A friend and I were doing the Barn Quilt trail through Garrett County and love to try wee local places off the beaten path. We usually stay at bed and breakfasts, but decided The Riverside Hotel filled the bill perfectly. (there is a cafe next door that has delicious organically-oriented quiches, sandwiches, etc.)
The inn sits across a narrow road from the take-out end of the Youghiogheny River, a world famous, class 5 whitewater river that starts about 10 miles upstream. When the dam gates are opened, kayakers come from all over to experience the rush. We arrived at the end of one such run. By the next day, the Youghiogheny had returned to it's slow paced rock-strewn self.
The Riverside Hotel is about 100 years old and the rooms are up a moderately steep flight of stairs - not nearly as steep as those in many similar-era places we've stayed though. We had a suite of two rooms and a large private bath. Normally the "suite" is a bedroom with a queen bed, a sitting room a few steps away, a the bathroom a few more steps from there...you do have to exit your room to use the bathroom, but it is your private bath. The sitting room has a hide-a-bed that I used. Not the most comfortable at first, until i rolled into the middle, then all was just right. My friend said her bed was very comfortable.
What amazed us the most was it was a full house on a Friday night, with the cozy little vegetarian restaurant downstairs doing a good business....but it was so quiet. By 10 pm we heard no noise at all.
We had already had dinner by the time we arrived, but enjoyed some wonderful homemade blueberry pie. Even brought some home for hubby who said it was some of the best he'd ever had. (Really surprised the pie made it for the 4-hour drive home....tempting to munch along the way!)
The Riverside Hotel seems to specialize in huge bowls of vegetarian soups - corn chowder, potato soup, and vegetarian chili were the offerings while we were there. Salads and dessert round out the meal for about $12 total. It also seems to draw a friendly local crowd for dinner.
There are no TVs, but if you must be plugged in, the free Wi-Fi worked fine. We had a wee refrig and a microwave in one of our rooms. If we're in the area again, we'd definitely stay there again.
If you have children, or are n a gal trip like we were, ask for the suite at the top right of the st...
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September 25, 2012
Thanks for the thorough review of our home. It's always a delight to read about our "first timers" experience:) Hope to have you back again.
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