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Moorefield

Thanks! I noted the place in Linden, but as long as someone was posting about WV anyway, figured I'd piggyback on that thread to see more recommendations from people who might not read Intrepid Traveler. Will most definitely look for peaches at farm stands, thanks so much for the tip!!

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Wardensville

We ended up at Kac-Ka-Pon in Wardensville, WV, which was recommended in a thread someone else posted about WV in Help Needed (I cross-posted this response there).  http://www.kackaponrestaurant.com/  We stopped there and were quite happy with our meal:  two of us had pulled pork sandwiches and sweet potato waffle fries, one had a special of haddock over rice and a veggie side, and the kids had hot dogs and hamburgers (though I tried to sell them on the fried chicken).  All was tasty, and good sauce on the pulled pork.  Pie for dessert:  coconut meringue for me, which I was very happy with (I don't see that often), apple for another (served hot with ice cream), and the menu also had blueberry, lemon meringue, chocolate, and a mixed berry pie.  Very friendly and chatty (but not overly so) waitress.

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Wardensville

Drove to pick my cousin up Friday from Fairfax to Elkins and back to Arlington, there was just enough snow on the mountain (Bismark to Elkins area) to make it slow and stressful driving.  I grew up driving in it, so I am used to it, but the amount of concentration and the trucks on those curvy mountain roads make me wish they would build Corridor H even faster.  On the way back I told her we could eat in Moorefield, but I would really rather stop in Wardensville to go to the Kac Ka Pon.  I know there are some new fancy restaurants in Wardensville I need to try, but it was a stressful night and I wanted home cooking.  My cousin got fish, maybe halibut, oven roasted with lemon pepper seasoning and rice.  I had been joking earlier about the nauseating smell of fried fish at all the cafeterias on Fridays during lent, but this smelled lovely, looked really nice and she really liked it.  I had the pork chops, I was hesitating between fried chicken and it is probably better than the pork chops, but they hit the spot, green beans cooked the way I remember from home, a big pot of beans, homemade rolls, my salad to start actually was better than I was expecting very crisp.  Cousin had lemon pie and I had coconut cream with meringue piled high like it should be.  Since I still had a couple hours of driving in snow, this was just what we needed.  We were both hungry and the lovely ladies who work there just make you feel so at home.

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Wardensville

I just wanted to post this for people driving along Corridor H, there is a grocery/gas station just on the East side of Wardensville called Kerr's.  This is a great little stopping place.  The grocery side has a small deli that will make you a fresh sandwich, the grocery is pretty well stocked with groceries and grab and go items, there are some really fun finds for a little grocery, I brought home some country ham.  They have some wine and beer.  They also have some pre-made stuff in a refrigerated case by the deli.  This weekend Mom and I stopped on our way to and our way fro.  On the way up the grab and go section had sweet and sour marinated beets that were really good (they didn't really taste sweet more, kind of just like marinated beets with good acidity).  I am using the leftovers to make a little beet salad for lunch.  I also had a deli sub of turkey and provolone from that section and I could tell from the taste that it was very freshly made.  On the way back I got a spicy trio Italian hoagie and fruit salad.  The hoagie was again really fresh, not soggy at all.  The fruit salad was one of the best I have had from a grocery, it was grapes, strawberries, kiwi and melon and all were very ripe but none were overly ripe.  Sometimes they have slices of pie in that little case and other interesting little options.

They also have the cleanest restroom of all the gas stations I have been to on that route.  It's just a nice little stop.

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Harpers Ferry (American Civil War, Rafting) - map

Recently, Jennifer & I happened upon Bisou Bistro at the Canal House, owned and operated by Chef Kevin Plunkett (formerly of Two Nineteen in Old Town Alexandria). It's a cute Cajun/Creole bistro in the historic Canal House (a stone house from 1790!) in Harpers Ferry, WV.

