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Where to Go, What to Do in Lewisburg, W.Va.

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Monday, June 22, 2009; 3:59 PM

Travel writer John Thompson recently revisited Lewisburg, W.Va. Here's his reporter's notebook.

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DRIVE TIME

About 4 hours

COST

TOTAL $125.25

Lodging: $110 | Meals: $15.25

GETTING THERE

From the Capital Beltway, take Interstate 66 west, then I-81 south to Lexington, Va., then west on I-64 to Lewisburg at Exit 169.

WHERE TO STAY

The General Lewis Inn (301 E. Washington St., 800-628-4454 or 304-645-2600, http://www.generallewisinn.com), now in its 80th year, occupies a gracious 1834 home; its 25 rooms, comfortably furnished with antiques, go for $110-$155 per night. One block east, Minnie Manor B&B (403 E. Washington St., 304-647-4096), in an 1830 house, offers eight charming bedrooms, $65-$75, including continental breakfast. For a taste of luxury, travel nine miles east and stay at the Greenbrier (300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, 800-624-6070 or 304-536-1110, http://www.greenbrier.com); the world-famous resort, dating from 1778, has 721 units priced from $339 to $650.

WHERE TO EAT

On weekdays, get "lunches to go" at Stonehouse General Store (124 W. Washington St., 304-647-5300) for $7.25; vegetable plates cost $5.75. The General Lewis Inn (see above) serves three meals a day; dinner entrees are about $16-$21. In a restored 18th-century log building, Tavern 1785 (208 W. Washington St., 304-645-1744, http://www.tavern1785.com) offers salads, soups and sandwiches, $7-$10.


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