Tucked into the backroads of a small friendly town is Chief Logan State Park. While we were visiting they were having a light display in the park area - this was one of the most spectacular Christmas light displays I have seen. Several miles of different lighted scenes, for the young and old. There must be a million lights total. The cost is a "donation" and this helps with the electic bill for the lights. The cost must be a thousand dollars a month to keep this display alive. You drive through the park, turn your radio on "their" station and the lights and music put you in a winter wonderland experience.
The HOTEL - WOW - was my first impression. You walk into the lobby and immediately you smell "Christmas" - logs burning in the fireplace, the smell of pine from real greenery, real Christmas trees that are decorated by the staff of the hotel.
You walk into the area that takes you to the rooms and there is a large real tree with a log burning fireplace, wreath over the fireplace and stockings all the way up the stair case banister. Famiies gather around this area, children are looking at the tree and eating candy canes they find nestled in the tree branches. The adults are warming their backs to the fireplace.
The staff was very friendly and the gift shop is like a Christmas country store - with very reasonable prices.
The rooms are typical for a state park room - small, clean, comfortable, and basic.
A short drive down the hill takes you to the recreation center, swimming pool and workout equipment - you could also walk there if it was warm.
The only negative thing I can say is about the restaurant that is in the lodge area. The lunch time buffet - there were no choices except spaghetti/salad/green beans/dessert - thats it - no menu and nothing else on the buffet. We certainly didn't go hungry, but the restaurant didn't meet our expectations compared to the rest of this beautiful hotel. We found other places to eat in the down of Logan - a 'drive-in' called Parkway, a bakery called Nu'era, other places to eat that were wonderful.
We will return (maybe each Christmas holiday) to this little winter wonderland that features the smell of pine and the twinkle of lights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In close proximity to Chief Logan State Park, Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center is located between Logan and Chapmanville, West Virginia. The mountain lodge is open year-round and offers upscale rooms, an indoor guest pool and hot tub, fitness center, conference center, full service restaurant, business center, gift shop and on-site free parking. The grand lobby features a fireplace and space for families to gather. An expansive outdoor patio area and small gazebo are also special places on lodge grounds to relax and enjoy the Mountain State scenery. ... more less
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