We really enjoyed our visit. I had the Shrimp & Grits as my entree, while Jennifer had the Shrimp & Crab Potage:

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Shrimp & Grits

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Shrimp & Crab Potage

The menu changes every couple of months based on seasonality and availability of ingredients. While it was BYOB when we visited, they have secured a license and are now serving wine. As of right now, they are open strictly for dinner.

Bisou Bistro at the Canal House
1226 W. Washington St.
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(301) 328-1590 | Website | FacebookInstagram

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I-79 - map

Introduction to pepperoni rolls while driving down I-79 on Monday:

Country Club Bakery, Fairmont--this is apparently where pepperoni rolls were invented. Friendly older woman behind the counter called me "sweetie". Room temperature rolls at mid-morning.

Tomaro's, Clarksburg--located in a particularly depressing section of Clarksburg, brusque service, but warm rolls. 

Unsurprisingly, warm beats room temperature. Saved one of each for when I got home so I could warm them up and do a fair comparison--the Tomaro's roll seemed a little denser, which I preferred, but not a major difference. I wouldn't turn these down, but I'm not addicted.

Five pepperoni rolls + one Tudor's bacon biscuit = $10.25
One trip on 495 Express lanes between Dulles Toll Road and 395 at 4:30 on Columbus Day = $10.05

Had a decent meal at the bar at Pies and Pints in Morgantown the previous night. Chicken Gouda pizza was at least better than what you get at CPK, although not a bargan at $15 for a 10-inch pie. Sampled the Snake Hill Saison from Morgantown's Chestnut Brew Works, which was pretty peppercorn-forward, and two Country Boy beers--Cougar Bait Blonde (plain but easy drinking) and Shotgun Wedding (not bad, but too sweet and vanilla-y to want more than one).

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Wardensville
Lost River 
(Lost River State Park)

I spent not this past weekend, but the weekend before at the Lost River Guesthouse.  It was a very nice little lodge to stay at- not uber fancy rooms, but the 24 hour lounges, pool tables, etc were really nice for relaxing.  When the pool opens, I am sure it would be even more fun.  The gay couple who owns the Lodge are very nice.  We ate at the lodge both Friday and Saturday night.  The food wasn't special, but it was good.  We ordered a bottle of wine Friday night.  We didn't finish it so took it up to the fridge by our room, the next night they let us bring it back down and finish it.  I got a kale salad with beets and goat cheese to start Friday night.  I thought the kale needed to be massaged a bit more, due to the variety they used, but the salad was otherwise good.  I had crusted trout with mashed potatoes and green beans for my entree.  The crust could have been crustier, but it really wasn't bad.  The homemade rolls at the beginning of the meal are REALLY good, don't miss those if you don't have to.  

Breakfast is included in your stay and Saturday morning they had extremely good biscuits, eggs, bacon, potatoes and fruit.  I think they also had gravy, but I avoided that.  The breakfast was very good, although the fruit was as ripe as you would expect this time of year.  We went hiking at Lost River State Park and did Crannie Crow which was a great hike with a beautiful view over 5 counties.  Sometimes they run horses on the trails, I would love to do that sometime.  I miss riding a horse.  We then drove around a bit on some country roads, we saw the iron furnace on Wolf Gap Rd, stopped at a couple little stores just to check them out.  There is a little cafe that had good looking sandwiches where I picked up a soda, I forget the name, but it is likely the only cafe in Lost River.  That night at the Guesthouse I had a salad with blue cheese and bacon (I got vinagrette instead of more blue cheese dressing) it was a nicely balanced salad with lots of good stuff.  I also got a flatbread with carmelized onions, cheese, etc.  I found it to be lacking in acid and just kind of one note, but it tasted good while eaten with my salad.  (If they added lightly dressed arugula on top it would have likely solved the problem and I wouldn't have needed a salad too.)   They had a wine tasting at the Lodge that we missed (it's kind of early in the day 2:00 pm) but some of the people we were talking to really enjoyed it.  That night Jimmy Lee was the DJ at the Guesthouse Bar- he played classic rock and it was great.  

