and very comfortable for two people. The sitting room furniture is comfy, and the dining space by the fireplace is nice for dining in- cabin. The bathroom is nicely appointed and large. The sleeping loft is heavenly - for my napping, the cabin stayed dark and quiet - perfect. My husband loved his fishing adventures, as did our dog. She also loved lounging on the cabin porch, waiting for room service!

Room service to a cabin is fantastic - mostly when the food is such great quality. The morning muffins are delicious (and we're told the doggie biscuit is as well). We had dinner two nights in the cabin, and it arrived beautifully presented, hot and fantastic. The service staff is stellar. Our last night, we ate at the bar in the lodge. We were one of two dining parties - it was nice to have such great food/service without the hubub of suburban eateries.

The lodge building, though we didn't spend too much time there, is nicely appointed and charming. The back deck would be a spectacular spot for fall foliage enjoyment.

We will come back - because it is close and provides a getaway with options for us all. This time, we'd try early in the fall season to see if we get more of a "WOW" feeling.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

My dog and I stayed here recently while visiting my son at his nearby college. It is an eco-conscious lodge surrounded by forest. Charming luxury cabins and gourmet meals are available for you and your dog. It is truly dog-friendly. They provide water and food bowels and special towels for cleaning muddy paws. Breakfast for you and a treat for your pet are delivered to your cabin every morning. You can order gourmet doggie meals at the lodge. Dogs are welcome everywhere on the property except inside the lodge. The meals for humans will appeal to foodies. They have the best food for miles. There are no TVs or internet connection in the cabins, but for me that adds to the charm -- no pressure to check in with civilization. The staff is friendly and helpful. Because of the weather I didn't check out the hiking trails, but plan to on my next visit.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you like buildings constructed of real logs, this place is for you! The lodge and cabins are beautiful and comfortable.
We stayed in Cabin 1. Very private, located in the pine forest. Comfortable bed with really nice sheets. Only thing lacking is a microwave to warm up the morning muffins provided with the great orange juice.
Beautiful lodge with a great fireplace. Restaurant serves great food with attentive service.
Lots of great scenery & hiking trails.
Its location puts it within a half-day's drive from the east coast metropolis & DC, so the prices reflect the ability of the customers to pay.

Room Tip: Cabins 1, 2 & 3 have the most privacy and upgraded linens.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

A very nice mountain retreat. The most pet friendly place that we have stayed. The cabins are right off many hiking trails. The lodge is beautiful and we enjoyed the fireplace and bar. The staff was very accomodating. Even though it was mud season, they provided towels and sheets just for the dogs. Definitely off the beaten path, but the view of the stars make it so worthwhile. The bed was heavenly.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

My son and I booked a trip at the last minute and despite the adverse weather the lodge and staff were great. It was a bit of a challenge to access the lodge over a muddy dirt road but we have four wheel drive and despite this, it was worth a bit of adventure and the difficult access provides a great sense of isolation. The restaurant was excellent (we had dinner three times)--food and staff were excellent. The hotel staff was also great and very helpful. The cabins are clean and well appointed great for two people. However the bathrooms are on the first level--get used to going up and down the steps. In the winter expect snow, mud, etc however the remoteness and serenity of the location are appealing.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Don't go in mudseason. Think it would be lovely, once you get up on mountain, in the snow for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. or in summer for hiking. We were at end of snow season, but roads still icy. We all slipped and I fell coming down from cabins to lodge. The lodge was too smokey for comfort. Owners held a "meet and greet," which was interesting. Liked the eco-consciousness: little plastic, solar panels, etc.
Food in restaurant was excellent. My husband loved the meat and game, and I appreciated the vegetarian. Service was good except slow when pretty busy Sat. night.
Cabins are roomy for a couple, nicely outfitted, and muffins and juice delivered to door in morning was an invitation to be lazy. In-cabin coffee was also good, with the thoughtful touch of creamer in frig.Consider that bathroom is downstairs from bedroom in loft.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 1600 Mount Aetna Rd, Frostburg, MD 21532-3817
Location: United States > Maryland > Frostburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Frostburg
Price Range: $262 - $273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26
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 
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