The Shenandoah Valley, which is located about two hours Southwest of Washington D.C., is a popular tourism area of Virginia. There are plenty of activities to choose from, whether you are interested in seeing Luray Caverns, driving on Skyline Drive, or skiing at Bryce Resort. This is why people flock to this area year round, and the views are amazing. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountain Line, and with elevations reaching up to near 3000′, it is possible to see fifty plus miles on clear days. The massive amounts of Pine Trees deliver unbelievably fresh air, and it is easy to forget pressures at work and home while vacationing here. If you enjoy the great outdoors, there are few places that offer what this area delivers on. This is a wonderful spot to take a family, and there is a hotel that will allow your pet to stay with you.
The Sky Chalet is located in the town of Basye, off of route 263, which is connected to Interstate 81. It is a family run bed and breakfast, run by a husband and wife team of Ken and Mona Seay. A lot of their business is in the winter season, when nearby Bryce is open, but they remain busy during the summer months as well. They are friendly, and reserving a room with them was a simple process. This couple lives on site, in their house which is approximately 50 yards from the large cabin, where all of the rooms are located. My wife and I decided to rent their small suite, which is called the Mountain Getaway Room.
The cabin is a bit old, but it has been renovated recently. The room was on the first floor of the building, and was rather small, with the bed taking up a majority of the space. Mirrors were on the walls of the room, which gave it an appearance that was both romantic, and a bit on the tacky side. A huge window with curtains, offered a view that can only be described as a “little slice of Heaven.” We totally loved seeing the mountains and valleys in front of it, and this was among the best sunsets we have ever seen. This panoramic view reminds you that life is good, and that the beauty of nature is well worth spending time in. I can only imagine what the views are from the floors above.
We did not get the continental breakfast delivered, as we left early to go skiing. This is offered to all customers, and pets are allowed to stay. Having this option is a major relief for many families, and they are permitted to be left alone as long as they don’t bark or cause other customers any hardship. Each morning, they are given a special treat during breakfast time. If you enjoy taking Fido for a stroll, there are lots of trails nearby, and the hill has plenty of off leash areas to have fun in.
The primary reason to visit here, is because they allow pets, and the views are spectacular. There is something special about waking up, and breathing in clean, mountain air. Enjoy sitting with a cup of coffee, and watching the Sun rise. Prices are reasonable, with the small suite costing $75 a night. If you have a large family or group traveling, consider one of their six bedroom suites. These cost $535 a night, and this would be a good place for a reunion. I liked this place, and I would recommend the Sky Chalet, even with its minor shortcomings. Its great for a romantic getaway, or for a sabbatical away from work. You can reach the staff or reserve a room at 1-877-867-8439, or look at their website at www.skychalet.com. Their mailing address is 259 Sky Chalet Lane Basye, VA 22810.