Living Local

BRYCE RESORT

Located about two hours’ drive from the DC metro area, Bryce Resort is next to the George Washington National Forest in Shenandoah County. It rests in a small valley within the greater Shenandoah Valley, the “Valley of the Daughter of the Stars,” nestled against the West Virginia border in the Appalachian Mountain range. The elevation of the area varies from 1,263 feet to 1,760 feet and typically enjoys ten degrees cooler temperatures and ten percent lower humidity than the DC area, with breezes almost every day.

It has been offering outdoor activities to visitors since 1905. Traditionally speaking, it is a place where people sought respite from heat, humidity, and busy professional lives. This is a trend that has continued to this day. Today’s activities include golf, skiing, tennis, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, flying, and more recently zipline, bungee, and wall climbing and a mountain bike park. Indoor activities include fine and casual dining, music, cards, and the meetings of various clubs, fraternal and charitable organizations. The core area of Bryce Resort includes a Lodge, a Sports Complex, a Ski Building, and a members’ lounge and a members’ locker room.

Surrounding the core are 52 miles of private roads with approximately 1,100 homes on the slopes, many of them with views of the mountains. About 23,000 golfers and 28,000 skiers and snowboarders enjoy their favorite sports each season. There are two lakes, the largest of which, Lake Laura, has a beach area with lounge chairs, a concession stand, pedal boats, pontoons, and kayaks available for use. Fishing is allowed, with a permit available at the Basye Community Store, at the Public Library and online. Boating is permitted but no gasoline engines. Hunting is available in the George Washington National Forest in season - with a permit. There is no hunting on Bryce Resort. Flying is done from the Sky Bryce Airport (VG-18) and it is an easy walk from the ramp to the Lodge and all activities. There is also a public library with WiFi at the airport.

The Sky Bryce Homeowners’ Association takes care of trash and snow removal, road maintenance, and has a roving security patrol. Homeowners enjoy underground utilities, public water and sewer service, high-speed internet, and cable TV. In general, there are fewer outages in Bryce than in the DC metro area because of the underground utilities and the excellence of the service providers.

Homeowners in Bryce typically do not have lawns, since most of them have lawns at their principal residences, so the woods are deep and cool, and there is ample separation between homes for privacy.

Whether you seek the peace of a natural setting in the Shenandoah or a lively day of sports activities, Bryce has something to offer all of your family and friends.

Helpful websites:

Getting here: I-66 W, Route 81 South