There are plenty of places to spend the night in a comfy bed, and plenty of places to get a good meal—but it’s a rare treat to find a place that offers both top-notch accommodations and world-class cuisine. We’ve found three of those places, right here in West Virginia.
Barn with Inn and Sarah Miller House
Nestled on a 34-acre farm in Wellsburg, Harry Sanford and Chatman Neely’s Barn With Inn at Highland Springs Farm offers guests a good night’s sleep in one of three homey rooms—followed by a breakfast fit for a farmer. Enjoy locally sourced foods, including heirloom pork, on the breakfast porch looking out over the farm. Sanford and Neely also offer onsite dinners by request.
Then there’s Barn With Inn’s sister operation, the Sarah Miller House, which offers three well-appointed rooms and a full apartment in downtown Wellsburg. While breakfast is not available here, the Sarah Miller House does host regular dinners. On the weekend of October 11–12, the menu will include Chicken Milanese with roasted pancetta, brussels sprouts, and autumn squash apple risotto—and a snickerdoodle cobbler for dessert. On October 25–26, guests can enjoy Butternut Squash Ravioli with sage butter and a fall farm vegetable medley as well as Neely’s renowned sugar cream pie.
4859 Bealls Ridge, Wellsburg, 900 Main Street, Wellsburg, 304.737.0647, barnwithinn.com
Cafe Cimino Country Inn
In 1999, husband-and-wife team Tim and Melody Urbanic decided to try out some of his grandmother’s Italian recipes in a Sutton restaurant they named Cafe Cimino. The restaurant was so popular that in 2007 they opened a 10-room hotel perched on the banks of the Elk River. Cafe Cimino Country Inn offers four luxury rooms in the main house, four in the carriage house, and two in the cozy cottage house, which was formerly the property’s summer kitchen.
While the accommodations would rank alongside the world’s finest B&Bs, the food that emerges from the Urbanics’ kitchen remains Cafe Cimino’s main attraction. Breakfasts often feature fresh-baked muffins and scones, fresh fruit, top-shelf coffee, and frittatas. Make a reservation for lunch and you’ll be treated to a variety of soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches, and brick oven pizzas.
But Cafe Cimino’s white tablecloth dinners are where Chef Oscar Aguilar’s talents really shine. Be sure to check out the Shellfish Pescatore: a platter of calamari, clams, mussels, scallops, and shrimp in a white wine and tomato seafood broth.
616 Main Street, Sutton 304.765.2913, cafeciminocountryinn.com
Guesthouse Lost River
Opened in 1982, this Eastern Panhandle landmark has long been popular with residents of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, looking to escape the big city for a relaxing weekend. Guesthouse Lost River features 18 guest rooms, a billiards room, game tables, a breakfast room, an indoor Jacuzzi and steam room, and a massage room.
The Guesthouse Kitchen & Bar offers scratch-made Americana cuisine served in a modern farmhouse setting. Try the Chicken di Parma—made with locally raised chicken that’s crusted in breadcrumbs and topped with prosciutto di Parma, organic sage, and a mushroom cream sauce—or the Agnolotti Rucola, which are like small ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta and covered in lemon, ricotta cheese, fresh basil, and locally grown, organic arugula.
The Guesthouse’s bar is a perfect place to grab a beer, sip a glass of wine, or enjoy a craft cocktail. Or, for an end-of-evening pick-me-up, order one of the fresh brewed Lavazza cappuccinos or espressos.
288 Settlers Valley Way, Lost River, 304.897.5707, guesthouselostriver.com