We've stayed twice in the park, last in 2010, and thought the accommodations were nice but spare and the food, especially anything blackberry related, was excellent.
Now we're reading that the food either went downhill, or others didn't agree with our opinions. We started looking at other place like Shenandoah Crossing, but have no other ideas. We stayed at both Big Meadows and Skyland in the park itself, and never outside the park. But we also are thinking we could stay outside the park, and drive up the drive once or twice, but then also take advantage of canoeing or maybe lake activities.
Any thoughts? We have three kids, youngest is 11, so decent accommodations (at least two full-size beds, with room to sleep on the floor and not dirty). We want activities like the park has, but maybe more. Good food is a must, price isn't a huge issue other than we're not millionaires (we just don't go away that often so don't mind spending some money).