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“It just keeps getting better”
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Savage River Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Frostburg B&B and Inns
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Denver, Colorado
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65 reviews
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“It just keeps getting better”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We have stayed at SRL half a dozen or more times over the years. The staff continues to be among the best, most professional, and friendliest I have encountered in all my travels.

On my last visit, we stayed in one of the new yurts. They are not quite finished (most notably no back porch or fireplace), but we were eager to be guinea pigs, and happily, the yurts are lovely. It was near record highs on our trip and during the day it was quite uncomfortable hot, but at night, with a couple of fans going and the windows open, it was splendid. The king sized beds are heavenly. The front porch has two chairs, and we sipped on drinks out there as the coolness began to settle in around us. Once the landscaping is in, and sunshades added to the skylight and front porch, the yurts will be spectacular year-round. For now anyway, there is still much construction going on - but all during the day, when you are likely to be out enjoying the hiking trails, mountain biking, or other excursions in the area.

As with the cabins, they deliver a basket to your door each morning (a late 8:00 for us early risers) with your choice of juice, freshly made muffins, the day's events, and a newspaper.

We had both lunch and dinner at the Lodge restaurant. The food is quite good. I had the lamb merguez and the pork rack while there, but they have great vegetarian and gluten-free options. The wine and beer options have improved and are quite decent now.

If you want a romantic getaway, come here. It isn't cheap, but it is beautiful, quiet, and you will be spoiled rotten. I would stick to the cooler months of the year personally...in the winter you can snowshoe right off of your front porch!

Oh, one last note. I appreciate the effort the owners have put into being good neighbors and stewards of the land. Whether it be recycling, the solar panels, collecting winter coats each year for the needy, raising money for the local habitat for humanity, or the myriad other things they do above and beyond, this guest is grateful for it.

Green Features: Top notch. I discussed this in the review itself, but they go above and beyond. I think they recycle the coking oil even!
  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Our first visit and it exceeded every expectation! The food in the lodge restaurant was superb and only surpassed by the excellent wait staff. All the employees at SRL we encountered during our stay were very accommodating and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. The trails are very well marked and offer a wide range of levels. There was plenty of deer to keep our dog excited and constantly on the lookout. Took a day trip to Deep Creek Lake State Park for canoeing. Muffins and orange juice brought to your door every morning…what a wonderful way to start the day. We can’t wait for our next visit!

Room Tip: We stayed in #15, middle of the row. It was situated so we had plenty of privacy on the porch.
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Green Features: SRL takes their impact on the environment seriously and it shows it the multiple policies and practices they have in place.
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Although the grounds surrounding the new yurts are still developing, the inside experience of the Yurts is way beyond our expectations. There is something quite magical about these 30ft diameter circle "tents" with the 2 6 six beams that rise to a glass dome. We were lucky, (and I am not kidding) to spend a night when it rained the entire night. The sound of the rain on the YURT top was like a lullaby. The owners were quite attentive at honoring our requests for an extra flashlight, and the amazingly luxurious robes. They even brought us a bottle of champagne and flutes in a basket! The cuisine at the lodge is the best food I have ever had in Maryland. And the server was just genuinely nice and efficient. The front desk has some glitches to work out with operations and billing, but overall our memories and stories speak of what a fantastic glamping trip we had. If you have any doubts...forget them and do it. We will be back.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rockville, Maryland
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We had a great, relaxing vacation at Savage River. Cabins are rustic but somehow contemporary - so different than any other place I've stayed. The bottom floor had a seating area, small dining table, gas fireplace, large full bathroom with separate sink outside the bathroom, coffee station, small fridge, book shelf to peruse. Note: there is no tv. This made me nervous at first but I actually didn't miss it! The room was so cute, we cancelled our reservation at the Lodge Restaurant and had them deliver food to our cabin both nights we stayed. the bed is upstairs. the stairs are amazingly crafted wood slabs but a bit treacherous. I have an elderly dog that needs to be carried up and down the steps and all I could think about was how awful it would be if I fell.

Client Service: Excellent. (And I am very picky.)

Amazing wine list (over 250 bottles). My glasses of Merlot and Cabernet were smooth and delectable.