Sunday, they were selling Lost River Doughnuts at the lodge, this is a pop up shop that i think only sells here, these were excellent.  But breakfast was pancakes (which I didn't eat because doughnut) eggs, sausage, fruit- again fine, but I am not sure pancakes on doughnut day is the best decision.  We hiked Wolf Gap, which is VERY steep, but a good hike when you just ate a doughnut and sausage.  Again, a really nice view at the top though, it was sunnier that day and not as cold so we enjoyed our view at the top.  We went into Wardensville for lunch at the Lost River Brewery.  I had their lightest beer, it was acceptable (I am not really a huge beer person, but I am trying- acceptable is pretty high praise in my book). I drank the whole beer.  I had a mahi mahi sandwich which was very good, fish was cooked nicely, had a nice sauce on it.  Next time I would ask for my fries a little well done, I thought they weren't quite crispy enough.  My Aunt had the corned beef sandwich, which I got a bite of, it was very good.  I stopped at the Bakery/Farm Store in Wardensville at the fork- they have good coconut macarons, bread and applesauce cake.  They only had greens, but I would buy some produce here in the summer.  I was talking to them they were very nice.

The Guesthouse has two dog friendly rooms, I didn't take Max, but would go back with Matt and take Max sometime.  There are a lot of different sites to hike, and you aren't far from the Smoke Holes or Seneca Rocks.  I would think when the river is warmer (that Saturday was super chilly, it had just snowed in Garrett County where my Aunt came from) people likely canoe and kayak there too.  It is a nice little get away from DC that is about 2.5 hours, there were lots of DC people there.  I talked to some gentlemen from DC and Alexandria who were staying in rooms right by us who were very nice, although sometimes when I am around so many people from DC I try to not really talk about it.

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White Sulphur Springs

I have a work event at the Greenbriar and will be extending the trip over a weekend.  Does anyone have any recommendations on or off the property?

 

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White Sulphur Springs

If you can, be sure to take the tour of the underground structure that was designed to house the US Congress in case of nuclear war.

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On 7/26/2017 at 0:17 PM, cucas87 said:

I have a work event at the Greenbriar and will be extending the trip over a weekend.  Does anyone have any recommendations on or off the property?

You might check out this post for Lewisburg. The restaurants on site are very good: the main dining room, Drapers, Sam Snead's and Prime 44.  We have gone to In-Fusion, but I don't remember it at all.  If you want to venture off property Lewisburg is a cute little town.  I haven't been in a few years now and things turn over at least in owner a decent amount, except for Food and Friends.

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On 3/22/2010 at 1:33 PM, ktmoomau said:

White Sulphur Springs (The Greenbrier) - map
Lewisburg (WV State Fair, Lost World Caverns) - map - directions from White Sulphur Springs
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Was at the Greenbrier at White Sulpher Springs for the weekend. 
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We went in to Lewisburg one night 

If anyone is looking for a weekend getaway, the State Fair of West Virginia is happening Aug 10-19, 2017. All the information you need is on their website, and if you click on the "directions" link in ktmoomau's quoted post, you'll see it's less than a 20-minute drive from The Greenbrier.

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On 10/12/2016 at 9:05 PM, alexandria1 said:

I-79 - map

Introduction to pepperoni rolls while driving down I-79 on Monday:

Country Club Bakery, Fairmont--this is apparently where pepperoni rolls were invented. Friendly older woman behind the counter called me "sweetie". Room temperature rolls at mid-morning.

Just for personal knowledge, this may have been where they were invented for commercial purposes, but miners wives were making them in homes long before, that is how they were invented.  They were shelf stable food, easy to eat in the mine and only required cured meat and bread dough.

