If you like wilderness and lodges (or cabins), this place is a great option for a long weekend. We stumbled upon Primland in search of a weekend away somewhere east with plenty of outdoor activities. We aren't really into camping so much, but have fallen in love with lodges. Lucky for us, at the last minute, we found one room available at Primland, and off we went. We stayed Friday through Monday, and I felt i could have easily stayed a couple more days. There was plenty of things to do -- spa, golf, ATV rides, shooting range, hunting, hiking, yoga, whiskey tasting, chuck wagon buffet, archery, kayaking, a game room, disc golf, geocaching, an observatory, and fishing. And the scenery (blue ridge mountains) was spectacular.
Regarding the room - we stayed in a Blue Ridge Suite in the lodge on the second floor. It boasted a huge living room, with a comfy couch, a minibar, a large dining room table (could seat 6-8), a long balcony overlooking the golf course (and the mountains, of course) with a wooden table that could seat four, and a large bedroom with the most comfortable bed. There was 1.5 bathrooms - 1 shower and 1 large tub. The accommodations were flawless, and it was easy to forget that anyone else had ever stayed in the room (it looked/smelled so new!) It was also easy to forget there was anyone else around (all you could hear was crickets). So peaceful!
Regarding the food/beverage options - I would rate it overall 4 stars. There are approximately four on grounds options (2 of which are in the lodge -- the 19th hole pub and Elements). The 19th hole pub was exactly what one would expect -- a full bar (with plenty of bourbon, scotch, moonshine options), and standard pub fare with a southern twist. We ate there three times - once for dinner and twice for lunch. The food was consistently well cooked - none of the dishes stood out as spectacular but there was nothing we found to be a disappointment. We also ate two dinners at elements (the more elegant dining option). We both ate off the a la carte menu (they also offered prix fixe options). There were plenty of options for meat and seafood lovers, and at least one vegetarian options per course. The dishes were all well cooked and generally locally sourced. A few of the better dishes included the fried quail appetizer, the sweet potato mash (side), the cherry dessert, and the wagyu steak entree. The service was friendly and robust. Some of the dishes could have used a bit more flavor. Overall, there was nothing that was disappointing, but the food can definitely reach another level.
Regarding golf – talk about challenging. The course is tough, yet fair. The greens and fairways are often sloped, and it is easy to lose your ball in the brush on the sides of the mountain. Yet, it was so fun to play (and so incredibly beautiful!), I was disappointed we didn't stay longer to get another round in.
Regarding the grounds: the grounds are huge. it takes approximately 15-20 mins from either gate to get to any of the rooms (whether cabins or the lodge), through forest roads, and about 30 - 45 mins to get end to end. There are several jeep trails and gravel roads throughout the property. There are several spots to pull off the main road to see beautiful vistas-- far, far better than the local leg of the blue ridge parkway, in my opinion. The lodge has an indoor pool and spa. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to squeeze in the spa, but the pool/jacuzzi area was pristine and had a nice area outdoor (including a fire pit) to relax and sunbathe.
Overall - if you are looking for a nice luxury lodge with golf, a spa, and lots of activities, and don't mind the long drive to the lodge (from any of the closest airports, cities, or DC) and limited dining options, this is a fantastic option for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape There are many people at Primland with an abiding respect for the land, who know the sounds and smells of the forest so intimately, they will open your eyes to the simple pleasure of a mountain getaway at this refined East Coast vacation resort. They will show you the subtleties of nature and reacquaint you with the restorative powers of silence. Your server will remember just how you take your drink, your children's names and that you like a freshly baked cookie after lunch. You will sense the love your wilderness guide has for the mountain and all its creatures, and the depth of his expertise. You will always find a kind word, authentic humor and an open heart. It was the vision of Primland's founder, Didier Primat, to create a place of immense beauty that offers his guests a return to simple human pleasures in an environment of refined authenticity and sensuality. He developed Primland in an eco-conscious and thoughtful manner, as the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, refined dining and outdoor activities. Our love of the land is expressed in our extensive efforts to minimize our impact on nature, the freshness of our food, the many organic, sustainable ingredients we source locally or grow in our organic garden and the care with which we look after our guests. Didier Primat instilled his passion for Primland in every member of his family and staff , and they carry forward his legacy with soul, with heart and with a commitment to genuine hospitality. Art is an important part of the Primland experience. We consider hospitality to be an art that involves sharing emotion and pleasure through attention to even the most subtle detail. We also feel that surrounding you with inspired pieces of art enhances your experience. Throughout The Lodge, you will find hand-selected works by American artists as well as authentic and rare Aboriginal paintings from the most remote Australian territories. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Primland Hotel Meadows Of Dan