Where to Go, What to Know

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Writer Kathy Legg recently took a road trip to Bramwell, W.Va., to tour Victorian mansions. Here's her reporter's notebook.


About 6 hours from the Beltway


About $100 per night for lodging


From Interstate 495, take I-66 west to I-81 south. At Lexington, Va., go west on I-64. At Beckley, W.Va., go south on I-77 and take the second Bluefield exit onto Route 52 north. Follow it to Route 120 and Bramwell.


Molly Robinette's River's Bend Bed and Breakfast (South River and Brick streets, 304-248-7399 or 304-248-8528) has three lavishly decorated bedrooms (two share a bath) for $100 per night. For more privacy, try the equally elegant carriage house (with parlor) for $150 per night.

Main Street Suites (Main Street, 304-248-7414 or 813-748-9403) offers three sweetly furnished two-bedroom apartments, each with full kitchen, living and dining room and bath. Rates are $100 for one night, $165 for two nights, $350 for seven nights. Pets welcomed.

The Dian-Lee House Bed and Breakfast in nearby Bluefield (2109 Jefferson St., Bluefield, 304-327-6370 or 800-225-5982, http://www.dianlee.com) is an elegant inn with seven suites, $90-$115 per night.


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