The aroma of fresh-cooked bacon and eggs wafting through an almost 100-year-old farm house is enough to rouse even the latest sleepers. It was definitely enough to get me stirring when I stayed at the Locust Hill Bed and Breakfast in Marlinton.
Located on 20 acres inside the city limits, Locust Hill Bed and Breakfast owners Dave and Paula Zorn welcome guests to their quiet and relaxing abode nestled deep in the heart of Pocahontas County. The Bed and Breakfast features three rooms for guests, all elegantly decorated with a Victorian flair. A full cabin is also available for guests seeking extended stays.
"I think one of the main things that makes us unique is that we are located in the city limits, but we are on 20 acres," Paula Zorn said. "That really sets us apart from anything in town because we have more space. We have a pond where people kayak or paddleboat, we also have plenty of space to play horseshoes and badminton. If our guests don't want to leave, they don't have to. There are plenty of opportunities right here on the premises."
GOOD FOOD AND GREAT HOSTS — Locust Hill Bed and Breakfast features a perfectly presented, hearty breakfast for guests each morning that typically includes bacon, eggs, fruit and fresh breads. (CU and The Inter-Mountain/Ben Simmons) ç The Inter-Mountain, all rights reserved.
My wife, Jackie, joined me on the trip. While we both had lots of fun during our stay, Dave's breakfast continued to come up in our reflective conversations. Each morning, he whips up some of the finest dishes any food connoisseur would appreciate. Our breakfast consisted of bacon, eggs, multigrain pancakes, maple syrup and fresh cut peaches with sour cream and cinnamon. The presentation was perfect.
"We like to do a variety of breakfasts," Dave Zorn said. "If a guest is going to stay more than one night, we don't want them to have the same meal every morning. We always have a big hearty breakfast that includes some type of egg dish, along with pancakes, French toast or homemade biscuits, meat and whatever fruit that's in season."
One of the best things that sets Locust Hill apart from other bed and breakfasts is the day spa. Dave and Paula Zorn have been certified massage therapists for 25 years and know exactly how to rejuvenate a tired body.
"We have a one-room spa and we offer all types of body treatments, salt scrubs, body wraps, facials and massage therapy foot treatments," Paula Zorn said. "About 80 percent of our guests take part in a spa service. We also have several different packages that include spa services."
Among the many amenities, guests at Locust Hill also have access to Arbonne products in their rooms. Arbonne products are ultra-premium, organic-based skin care supplements.
"When we opened our bed and breakfast, we knew we wanted something different and safe for our guest's skin and body," Paula Zorn said. "We like to pamper our guests and have those amenities available in their room. Most people don't want to travel with a big bottle of shampoo and conditioner and that kind of stuff. So not only are those items in the rooms, but also other things like aroma therapy and bath and body products are available for our guests to try. If they want to purchase those products, they can purchase them here. They make great gifts to take home for people who may be babysitting dogs or kids."
While staying in Pocahontas County, tourists can take advantage of several activities including Snowshoe Mountain's world-class resort, the Cass Scenic Railroad, the Cranberry Glades and its Nature Center, Beartown and Watoga state parks, and the Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Science Center. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike and bike along hundreds of miles of trails and paths or explore endless miles of rivers and streams to paddle and fish. Other destinations include the Pearl S. Buck birthplace, Locust Creek Covered Bridge, the Scenic Highway, Camp Bartow and Camp Allegheny and Droop Mountain Battlefield.
The Pocahontas Opera House was recently restored and serves as the county's premier destination for music and theater performances. The dining in town is also terrific with several retro-style diners and great tasting pizza at the Snack Shack.
No trip to Marlinton would be complete without stopping at the Pocahontas County Historical Museum. The place is a virtual treasure chest of Civil War relics. Stored in a house built in 1904, the museum contains various artifacts, tools, books, clothing and lots of other memorabilia.
"There is just so much to do and see here that most people, when they get here, they say, 'Wow I wish I had two or three days instead of one,'" Dave Zorn said. "West Virginia is just so gorgeous. Our location is a perfect example because it's very quiet and peaceful."
Locust Hill Bed and Breakfast is located at 1525 Locust Hill, Marlinton, on Route 39. For more information visit the website www.locusthillwv.com or call 800-617-0530.