We've been coming to Graves for over 15 years now and have never had a bad experience here. Now that they have wireless internet the place is perfect! The food is wonderful and varied, so you always have plenty to eat. We meet great people every meal and see some of the same people from year to year. We just returned from a trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway and skipped our return trip on the Parkway to stay a couple extra days at Graves!
We've always been recognized by family and staff when we call or arrive - another rater must have been here on an extremely busy day. Once in a while a server isn't quite up to par, but we rarely see them a second time, as Mrs. Graves and the family keep close check on everything that's going on. We do plan our trips here to avoid the fall festivals, bluegrass festivals and other large events - I'm sure they are great events but we prefer the solitude and quiet of slower weekends.
The rooms are spacious and well equipped. We stay in the "motel" units and enjoy sitting on the deck and rocking in the evening, or looking out over the farm and orchards during the day while we read or I sew. There are lots of activities for children and young people on the farm and plenty of interesting places to visit nearby, including several vineyards and an expectedly wonderful quilt shop in Madison (15 minutes away).
We would highly recommend this place to anyone seeking a quiet, beautiful setting and lots of good wholesome food. If you want "pretentious", then don't bother, as that doesn't happen here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Graves' Mountain Lodge, we specialize in good "old-fashioned" hospitality. Our family owned and operated mountain retreat is renowned for its delicious home-cooked food, family-friendly atmosphere, and surroundings unrivaled for natural beauty. There are varied styles of accommodations available, from motels to cottages to cabins. You'll find us nestled deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here you're invited to assume a leisurely pace as you enjoy some of life's simpler pleasures. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Graves Mountain Hotel Syria