Wednesday, September 10, 2008
From Greenbrier i headed west in Maryland, then south through Virginia and west again into West Virginia, traveling through the lovely Monongahela National Forest. My final destination was the bustling metropolis of Cabins, WV. Yes, that is the real name of the town Sure, it may be an "unincorporated" town but it does have both a church AND a post office though the post office is in a trailer park and the one postal worker was so starved for human contact that we talked for almost 10 minutes about postcard stamps; it is a real town none the less. Okay, "town" might be overstating it a bit; actually it is more like an area than a town. Why in the world would there be an area of West Virginia called "Cabins" you ask. Well this might help you understand That's a lot of cabins on about a five mile stretch of Highway 55. Located on the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River this area is close to various cabins, hiking, wilderness areas and several points of interest. Tourist trade seems to be the main economy and apparently the specialty of the place is for folks to stay in little cabins instead of hotels. In fact, i only saw one hotel and it was shaped like a loooooong log cabin, no lie. I stayed at the newly renovated This place was really nice with family cabins, single cabins, a conference center, swimming pool, fountains, catch and release trout pond, gazebos, swings, river access, you name it - they had it. Everything had been done in modern rustic and i loved the details like the metal pine cones on the lights over the covered bridge and the slag glass lamps with animal silhouettes. It was gorgeous at night with all of them lit. I was assigned to Cabin 26 This cabin was pretty posh, by my admittedly low standards. The ceiling was vaulted with sunlights and ceiling fans. There was a living room with fireplace and a full kitchen. I think it might have had the same floor space as my apartment. Let's take a look There was both a front and back porch with table and chairs. Also all of the little cabins (as opposed to the multi-room family cabins) are considered "Honeymoon Cabins" so there was a 2 person jacuzzi - a bright red, heart-shaped, 2 person jacuzzi! You hear jokes about such things, but you never really expect to see one. I was speechless when i saw it. Are you wondering whether i used the bright red, heart-shaped, 2 person jacuzzi even though i wasn't on my honeymoon, i was alone and i had terrible sunburn? You bet your bippy i did with bubbles, baby! (like how the pedicure matches the tub? totally unplanned) I liked the cabins so much and found the whole area so very, very relaxing that at the last minute i decide to stay for an extra day.