Even Mrs. Claus needs a break from all that baking and decorating. If you need a quick breather, journey to Mercer County. Comfortable, affordable retreats are an easy drive away!
Check out these local favorites:
1. Baker’s Hill Inn | Bluefield
An easy drive off Route 19, this historic B&B makes an ideal weekend retreat. It’s a Victorian home with graceful touches: an attractive porch, period dining area, and generous amenities. Plush beds range from queen to king, and every room features a mini bar with free sodas.
Baker’s Hill Inn makes mornings special, too. With its fresh flowers to folded napkins, the parlor is a sight for sleepy eyes. You won’t feel tired for long, though. Hearty breakfasts— accompanied with pots of fresh coffee— brighten spirits in no time.
2. Bluefield Inn | Bluefield
Like a chapter from “Gone with the Wind,” this mansion evokes southern romance. Its past is almost as colorful, too!
Built in 1904, the Bluefield Inn began life as a plantation manor. The elegant home boasted glittering chandeliers, grand chambers (including a billiards room), and a sweeping, dramatic staircase— gems you can admire today.
The elegant home eventually became a fashionable boarding house. Notable guests ranged from Woodrow Wilson to JFK and John Nash, the Nobel Prize winner and inspiration behind “A Beautiful Mind.” Bluefield Inn’s star-studded registry also has contemporary signatures.
As a visitor, you’ll get the celebrity treatment, too. Lavish rooms with vintage lights have creative themes from American history and literature. Book The Martha Washington, and you’ll get a delightful canopy bed! As for The Rhett Butler, its gorgeous sleigh bed is worthy for any southern gent— or belle.
3. Hewitt House B&B | Bramwell
Historic districts have ambience— a patina— that you can’t fake. Bramwell, a Victorian town, is one such gem. Extravagant coal baron mansions border the sidewalks in rich profusion. Some have ballrooms, secret safes, and indoor pools, while others boast copper roofs and curvy turrets.
It’s an enchanting place. Your ticket inside is Hewitt House B&B, a historic mansion with original fixtures, antiques, and a delightful atmosphere.
4. Buffalo Trail Cabins, Cottages, and Campground | Bluefield
Cabins are another option. They’re simple, comfortable, and affordable. If that sounds perfect, check out Buffalo Trail. Their new cabins and cottages have everything you need for a basic getaway: full bathrooms, kitchenettes, wifi, and TV. Just bring camping food and you’re good to go.
5. West Virginia Farm Retreat | Princeton
This romantic log cabin treats you to uninterrupted peace, deep in the Bluestone Valley. It’s comfortable for the modern guest but quaint, too. Cozy details— like the stone fireplace and rolled-glass windows— make your stay absolutely poetic. And because you’re on a 60-acre farm, you’re especially close to nature. Watch deer prance through the snow, walk through silent fields, or listen to rain patter on the tin roof. Sounds like a slice of almost heaven, doesn’t it?
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