The Hardy County Tourism office tells you right off the bat: “Enjoy the natural beauty and genuine hospitality of ‘Almost Heaven’ West Virginia, the heart of Appalachia. Experience the Hardy Effect!
Wander our country roads, hike our mountain trails, fish our runs and lakes, paddle our rivers, and explore our history and yours.”
It’s hard to talk Hardy County West Virginia Tourism without thinking of The Lost River area ― a gem of nature and of people. This issue, we focus on some properties owned by our friends Tim Ramsey and Kevin Willner.
The Lost River
The Lost River flows south to north through the valley of the same name, parallel to the Shenandoah Valley and the I-81 corridor and between Great North Mountain to the east and South Branch Mountain to the west. Originally settled by Europeans in the mid-1700s, the community first relied heavily on agriculture. The town of Lost City supported a tannery from 1892 until 1927 as well as a theater company, a baseball team, a newspaper, and three churches. Little of that exists today, however its natural resources, spectacular views, awesome fishing, and a relaxed, easy pace makes the valley a favorite weekend getaway for those from metropolitan Washington and Baltimore seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of a more urban life.
Where to Stay
The Lost River Motel is a warm, welcoming, vintage motel complete with nostalgic knotty pine-paneled rooms combined with modern comforts such as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, private bathroom, refrigerator, coffee maker, and satellite TV. Also nostalgic are the rates from as low as $69 per night plus tax. Small pets are permitted at an additional charge. For a slightly different flavor, stay at the adults- only, non-smoking, Lost River Bed & Breakfast. This renovated 1920s farmhouse has four lovely bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed and private en suite bath. All guests can enjoy the two screened porches, the cozy living room, and a bountiful continental breakfast. Due to allergen concerns, no pets are permitted in the B&B. At just $120 per night, plus taxes, it’s economical and is ideal for making lasting relationships with people seeking the same retreat. One visit, and trips to Lost River will become a tradition!
Where to eat
TK's Lounge is a low-key, laid-back kind of place to have a cocktail with your friends. In cool weather, enjoy the large fireplace while you catch up on the latest Lost River events. Dine in the bar if you have the notion. TK's Lounge is a very diverse neighborhood bar serving a full beer, wine, and liquor menu and open mic night every third Friday of the month. Be sure to check out all the vintage hunting trophies, dating to 1950. In the Lost River Grill, enjoy classic comfort foods like their nightly specials, homemade meatloaf, hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, and their famous cream pies. Dinner is served seven nights a week, lunch Tuesday through Sunday, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information about The Lost River Motel, The Lost River B&B, The Lost River Grill and Tk’s Lounge, visit lostrivergrill.com. For more information about Hardy County, visit the tourism website: visithardywv.com.