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More Gems of West Virginia

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A May 2006 trip to West Virginia by hagnel2

 Cass Depot Photo, More Photos
Quote: More gems in this county of note: The National Radio Telescope Observatory, West Virginian and Irish hospitality at an Inn in Mingo...

More Gems of West Virginia

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Overview

 Cass Depot Photo,
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Our second trip to West Virginia was unplanned; we were on our way back to Ontario following a road trip to the Grand Canyon but instead of going to Louisville Kentucky we detoured to West Virginia. We fell in love with this area and the Brazen Head Inn, the Inns owner Will Fanning a larger than life personality and a welcoming host seems to thrive on the exchange of banter with his visitors and is happy to direct you to local activities and popular sites, which include. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Cass a restored logging town, visitors may stay a week or overnight in a company house. The town is over 100 years old, and many of the buildings re...Read More

Brazen Head Inn

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Hotel | "Brazen Head Inn. A Touch Of Ireland in W V"

Brazen Head Inn Photo,
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Four weeks ago, on a trip to West Virginia, we stumbled upon this oasis of tranquility near Snowshoe. Reading the praise of previous guests in the visitor’s book led to great expectations, which were more than met, thus following our recent road trip to the Grand Canyon and other environs we decided to spend our last 2 nights here. Will Fanning Proprietor, Raconteur, Musician and Dublin born native has managed to provide a touch of the old sod in his popular roadside Inn. Following a tragic fire in 1997 Will’s father, on a visit from Ireland perished. Later, Will had a dream and committed to paper his plans for an Inn. He lost most of his belongings but he did salvag...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Brazen Head Inn

Mingo, West Virginia 26294
(304) 339-6917

Smoke Hole Resort

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Hotel | "Smoke Hole Motel"

Smoke Hole Resort Photo, Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
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We didn’t plan on stopping here but we had lingered too long around Elkins and so when we saw the sign for Smoke Hole Caverns and Motel we decided to spend the night.The caverns adjoin the motel, plus there is a large gift shop and restaurant. I enjoyed browsing in the gift shop, the outdoor outfitters had a great selection of good quality jackets, footwear, sweaters and hats at reasonable prices (not made offshore). We also had a very good, soup, veggie sandwich, and salad for dinner, and a light breakfast with excellent coffee. The log cabin façade and its porch blended in beautifully with the rugged landscape. Cabins are individually decorated in the country style. Ours was pre...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Smoke Hole Resort
Route 55
Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
(304) 257-2745

Brazen Head Inn

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Restaurant

Brazen Head Inn Photo,
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We live in a city and escapes to places that promise fresh air and the natural outdoors often entice, we enjoy such interludes immensely and more so when we hit the magic moments of travel and stumble upon gems such as happened when we "found" this place. This charming Inn with lots of warm hardwoods and carvings that could grace a museum has quickly become a favorite. Will, a welcoming host has the happy knack of making visitors feel instantly at home provides traditional and Irish fare in this customer friendly establishment. The thirty four-seat dining room is filled with memorabilia of Ireland, ancestral photographs, and exquisitely crafted woodwork. Exposed wood beams gi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Brazen Head Inn
Route 219 Po box 28-A
Mingo, West Virginia
(304) 339-6917

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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Attraction | "National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Catching Th"

National Radio Astronomy Observatory Photo,
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The National Radio Astronomy observatory located in Pocahontas county West Virginia is a virtual treasure trove of cosmic information and delight for all ages. In 1930 Bell telephone was interested in pursuing a transatlantic telephone line. An Astronomer named Karl Jansky built a antenna, as an employee of Bell he was given the job of investigating sources of static that could hinder this process. Janskey identified three sources of static, two related to thunderstorm activity and a third of unknown origin. Eventually the third source was identified as being outside the solar system from the direction of the Milky Way galaxies. Thus the first discovery of radio waves from space and the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

National Radio Astronomy Observatory
PO Box 2
Green Bank, West Virginia 24944
(304) 456-2011

Smoke Hole Caverns

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Attraction | "Smoke Hole Caverns."

Smoke Hole Caverns Photo,
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I am not really a fan of caverns but we stopped for the night at the Smoke Hole Motel, which adjoins the cavern, and so we tagged along on the last tour of the day. It was quite an easy cave to traverse compared to others we have visited. People of all ages can get around because there are no steep stairs to scramble up or down. Walkways are lighted so you don’t get that eerie dank feeling. A few loose rocks and patches of rock were slippery but they posed no real danger. We paused inside the entrance of the cave to view a mock up of a moonshine still. Early settlers utilized the caves to flee from the law and or make corn whiskey. At one time there were upwards of twenty s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Smoke Hole Caverns
HC 59 Box 39
Seneca Rocks, West Virginia 26884
(800) 828-8478

Cass Scenic Railway & Old Logging Town.

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Story/Tip

Cass
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This was our second visit to Cass. We passed through in late April and everything was shuttered and closed, however the restored turn of the century depot intrigued us and we subsequently learned from our host at the Brazen Inn some of the history of the place. We returned here at the end of May to find it a beehive of activity.The whole town has been restored to its former glory by the government. Ongoing construction is centered on the old company homes and all are available for rent. To add to its attraction Cass Scenic Railroad (State park designation) operates from the restored depot. Passengers can choose from a variety of trips [see overview], two regular scheduled runs offer a 2...Read More