The Fort Lewis Lodge at Millboro, Virginia
While visiting Warm Springs, Virginia, I googled a list of restaurants in the surrounding area. I was impressed by the professional website and lovely pictures shown for online for the Fort Lewis Lodge. The property was rustic and nestled in the midst of the photogenic Allegheny Mountains. You could almost smell the fresh air from the pictures alone.
The inn’s owners, Caryl and John, offered to host my daughter (Peyton) and I for dinner, so we arrived at the lodge around 7 PM to explore the grounds and take pictures. The architecture was unique and the views were out of this world! Dinner began at 7:30 PM with the ringing of the dinner bell. Driving time from Warm Springs (where we were staying) to Fort Lewis Lodge was 25 minutes.
What’s For Dinner
The Fort Lewis Lodge, in Bath County, Virginia offers a tantalizing farm-fresh buffet-style dinner for guests and/or visitors. The setting was lovely and I immediately felt welcome and like family. Attractive serving dishes held grilled meats (shrimp, chicken, pork, beef), casseroles, vegetables, and assorted salads. One of the signature salads was bursting with pecans and goat cheese chunks amidst crispy salad greens.
I love that the variety of foods all appeared homemade and looked gorgeous. My favorite dishes were the corn pudding casserole (with colorful peppers and tangy onions), and the crunchy coleslaw. I even scored the corn recipe for you, listed below. Then there was a tremendous pasta dish with tubular noodles that were smothered with grilled veggies, one I went back for seconds of. A sweet chili sauce paired nicely with the perfectly grilled shrimp and got a thumbs up from Peyton who was ravenously wolfing down the shrimp and grilled chicken.
The fluffy peach muffins and were so good that I asked for the recipe. Dessert was lemon iced pound cake à la mode and was served to all of the guests at the end of the meal. NOM!
A Gorgeous Retreat in the Mountains
Both of the owners of the Fort Lewis Lodge were extremely friendly and very generous with their time and talents. The waitstaff was equally attentive and all of them appeared to love their jobs. All of the lodge guests and their families appeared to be having a wonderful time, too while enjoying the tasty dinner.
I recommend arriving at the Fort Lewis Lodge before dinner to enjoy an ice cold beer or glass of wine at Buck’s Bar, a popular spot on the grounds. Buck’s opens at 6:30 PM every evening and has plenty of seating inside and out on the porch overlooking the landscaped fishpond. I overheard many of the guests bragging about and comparing the fish they had caught that day.
Owners and Innkeepers Caryl and John Cowden are members of the Select Registry and have been in business for over 37 years. I hope you will visit their unique 3,300 acre property in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable.
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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