Roadtrip to Shenandoah National Park

Our five year old asked us one day recently if he can go camping on a mountain where he can watch the sunset. We had planned a roadtrip to Washington, D.C. followed by a stay at Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park in spring 2020, but due to COVID-19, that trip was cancelled. Travel restrictions have since been loosened and Skyland Resort is once again open for business. So a 2021 roadtrip to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia was in the cards. While not exactly camping, our son would be able to see his sunset from a mountain like he was longing for. Our last visit to Skyland was in 2018 and we loved it. However, due to the pandemic we wanted to make sure we booked early to snag one of the few suites available at Skyland so that we could cook in our room since we did not want to have to eat indoors at the Pollock Dining Room at Skyland.

We booked in early January and got a room for two nights in the Winchester Building. We had hoped for the Shenandoah Building since we had previously stayed in that building and it had amazing views, but unfortunately it was unavailable. A few weeks later we decided to add another night. In other to accommodate the three night stay, we had to split out stay between one night in the Shenandoah Building and two nights in the Winchester Building. Although it was a bit of a hassle to unpack and repack twice, it gave us the opportunity to experience two different rooms and views.

During our four day/three night trip we had chance to experience multiple seasons. On the first day the temperature did not break the low 40s and there was even snow on the ground in the shade at the higher elevations. I made a small 6″ snowman. By the end of our four days it was T-shirt and shorts weather with the temperature in the low 70s. From our past experience visiting Shenandoah in the spring we packed clothing for both winter and summer temperatures, so we were prepared.

Read on to find out more about the various hikes we went on and the amazing views we had from both of our rooms. There were some hiccups on the trip, including a little visitor or two in the second room, but it was still a memorable experience.

Continue to Day 1 of Shenandoah National Park