The Warfield House is everything you’d imagine a bed-and-breakfast would be: a Victorian home with a wraparound porch, stained-glass windows and organic soaps and shampoos. Homemade breakfast, coffee and tea are served daily, and guests are welcome to peruse the house’s many nooks and crannies, solve jigsaw puzzles or sit on one of the rocking chairs on the front porch.
Quaint is an understatement.
The Warfield House Bed & Breakfast, owned by Peggy Kleysteuben, is like your grandmother's house, if your grandmother is named Peggy and lives atop a mountain. Mine is and mine does.
Built originally in 1901, the B&B is five minutes from the train station but is nestled in a greener part of town, right in the middle of the Monongahela National Forest. The Warfield House is one of the many beautiful homes on Buffalo Street, a shady, tree-lined road across from Elkins City Park, where folks sing karaoke and children throw horseshoes.
It’s also across the street from Davis and Elkins College, a hilly campus dotted with gazebos and pine trees that hosts the Augusta Heritage Center. Throughout the summer, the center offers concerts, activities, music and crafts. On Wednesday nights, Elkins City Park offers Pick’n in the Park, an event that brings the whole town together.
Warfield House guests have a choice of four bedrooms. The Lavender Room ($135 per night) offers an antique iron bed and a bathroom with a double jetted tub and shower. The Rose Room ($110 a night) has a French antique armoire, and the Vineyard ($120 per night) boasts a French vibe, a large window and a jetted tub. Finally, the Honeysuckle Room -- the only room without a Sleep Number bed, has two Victorian beds and an art deco-themed bathroom. It costs $95 a night for one person and $115 for two.
I spent the morning after the train rides talking with Ms. Kleysteuben while we drank coffee, listened to various albums on her record player, and talked about public radio and podcasts.
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