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Considering Snowshoe for summer getaway over Fourth

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Considering Snowshoe for summer getaway over Fourth

We usually head to Wintergreen VA for 4th July week for a small but welcome decrease in temp to cooler mountain air. But considering Snowshoe this year. We have a 7 and almost 4 year old - we like outdoor activities but also like to eat out. Will most of the restaurants be open? What is the area outside of the resort like? Any favorite neighborhoods on the mountain? Best pool?

thanks in advance!

Any Beach
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1. Re: Considering Snowshoe for summer getaway over Fourth

We have been many times for the Chili Cookoff weekend around the same time. We love it! Yes, most of the restaurants in the Village will be open. But I do recommend bringing some food to have in your room. Breakfast and lunch and snack foods. (stop at a grocery store before arriving at Snowshoe as all stores on the mountain are very expensive) Get a condo with a kitchen. We stayed in a great two bedroom poolside condo at Allegheny Springs. Perfect location in the VIllage. Best pool (the only pool for all guests on the mountain...is Split Rocks pool. Indoor-outdoor with kiddie area and slide. (Allegheny Springs has their own outdoor pool) Take a ski lift ride down to Shaver Lake and play at the beach and take a hike (easy, level) around the whole lake. Really pretty down there.

Have fun!

Also visit Cass Railroad and the Observatory at Green Bank.

hudson valley
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2. Re: Considering Snowshoe for summer getaway over Fourth

If "the area outside the resort" means the nearby parts of WV I'd say it's very nice, but thinly settled and developed. You can probably get a feel for that by looking at the satellite view in Google Maps - the area is mostly forested and you need to zoom in a bit to see most signs of development other than some cleared areas. While a 30 or 40 mile drive from Wintergreen will get you to Staunton or Charlottesville, 30 miles from Snowshoe will get you to Marlinton, which has a population of about 1,000.

In case you didn't realize, Snowshoe is upside down, so the lodging is at fairly high elevations, which is good for those cooler temperatures. For a bit more opportunity off site you might look into the Canaan Valley area instead of Snowshoe.

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3. Re: Considering Snowshoe for summer getaway over Fourth

I live year round very near Snowshoe resort. Pocahontas county is the most rural county East of the Mississippi. There is lots to do in the county if you like the outdoors. Cranberry visitor center, Cranberry Glades walking tour. GBT at Greenbank, Cass scenic railroad is a great ride. The train at Durbin is shorter and cheaper....but I like Cass better. Bear Town and Droop civil war park are small but nice parks. Bear town is interesting. Do take your food.....and/or buy what you need in Marlinton at the IGA on US 219. Food around Snowshoe is resort priced. Stop at Sharp's store on US 219 just South of Snowshoe....it was run by relatives for many years. It can be VERY cool at Snowshoe in July....we camped in the area one year and it was in the low 40's at night. Lots of rural area.....most things free or low cost. Enjoy.

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