We just returned from a wonderful getaway at New River Falls Lodge in Hinton, WV.
The decision to go there was made quickly, due to the fact that our original anniversary plans were changed at the last minute. Last December we had booked a trip to one of the Sandals properties in Jamaica, but three weeks before we were to go, they closed the property for renovations, and the only option they would give us as an alternative was not acceptable to us. So, we found a brochure that we had picked up somewhere that had new River Falls Lodge in it, and decided that since it was fairly close to us, we would try it.
Many of our friends got a good chuckle when we said we were substituting Hinton, WV for Jamaica!! I can honestly say that Sandals did us a favor by cancelling our original plans! This place is SO relaxing and beautiful!
We took a scenic route going to Hinton, but the return direct route was only three hours (and that included a stop at the Bob Evans in Beckley that took almost an hour...service was VERY slow). We kept saying that we were glad that we weren't having to deal with airlines and international travel.
Paul greeted us as we drove up. Check in was a breeze. He offered us suggestions on things we could do while we were there, and let us know that he was available anytime to help us in any way. The "cabin" was actually a very nice small house, with all the amenities you could ask for...and more.
We explored the surrounding areas during the day, and enjoyed the cabin and the fire by the river that Paul builds every evening.
We toured both Bluestone and Pipestem State Parks, as well as a lovely drive around the southeastern part of the state. We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary diinner at the Mountain Creek Lodge down in the gorge at Pipestem. The ride down on the tram was beautiful, and the deer walking around outside the window during dinner were fun to watch. The food was excellent , with large portions. Yes...it is pricey, but well worth it for a special occasion. The ride back up the mountain in total darkness was interesting to say the least!
The only negative that I can find to say about New River Falls Lodge is something that they have no control over. The water coming out of the faucets has a strong odor, which I believe is sulphur. This is a common problem with water in remote areas like this though.
We would highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a wonderfully relaxing vacation, while enjoying all of what nature has to offer!
- Also Known As:
- New River Falls Hotel Hinton