GETTING THERE: Grafton is about 220 miles from the Capital Beltway, about a four-hour drive through spectacular mountain scenery. Take Interstate 270 north to I-70 west toward Hagerstown, then I-68/Route 40 west into West Virginia. Take Exit 1 to Route 119 south, which goes into Grafton.
STAYING THERE: Tygart Lodge (304-265-6144, http:/
Chains such as Hampton Inn and Red Roof Inn have properties in Bridgeport or Fairmont, about 16 and 21 miles away, respectively. Or head, as we did, to the big city of Morgantown, about 26 miles north.
Rooms at the Clarion Hotel Morgan (127 High St., 304-292-8200, http:/
EATING THERE: Tygart Lodge Restaurant offers panoramic views of the lake and inexpensive down-home food: sandwiches for lunch, meat and fish for dinner. Dinner entrees start at $7.50. At Jerry's Restaurant and Lounge (242 Barrett St.) in Grafton, dinner for two with wine and beer came to -- I kid you not -- about $27 with tax and tip. The Cheat River Inn at Cheat River Lodge, on Route 33 outside Elkins, serves more sophisticated cuisine in a tavern atmosphere with river views. Dinner only; entrees from $14.
MOTHER'S DAY: The International Mother's Day Shrine (11 E. Main St., 304-265-1589, http:/
INFO: Grafton Convention and Visitors Bureau, 304-265-1589, http:/