Details: Green Bank, W.Va.
GETTING THERE: From the Beltway, take Interstate 66 west to I-81 south, then U.S. 33 west into West Virginia; go south on U.S. 220, then west on U.S. 250 to Highway 28. Travel south to Highway 92 and south to Green Bank.
WHERE TO STAY: Options in the immediate area include the Boyer Station motel (Highway 28/92, Boyer, 304-456-4667, http:/
Among B&Bs, the Sweet Thyme Inn (Highway 28/92, Green Bank, 304-456-5535, http:/
Or you can rent a modernized 1810 log cabin at Green Bank Log Cabins (Green Bank, 304-456-4410, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: The Starlight Cafe (at the observatory visitor center, 11 a.m. to closing) has hot and cold sandwiches ($4.25-$6.25) and snacks. Boyer Station Motel (see above) has a home-style restaurant open Friday-Sunday, serving such dishes as grilled pork chops and T-bone steak for $7-$10. The restaurant at the Hermitage Motel is also casual-country, with a no-nonsense menu that includes chicken fried steak and Boston cream pie; breakfast costs about $6, dinner entrees $10-$15.
WHAT TO DO: The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (Highway 28/92, 304-456-2150, http:/
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (Highway 28/92, Cass, 304-456-4300 or 800-225-5982, http:/
The Greenbrier River Trail (http:/
Snowshoe Mountain Resort (U.S. 219, Snowshoe, 304-572-1000 or 877-441-4386, http:/