The beautiful and amazing new Lake Hope Dining Lodge. This 14,645-square foot structure was designed by RVC Architects of Athens to be everything we hoped it would be.
It uses many of the rustic and natural elements that you would expect to find at Lake Hope State Park. Enormous timbers cut from the Zaleski State Forest, a soaring fireplace, beautiful views of the lake and lots of stone are some things you will find here. There’s a nineteenth century log cabin that was disassembled, cleaned and reassembled inside the lobby to serve as a small cafe. A staircase wraps around a large tree, cut from the Zaleski State Forest. A few pieces of local wildlife taxidermy and vintage photos adorn the walls.
Cottage check-in and a really nice gift shop are also located in this building. You can find a lot of the sundry items you might need on a camping trip as well as some quality made items like Roseville Pottery, primitives from Thompson’s Primitives here in Vinton County and candles from Zaleski Candle Works, to name a few.
The centerpiece of the building is the dining room which features a lot of wood including beams from Zaleski State Forest timber and the most enormous booths I have ever seen.
The view of the lake, even on a cold winter’s day, is breathtaking. But, trust me when I say, no one comes to this restaurant for the view.
It is the creations of Chef Matt Rapposelli and Chef Eric Lee that keep people coming back. Their wood smoke-based menu features things that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Meaty Mac n’ Cheese is literally a giant bowl of mac n’ cheese with the brisket baked in. Lots of interesting salads, enormous and flavorful sandwiches, and some of the best desserts you will ever taste make every experience here one you won’t forget.
Dining at its finest. Relax while you take in the beautiful views of Lake Hope as you sip on a glass of wine or enjoy a craft brew.
Everything is made from scratch utilizing as many locally sourced products as we can get our hands on.
Enjoy the full flavor of our all-hickory smoked real pit BBQ, wood fried pizza, hand cut steaks and burgers made of only the freshest beef ground in-house daily!
To view the full menu or make reservations, visit the dining lodge’s website.