Month long celebration includes special menus, farm visits and annual Apple butter Festival
Shenandoah National Park, VA – (August 26, 2014) As the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park are making sure guests will get their fill of this delicious fruit when they book an overnight stay in September. There will even be an apple at check-in greeting each visitor.  Skyland Resort is located at mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive and Big Meadows Lodge is located at mile 51.
While enjoying the scenic drive to Shenandoah, there are several stops along an Apple Trail that include beautiful farms with a choice of pick your own or choose from already harvested fruit. The Winchester to Shenandoah trail includes Marker-Miller Orchards in Winchester and Rinker Orchards in Stephens City. The September harvest will boast a mix of varietals and include popular Ginger Gold, Gala or Honeycrisp to name a few.
For guests traveling from Washington, DC to Shenandoah, the trail includes High Places Orchards in Huntley or Roy’s Orchards in Sperryville, both offering a vast assortment of pick your own or already picked.
Dining the month will be an apple lover’s dream with the abundance of apple items featured for breakfast, lunch or dinner and prepared creatively by Executive Chefs Paul Lombardy and William Taylor and Sous Chef Heather Cash. Favorites include Apple Bacon Pancakes with Hard Cider Syrup; Spinach Salad with Apples, Pecans, Onions and Goat Cheese; Apple Cider Vinaigrette; Baked Brie with Spiced Apples, Walnut Sauce and Sliced Baguette; Chicken Breast Sandwich with Caramel Apple BBQ and Smoked Gouda; Pan Seared Pork Loin with Caramelized Apple and Fennel Sauce; Apple Cider Brined Roast Chicken with Cider Glazed Cipiolinni Onions, Sage and Bacon; Roasted Duck with Apple Butter; Baked Apple Stuffed with Walnut and Brie, Flambéed; Apple Muffins;  Fresh Berry and Apple Salad with an Apple Honey Vinaigrette
On Friday, September 12, Skyland will host the next in a series from the Shenandoah Seasonings wine dinners featuring local Rappahannock Cellars with Vintner Allan Delmare. The overnight package includes accommodations, dinner for two, breakfast for two and is $373. Menu items include Striped Bass Poached in Hard Apple Cider with Apple Fennel Arugula “Slaw”, Slow Roasted Veal Loin with Apple Cider Collard Greens and Roasted Local Apple Stuffed with Walnuts, Brie and Local Honey.  All menu items will be paired with award winning wines from the winery.
Saturday, September 20 will be the official day to celebrate all things Apple Butter with the Annual Apple Butter Celebration. Demonstrations, pony rides, children’s crafts, live entertainment and fun to be had by all.  Featured food includes Apple Smoked Pork BBQ, Grilled Chicken with Apple Salsa, Granny Apple Cole Slaw, Apple Cobbler, and Hot & Cold Apple Cider. Virginia wine and cider tastings will also be available.
Additional lodging promotions, events and activities for planning your Shenandoah getaway are available on our website www.goshenandoah.com or call 877.247.9261 to speak with the reservation office.  
About Shenandoah National Park
Established by Congress in 1935, Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia contains nearly 197,000 acres of land with over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Shenandoah draws up to 1.2 million visitors a year with its rich history, unique geography and wildlife, as well as the panoramic vistas from the Skyline Drive. This National Scenic Byway, built during the Depression era, winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the park, providing vistas of the sweeping landscape to the east and west. Lodging options in the park include Skyland Resort (mile 41.7), Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51) and Lewis Mountain Cabins (mile 57.5), which are operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Shenandoah, Inc., an authorized concessioner and hospitality provider for the National Park Service. For more information about Shenandoah accommodations, dining and special events, call 877-247-9261 or visit www.goshenandoah.com.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader, providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida; in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Shawnee and other Yosemite lodges; Peaks of Otter Lodge on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and in Niagara Falls State Park. The company also owns and operates Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; the Park Gate Lodges at Yellowstone, which are the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, Gray Wolf Inn and Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel, all located at the park’s west gate in West Yellowstone, Mont.; and five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Question Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visithttp://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sport service, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit 


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