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Dream Weekends: Fort Lewis Lodge
Good deals, low rates, lots of fun
Comments () | Published April 1, 2005

Millboro Springs, Virginia

The big swimming hole on the clear Cowpasture River may be the most picturesque natural pool in the East. Chin-deep and a stone's throw wide, it washes against a towering rock cliff on the far side.

Reason enough to go to Fort Lewis Lodge; terrific rates are a bonus.

Miles from anywhere, this retreat sits on a 3,200-acre farm abutting a national forest. Twelve rooms are in the main lodge, a rustic-looking but modern wood-frame structure ringed by a large sun deck. Three bedrooms-in-the-round occupy the silo, while the choicest accommodations are two spacious cabins, built with hand-hewn logs. Riverside House, a short drive away, offers five additional rooms in an even quieter setting.

Hearty meals--breakfast and dinner are included in the rate--are served buffet-style. A dinner bell rings at 7:30, but most guests show up earlier for happy hour beside the pond. The menu is all-American: barbecue ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, and salad.

Bottom line: A quiet spot for people who enjoy the outdoors--hiking, biking, fishing--and a good deal.

Fort Lewis Lodge, 540-925-2314; fortlewislodge.com. Rates: $175 to $275 a night for two, with breakfast and dinner.

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