5 mountain adventure inns
If you like a little (or a lot of) adventure with your quaint B&B retreat, these inns have an extra adrenaline rush to make things more exciting.
And don’t worry— you get those drinks, lazy days and stunning views, too.
Here are 5 top-notch adventure inns in the Mountain State:
1. The James Wylie House Bed and Breakfast
The James Wylie House is has adventures as exciting as the house itself is historic. Built in 1819, it was originally a farmhouse. Nestled in the base of the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, WV, the activities here range from adrenaline-boosting to relaxation-inducing (ever want to try quilting?). Sign up for a local ghost tour, hit the green at one of the area’s renowned golf courses or go caving in the Lost World Caverns.
2. Windwood Fly-In Resort
As the name suggests, you can fly right into this resort, which happens to be on the highest plateau east of the Rockies, in the Allegheny Mountain Range. After landing on Windwood’s 3,000-foot runway, the great outdoors is literally outside your front door. Try any (or all!) of the activities here— birdwatching, whitewater rafting, fishing or boating. There’s no shortage of ways to get your blood pumping and fill your lungs with fresh mountain air. In the winter, check out the cross-country skiing or snowboarding.
3. Country Road Cabins
Ever thought of scuba diving in West Virginia? Believe it or not, Summersville Lake is a local favorite because of its extreme clarity— it feels like you can see for miles down there. One of the best places to use as a homebase for your next scuba excursion is Country Road Cabins, just down the road from Summersville Lake. Not just for diving— you can fish, boat, paddleboard or climb at the lake, too.
The cabins are also within driving distance of the New River Gorge, with roughly 65 miles of hiking trails and 1,600 climbing routes. Make time to stop at the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest single-span bridge in the Western hemisphere.
4. The Historic Morris Harvey House Bed and Breakfast
This pretty little spot is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1902 and has 5 unique rooms for rent. Despite billing itself as a place to “take a step back in time to a time when life was simpler and less hectic,” like a true adventure B&B, the Morris Harvey House has packages if you want to add some activity to your vacation. Try fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking or golfing in the nearby New River Gorge.
5. Battlefields Inn
Because Battlefields Inn has partnered with the adventure outfitter River Riders, it’s got all of the exhilaration of an adventure inn without all of the fuss, right in historic Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, an outdoor adventure mecca. Try ziplining, tubing, kayaking or rafting on the Shenandoah or Potomac Rivers, trekking the Appalachian Trail, and much, much more.
This post was last updated on July 29, 2020