Our two families (total of 7 young boys) just spent two (mid-week) magical days at this fine and unpretentious resort nestled (!) in the cliffs overlooking the New River Gorge. Our two quiet AAA-discounted modest-sized rooms (#217 and #218) had very thick walls and a lawn backyard that ends in a sturdy picket fence that looks right down on the gorge, There is also a tram that runs to the bottom of the gorge where you can visit a small nature center, buy snacks, and take speed boats rides up the river, hike across a train tressle bridge, or explore a small cave and splash in waterfalls along the Mill Creek trail. The hotel also has a nice pool and a tennis court (rackets available for free at the desk), and a few other great trails that lead out from the lodge. Their food there is generally quite good (outstanding except for the pork tenderloin), the snack shop at the bottom of the gorge is not a rip-off (e.g., only 65 cents for a can of soda), and there are a few great vista overlook points, all there on the property. We really enjoyed climbing down the stairs to Lover's Leap overlook after sunset and enjoy an owl's eye view of the fireflies come to life in the darkness of the Mill Creek and river banks a few hundred feet below us. You can also hike from the lodge to the river and have a friend drive a car to bring you back up. On Route 60 there are decent restaurants and the funky Mystery Hole optical illusion fun house (we missed it as they are closed on Tuesday). Sam's Market nearby has good laundry facilities and a few whitewater rafting companies are only 20 minutes away in nearby Hico (pronounced (HYE-ko) at State Route 19.
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