Having grown up in Southwest Virginia, nearly 30 minutes from Marion, Virginia, I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I did not realize all that the park had to offer. In addition to the beautiful lake complete with a beach, paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, several hiking trails, and its very own restaurant, Hungry Mother is home to 20 unique and different cabins. After visiting the cabins and checking them out first hand, I soon discovered that they are the perfect getaway spot.
A perfect waterfront weekend getaway
Who is cooking tonight?
All of the cabins nestled in the mountains of Hungry Mother include sofas and a dining table in the living area, a fireplace, picnic tables, and a charcoal grill. Charcoal is not provided by the park, so guests wishing to use the grill will need to supply their own charcoal but can be conveniently bought at the park’s general store. The cabins are also able to accommodate guests in the winter or summer months thanks to both heat and air conditioning. Preparing meals is made easy with the cabin’s refrigerator, stove, coffee maker, dishes, dishcloth, a few dishtowels, silverware, cooking utensils, pots and pans, a microwave oven, and toaster.
There is nearly everything one would need except for groceries. If guests would rather have their meals prepared for them, they can walk to the park’s very own restaurant, cleverly named The Restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition, it is open for dinner during the shoulder seasons. Here guests will find delicious appetizers, freshly prepared salads and homemade soups, half pound burgers, sandwiches, and delectable entrees such as grilled mango salmon and eggplant parmesan. My mouth is already watering!
The perfect place for family fun and relaxation
Cabins at Hungry Mother State Park come in all shapes and sizes ranging from one bedroom to six bedrooms. Several cabins have porches and decks perfect for sitting on and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Guests are able to personalize their stay by choosing in which cabin they stay, granted it is not already occupied or booked for that weekend. Each cabin includes beds, nightstands, and clock radios in the bedrooms.
One of the neatest things I found while visiting the cabins was a logbook full of notes from guests who had previously stayed in the cabin. It was really interesting to see where previous guests were from and they kinds of activities they enjoyed during their stay. While enjoying their cabin stay, guests also have access to boat launch and swimming. Any vacation where you can go fishing, hiking, swimming, and suntan on a beach sounds like a pretty good one to me. After taking the time to explore Hungry Mother State Park and visit the cabins and lodges, I can assure you that there is no better place to call your home away from home for the week!
Hungry Mother State Park, 2854 Park Blvd., Marion, Va. 24354-9323; phone, (276) 781-7400; email [email protected].Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email resvs. Be sure to specify the park of interest.