Winterplace Ski Resort is nearby!
If you are passing through southern West Virginia, planning a ski trip, or just needing to get away from it all, you will enjoy the cozy, tranquil feel of the Farmhouse in the Bluestone Valley. A stay in this simple homestead will give you the peace and quiet you are seeking. with picturesque views of green pastures, the smell of clean fresh air, and a view of the beautiful Bluestone River. The farmhouse features can accommodate up to 3 and has wifi, a flat screen tv, landline, and tasteful furnishings.
1 queen bedroom
1 twin bed
1 bath (shower/tub combination)
Large living room with cozy furnishings
Porch for sitting
Walking trail on site
Five state parks, the Hatfields and McCoys ATV trail, and a ski resort are within a 12-30 minute drive.
The nearest park, Camp Creek State Park and Forest, is known for beautiful waterfalls and great walking trails. With nearly 6,000 acres of lush forest, 35 miles of trails and seven miles of seasonally stocked trout streams, there is something for every hiker, biker, horseback rider and angler to explore and enjoy. Located in Mercer County, two miles off Interstate 77.
In addition to nearby Princeton with many restaurants options (Cracker Barrel, Chili's, Applebees, Outback and others), there are great and unique dining experiences near the farmhouse including Brandon's Barbecue & Grille, The Oak Restaurant (fine dining), the Bluestone Dining Room at Pipestem Resort. Also at Pipestem Resort, ride the aerial tram deep into the Bluestone Gorge for dining at the Mountain Creek Restaurant.
Winterplace Ski Resort is the perfect place for beginners to learn to ski and more advanced skiers and riders to improve their technique or just spend some time having fun with family and friends. For the non-skiers there is a snow tubing park - no special equipment needed. (14 miles from farmhouse).
There are many sites and attractions nearby including Bluestone Lake and marina, the magnificent Bluestone Dam, Bluestone Wildlife Hunting and Fishing area, and many whitewater rafting outfitters. The Greenbrier River is great for canoeing and kayaking, the legendary John Henry tunnel (site of the man versus machine victory) is found nearby in Talcott, WV. Within a short drive there is an exhibition coal mine, caves and caverns for exploring, the Hatfields and McCoy‘s ATV trail!
You can plan to visit The Greenbrier by AmTrak train (Cardinal) that departs from nearby Hinton and return the same day on Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday. Round trip train tickets are available online for as little as $13 per person and takes about an hour each way (leaves around 10:30 am and returns around 6:30 pm) giving you plenty of time to enjoy a tour of the resort, secret bunker, have lunch at Drapers, and enjoy the evening tea at 4:00 pm. On the AmTrak site select round trip from HIN (Hinton) to WSS (White Sulphur Springs). Train #50 and #51.
Lost World Caves and Caverns is another day trip option. About an hour's drive from the guest house, discover the vast wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites that hides 120 feet below the Earth’s surface. Discovered in 1942, Lost World Caverns is a truly magical place. The cavern features amazing rock formations and presents challenges for avid adventurers. The self-guided tour covers a 1/2-mile loop where you see amazing formations from beginning to end. It takes about 45 minutes to complete, and the memories last a lifetime. Make sure to pack a light jacket, sturdy shoes, and a camera to capture the beautiful sights. Temps are a steady 52 degrees year round inside the caverns. Groupon tickets are available online.
To familiarize yourself with what is nearby, here are some highlights:
Golf courses - Pipestem State Resort and Glade Springs Resort
Bluestone State Park - Great outdoor pool.
Bluestone Lake & Marina - Can rent a pontoon for the day on the lake
Cantrell Whitewater Rafting - Nice float trips down the New River in Hinton. Not wild and terrifying! Just a slow drift down or take the plunge and go for that wild ride down the New River! Or opt for those more wild Class VI rides with rapids and excitement in the upper New River.
Pipestem State Park (follow Rt. 20 North) - horseback riding, lots of trails, nice restaurants, golf, indoor/outdoor pools, beautiful picnic areas, plenty of resident deer! The aerial TRAM is one of the greatest things at the park. It takes you deep into the Bluestone Gorge where there is a nice restaurant for dining. There are all kinds of activities at the park.
The Greenbrier - America's Resort since 1778. More than two centuries ago in a valley nestled within the eternal majesty of the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the first guests arrived! And from that moment, until today, when you enter our grounds you become part of a haven rooted in hospitality and luxury. A visit to The Greenbrier Resort would be one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences! If staying in the southern WV area for more than one day, you may want to drive up to enjoy their wonderful breakfast buffet, served in The Greenbrier's main dining room until 10:30 am (a magnificent spread of everything you can only imagine. (Best to get there around 9:30 and make a reservation)
When arriving at The Greenbrier for a visit, you will need to tell them you are having breakfast, lunch, dinner or just visiting and they will tell you where to park. If you park on the train depot side (across from the entrance to the Greenbrier), there is plenty of parking and a year-round Christmas/gift shop. The old railroad depot was converted into the shop with unique finds. The Greenbrier provides a shuttle from the Christmas shop to the main hotel or you can walk across the street and enter the Greenbrier if you choose.
Dining is considered a formal affair. You may want to experience West 44, a high-priced dining experience that you will never forget. Filet Mignon that you can cut with a fork, the beef cattle are grain-fed and raised on a farm near the Greenbrier. This restaurant is named for Jerry West, #44, basketball star from West Virginia. All his memorabilia is on display there. You will need to make reservations at West 44 or the main dining room if you plan to have dinner at the Greenbrier in order to get a table.
Be sure and browse all throughout the many specialty shops and make sure you see the magnificent indoor pool with lovely canopies and colorful furnishings.The pool looks like something from the Roman Empire, absolutely spectacular. A walk through the grounds of the Greenbrier is wonderful. The Greenbrier Open Golf Event is held every year with many golfing greats Plan to view the infinity pool where you will find another lunch option at the clubhouse restaurant and sports bar.
At The Greenbrier, the bunker is something you definitely want to tour. That was the top-secret (declassified now) underground central command for the President and Congress in case of an attack on DC. The bunker was kept secret until it was declassified in the 90s.
Lewisburg, West Virginia is another nearby, a historic old town with Civil War history and the North House Museum. There are lots of antique shops and nice dining establishments. We recommend lunch or dinner at the General Lewis Inn or Food and Friends in the downtown area. Visit the Old Stone Church and be sure to see the old civil war era cemetery beside it. The North House Museum (all about the history of Lewisburg) is filled with Civil War memorabilia. There is another civil war cemetery in the woods in the shape of a large cross, the final resting place for 95 soldiers killed during the Battle of Lewisburg.
In Summers County, home of Hinton, WV, a drive up to Sandstone Falls, a part of the New River Gorge National River is absolutely beautiful. The National Park Service constructed a boardwalk that takes visitors all the way out to view of the falls for photo opportunities.
The John Henry Great Bend Tunnel - Take Rt. 3E in Hinton, WV
The John Henry Memorial Park has been established in front of the actual tunnel where John Henry worked and beat the steam drill machine in the late 1800s.
The Graham House, the oldest standing house in West Virginia, c.1770, is located at Lowell, WV. The home was attacked by the Shawnee Indians.
The Saunders One-Room School House museum is also located on the Graham House grounds.
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Coal Camp – Tour the many buildings in the coal camp settlement reconstructed near the coal mine, open May-November.
Mountain Lake Resort (where many scenes in the movie Dirty Dancing were filmed) is nearby and an easy day trip. Located high atop a mountain, you can dine where Baby sat in the corner!Get the full listing »