The Lodge At Woodloch is the most beautiful destination in the winter season. Who would think, right? But for those seeking to get away from it all without traveling too far (if you’re on the east coast) then try a fun spa weekend filled with incredible food, fire pits, and fabulous accommodations.
Wake up to a breakfast of farm fresh eggs, bagels with lox, pumpkin bread french toast, fresh oatmeal, fruit and so much more. Executive Chef Josh Tomson focuses on farm to table, fresh and exquisite cuisine. All of his food comes from the farm they have on property as well as sustainable and humane animal farmers. He carefully selects only the best ingredients, and dinner is different every night which is a very wonderful surprise and makes for an incredible food filled week/weekend.
Tree Restaurant & Bar is simply the best. For lunch my first day I enjoyed: a Zen Cosmo, with Soba Noodles, Roasted Sunchokes, Purple Cabbage and Ginger Sesame Dressing. Alongside (and this was just the preliminary buffet) was Maple Roasted Pumpkin with whipped Cinnamon Cream! A daily soup is always prepared and my first day it was a Beet and Ginger Soup that was delightful and healthy; my mother was absolutely in love. Lunch doesn’t change daily, but I was thankful because the menu’s give you so many delicious options it is incredibly hard to choose just one thing. Chef specializes in vegan and vegetarian as well, and will label which is which on the menu, so every palate has something to enjoy. I tried the Grilled Tomato Flatbread with Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella with a Balsamic Reduction. My mother had the steamed Edamame Dumplings which were to die for!
After a relaxing afternoon of cocktail class and exploring the grounds with nature walks and a nap, it was time for dinner. Before I get to more of the delicious dining options, lets’s talk accommodations. The rooms here are simply stunning with balcony’s overlooking the property and fire pit. Inside the rooms you will find elegant rain showers, cozy robes, plenty of lighting, wooden rocking chairs, the comfiest beds I have ever slept in. Every bathroom has the signature eucalyptus lotion and the hotel itself is so quiet, yet not stuffy. No matter where you are, you are relaxed; it’s impossible not to be.
Ok… back to food. I started off with a bourbon cocktail which is typical of my New York self (we always start the meal with a cocktail). I then went on to try more Flatbread but this time it was with Pumpkin and Balsamic! I had my mother try the Kale Chips which were also delicious and very light which was good considering the dinner we were about to enjoy was large. You are given a choice of appetizer, salad, and a main course; it’s a ton of food, but so incredibly worth every bite!
For my Main Course I dove right into the Cabernet Braised Beef Short Rib while my mother had the NY Strip. The short rib came with Blue Cheese Grits that were out of this world, addicting. I simply could not fit in dessert, but then again it’s probably because I was still jet lagged from Spain and needed my Beer Massage (the next day) to make it all better.
My mother and I decided to sit out by the fire with my bottle of Daily’s Salted Caramel Cream Cocktail. The Lodge is BYOB by the fire pit if you choose, however their drink selection is great and the prices are so reasonable that you can order your cocktail or wine to go too. The salted caramel paired with the cool crisp fall air, alongside a blazing yet comforting fire.
After a nice night cap with Daily’s it was off to dreamland in the comfiest beds ever. The next day I enjoyed Breakfast of farm fresh eggs, hash browns and bacon, while my mother enjoyed pumpkin bread french toast. For lunch the Butternut Squash Lasagna was a prime choice as was the Bison Burger with Terra Chips! Afterwords we went to the spa to relax in the hot tub and then it was time for a cooking demo. The pastry chef there is adorable and very friendly and showed us how to make a vegan chocolate cake; it was simple and delicious.
After my food coma and cooking demo, I needed a beer before dinner. I enjoyed the Pinkus German Beer with some appetizers like: Lobster and Edamame Stuffed Artichokes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Strudel, and Cauliflower Turnip Puree (yes… all four appetizers). The Baby Spinach Salad with Duck Breast and Whole Grain Mustard was my second course and then I went for the Main Course. Paired instead of wine, was chef’s choice of Doc’s Draft Pumpkin Cider, which was incredibly refreshing and pair-able with everything on his menu. Onto the main courses it was: Lemon Roasted Garlic Shrimp & Grits, Rack of Lamb and Duck Breast. Chef said he would give me “tasting portions” however, he must have wanted me to completely roll out of the place because I felt so full yet couldn’t put my fork down at all. Somehow I managed to grow a second stomach, as did my mother and we fought through the food induced comas.
For my final morning, I woke up to an amazing visit to the farm. They allow guests inside the farm and while there I met the most pleasant Bee Keeper who is delightfully passionate about bees. I learned so much about those little “buggers” and even got to pick some of my own vegetables! Rainbow carrots, watermelon radish, and brussels sprouts made it into my bag and back to NYC for some fresh salad toppers.
What an incredible experience it is to enjoy even just a weekend at this destination resort and spa. I guarantee you will fall in love and make this an annual visit, but for now try and book a winter weekend and enjoy the breathtaking views!