The Fort Lewis Lodge at Millboro, Virginia
Why We Went: While visiting Warm Springs, Virginia, I googled a list of restaurants in the surrounding area. I was quite impressed by the lovely pictures and website of the Fort Lewis Lodge. The Inn’s owners, Caryl and John, offered to host my daughter, Peyton, and I for dinner, which promptly began at 7:30 PM with the ringing of the dinner bell.
What We Had: The Fort Lewis Lodge offers a buffet style dinner for guests and/or visitors that includes grilled meats, several side vegetable dishes, salad, fluffy homemade muffins, and a fabulous dessert.
Something Special: The variety of side dishes was impressive. Fort Lewis’s Corn Casserole, dotted with colorful peppers and tangy onions, was the best I have ever had. Their crunchy coleslaw was a bit sweet, which set it over the top. Fat shrimp were grilled to perfection, accompanied by sweet chili sauce.
The Inn’s salad dressing was zesty, with just the right amount of pecans and goat cheese hunks tossed amidst the spring mix. A pasta dish with tubular noodles, smothered with grilled, fresh vegetables, was definitely a hit and I would love to know how Caryl made it. My daughter, Peyton, raved about the grilled chicken.
Noteworthy: I recommend you to explore the grounds at the Fort Lewis Lodge before dinner. You could also enjoy an ice cold beer or glass of wine at Buck’s Bar, a popular spot. Buck’s opens at 6:30 PM and there is plenty of seating inside and out on the porch, with views of the landscaped fishpond. I overheard many of the guests bragging about and comparing the fish they had caught that day.
One Delectable Spread is Served
Best Part of the Meal: Everything I ate was delicious, but my favorite part of the dining experience was the family feel and comfortable nature of the restaurant. Both of the owners were extremely friendly and very generous with their time and talents. Fort Lewis Lodge’s wait staff was equally attentive and seemed to love their jobs. All of the lodge guests and their families appeared to be having a wonderful time while eating wholesome, unpretentious local nutritious foods full of flavor.
What Needs Shared: The recipe for Fort Lewis Lodge’s moist fantastic peach muffins! They were divine and I normally do not eat muffins.
What Needs Improvement: People in the community need to visit this hidden gem. I talked to many people in Warm Springs that had never been there.
Total Check Before Tip: We were treated but you can visit for dinner with a reservation for $30 per person.
My Rating Scale: 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 9
Owners and Innkeepers Caryl and John Cowden are members of the Select Registry and have been in business for over 37 years.
Colorful Corn Pudding Recipe (serves 6)
- 3/4 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) cut corn
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 small jar diced pimento
- 1 medium green pepper, diced
- 2 Tbsp butter, cut up
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Mix all ingredients together, pour into a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
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