This is our 2nd stay here at the Rocky Gap Lodge, and it's a lovely place to stay especially if you book a lake view room and get a room on an upper floor towards the right side of the hotel (towards the far end of the lake). The downside is if you book online (which I did), they (oddly) don't guarantee whether your room will have one or two beds (even if you enter it in the special request box). They didn't have our "requested" two bed room when we checked in, but they put us in a junior suite (queen bed and sofa bed) for no extra charge. (Although, the desk told us they'll guarantee the type of room if you call in your reservation.) They also have a few types of suites.
The park and lodge are located just off I-68, about 7 miles east of Cumberland, Md. We were on our way back east from the annual trip to the midwest to visit family, and this is a great place to stop for a few nights to recover from the driving and re-charge before driving into D.C. (about 3 hours away). (I like to stop the last night outside of the city and then drive into town after rush hour ends the next morning.)
The lodge faces the lake on one side and the golf course on the other, and the lake is just beautiful. It's a 243 acre man-made lake surrounded by tree-covered mountains. It's open year-round, and rooms are reasonably priced. Rooms are nice, public areas of the hotel are attractive. There is a main dining room (also open for breakfast) with good food, a nice wine list and a wonderful view of the lake, a lounge next door (with a separate lunch and dinner menu) and a golf shop lounge/cafe (with a separate lunch and dinner menu) located next to the pool. The main dining room menu runs in the $20 range per entree for dinner, and it is lined with windows overlooking the lake. Breakfast here is buffett style for $17.00 (with an omelet station on weekends). We thought dinner in the dining room was good and breakfast just ok. Food prices in the lounge and golf shop/cafe are cheaper ($8-15 range) and a more casual menu. We also ate in the golf shop cafe, and had the special (half rack of ribs, fries and coleslaw for $15), and it was good but almost too much food.
The pool and jacuzzi are quite nice and are located next to the (small) gym. The pool is enclosed in a glass-covered room with a retractable roof for nice weather. There are various places to sit outside by the lake when the weather's nice, and the lodge staff are nice.
Lots to do outside of the lodge including golf, hiking, swimming in the lake (3 beaches in the park), boating, etc. (Check their website for more information.) Or if you are inclined to relax, this is a great place to do it. They also have a conference center, and we heard from staff they are planning to go ahead with building a casino here.
Cumberland, Md is a short drive from the park and is worth a visit. It has a pretty downtown with a pedestrian street and a couple good cafes. There is a historic district just up the hill with some pretty old homes, the Allegheny County Courthouse (beautiful building) and some other administrative buildings in historic buildings. It's also the site of a historic fort. If you are there on Fri-Sat-Sun from May through December and have a few free hours, catch the Scenic Western Maryland Railroad. It leaves from the old railroad station (next to the start of the C&O Canal park). We caught it by chance on the 2nd trip of the season, and we had a great time. It takes a 32 mile route up the valley side to Frostburg, Md and back (the engine turns around on an old turntable...bring your video camera). They run the trip with both steam engines and diesel (catch it when it's the steam train). It was the highlight of our stay. (They have a website with more info.)
It's not a perfect place to stay, but what is? But we really enjoy it, and we plan to come back this summer for a few days with family. We're told it's really pretty in the fall.
Book a lake view room and ask for an upper floor (for the best lake views).
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