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Discovering the Edgarton Inn B&B

Look on the map and see if you can find the town of Edgarton, West Virginia. Surely there must be one, since there’s an Edgarton Inn Bed & Breakfast.  I Googled the town, and found out that there’s a town in Mingo County named Delorme that is also known as Edgarton, but there are no B&B’s there.  So where in the world is the Edgarton Inn Bed & Breakfast? 025

As you might have guessed, the name was changed sometime back.  You see, the Greenbrier River flows through this town and it’s in Greenbrier County.  I guess they could have called the town Greenbrier, but then that wouldn’t have been very original.  I’ve heard a few different stories about the original name for the town from Edgar’s Ford to St. Lawrence Ford.  One story has it that Edgar’s Ford was named after Thomas Edgar who built his house near the banks of the Greenbrier and then sold off lots that started the community.  When it came time to incorporate the town, it was time to give it a more colorful name.  So some say that was when Mrs. Edgar put a twist of French to the name Greenbrier and came up with Ronceverte, which in French means bramble green, or green brier.

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Greenbrier County and Lewisburg, the county seat, is one of the more popular tourist destinations in West Virginia, and only five miles south of Lewisburg on US 219 is the town of Ronceverte.  In honor of the founder of Ronceverte, Kathy King, the owner of the Edgarton Inn Bed & Breakfast, named the Inn located in his original house built-in 1810, after Thomas Edgarton.016

The house is beautiful and chucked full of history and scenes from days gone by in Greenbrier County.  It is spacious with a common dining area and sitting room downstairs that is a great place to just sit and relax.  Upstairs there are four bedrooms each with its own bathroom.

The Blue Ridge Suite is part of the original 1810 house that was built with timbers; then brown sand from the Greenbrier River and horse hair were mixed into plaster which is still in place under the old wallpaper coverings.  The wooden floors are original and to stand on them is to go back 200 years in history.

The Greenbrier Room is also located in a section of the original house built-in 1810.  The Bay windows were added when Col. Best remodeled the house after the Civil War. If you notice, the house faces the river, as most houses built-in the early 1800’s did.

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The Renaissance Suite contains the Victorian tower, which features the Queen Anne architecture popular in this historic period.  If you look at the photos that accompany this article, you will see just how spacious and beautiful these rooms are.

Take a step back in time, and at the same time, enjoy the present while staying in the Edgarton Inn.  Kathy, the owner is a great host and you will find the town, now named Ronceverte, to be populated by friendly people who help make your stay enjoyable.  Come prepared to enjoy your stay in the Inn while you discover all the attractions and fun shopping experiences Greenbrier County has to offer.012

January 10, 2013 Posted by | Lodging, Tourism, Travel | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Visiting Sandstone Falls

A trip to Sandstone falls is more than simply watching water cascade over a rock, because this waterfall has an island below it with a boardwalk and plenty of places where a person can wander over the island and climb around the falls.  Also, a trip to the falls takes you through Hinton, which affords places to stop and get a bite to eat with spectacular views of the New River.  The drive to the falls from I-64 is half the fun.

We took exit #139 and turned down Route 20 heading toward Hinton.  Just after you pass the store across the railroad tracks on the right, be sure to look to your left as you cross the bridge which spans a creek, whose name I don’t remember, to see a towering cliff carved from the side of the hill.  Shortly thereafter, you will wind up the mountain which twists its way toward the town of Hinton 12 miles away.  Don’t worry, the road doesn’t snake through the mountain the entire way.

There are places to pull off and view the river, and even the falls, along the way.  I encourage you to stop to view the falls because it will heighten your anticipation of when you can get up close and personal with them.

When you reach Hinton, you could stay at the Guest House on Courthouse Square (Lodging > Bed & Breakfast, Inn and Suites), or choose from restaurants like Kirk’s, or the Dairy Queen, where you can sit and enjoy a spectacular view of the New River as you enjoy your meal.  Kirk’s has an open patio so you can enjoy the breeze and lean over and watch the huge catfish begging like puppies – well, almost. If you prefer to eat inside and still have a great view of the river, Dairy Queen is the place to go.  To visit their listings go to WVyourWay and click the heading “Restaurants.”  Then scroll down and click on the keywords, “Breakfast All Day, Desserts, Family, Fast Food, Homestyle Cooking, Motels or Wireless Internet.”  To get directions, simply add them to your itinerary and they will be provided.

We then drove down to the falls using the road on the west bank of the river, since it’s the only way to reach the falls.  As we strolled along the boardwalk and watched fisherman wade to the edge of the pools of cool water, the area reminded us of a scene from “Swiss Family Robinson.”  More accurately, the “Swiss Family Robinson” attraction at Disney World, but I digress.

