Escape reality for a long weekend in the rolling hills of Mercer County. Let the area’s beautiful landscape envelope you as you breathe in the fresh mountain air and fall asleep to nature’s soundtrack. You’ll return to the real world feeling refreshed and recharged.
Evening + stay:
Kick off a relaxing weekend by checking into the Country Cabin Farm Retreat, a historic hideaway nestled along the Bluestone River. Drift off to the sounds of owls and crickets in the shadows of the surrounding mountains. The Country Cabin Farm Retreat comes fully equipped for a cozy night in – just bring your groceries and enjoy the stillness and quiet of the retreat’s 60-acre farm.
Sleep in and enjoy the serenity of slow-moving mountain time on the farm. Then, head to the Appalachian Coffee House in Princeton, a great local spot serving up organic coffee, specialty drinks, and homemade soups, sandwiches, and baked goods.
Hop in the car and take a scenic drive to nearby Brush Creek Preserve and Falls. Once there, take a short walk along the creek to reach the falls. This little-known West Virginia gem is a great backdrop for photos! Continue along the trail through a Nature Conservancy Preserve, home to some rare Mountain State flora and fauna.
Fuel up after the hike with a romantic dinner at Geminellis Bistro, a locally-owned Italian-American restaurant serving up food prepared with passion. Their made-from-scratch menu boasts bubbly wood-fired pizzas, fresh pastas, sizzling seafood dishes, and delectable desserts. Pair your dinner with a mixed drink or a glass of wine from their extensive selection. Geminellis is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m to 10 p.m.
After dinner, take in some local art at Holler in Princeton. Holler is a contemporary art gallery that showcases the work of Appalachian artists in a variety of formats. It is open on Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m.
Switch up your accommodations for night two by swapping in the country life for a historic bed and breakfast stay in Bramwell. Step back in time at The Hewitt House Bed and Breakfast, a beautifully preserved property built in 1914. This was the last of the coal-baron mansions to be built in the storybook town of Bramwell and was home to Katharine Reedy Hewitt, who owned and operated the Buckeye Coal and Coke Company with her late husband, Colonel John D. Hewitt Sr. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast from the privacy of your own room. You’ll experience the best of southern hospitality by the owners of this bed and breakfast, Harold and Rhonda, who reside in the main house.
Morning and afternoon:
Spend the morning admiring the fairytales homes of Bramwell’s Millionaire Row. The eye-catching, historic mansions surrounding The Hewitt House were once home to the area’s wealthy coal barons. Don’t forget to stroll into the Bramwell Depot, open daily, to get a crash course in the area’s deep coal-mining history and what life was once like in these coal fields. This depot museum is a replica of the original that served Bramwell residents throughout the coal boom.
Before heading back to reality, enjoy one last meal in Southern West Virginia at Lynn’s Drive-In, a nostalgic eatery boasting classics such as juicy chili dogs, sizzling onion rings and an impressive array of ice cream flavors.