This Country Inn and its acclaimed cuisine put Sutton on the map.
Overlooking the banks of the Elk River, Café Cimino Country Inn has become one of the state’s top dining destinations. Tim and Melody Urbanic have transformed Sutton’s100-year-old P.J. Berry Estate into a full service country inn. With four beautifully decorated guest rooms in the historic main house, four more guest rooms in the carriage house, and two charming suites located in the brick cottage behind the main house, they’ve created a tranquil retreat.
“We want our guests to feel refreshed, relaxed, and satisfied that they were able to have a quality ‘stay-cation’ right here in West Virginia with world-class food, lodging, and personal service—and at an affordable price,” explains Melody, who greets guests at the door with a welcoming smile.
But it isn’t just the accommodations that draw folks from around the country, it’s the food. The critically-acclaimed Café Cimino, which the Urbanics opened in 1999 in the nearby Lee Hardware Store, now is housed in the first floor of the renovated Colonial Revival mansion. Several distinctive dining areas—the Limoncello, Eggplant, Blueberry, and Bordeaux dining rooms—provide a private and cozy atmosphere to enjoy Chef Tim’s mouthwatering southern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The Urbanics use farm-raised, locally grown, and artisan-made foods, resulting in dishes that are flavorful and fresh. The Chef’s Signature Creamy Italian Mushroom Soup is exquisite. As is the Shrimp Gorgonzola—cornmeal-crusted shrimp, fresh sautéed spinach, and creamy Gorgonzola cheese sauce over pasta. They also offer an extensive wine list that will impress even the finest aficionados.
And make sure you visit Cimino’s Little Dishes, a 35-seat quaint bistro-type bar that is tucked behind the main house along the Elk River. There you can enjoy Italian-style “tappas” while watching the river flow by.
Sutton may not be the place that you’d expect to find such cosmopolitan fare, but it’s perfectly suited for the Urbanics’ charming country retreat. “We chose Sutton because we thought the little town was so cute, with the cobblestone streets, turn of the century buildings, a community theatre, the Elk River, and Sutton Lake nearby,” explains Melody. “Now that we are housed in the estate at the end of Main Street we can offer our guests the beauty and tranquility of the Elk River, accessed from banks on our expansive grounds.”Cafe Cimino Country Inn, 616 Main Street, Sutton, WV 26601; 877.924.6466; 304.765.2913; cafeciminocountryinn.com