Travel through the rugged West Virginia mountains to the picturesque town of Cass which has remained unchanged since its founding in 1901. Spend two nights in Snowshoe, WV at the beautiful Corduroy Inn and Lodge. Ride the Cass Scenic Railroad over the same line built to haul lumber to Whitaker Station. Enjoy a delicious Almost Heaven Sunset Dinner at the Lodge complete with musical entertainment.
Ride the coal-fired Durbin Rocket through the Monongahela National Forest in authentic 1920s-era coach cars and tour the Green Bank Astronomy Observatory.
1 & 2 Arrive in West Virginia
After an overnight and welcome dinner in Kentucky, come to the luxurious Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. Here, embark on a tour of the now declassified “Bunker” hidden beneath the resort. Built between 1958 and 1961 this 112,544-square-foot bunker was intended to secure US lawmakers from nuclear attack during the cold war era. In Lewisburg, dinner is at Food & Friends, a small-town restaurant serving up big town American cuisine in
a fun and friendly atmosphere. Meals: 2 D, 1 B
3 Cass Scenic Railroad and Corduroy Inn and Lodge
Travel through the rugged West Virginia mountains to the picturesque town of Cass which has remained unchanged since its founding in 1901. Here, board the Cass Scenic Railroad for a ride to Bald Knob, the third highest point in the state. Feel the rumble and hear the hiss of the restored steam locomotive as you travel up the mountain, through two switchbacks to view the open fields and Whitaker Station.
Enjoy a sack lunch as you climb the mountain. Then it’s off to the upscale boutique Corduroy Inn and Lodge in Snowshoe, West Virginia. This popular ski destination offers spectacular sunrise and sunset views from high atop the mountain. Tonight’s “Almost Heaven Sunset Dinner” features farm-to-table cuisine served in the terraced hall offering undisturbed sunset views.
Meals: B, Box lunch, D
4 The Durbin Rocket and Green Bank Radio Observatory
Today you travel to Durbin Depot to board the
coal-fired Durbin Rocket for an exciting mountain rail expedition.
Built in 1910 this steam locomotive pulls authentic 1920s-era
coach cars and vintage wooden cabooses along the free-flowing
Greenbrier River. Enjoy your included lunch while onboard the train.
Then cross to the next valley filled with satellite dishes.
This is the Green Bank Astronomy Observatory where you will
tour the facility. Dinner is on your own at the lodge tonight to
experience their dining venues. Meals: B, L
5 New Tygart Flyer and Gandy Dancer Dinner Theater
This morning climb aboard the New Tygart Flyer
for a wilderness excursion. With its vintage, diesel-powered locomotive and comfortable climate-controlled passenger coaches the Flyer climbs along the cascading Shavers Fork of the Cheat River to the High Falls, accessible only by train. There is also a unique “S” curve tunnel, a high bridge and miles of unspoiled mountain views. A box lunch is included on the train.
Enjoy a delicious dinner followed by the live entertainment of the Mountain Memories Show Band, with music from the 50s, Motown, Gospel, Patriotic and family-friendly comedy. Meals: B, Box lunch, D
6 & 7 Blennerhassett Hotel and Home
Work your way to the river town of Parkersburg for lunch at the historic Blennerhassett Hotel. Designed and built by Colonel William Nelson Chandler, the hotel opened its doors in 1889. It’s beautiful European-style décor and extensive history has earned placed it on the registry as historic landmark. Enjoy lunch before traveling onto Ohio for the night and then home. Meals: 2 B, 1 L