-4 beers on tap when we went to the Lodge (Sam Adams seasonal, heavy seas black cannon, devils backbone Vienna lager, porter)

-breakfast: I had the hunter omelet and my husband had the tomato florentine. The omelets were so fluffy and soft that we inquired how they were prepared -- cream and clarified butter. It was the best omelet I've ever had. The sausages were sausage "meatballs" that had a mixed spiced savoriness.

-room service: we ate dinner twice via room service. The service was friendly although they did forget two parts of our order (a side and an item off the dog menu). When we called to infirm them, they promptly delivered the items within 10 minutes, apologized and took $10 off the bill.

-duck ravioli appetizer. I love Al dente but these were almost hard. The flavor was nice, though.

-duck breast entree - served medium was very good with a crispy salty skin to compliment the juicy pink meat. It came with a tiny side of kale.

Venison sausage- appetizer came w one sausage link for $9. It was a bit too firm but the flavor was well seasoned and not at all gamey like I thought venison we old be.

-filet mignon - cooked to medium rare (asked for rare this time) was very tender with a nice glaze sauce over Yukon puree. Nicely done but not the best I've had.

-lentil side - my husband loved them but they were a bit too plain and under-seasoned for me.

-cheese plate: excellent selection of cheeses (a hard, soft, medium firm and a very firm Bleu -impressive and experienced varieties.

-bone a petit menu - cure offerings including meatballs and peanut butter biscuits. We ordered the chicken and rice which had green beans, sweet potato atop rice pilaf. My dogs loved it of course. The portion was a bit small (we ordered the "big paw") which came in a medium soup cup -- not enough to fill a dog larger than 20#.

-dog biscuits. We must admit that we tried the Bodhi biscuits and they were really good!!! Crazy but they tasted like parmesan biscuits for people- buttery and cheesey? Our dogs were not happy that we were eating their treats! Shame on us. I do think they're a bit too rich for dogs and may have caused some "stool issues" had we given them the whole biscuit.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Orlando FL
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Luxury camping? --That's what I thought when we found this resort - of sorts - hidden in the Appalachian mountains of western Maryland. The description seems mutually exclusive, and I admit that arriving at 8:30 at night was much like receiving a present on Christmas eve that you're not allowed to open until morning. We checked into cabin 11 located at the very end of a gravel road. The first thing we noticed was no television, rustic and comfortable furnishings and the wine lover's basket we requested displayed nicely on the table in front of the cast iron "stove" which functions as the heating unit. Oh, did I mention that a hard freeze was anticipated this evening in May? Thin blooded as I am, the cabin stayed very comfortable. Tired as we were, we climbed the raw wooden steps to the loft which held a queen size bed outfitted in luxuriously soft linens. When we rose the next morning, we were pleased to find 2 cup coffee maker and a mini fridge full of half n half for the coffee (cause this is important). True to their word, awaiting us on the front porch was a picnic basket with extra large mufffins, fresh orange juice, the daily SRL news and a copy of the Washington Post. Bound up in our toasty robes made of the same fine materials as our bedding, we sat sipping coffee, eating blueberry muffins and gazing at the 2 deer (no doubt on the payroll here) that wandered past our cabin about 100 feet into the woods. Luxury camping - I get it now. For the next 4 nights and 3 full days, we explored the hiking trails (all but 2) most of which were fairly easy to traverse (except for goat trail (duh) and part of the red outer loop (3.2 miles) which has a couple of more difficult areas to navigate). The trails are gorgeous and the red outer loop would be a great place to picnic as it wraps the rushing waters of the Savage River. It didn't take long to gather a routine here. We enjoyed our daily deliveries of muffins and news, hiked 1-3 hours every day and dined in the lodge lunch and dinner. The dining here is fantastic. They cellar about 1000 bottles of wine so the selection is nice with very little mark up which really surprised us. What was also surprising was the quality and variety of food available in this rural setting. They offer creative vegan and vegetarian options in addition to lamb, duck, homemade soups and pastas. During our stay, there were only 1-3 cabins booked yet the restaurant offered full service at both lunch and dinner. I was amazed they could do this - that they would do this - for just a few guests. The service at every meal was attentive, friendly and accommodating. The staff speak highly of the owners who can be seen onsite most of the time (just not this particular week). The lodge itself has an enormous stone fireplace, and bar that seats 10-15 people. Everything but the lodge is pet friendly. If your not dining, the lodge also offers several areas inside and out for mingling with people or nature (deer, humming birds,what have you). There is a well stocked gift shop with lots of great gifts and luxuries available for purchase. We came to the end of our stay, having met about 1/4 of the staff by name and having developed a real appreciation of indoor camping. This is the place to get away, relax and live unhurried and unscheduled.