Since there were several places to get off the boardwalk, I took a hike over the rocks to see if I could get closer to the falls on the eastern side of the river, which appeared to be bigger, and thus, more spectacular.  However, I discovered other streams of rushing water that seemed to overflow the rocks, which made passage a bit more difficult than I had initially anticipated.  That’s when I prudently decided the adventure part was over and settled into the appreication part of the visit.

We met other couples, and several pets, as we walked the loop around the island.  Some were simply enjoying being outdoors on a pretty day, while others were studying the tiny plant life which was just starting to bloom.

If you’re looking for a nice day trip to enjoy a day, it will be hard to beat Sandstone Falls, which just may be West Virginia’s finest!

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Restaurants, Tourism, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Restaurant Row in Sutton

Something is happening in Sutton, West Virginia!

A few years ago I visited Sutton and came across a town similar to many downtowns all across America.  Empty storefronts, dust-covered windows and a feeling a despair as a once vibrant downtown was crumbling before the eyes of people who remembered the busier days.

There are reasons for the decline of downtown areas, and I’m sure there are good reasons for the decline of downtown Sutton.  However, this is not about decline, but it’s about a resurrection of a small West Virginia community!

This summer I returned to Sutton and was surprised by what I saw.  The people were redefining their downtown and there was a sense of excitement in the air.  Al Surgei, owner of Summit Media, called the road between Flatwoods and Sutton, “restaurant row.”  He then went on to name five restaurants along that road: Café Cimino, The Town Market, p.j. berry’s, The Century Restaurant and Stancatti’s.  So I visited these restaurants in the order of coming off the interstate at Flatwoods.

You can visit them online too at www.WVyourWay.com.  At the end of each paragraph about a restaurant is the category it can be found in on our Information Engine.  Feel free to browse the site to find what you are searching for.

The first restaurant you’ll come to is Stancattis.  It recently returned to the original owner who is restoring it to the way it used to be.  You will see it on your right after you leave the cluster which has become Flatwoods.

Drive on toward Sutton and when you reach the “Y” you will see The Century Inn Restaurant sitting on your right.  This is the local homestyle restaurant if you’re wanting a taste of the more traditional West Virginia cooking.  The make their breads, pies and other desserts freshCentury Inn Restaurant at the "Y" daily.  Actually, they make nearly everything from scratch and it’s really quite good.  The also have a small gift shop where you can buy local jewelry, candles and other such items. [Restaurants – > Breakfast All Day – > Family – > Home-Style Cooking – > Take Out] [Tourism – > Candles – > Gift Shop]

p.j. berry’s is on the opposite side of the square and it’s located in the old department store bearing the name of Mr. Berry.  Yes, it’s spelled all lower case, so no need to correct me on that one.  This is the newest restaurant in Sutton and it reminds me of a place like the restaurant bar in the old TV show “Cheers.”  However, the emphasis is on restaurant and not the bar. 

Interior photo in p.j. berry's restaurant

The food is also very good and the prices aren’t too bad either.  There is even a section set aside for crafters, which is very nice.  They also serve locally brewed micro beer, which I hear is very good.  I don’t drink beer, so I’ll take their word for it.  [Restaurants – > Casual-Fine Dining – > Micro Brewed Beer – > Sports Bar/Grill]

The Town Market is located on the corner of courthouse square, and it offers some excellent food as well.  The thing I enjoyed most about the restaurant was the menu, though.  That might sound funny, but the names of the sandwiches was quite entertaining and humorous.  The food was delicious and the kind a cut above the ordinary.  The food is grown on their own local farm, so it doesn’t get any fresher.  [Restaurants – > Breakfast – > Casual-Fine Dining – > Family]

Cafe Cimino could be called the anchor  for Sutton and the revitalization of the town seems to be built on the success of this excellent restaurant.  There have been many write-ups in various magazines and newspapers around the state and elsewhere that testify of the high quality of food being served.    When I visited, I looked at it as a trip back in time.  The restaurant is part of the country inn where you can also stay in luxury as part of the lodging facilities.  The difference between a Bed & Breakfast and an Inn is the restaurant that comes with an inn.  In days of yore, inns were required to not only provide a place of rest, but also a place of refreshment and a good meal.

The Cafe Cimino Country Inn

The Inn is located in a late 1800’s mansion built P.J. Berry, a business man of wealth in the area.  The food is a mediterranean/Italian style and the service is done with flair and class.  This is the type of restaurant for special occasions, or when you want a delicious meal and wonderful ambiance.  They also have Mountain Made Products for those interested in taking home a unique West Virginia made product.  [Lodging – > Bed & Breakfast] [Restaurants – > Casual-Fine Dining] [Tourism – > Historic Homes]

So next time you’re passing by Sutton, take a little bit of time to try one of their fine restaurants and discover the other gems in this renewed town.  I will write more about the rest of the town and attractions in the area soon, so come back to check it out.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Restaurants, Tourism | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment