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.

DRIVE TIME

About 6 hours from the Beltway

COST

About $100 per night for lodging

GETTING THERE

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.

STAYING THERE

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.

EATING THERE


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