Room Tip: Cabins 10 and 11 are premium and the most private. Yurts are under construction - less private, but...
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Green Features: Super green hotel. Solar power supplies 60+% of energy, recycling on site, biofuels to power some of their vehicles.
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Don't be fooled by the fact that you are staying in log cabins; this is really 'glamping'! Rustic cabins equiped with modern facilities and decorated in a cosy log cabin style, they are so welcoming with a 'gas' log fire, comfy couch and sofas and a super comfortable bed under the eaves in the open loft area. This isn't a vacation rental, there is no kitchen, but there is a fridge for keeping drinks and snacks cool, coffee and tea making facilities and supplies. The Main Lodge has a lovely sitting area with a big log fire, a great bar and a warm, rustic style restaurant where we had great food. It has wonderful porch and a fire pit area. But the big plus for us was the fact we could bring our dog. We spent our time on long hikes on the well marked and well maintained trails around the property where our dog could run off-leash. It was a wonderful stay - with one small detail which is why I didn't give it 5 stars: there was no-where in the main lodge where our well-behaved dog could sit with us - the porches around the property were beautiful and it would have been wonderful to sit there with a glass of wine in the evening but he wasn't allowed on them. It was a very small detail but it would have been great if there had been just one portion of the porch where we could have sat with him. Other guests also commented on it. Having said that, we heartily recommend and will certainly be back.
Note: we recommend booking at the lodge restaurant, simply because it is miles from civilization (exactly what we wanted!)

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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annapolis
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Another wonderful 2.5 days at Savage River Lodge. We love Cabin 1 with it's gas stove, comfortable beds, beautiful views into the pine forest, cozy furniture and lovely robes! Our meals in the lodge were excellent, Brad made us fresh lemonade after our 4 mile hike on the red trail and all of our servers/bartenders/housekeeping were so friendly and accommodating. Our basket of fresh squeezed orange juice, Wash. Post and freshly made muffins awaited us each morning on our cabin front porch. What we like most about SRL are the owners of this spectacular getaway Mike and Jan. They are always available and always smiling and genuinely interested in hearing from their guests. We have spent all four seasons in Cabin 1 and SRL is beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. It is quiet, relaxing and so much detail is put into each cabin, the main lodge and the property surrounding. The trails are well marked, each with it's own unique characteristics and trail maps are offered with difficulty and distance of each trail so that there are no surprises. If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing, healing and welcoming environment, this is the place. Great for families (our son Oliver is 15 and this is his FAVORITE place), couples or groups. You can do nothing or take advantage of the many amenities at SRL. Thanks so much Mike and Jan, we really feel so sad when we leave and always so happy to return.

Room Tip: there are cabins that are pet friendly and premium cabins. They are also 8 new yurts, that fit in so...
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Green Features: Take a look at their website, they are indeed GREEN!
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Savage River Lodge
Address: 1600 Mt. Aetna Road, Frostburg, MD 21532-3817
Region: United States > Maryland > Frostburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Frostburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfort - Privacy - Relaxation. We often hear these words when people talk about the Savage River Lodge. Nestled within more than 700 acres of Western Maryland's Savage River State Forest, the lodge is a peaceful retreat from a busy world. Once you're here, you'll find all the elements of relaxation and comfort--fantastic food, sink-into accommodations, your own private cabin, and exceptional hospitality. Whether you prefer to watch nature from your rocking chair or spend your day in pursuit of your favorite outdoor activity, you'll take home the spirit of the forest...and the Savage River Lodge. Our eighteen luxury cabins and the nearby lodge building, surrounded by the forest, convey a rustic, lived-in comfort. Our amenities and appointments, however are decidedly upscale and infused with a genuinely friendly and relaxed hospitality. ... more   less 
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