Location: Roanoke, West Virginia
Size: 191 guest rooms and suites
Meeting Space: More than 20,000 square feet
Access: Interstate 79
It should come as no surprise that some of the most memorable and productive meetings in West Virginia take place at the Stonewall Resort — the hotel’s own history is rooted in collaboration and strategic partnerships.
Set among 1,900 acres of state park grounds, the Stonewall Resort was the first in the nation to be developed, constructed, financed and operated by a private developer in partnership with the state. The project first began shaping up in the 1980s when the U.S. Corps of Engineers completed a dam to control flooding of the West Fork River and Skin Creek. The dam formed Stonewall Jackson Lake, West Virginia’s second-largest lake, which would soon become the centerpiece for the Corps’ final project, the Stonewall Resort State Park. The state park opened in 1989, but it wasn’t until 2002 that the first guests checked in to the charming Adirondack-style lodge.
The Stonewall Resort now comprises a main lodge with 191 guest rooms and suites, as well as a series of lakeside cottages and lake houses that can host two to 12 guests. The entire resort wraps around the Stonewall Jackson Lake, and lakeside living extends into all aspects of the wooded retreat. Rooms range from hotel-style lodging to entire houses furnished with full kitchens and fireplaces.
High-speed internet access is standard throughout the grounds, as are the tranquil views of the surrounding woods and waters. Gatherings can take place throughout the expansive property, where 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space is suitable for both small meetings and large events. Board meetings take place alongside a roaring fire in the Oak Boardroom, and banquet guests mingle beneath delicate chandeliers in the Stonewall Ballroom.
Meeting groups that gather at the resort are met with the latest technologies and outdoor equipment to make their time in the beautiful hills of West Virginia as productive and fun as possible. Whether it’s a weekend retreat or a long-overdue reunion with friends, the on-site meeting planners help make sure guests depart feeling refreshed, relaxed and reenergized, ensuring their time on property is memorable.
There are 14 flexible conference rooms spread throughout the lobby level and the terrace level of the Stonewall Resort. The lobby level is where guests can find the largest event spaces of the resort, all overlooking Stonewall Jackson Lake: the Stonewall Ballroom holds up to 300 guests, the Oak Boardroom and the Birch Room hold up to 120 guests, and four separate boardroom-style rooms hold up to 30 guests each. The terrace level is home to the private Maple Room, which holds up to 60 guests, and the Pecan Room, which holds up to 120 guests, as well as three separate boardroom-style rooms that hold up to 12 guests each.
The culinary team at the Stonewall Resort likes to describe its menus as “Appalachian-fusion cuisine,” which often includes familiar menu items with a tasty twist, like smoked cheddar mac and cheese, or bourbon molasses pork loin. Three on-site restaurants offer menus throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A team of talented and trained chefs assemble buffets, plated dinners and break food options for meeting guests with finesse and creativity, often sourcing locally for ingredients used to nourish guests during their time in West Virginia. Alcohol is available.
Modern technologies are accented by natural lighting in many of the meeting spaces at the Stonewall Resort, where comfortable and engaging furnishings help guests settle in for a good time or cozy up for creative brainstorming meetings. The on-site and eager meeting planners at the Stonewall Resort are armed with an extensive catalog of signature team-building activities that range from Glow Golf on the Arnold Palmer-designed Palmer Course to a charity Bike Building Workshop. Culinary competitions heat things up between board meetings and offer groups the chance to collaborate on a delicious feast to be enjoyed once the competition has come to a close.
Before and After
The Stonewall Resort’s fantastic location among one of West Virginia’s most stunning state parks allows for endless opportunities for recreation before and after events. Guests can take to the more than 20 hiking or biking trails throughout the 1,900-acre state park or board the resort’s Little Sorrel touring boat to soak in the fall foliage or spring blossoms. The resort is home to a full-service spa, a fitness center and an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course. The resort also offers the Stonewall Outfitters Pass, which offers access to the on-site kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, paddleboats, aqua cycles, disc golf gear and more.