Fall Weekends 2009: Rocky Gap Lodge

The Mood
This resort is summer vacation year-round: Dad playing golf, the kids romping in the pool, Mom in the spa.

What’s Special
Golf without eco-guilt—the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course has been recognized for its environmental practices. Don’t miss horseback riding along wooded trails; a buddy saddle is available for little kids.

Most Unusual Activities
Owl prowl: Under cover of darkness, be on the lookout for nocturnal birds of prey. The nighttime hike is led by a naturalist.

For Kids
More than 30 outdoor adventures, including canoeing, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, and evening campfires with s’mores.

The Food
The Signatures Bar and Grill features pub fare such as burgers, chili, and sandwiches. The Lakeside Restaurant specializes in surf and turf. Each offers vegetarian options.

What’s Nearby
Visit nearby Cumberland to shop; walk or bike on the C&O Canal; or ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

Drive Time
About 2½ hours.

The Price
Rates here can be great: A three-night family getaway starts at $258.

Bottom Line
Looking for posh rooms and elegance? This isn’t the place. If you want fun and comfort, it is.