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Elkins

Had a stop (and one I apparently didn't write about before) at CJ Maggies in Elkins on the way to Glenville (they have an outpost in Buchannon I have eaten at too, no noticeable difference).  My Mom had a nice, huge spinach salad, she liked the dressing.  I had a chicken tender platter because I wanted some comfort food with a side salad and cole slaw.  The side salad was a typical country salad- iceberg, tomato, cucumber, etc.  The cole slaw was good, not too much dressing, not too sweet, well balanced.  I think the chicken tenders were homemade- they were very big and the breading was lighter then the typical sysco style breading.  Last time I was there I had chili and a sandwich.  They have a huge menu, it isn't super unique, but it is a nice stop to sit down and would be a big hit with kids/teenagers menu wise.

Glenville

I am not sure why you might ever be in Glenville, but one never knows.  We stayed at the Glenville Inn, which we affectionately/unaffectionately call the prison inn, due to it's close proximity and probable survival being based on being by the federal prison.  They do provide a free continental breakfast of trustworthy packaged items such as cereal, oatmeal, juice, pastries, packaged hard boiled eggs.  I wouldn't stay here but for the fact that this is where my family is from and the next closest hotel is quite a ways.  I would only stay here if you absolutely have to do so.  We had a viewing on Saturday night an got back into town a mere 15 minutes before the barbecue restaurant, Smoke House BBQ, closed.  Mom didn't want Pizza Hut as she is trying to eat low carb, although I argued on behalf of the wings.  The kielbasa is the strong favorite here- it is actually really good.  I had a pork plate- it had country ham, which was very salty, but would likely be good with other country sides.  The pulled pork was pretty dry, and not hot enough as it stuck together (but we were the last people here).  The ribs were spare ribs, which I just don't enjoy as much, but they were fine for spare ribs.  I got the "hot" sauce versus the sweet sauce.  It was not hot and was sweeter than one would think.  The mashed potato side was instant, and they gave me a big chunk of seasoning pork in my small side of green beans.  All that being said, it is still worth going to if you are in Glenville and can't get out of Glenville for a meal, as there are so few other options.  (McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Tudor's Biscuit World aside, you never know if any other independent restaurant is still open or not.)

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Tudor’s is a tremendous, fast food treasure- my family is from down south in Mercer county and there are only ever 3 restaurant stops we make in Princeton: 

Cracker Barrel 

Outback

and Tudor’s Biscuit World

if I could make biscuits as good as Popeye’s then I would die a happy man; if I could make Biscuits as good as Tudor’s, I would be, at the least, a minor deity

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13 hours ago, frogprince said:

Tudor’s is a tremendous, fast food treasure- my family is from down south in Mercer county and there are only ever 3 restaurant stops we make in Princeton: 

Cracker Barrel 

Outback

and Tudor’s Biscuit World

if I could make biscuits as good as Popeye’s then I would die a happy man; if I could make Biscuits as good as Tudor’s, I would be, at the least, a minor deity

Yes, damn the keto diet and my Mom's willpower, it is the best stop for breakfast in those parts that I have found.

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39 minutes ago, lion said:

We wanted to take our 4 year old on a railway adventure and figured to make a weekend of it. 

I had looked into that awhile back but never pulled the trigger.  Which train are you taking?  Now that I looked over the website again, I might take the kids to Elkins and ride the Tygart Flyer.

Are you spending the night, if so, where?

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On 8/16/2018 at 1:10 PM, Ericandblueboy said:

I had looked into that awhile back but never pulled the trigger.  Which train are you taking?  Now that I looked over the website again, I might take the kids to Elkins and ride the Tygart Flyer.

Are you spending the night, if so, where?

Not sure which train yet but most likely a short travel time one around 2-4 hours. For our 4 years old that would be a good length. 

Still in the planning stages as we are trying to go with another family so accommodations will depend upon availability and when we could pull the trigger. There are some cabins and lodge rooms in the Blackwater State Park which would be good.

