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What to Do, Where to Go Around Cass, W.Va.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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GETTING THERE

Cass, W.Va., is about 240 miles from Washington. Take Interstate 66 west to I-81 south, merging onto Virginia 275/West Virginia 262 toward Staunton. Turn right on U.S. 250/Churchville Avenue, left on U.S. 220/Jackson River Road. Turn right onto VA-84 into West Virginia. Make a slight right on WV-92 and a left onto WV-66/Snowshoe-Cass-Green Bank Road. Turn right on Back Mountain Road/CR-1 to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.

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STAYING THERE

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, 304-456-4300, http://www.cassrailroad.com The park has three lodging options:

Restored company houses range from $71 to $133 a night.

Two cabooses, one at Whittaker Station and another at Bald Knob, cost $83 and $109, respectively.

A wilderness cabin at the top of Cheat Mountain is $46 a night.

Inn at Snowshoe, Snowshoe, W.Va., 877-441-4FUN, http://www.snowshoemtn.com A full-service hotel at the base of Snowshoe Mountain. Rooms start at about $90.

EATING THERE

Last Run Restaurant, Route 66/Main Street, Cass, 304-456-9952. Offers hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers and more, all under $8. The soda fountain has milkshakes, root beer floats and the apropos "brownie caboose."

Cheat Mountain Pizza Co., Snowshoe Village, Snowshoe, W.Va., 304-572-1000. Serves gourmet pizzas, salads and sandwiches. Pizzas, $15 to $25. Sandwiches, $9.50 to $15.

PLAYING THERE

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Fall trains run Sept. 25 to Oct. 25. A two-hour round-trip adult ticket to Whittaker Station costs $25 on weekends; kids' fare is $19. A 4 1/2 -hour round-trip adult ticket to Bald Knob or Spruce is $31 on weekends; kids are $23. Reservations are required for special event trains. A special Halloween train will run on Oct. 24, followed by a lantern tour of the town.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

http://www.cassrailroad.com

-- C.D.


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