My wife and I stayed at The Lookout twice in the past year. The only time I saw a view like this was from Skyland at Skyline Drive. Of course, we had to spend a lot of money in the restaurants.
At The Lookout, you can cook your own meals and save your money for activities. The owners put a lot of thought into renovations ( I especially love the second bathroom with laundry facilities). I slept on the deck one night-it was perfect! I think we will book again for a long-weekend.