Take a trip to the mountainous town of Showshoe, West Virginia, where the ski slopes can accommodate people of all levels, and when you get to the top of the mountain, you’re treated to a view of much of West Virginia. Snow tubing is for kids of all ages, and don’t forget to come in the summer, where the ski slopes are turned into biking trails and you can relax on the beach or paddleboat on the lake. Snowshoe vacation rentals are often close to or even in the center of the Village and come with all the amenities and more. Check out ten of our favorite places to rent a vacation rental near Snowshoe.
1. Hillsboro, West Virginia
Come to the quaint town of Hillsboro to take a picture in front of the Locust Creek Covered Bridge and just enjoy the scenery. If you’re coming in late June, attend the Little Levels Heritage Fair, which features arts and crafts, a parade, and a pig roast.
2. Durbin, West Virginia
The Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad belongs to this town and offers rail tours along the river. The train stops every once in awhile where you can get out, take pictures and simply be awe-struck by the view. Do some hiking and sightseeing in Gaudineer Scenic Area and on Gaudineer Knob. Afterwards, have dinner at Station #2.
3. Cass, West Virginia
You’ll find the Scenic Railroad State Park in this little town. Take the family on an excursion to Bald Knob. The train’s being pulled by an old-fashioned locomotive, so expect some smoke, but the views are spectacular as you climb into the mountains. The trip is leisurely and lunch is provided.
4. Stony Bottom, West Virginia
Stony Bottom, formerly called Seldom Seen, hosts the yearly Hunter Reunion which celebrates with bluegrass music and lots of food. When you’re not at the Reunion join the nearby Greenbrier River Trail which follows the course of this meandering river. Here you can also indulge in hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and sightseeing.
5. Green Bank, West Virginia
Only 11 miles or so from Snowshoe, this town is famous because it contains the world’s largest radio telescope in the middle of a pasture. Because of that, you won’t be able to use your cellphone and your vacation rental won’t have a microwave oven. But visiting the Green Bank Observatory Science Center with its cool science exhibits, planetarium, and a bus tour of the radio telescope is worth the inconvenience.
6. Slaty Fork, West Virginia
Found between two branches of the Elk River, Slaty Fork may not be as glamorous as Green Bank but is a gateway to Sharps Cave. This cave is famous for its beautiful waterfall, big rooms and a place called Dragon’s Breath Grotto. If you and the hubby are spelunkers, this is the place to go.
7. Marlinton, West Virginia
About 28 miles south of Snowshoe, Marlinton has its own enjoyments. They include the lovely Cranberry Glades which are at their best in the fall and the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. The Greenbrier River Trail extends into Marlinton, and you can charter fishing tours on the river. Vacation rentals include little riverside cottages and farmhouses.
8. Lewisburg, West Virginia
This largish town is a spelunkers delight, for it contains the Lost World Caverns. They are safe enough to take the little ones. If you and the family prefer to be above ground, visit the beautiful Greenbrier Historical Society and North House Museum. There’s even a theater called Carnegie Hall, which not only has concerts but an art gallery. Dress up and go to the French Goat for its fine European cuisine, or dress down, and go to Thunderbird Taco for Mexican. Vacation rentals can be found in guest houses on ranches, cottages back in the woods or spacious three story homes a short walk from downtown.
9. Webster Springs, West Virginia
If you’re in the area around Memorial Day, make sure to attend the Webster County Wood Chopping Festival, which brings in Lumberjacks of many countries. By the time this celebration ends, it’s time for the canoe and kayak racers to arrive for the Webster Wildwater Weekend; and don’t forget the Burgoo Cook Off around Columbus Day where the venison stew can’t be beat. Vacation rentals can be delightfully rustic in this quaint town.
10. Hot Springs, Virginia
This town, found in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, is right over the border in Virginia. It still has its hot springs, and you and the husband can indulge yourselves in the Omni Homestead Resort’s spas. After that, play some golf at either the resort’s Cascades Golf Course or the Old Course. In the winter you need to come for the skiing and the snow tubing, it’s one of the best places in the country!