It's National Park week and that means you can check out the Parks for Free through Friday. Mike Smith, sent me the following Press Release:
Reasons to Visit Shenandoah National Park This Spring
can enjoy natural beauty, new dining menus and getaway packages
National Park, VA - (April
is April 22-26 at all national park locations including Shenandoah
National Park. Nature lovers can take advantage of the free
admission (Monday through Friday of that week) and explore
National Park facilities opened as scheduled this season with a new
park superintendent, new management company and a new chef. Jim
Northrup, a 32-year national park service ranger, was named
superintendent of Shenandoah earlier this year. DNC
Parks & Resorts, Inc.
is kicking off its first season as concessioner at Shenandoah.
Executive Chef, Steven Sterritt, is heading up the Skyland Resort
can enjoy an array of wildflowers, waterfalls and stunning views
while staying at one of the three DNC Parks & Resorts' lodges
located in the park - Big
Shenandoah National Park's rich history and scenic beauty draws
more than 1.2 million visitors each year.
is a special season in the Blue Ridge Mountains," said Wayne Soard,
Parks & Resorts General Manager at Shenandoah. "Guests can
enjoy over 1,300 species of plants, 50 species of mammals and 200
species of birds. It's the perfect time for couples and families
to discover all that Shenandoah has to offer".
Skyline Drive, the park's scenic roadway, meanders along the crest
of the mountain revealing spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley
and Virginia Piedmont region. Seventy-five overlooks spaced along the
Drive's 105 miles entice drivers to stop to take in the expansive
- Shenandoah National Park is located just 75 miles from Washington,
D.C., and is a quick getaway from major metropolitan areas.
- Engage your senses with the abundance of wildflowers in Shenandoah.
A beautiful and varied display begins in late March as the hepatica
and bloodroot push their way through the forest leaf litter. In
April, purple and yellow violets flower, and the large-flowered
trillium, pink lady's slippers, and wild geraniums appear. In May,
pink azaleas bloom in the forest and along Skyline Drive, followed by
the white flowers of mountain laurel in June.
- Shenandoah's beautiful waterfalls are a favorite destination
for hikers in spring.
New and Classic Cuisine
- DNC Parks & Resort's new chef at Skyland Resort, Steven
Sterritt, offers buttermilk fried chicken and other regional
favorites in the Pollock Dining Room. In addition, guests may order
popular dishes such as the Mile-High Blackberry Ice Cream Pie, or
place an order with the front desk for a "Picnic-to-Go."
- Sample award-winning, regional Virginia wines. Wine tastings are
held every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at either Skyland Resort or Big
a Cooking Demonstration -
Skyland Resort's new executive chef shares his expertise with
guests every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. in the dining room building.
Getaway Package -
Enjoy great savings with the mid-week Spring Getaway package.
Available through June 20 at both Skyland Resort and Big Meadow
Lodge, it includes lodging, breakfast and gratuities. Packages start
at $141 for two people.
- May 4-5 is Wildflower Weekend in the park with scheduled hikes and
programs led by National Park Service rangers and guest naturalists.
North also offers a 10 percent discount on the best available rate
for Shenandoah lodging to AAA members, AARP members and active duty,
reserve or retired U.S. Armed Services personnel.
lodging promotions, events and activities for planning your
Shenandoah getaway are available on our website www.goshenandoah.com
or call 877.247.9261 to speak with the reservation office.
Shenandoah National Park
by Congress in 1935, Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge
Mountains of Virginia contains nearly 197,000 acres of land with over
500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Shenandoah draws up to 1.2 million visitors a year with its rich
history, unique geography and wildlife, as well as the panoramic
vistas from the Skyline Drive. This National Scenic Byway, built
during the Depression era, winds along the crest of the mountains
through the length of the park, providing vistas of the sweeping
landscape to the east and west. Lodging options in the park include
Skyland Resort (mile 41.7), Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51.2) and Lewis
Mountain Cabins (mile 57.5), which are operated by Delaware North
Companies Parks & Resorts at Shenandoah, Inc., an authorized
concessioner and hospitality provider for the National Park Service.
For more information about Shenandoah accommodations, dining and
special events, call 877-247-9261 or visit www.goshenandoah.com.
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader, providing
Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM with hotel, retail,
food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic
and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company
operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida; in
Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks,
including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; The Lodge at
Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs,
N.Y.; and in Niagara Falls State Park. The company also owns and
operates Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; Harrison Hot Springs Resort &
Spa in British Columbia; the Park Gate Lodges at Yellowstone, which
are the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, Gray Wolf Inn and Suites and
Yellowstone Park Hotel, all located at the park's west gate in West
Yellowstone, Mont.; and five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard
Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings
Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn
more about Delaware North Companies' hospitality management
Delaware North Companies
North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held
hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs
family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and
food service. Its family of companies includes Delaware North
Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming &
Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services,
Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies
International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD
Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion
annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in
the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New
Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.
Parks & Resorts at Shenandoah, Inc.
Box 727 ? Luray, VA 22835
Parks & Resorts at Shenandoah, Inc., is an authorized
concessioner of the National Park Service.
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