Where to Go, What to Do in Meadows of Dan, Va.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


United and US Airways offer round-trip flights from Dulles to Greensboro, N.C., starting at $325. Meadows of Dan is about an hour's drive from the Greensboro airport, on scenic, two-lane roads. Primland offers transportation to and from the airport for $100 each way. The drive from downtown Washington takes about five hours, primarily following interstates 66 and 81.


Lodge at Primland, 2000 Busted Rock Rd., Meadows of Dan, 276-222-3800, http://www.primland.com. Abundant reclaimed wood and earthy tones warm up the modern, minimal interior design of this sophisticated mountain retreat. Introductory rates from $199 per night, with a two-night minimum, available for a limited time.

Meadows of Dan River Walk Cabins, 4444 J.E.B. Stuart Hwy., Meadows of Dan, 336-312-1421, http://www.meadowsofdanriverwalkcabins.com. Newly constructed, roomy wood cabins on 135 acres (including a 70-acre Christmas tree farm) provide an idyllic, comfortable setting for naked-eye stargazing. The property includes a mile of Dan River frontage and a three-mile hiking trail. Rates: $160 per night, $800 per week.


Lodge at Primland. At Elements, chef Andrea Griffith's simple, elegant cooking emphasizes locally sourced ingredients, with dishes such as roasted quail with curried lentils, butter-basted trout with ratatouille, and pork loin with sweet potato puree, beets and smoked maple syrup sauce. Three-course prix fixe, $55; five- and eight-course tasting menus with wines, $90 and $105, respectively. Griffith lets her hair down in the lively 19th Pub, where menu standouts include the moonshine pork barbecue sandwich and 48-hour braised beef short ribs with truffled grits. Prices from $15.

Pine Tavern, 611 Floyd Hwy. North (Route 221), Floyd, 540-745-4482, http://www.thepinetavern.com. Traditional Blue Ridge cooking such as country ham, fried ch icken and roast beef, served family style or a la carte. Family-style meals are $12 per person for three meats and sides including biscuits, mashed potatoes and dumplings.


Primland. Consisting of 12,000 unspoiled acres at high elevation, Primland is a mecca for outdoor sports, including golf, hiking, horseback riding, sporting clays and guided trout-fishing and wing-shooting tours. Open only to resort guests; additional fees required for guided activities.

Blue Ridge Wine Trail, Floyd and environs, http://www.blueridgewinetrail.com. The name is slightly misleading, but in a good way: The wine trail encompasses wine, hard cider, mead and ales, all made and presented in rustic, unpretentious settings. The Foggy Ridge Cider mill (http://www.foggyridgecider.com) and Chateau Morrissette winery (http://www.chateaumorrisette.com) best capture the local flavor.

-- J.B.

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