Monday, October 19, 2009

Hometown Hospitality

I love my home town of Ravenswood, West Virginia, but it's not exactly a destination city. (It's more like a departure city, a place you plan to leave.) And that's too bad because the small town (population 4,000) has a bed and breakfast that I'd be tempted to visit even if I didn't have family in that bend of the river.

Chestnut Acres B&B, located on chestnut-lined Chestnut Lane, is a turn-of-the-last century mansion that's been spit polished to perfection. The Inn also includes a comfortable two-bedroom, two-bath cottage that was built on the chestnut-wooded property more than a century later. All of this is just a stone's throw away from a family of wild deer and the meandering Ohio River.


The Ohio River and view from the living room


Hospitality and trust: hallmarks of a small-town business

When I called to make a reservation for the cottage, I was disappointed to learn that the owners would be out of town. No problem, they assured me. They would leave the door of the cottage unlocked and the refrigerator stocked with bacon and biscuits and sausages and eggs and juices and sodas and, well, you get the idea. The staff checked in on us every day and even delivered fresh-baked cookies one afternoon.






All of this for a rate of $85/night for two people and an additional $20/night for the third adult.

Chestnut Acres has all the virtures to turn it into a favorite West Virginia destination. Chances are, you may never want to depart.

Chestnut Acres Bed & Breakfast
One Chestnut Lane

Ravenswood, WV 26164

304.
273-9824

45 comments:

Cafe Observer said...

Sounds like a comfortable b & b. And, sounds like you may settle out there once again.

Petrea said...

Oooooooooooooohhhhhhh.

Phyllis said...

Stocked fridge? Is there a kitchen to cook in? What the deal? reply to 1forsale@fuse.net

altadenahiker said...

Oh, I don't see Susan heading in that permanent direction. But sounds like a charming getawayfromitall.

Mary said...

If ever I head that way I'll know where to stay.

Piper Robert said...

Ravenswood is a nice place to be from. : )

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

I'm intrigued by the photo of the river and the low hills. You caught a bit of the changing fall colors.

Question: are there Water Moccasins in the Ohio river? Any place that has hollars and water reminds me of Water Moccasins. I have a healthy fear of them thanks to Ramona (no fear of rattlers though).

Did you change something in your format? You know how I am about staging

Susan C said...

CO, As wonderful as it is for a retreat, there's not a chance that I'd settle there again.

Phyllis, yes, the cottage has a full kitchen, dining area and living area.

AH, You got that right!

Mary, Definitely

Piper, "From" is the operative word.

PA, Hey, who taught you how to spell hollar? I've heard that water moccasins can be found in that region, but I've never encountered one.

Tony said...

Looks lovely! I'm much closer to the other side of WV (from Harpers Ferry down to Smoke Hole).

For us the biggest issue with VRBO.com listings is if they take dogs (we're up to 3 now). Most nice places don't, and the places that do aren't all that charming.

Gena said...

Wonderful that there are still places and people like that, hey? Looks like a lovely place! G

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Gwen Staffano.

Next question...who taught me how to spell Gwen Steffano?

The Food Librarian said...

What a nice B&B! And unlocked doors. I thought that was in old fashioned books and stuff. :) - mary

Ann said...

Looks like a great place to lay low and recharge.

AmyR said...

Wow, next I visit my family in Ohio I should look into this option... fresh baked cookies?! Amazing.

flong said...

This sounds like a really nice place to visit. I will add it to my places to see list! The B&B owners sound like wonderful people.

Susan C said...

Tony, up to 3 dogs? I find that leap from 2 to 3 dogs exponential, not incremental.

Gena, you said a mouthful.

PA, who's Gwen Steffano?

Mary, DEFINITELY old-fashioned

Ann, Wish I could go there for a week with nothing but a stack of books and my laptop.

Amy, are you the one who told me you have a sister at Ohio U in Athens? I have good news. The Flying Dog in Nelsonville is still open. We stopped there on the way from Columbus to Ravenswood. Their chicken fillets are the BEST, and just 50 cents a piece on Wednesdays. You can also purchase a beer for a buck on Wednesdays.

Flong, the owners really are wonderful and interesting people. I missed seeing them. He is a retired highway patrol man and they also run one of the nursing homes in the area. Phyllis is an accomplished cook.

Linda Dove said...

I love "chestnut-lined Chestnut Lane."

Very lyrical.

Susan C said...

Linda, too bad I wasn't munching on some of those lyrical chestnuts. Just read that the contain flu-fighting qualities.

AmyR said...

Susan - yep, that was me. I'm so glad to hear it. I'm visiting her next month, and I will definitely be going there.

BANJO52 said...

I actually dropped in to thank you for "beat the erasers" and "powder power" over at AH, and now I find you're from my neck of the woods--well, broadly speaking.

Ravenswood to L.A., that's pretty far. Did you hitchhike? Ride a boxcar?

Also, I really might look into this B&B. Thanks.

Susan C said...

Amy, Let me know what you think and say hello to Phyllis for me.

Banjo, I think the "beating the erasers" got some of AH's readers excited. I got an anyonymous proposal to get drunk.

How cool that you're from the same (relative) area.

How did I get from Ravenswood to LA? I actually flew first class. I know that sounds high falutin', but it was back in the day when it was easy to score upgrades if you had the right look, and I guess tall and skinny was it.

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