Conde Nast Traveler September 1995
50 All American Getaways
Forget about coal mines and satellite dishes when it comes to natural beauty, West Virginias mountains, forests, and raging rivers are among the best-kept secrets in the country. The Cheat Mountain Club, built as a sportsmens retreat at the turn of the century, is smack in the middle of the states highest peaks and the 900,000-acre Monongahela National Forest. The club is small (23 guests at a time) and somewhat rugged (only one en suite bathroom), but that didnt bother Henry Ford or Thomas Edison when they were here. Built of hand-hewn spruce logs and rock maple, the lodge has maintained its country elegance since the 1930s. Guests enjoy trout fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking and hunting, but badminton and croquet are options for those seeking quieter pursuits. Tellem Henry and Tom sent you.