|Sharp Top today from the deck at the Peaks of Otter Lodge|
The Lynchburg News & Advance reported yesterday that nobody put in an acceptable bid to run the lodge and restaurant at the 63-room hotel, which was completed in 1964. It has 40 fulltime employees. Virginia Peaks of Otter Company had the contract to run the facility, but that's over Nov. 30 and won't be renewed.
I've been visiting occasionally (and eating while there, even though I don't like the food) since the 1970s and it's always fun. There's a short hike around the lake, hikes or bus rides to the surrounding peaks and a lot of peace and quiet (except when the Harley riders come in. They tend to add an unwelcome level of bravado noise wherever they go and I don't know why their noise pollution--which is most often illegal--is tolerated).
The Peaks of Otter Company has had the contract since 1988, most recently renewing in 2010. No reason was given for giving up the contract. The contract includes 4,000 acres of forest between Sharp Top and Flat Top, a couple of popular destinations. Abbott Lake and Sharp Top compose the view out the restaurant windwon.
Lunch there today was a full-house affair and it looked like most of the rooms were rented, as well. There were at least two different groups of leather-clad Harley riders eating lunch today.
The lodge will likely close for the winter, according to the article, but it has done that before. The future is uncertain and that is a shame.