3 friendly WV B&B owners (and their breakfast specialties!)
West Virginia has no shortage of beautiful historic buildings, local farms, and Appalachian charm. The best way to enjoy all of these elements in one unforgettable stay is to check into an Inn or B&B.
In recent years, enterprising foodies, history enthusiasts and lovers of hospitality have begun making West Virginia a destination for farm-to-table country living. Here are the stories and of some of them and their best eats.
1. Log House Homestead
The Log House Homestead is just that– literally a 20-by-26-foot log cabin near the small town of Cairo, in West Virginia’s Ohio River Valley. You could also easily be fooled into thinking that the house is a relic of the early 1800s, since owners Martha and Dick Hartley have carefully kept its construction true to the homestead era, from the hand-hewed logs right down to the doorknobs and custom nails. In reality, it was built in 1992. Although the homestead lacks telephones or internet, the Hartleys have conceded to the modern conveniences of electricity, running water, and even a jacuzzi.
The Hartleys are not just students of historical architecture, they strive to stay true to culinary history as well, with Martha poring over antique cookbooks and recipes for the Log House’s breakfasts. Try her lemon apples, inspired by a 1732 recipe.
2. Bright Morning Inn
Originally a turn-of-the-century boarding house for loggers, the Bright Morning Inn and adjacent “Doc’s Guest House” are located in Davis, in the heart of Monongahela National Forest. Owner Susan Moore serves up hearty breakfasts for both inn guests and walk-in diners, featuring locally sourced honey and syrups, fresh produce, and homemade granola.
In the summer, you might be lucky enough to get a piece of Susan’s cobbler, made from locally picked blackberries.
3. The Inn at Abbott Farm
The Lost River Valley sits nestled in the mountains along West Virginia’s eastern border with Virginia, and The Inn at Abbott Farm in Matthias is a great hub for hiking, riding, or simply relaxing in this area. Though built during the Civil War era, in the last few years owners Lisa O’Leary and Bob Osterhoudt have both restored the house and several outbuildings, and established a self-sufficient farm on its grounds.
Check out their locally made sausage (or, even better, sausage gravy), and for extra credit, you can even gather the eggs for your breakfast yourself.
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This post was last updated on March 15, 2022