Historic Hinton Manor Guesthouse
Elegant Victorian accommodations
in Historic Hinton, West Virginia
Find out why Hinton, West Virginia is #1 in small towns to visit in America! This elegant and historic home is located right in the middle of this village-like setting on a mountain overlooking the beautiful New River. Hinton, West Virginia is known for its mountains, lakes and beautiful outdoor scenery. Minutes from zipline, golfing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, skiing, and huge lake.
Amtrak's Cardinal train goes right through our historic town on its route from Washington, DC to Chicago 3 times per week (Wed/Fri/Sun).
This historic home is located 8 miles from the popular Pipestem Peaks Zipline! This exhilarating experience will take you 3 hours to complete and zips and zags across the magnificent Bluestone Gorge. It is an unforgettable experience.
We are located on a quiet, brick-lined street and our home has stately columns, interior wood from the Black Forest of Germany, and many original furnishings found throughout. Your accommodations consist of a private guest suite with antique-filled rooms including a library with antique books. A private bath with shower/tub and hallway sitting area with balcony overlooking the historic brick street are included in the suite. Guests may also enjoy sitting in the formal living room with fireplace and antique grand piano, dining in the formal dining room or relaxing on the stately front porch with a view of historic street. Use of kitchen and wifi for all your devices is available.
Easy walk to popular town restaurant, antique/specialty shops, visitor center, and museums. Kroger supermarket and gas stations available within a mile.
Winterplace Ski Resort - This elegant home is approximately 18 miles from the ski resort. Enjoy skiing all day until 10 pm from December through mid-March. We offer plenty of options for skiers should there be a change in weather! If the skiing is not great, plan to go ice skating or on a horse-drawn carriage ride at the Greenbrier Resort! Amtrak's Cardinal train #50 will take you there. It goes right through our historic town on its route to the Greenbrier Resort (and beyond). The historic train depot is an easy 2 block walk from the guest house. You can plan to visit The Greenbrier and return the same day on Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday. Round trip train tickets are available online for as little as $13 per person and takes about an hour each way (leaves around 10:30 am and returns around 6:00 p.m giving you plenty of time to enjoy a tour of the resort, secret bunker, have lunch at Drapers, and enjoy the evening tea at 4:00 pm. This is an unforgettable day trip and your trip will not be disappointing! !
Lost World Caves and Caverns is another day trip option. About an hour's drive from the guest house, discover the vast wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites that hides 120 feet below the Earth’s surface. Discovered in 1942, Lost World Caverns is a truly magical place. The cavern features amazing rock formations and presents challenges for avid adventurers. The self-guided tour covers a 1/2-mile loop where you see amazing formations from beginning to end. It takes about 45 minutes to complete, and the memories last a lifetime. Make sure to pack a light jacket, sturdy shoes, and a camera to capture the beautiful sights. Temps are a steady 52 degrees year round inside the caverns. Tickets are $12 for general admission. Open on Saturday/Sunday in Dec/Jan/Feb/March.
Magnificent Rivers - Three rivers converge in Hinton, the New, Greenbrier and Bluestone. Bluestone Lake and the magnificent Bluestone Dam is nearby with spectacular views. Bring your camera or a fishing pole! Spend the day sight-seeing, having lunch and/or dinner, and hiking on the many trails in and around this beautiful area!
New River Gorge National River - Along with the winding rivers found in Hinton (the New, Greenbrier, and Bluestone) the National Park service has designated a 52-mile stretch of creating the New River Gorge National River and scenic parkway.
Sandstone Falls is a popular tourist destination along this route where a Lassie movie was filmed in the 1990s starring Helen Slater and Jon Tenney. There is a boardwalk that takes visitors out to the falls for breathtaking photo opportunities.
Pipestem State Park and Bluestone State Park - Nearby there are two state parks located in the countryside which offer golf, horseback riding, zipline, water park, great restaurants, indoor/outdoor pools, and many beautiful hiking trails.
Restaurants - There are great dining options near our home including The Market on Courthouse Square (within walking distance), or Brandon's Barbecue, The Oak Supper Club and the Bluestone Dining Room at Pipestem Resort (all located in the countryside with a beautiful setting about 8 miles away).
Where is Hinton, West Virginia?
Hinton is located in the southern part of West Virginia, 8 miles from interstate 64. The scenic 8 mile route provides some of the most spectacular scenery of the New River region and the majestic mountains of southern West Virginia. You can reach Hinton, WV (Summers County) by Interstate 64 (exit 139) or Interstate 77 (exit 14). From both interstates, you would be traveling on Rt. 20 to reach Hinton.
