In the mood to rough it with the sound of the great outdoors surrounding your tent? Is hot-tub pampering in a lavish, luxury getaway more your style? Adventures on the Gorge, West Virginia that edges New River Gorge National River has both with several options in between. Plus, the resort has a menu of adventure choices that utilizes the New River Gorge as a never ending outdoor playground to keep you engaged in scenic beauty for days.
I stayed in one of Adventure of the Gorge’s Sunnyside Suite cabins, mid-priced lodging in between taking in everything from zip lining off a mountain top to navigating Class 3 to 5 rapids on West Virginia’s Gauley and New River. These trips are run by Adventures on the Gorge’s expert guides.
The Sunnyside cabins are refined rustic on the outside with a tasteful hotel room feel on the inside. Each cabin is configured into a duplex with side A and side B. I stayed in a two-queen bed side A. Some have one king size bed.
Each side has a separate entrance and a common back porch deck separated by a privacy divider to add to the ambiance of secluded quiet in a wooded setting.
Inside, the rooms are appointed with unpretentious, high end furnishings. The beds are a slice of divine heaven with bedding that beckons a high adventure sport person to cozy-in for the night. My daughter who was adventuring with me proclaimed an, “I love this bed,”when she collapsed into hers.
I was particularly fond of the heated towel bars in the bathroom and the small bars of handmade oatmeal soap. (The soap can be purchased in one of the resort’s two gift shops. Yes, I did buy one.) Simple touches that key into simple pleasure luxury.
In between the bedroom and the bathroom is a kitchenette space with a coffee maker, small refrigerator that is bigger than most hotel room fridges, a small kitchen style sink and ample counter space for preparing food.
Rooms also have an ironing board and iron, flat screen TV with cable and free WiFi.
Other cabin options range from rustic to deluxe. Rustic cabins are the bring your own linens type and don’t include a bathroom or kitchen. Instead, guests use the shower/toilet facilities shared by the campground.
Deluxe cabins are one to four bedrooms with a variety of floor plans and amenities to fit a variety of budgets.
For those who like to rough it, pitch a tent in the campground or rent a platform-style tent. The platform tent has bunk beds. Fire rings are part of each tent and cabin site regardless of how upscale you go.
If you’re with a group where no one can agree on roughing it or luxury, do both. The cabins are situated around the campground making for terrific way to easily combine tenting it with meals cooked in a kitchen if the mood hits.
If no one wants to cook, Adventures on the Gorge has three dining options:
Chetty’s Pub is a casual fare sports bar/restaurant combo with grub that reflects an Appalachian influence. West Virginia craft beer is available and the wings are splendid. Actually, every thing I tried was splendid.
Smokey’s on the Gorge leans towards fine dining with a casual appeal. Breakfast is served only on the weekends in this seasonal restaurant. Lunch and dinner is served daily from May-October.
If you settle in for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Buffler’s BBQ Grill (pizza and BBQ is the specialty here) keep an eye out for folks testing their mettle at Timbertrek Adventure Park. This aerial obstacle course skirts Buffler’s open air style dining room. Buffler’s offers a buffet breakfast and order off the menu options. It’s close to lodging location makes for an easy place to grab a bite to eat. Wine and beer are served here as well.
Along with its mix of lodging and dining menu choices, Adventures on the Gorge’s rambling acreage offers plenty to do whether you sign up for an adventure trip or not.
The resort’s multi-section Canyon Falls swimming pool overlooking the New River Gorge is free to guests and open to day visitors for $5. Corn hole, disc golf, tether ball, a playground, pool and sand volley ball are free entertainment options. Plus, there’s on-site bike riding trails and hiking trails. With New River Gorge National Park almost next door there’s a wealth of outside to explore.
Rates range from $5-$15 per person per night for family or social group campsites to $1,000 a night for a swank vacation home rental. Rates depend upon the season and day of the week. Sunnyside Suite cabins are $159-$209 based on double occupancy. Browse the Adventures on the Gorge lodging page and enjoy the bounty of this lodging buffet.
Photos and post (except for exterior Deluxe Cabin photo) courtesy of Jamie Rhein
*My stay at Adventures on the Gorge was courtesy of the resort for research purposes. I have been here before on a rafting trip that I did spring for myself. This is one awesome place, I have to say.
If you arrive after check-in closes like I did, look for a folder with your name on it outside the check-in building door. There you’ll find the details about your accommodation location and directions.
Adventure on the Gorge Packages are an economical way to combine lodging with adventure. You can always add-on more fun after you arrive.
Adventures on the Gorge
219 Chestnutburg Rd.
Lansing, WV 25862