We went to Skytop Lodge after years of procrastinating about it. It looked so beautiful on the web site, especially in winter. But it was sooo expensive! So we kept putting it off and spending our money elsewhere. But then along comes Living Social with a deal that put a stay within reach, kinda, and with stay dates that would allow us to stay when the Lodge gets all decked out for the Holidays. So, I gave a 2 night midweek getaway to my wife as her Christmas gift and we stayed the week before Christmas. The Loving Social Deal saved us 50% of what would have been a $300.00 per nite expense, at least!
You need the right frame of mind to enjoy Skytop Lodge. We were expecting old lodge grandeur and atmosphere and that is precisely what we got. Our room was tiny, which we expected, with a comfortable king bed and a huge walk in closet that was ideal for getting the winter clothes hung up and the luggage out of the way. The private bath was a surprise with a double vanity, and a bathtub and shower combo. Drawer storage was adequate for our 2 night stay. I loved it that our room had a view overlooking the snow covered gardens and fields in the back of the Skytop campus. The roof and window sills of the Lodge were buried in snow when we arrived making our view postcard pretty. And the windows opened! So did the window in the bath. I give this amenity a high grade, as I love fresh air, even in winter.
Our room had a very modest sized TV but there were lots of cable choices. There was excellent wireless internet. We enjoyed a strong, dependable signal without interruption throughout our stay. There was a modest, bedside, work desk and chair with a modest light fixture. We enjoyed nice natural light through the big windows of our room from mid morning to late afternoon. Our room had no refrigerator, no microwave, and no coffeemaker and the room and bath décor was reflective of that old lodge grandeur, meaning that you needed that frame of mind that I mentioned earlier for you to get with the program. Meaning.... hey, you are not going to spend much time in your room. You are going to spend your time enjoying the Lodge... and there is a lot to enjoy.
I enjoyed soaking up old lodge atmosphere around the fireplace in the wonderful, massive Main Lobby, that showed off spectacularly with Christmas trees and Holiday decorations. We had timed our visit perfectly, as the new fallen snow had blanketed the countryside, so the views out the massive windows on each side of the Lobby showed off a variety of actual Christmas Card scenes. I soaked all this ambience right up and had to be strongly encouraged to move from my position in a comfy fireside recliner to enjoy the other amenities that Skytop had to offer.
The Main Dining Room rivaled the Main Lobby in old lodge grandeur. There was the same natural light through massive windows on both sides of a cavernous dining space. There were wonderful wood beams and massive wood moldings. There were tasteful decorations and flower arrangements and fountains. And the wait staff were all dressed up all the time in tuxedos, giving the room an elegant flair. Breakfast was included in our room rate so we arrived early and stayed late. We enjoyed fresh fruits, juices, pastries and coffee while we selected our breakfast choices from the menu. We were scolded by the Dining Room Captain for wearing a baseball hat and for opening up our cell phones in the Dining Room. It says not to do so on the Message Board as you enter.
I suggest the Poached Eggs and Beef Hash. My wife liked her French Toast. The bacon is ordered as an add on to the breakfast entrees and it was tasty and crispy. So is toast! I did not care for the sausage or for the hash brown potatoes, which were actually not hashed at all. The coffee was ok. It was served in tiny cups, which meant that I had to keep getting refills and as the Dining Room filled up with guests, the wait for those refills kept increasing. I asked for a Carafe of coffee to ease the burden on the wait staff but this idea was not considered.
We intended to visit a few locations in the Skytop neighborhood to do some antique shopping and to avoid the dinner prices at Skytop Lodge but we never went anywhere. Once positioned in the informal surrounds of the Tap Room, we sat ourselves down in front of the big TV screen and began sampling appetizers and cocktails. This was not cheap eats but the fried chicken was a substantial portion, and the ribs were excellent. Cocktails ranged from $10.00 to $12.00 as did glasses of wine. After drinking for an hour we weren't about to venture out onto unfamiliar narrow mountain roads in the dark, so we waited around until 6PM when the dinner menu appears in the Tap Room. You get to select the same entrees that are being prepared in the formal surrounds of the Main Dining Room upstairs, but you can wear your baseball hats and answer your emails while you dine! I enjoyed the Lamb Chops.
Other things that we did during our short stay were hikes (there are many trails all over the Skytop Property. I did the Swamp Trail in deep snow and had to break trail doing it.), and swimming. Bring your swim suit... the indoor pool is a legitimate size and wonderfully maintained. Why it is only open until 6PM is a complaint that I submitted to Management.
Next time my goals will be to enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding, the zipline, and the sledding hill. These activities were not being offered during our visit. There is also a Shooting Range and a Toboggan Run to try. I added both activities to my next wintertime to do list.
There is a giant Recreation Room within the bowels of the Skytop Lodge to keep many levels of children occupied. There are several arcades, putt-putt golf holes, pool tables, ping-pong tables, and even a Nature Center to keep the little buggers occupied. The Activities Desk prepares a Calendar of Events that tells of hikes and marshmallow roasts and other stuff for kids to do, and some for adults to do too! The Lodge also employs a naturalist who will take you on a hike, suitable to your fitness level. And, by the way, there is also a nicely equipped Fitness Room with all sorts of contraptions to make you sweat and feel pain.
Our 3 days and 2 nights vanished extremely quickly, leaving me wanting more. Our modest room was adequate at best, but the grandeur of the Lodge more than trumped the modestness of the room, which we spent so very little time in. I want to go back at the same time next year. We avoided the great Christmas rush by going when we did. Had we gone a few days later, we would have encountered the surge of families that jam the Skytop Lodge over the holidays. I doubt I would have enjoyed the Lodge so much when it is filled with the screams and shouts of lots of children, out of school and filled with children energy. The Skytop Lodge prides itself on being the destination of several generations of families who gather year after year at Skytop for reunions over the Holidays. God bless them!
You have read long enough. Time to summarize. The Skytop Lodge offers modest rooms and lots of true old lodge amenities. It is a wonderful, albeit expensive getaway. The location is easy to find once you find it the 1st time from I-84 on Rt 390, but do this in daylight. Our 2 night stay ended with a prompt 10AM checkout. No exceptions are granted. Housekeeping will be knocking at your door. One very thoughtful room amenity is a genuine wood hiking staff. There is also a full size umbrella. I had only a few dislikes. The hours of the indoor pool was the biggest. The lack of a safety grab bar for use getting out of the shower as you climb over the bathtub was another. The tiny TV set was a third. The tiny cups of coffee in the Dining Room is a 4th.
I hope to be back at Skytop Lodge next year. I could make this a Christmas Time habit. It will depend on Living Social!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Naturally InspiredExperience the ultimate retreat by visiting one of the most esteemed lodges in the country—Skytop. This grand historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation including the new Adventure Center at Skytop.You and your family can explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing—to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services. No matter your age, personality or desire, Skytop Lodge can make your next trip an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Skytop Hotel Skytop
- Skytop Resort All Inclusive
- Resort Skytop Lodge
- Skytop Lodge Skytop