Appalachian Cabin Chic

Fort Lewis Lodge, Virginia

Jul 13, 2005
Outside Magazine
Fort Lewis Lodge, Virginia

In 1750, to protect settlers from Indian raids, Colonel Charles Lewis built a stockade on 3,200 acres of fertile land in western Virginia's Allegheny Mountains. Today, Fort Lewis is still a safe haven, but from more modern stresses. A mid-1800s brick farmhouse, grist mill, and silo built by Lewis's descendants remain, and three historic hand-hewn log cabins have been reassembled here. Rooms are accented with Appalachia: patchwork quilts, Shaker-style furniture, and early American paintings. Outside, not much has changed either—except the means with which to explore. Take a hardtail mountain bike on trails threading the property and adjacent George Washington National Forest. Fish or swim in the Cowpasture, one of the East's cleanest rivers. Beef, chicken, ribs, salmon, or swordfish is grilled nightly and served with homemade breads and fresh veggies. Doubles from $175, including breakfast and dinner; 540-925-2314,

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