The Fort Lewis Lodge at Millboro, Virginia
While visiting Warm Springs, Virginia, I googled a list of restaurants in the area. I was immediately impressed by the professional website and pictures shown of the Fort Lewis Lodge.
The rustic property is nestled amid 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 me for dinner. We jumped at the opportunity.
Fort Lewis Lodge’s architecture is unique, and the views are 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.
In Bath County, Virginia, the Fort Lewis Lodge offers a tantalizing farm-fresh buffet-style dinner for guests and visitors. The setting is lovely. I immediately felt welcome and like part of the 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.
The variety of foods all appeared homemade and looked gorgeous. My favorites were the corn pudding casserole (with peppers and onions), and the crunchy coleslaw. I even scored the corn recipe for you, listed below. Then there was a large pasta dish with tubular noodles smothered with grilled veggies; so good, I went back for seconds. A sweet chili sauce paired nicely with the perfectly cooked shrimp and got a thumbs up from Peyton, ravenously wolfing down the shrimp and grilled chicken.
The fluffy peach muffins and lemon-iced pound cake à la mode were off-the-charts delicious. Yum!
A Gorgeous Retreat in the Mountains
Both of the Fort Lewis Lodge owners 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. The Fort Lewis Lodge guests and families seemed 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 40 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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