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On 8/16/2018 at 10:15 AM, lion said:

Has anyone visited near the Blackwater Falls State Park in WV and if so any dining recommendations? 

Yep,  In Thomas/Davis you have a few good options.  Sirianni's for pizza, pasta, parmesan wedges and salads- it is excellent, we make a trip over from Oakland to go here a lot.  Mutley's isn't terrible.  The burrito place- Hellbender has big as your head burritos, they are ok, I am not a big burrito person though so I don't go here a lot.  I head the food over at White Grass was good too.  Blackwater has it's own sit down restaurant, but I haven't been in years.  Which train are you doing?  The one in Elkins?  Elkins is a pretty good ways from Blackwater Falls still, just FYI on pretty curvy roads.  I take my neices to CJ Maggies in Elkins, it isn't fine dining, but it has sandwiches, salads, bar food, etc none of which has ever been bad.  But the area around Blackwater Falls is very pretty.  There are some cute shops/galleries in Thomas/Davis now.  You aren't too far from Seneca Rocks and the smoke holes either if you want something else to do.

The Purple Fiddle is fun, and the Tip Top has nice coffee and pastries, and at night has cocktails.  They I think also have an outpost of Mountain State Brewing, we like the one at Deep Creek.  Good pizza and beer.  If you go up via Wardensville there is a nice little bakery and farm market at the stop sign.  And the Kakapoon is good "country cookin".  I doubt there are very nice hotel/motel options in that area, so camping is probably not a bad option.  There are also lots of vacation homes for skiing that you might be able to rent in summer too.  There is a nice little B&B in Lost River though that I stayed at.

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On 8/20/2018 at 2:24 PM, ktmoomau said:

Yep,  In Thomas/Davis you have a few good options.  Sirianni's for pizza, pasta, parmesan wedges and salads- it is excellent, we make a trip over from Oakland to go here a lot.  Mutley's isn't terrible.  The burrito place- Hellbender has big as your head burritos, they are ok, I am not a big burrito person though so I don't go here a lot.  I head the food over at White Grass was good too.  Blackwater has it's own sit down restaurant, but I haven't been in years.  Which train are you doing?  The one in Elkins?  Elkins is a pretty good ways from Blackwater Falls still, just FYI on pretty curvy roads.  I take my neices to CJ Maggies in Elkins, it isn't fine dining, but it has sandwiches, salads, bar food, etc none of which has ever been bad.  But the area around Blackwater Falls is very pretty.  There are some cute shops/galleries in Thomas/Davis now.  You aren't too far from Seneca Rocks and the smoke holes either if you want something else to do.

The Purple Fiddle is fun, and the Tip Top has nice coffee and pastries, and at night has cocktails.  They I think also have an outpost of Mountain State Brewing, we like the one at Deep Creek.  Good pizza and beer.  If you go up via Wardensville there is a nice little bakery and farm market at the stop sign.  And the Kakapoon is good "country cookin".  I doubt there are very nice hotel/motel options in that area, so camping is probably not a bad option.  There are also lots of vacation homes for skiing that you might be able to rent in summer too.  There is a nice little B&B in Lost River though that I stayed at.

Thanks for such a comprehensive reply, Ktmoomau! There are a lot of good suggestions for a trip to that region. Still haven't decided on the train yet but considering the Durbin Rocket since it is 2 hours long trip. 

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Charles Town

I went to Hollywood Casino because it has the closest sports book, powered by William Hill.  They took bets on soccer games but didn't have any printed sheets on Premier League or La Liga games.  They were able to print one for me and I made some bets.

I really didn't want to stay as the casino is pretty depressing - smoky and people staying on 16 when the dealer is showing 10.  Heck, the dealer said he wouldn't hit a 16 against a 10.  

So I ate at 9 Dragons.  It's actually decent for a casino Chinese joint.  I got some salt/pepper calamari, spring rolls, and they have sides of stir-fried snow pea shoots for $9.

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