There are many sites and attractions nearby including Bluestone Lake and marina, the magnificent Bluestone Dam, Bluestone Wildlife Hunting and Fishing area, and many whitewater rafting outfitters. The Greenbrier River is great for canoeing and kayaking, the legendary John Henry tunnel (site of the man versus machine victory) is found nearby in Talcott, WV. Within a short drive there is an exhibition coal mine, caves and caverns for exploring, the Hatfields and McCoy‘s ATV trail!
Nearby activities and sites to visit
To familiarize yourself with what is nearby, here are some highlights:
Golf courses - Pipestem State Resort and Glade Springs Resort
Bluestone State Park and Marina - Great outdoor pool. Can rent a pontoon for the day on the lake at the marina.
Whitewater Rafting - Nice float trips down the New River in Hinton. Not wild and terrifying! Just a slow drift down or take the plunge and go for that wild ride down the New River!
Pipestem State Park (follow Rt. 20 North) - horseback riding, lots of trails, nice restaurants, golf, indoor/outdoor pools, beautiful picnic areas, plenty of resident deer! The aerial TRAM is one of the greatest things at the park. It takes you deep into the Bluestone Gorge where there is a nice restaurant for dining. There are all kinds of activities at the park year round.
Sandstone Falls - Also in Summers County, plan a drive up to Sandstone Falls, a part of the New River Gorge National River. The National Park Service constructed a boardwalk that takes you all the way out to the greatest view of the falls for photo opportunities.
The John Henry statue and tunnel - Take Rt. 3 East to the John Henry Memorial Park, established in front of the actual tunnel where John Henry worked and beat the machine in the late 1800s.
The Graham House, the oldest standing house in West Virginia c.1770, is located at Lowell, WV. The home was attacked by the Shawnee Indians and is usually open for tours on the weekends.
The Saunders One-Room School House Museum is also located on the Graham House grounds.
Hinton Railroad Museum - showcasing the history and memorabilia from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Veterans Memorial Museum - Filled with relics and memorabilia from all conflicts in the U.S. military
Campbell-Flanigan-Murrell House Museum - filled with glimpses of the early days of Hinton
The Greenbrier Resort - This visit would be one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences! If staying for more than one day, you may want to drive up to enjoy their wonderful breakfast buffet is served in The Greenbrier's main dining room until 10:30 am (a magnificent spread of everything you can only imagine. (Best to get there around 9:30 and make a reservation)
Dining is considered a formal affair. You may want to experience West 44, a high-priced dining experience that you will never forget. Filet Mignon that you can cut with a fork, the beef cattle are grain-fed and raised on a farm near the Greenbrier. This restaurant is named for Jerry West, #44, basketball star from West Virginia. All his memorabilia is on display there. You will need to make reservations at West 44 or the main dining room if you plan to have dinner at the Greenbrier.
While there, be sure to browse through all the many specialty shops and make sure you see the magnificent indoor pool (you can swim in it as a visitor free). The pool looks like something from the Roman Empire, absolutely spectacular. When you go through the gate, you will need to tell them you are having breakfast, lunch, dinner and they will tell you where to park. If you park on the railroad side (across from the entrance to the Greenbrier), there is a year-round Christmas/gift shop. This shop is a converted the old railroad depot and it is filled with beautiful and unique items. You can walk across the street and enter the Greenbrier that way if you choose or ride the shuttle. The walk through the grounds of the Greenbrier is wonderful. The Greenbrier Open Golf Event is held every year with many golfing greats (Tiger, Phil Mickelson, and others). The course is great. You can walk down to the golf club to view the infinity pool and have another lunch option at the clubhouse restaurant and sports bar.The bunker is something you definitely want to tour. That was the top-secret (declassified now) underground central command for the President and Congress in case of an attack on DC. No one knew it was there until it was declassified in the 90s and it had been there for decades. All workers were sworn to secrecy at the time it was built and they honored their pledge!
Lewisburg, West Virginia is another nearby, a historic old town with Civil War history and the North House Museum. There are lots of antique shops,and nice dining establishments. We recommend lunch or dinner at the General Lewis Inn,filled with Civil War memorabilia, and Food and Friends in the downtown area. Visit the Old Stone Church and be sure to see the old civil war era cemetery beside it. The North House Museum (all about the history of Lewisburg) is just across the street. There is a civil war cemetery in the shape of a large cross. the final resting place for 95 soldiers killed during the Battle of Lewisburg.
The General Lewis Inn
Food and Friends Restaurant
Civil War Cemetary in the shape of a large cross
The downtown historic district and all the shops
The North House museum
Lost World Caverns - (another must see!)
New River Gorge Bridge - The world's longest steel arch bridge! A must see spanning the spectacular New River Gorge!
Beckley Exhibit Coal Mine and Coal Camp - Take a tour of an actual coal mine with retired coal miners as your guide!
Mountain Lake Resort (where they filmed the movie Dirty Dancing is nearby and an easy day trip. Make reservations to sit at the table where Baby dined!