Experience Holiday Magic on these Christmas Train Getaways
Ride a vintage locomotive for the year’s most magical Christmas tradition!
Starting in late November, the romantic age of steam travel whisks you to enchanted destinations around the state. Meet Santa, sip hot chocolate and experience the thrill of a scenic trail ride in a true winter wonderland. With two holiday trains, you get to take your pick of which experience you will gift your family this year. One thing is for sure – no matter which you choose, you will make memories to last a lifetime.
Make Cherished Memories at Cass
Make your way to an era gone by with a visit to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park this holiday season. Though offering scenic rides year-round, the Christmas Train at Cass is a one-of-a-kind experience – earning recognition from Travel + Leisure. In coaches decked out in festive decor, riders of all ages will enjoy thousands of lights through the town of Cass and the Greenbrier River Trail. Watch your kiddo’s faces light up with holiday magic as they get a Santa Claus visit and a special surprise gift on this train ride.
Plan Your Stay
Turn your train ride into a winter getaway by booking a stay in this stunning mountainous region.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park: Embrace the historic charm of your adventure with a stay in one of Cass’s Company Houses – offering accommodations for groups of up to 14 visitors. These restored homes have everything you need to round out your holiday retreat.
Snowshoe Mountain: If a wide variety of options and amenities is on your list, look no further than the nearby Snowshoe Mountain for your stay. From lodge rooms and cozy chalets to sprawling homes and modern condos, the lodging options are nearly limitless on Snowshoe Mountain. Plus, you an enjoy the village’s winter sports, dining and shopping during your stay!
Morning Glory Inn: Those looking for a cozy retreat can find just that in one of many bed & breakfasts in this region. One favorite option is the Morning Glory Inn, which offers all of the amenities of home and then some. No one leaves this spot hungry, with homemade breakfast always included.
Embrace Festive Fun on the Potomac Eagle
The North Pole Express is the magical festive experience you have been looking for! On this mission to save Christmas, your family will be whisked away to a different world where beloved holiday characters pay you a visit. Enjoy Mrs. Claus’s famous milk & cookies, sing Christmas carols and see a nativity with live animals on this adventure. Complete with a visit and a gift from the jolly old elf, your little ones will experience true holiday magic on the North Pole Express.
Plan Your Stay
You are sure to go to bed with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head at one of these nearby lodging options.
South Branch Inn: This family-owned boutique hotel has multiple locations, but the Romney spot is the perfect place to stay after a ride on the Potomac Eagle! Enjoy hometown hospitality and comfortable rooms during your stay in the Potomac Highlands region.
Koolwink Motel: Looking for modern amenities with a retro feel? You are going to love the Koolwink Motel. This unique retreat has been family-owned for over 70 years and every visitor who walks through its doors instantly becomes part of the family tradition of the Koolwink Motel.
Local Vacation Rentals: A quick search on VRBO will reward you with dozens of nearby vacation rental options to choose from. With everything from cozy cabins and serene farmhouses to historic homes and modern villas, you will enjoy a lovely stray in the Potomac Highlands region.
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This post was last updated on November 1, 2023