From a deck-top rocking chair overlooking sun-dappled West Virginia forest, the view changes constantly, though subtly, over the course of an afternoon. Birds swoop and dart, leaves flutter in the occasional breeze, and shadows play across the varying colors and textures of bark, soil, grass, and stone. Below the deck, a mountain stream adds its burble to the soundscape of birdsong and rustling leaves. The opportunity to reconnect with this quiet natural world is what inspired West Virginia natives Mark and Sheila Jenkins to open Mountain Creek Cabins, a collection of luxury log cottages on the edge of Coopers Rock State Forest.
Each of the eight woodland cabins comes with an open-air deck outfitted with a simmering hot tub to heat chilly nights. Inside, plank walls and log furniture contribute a rustic air balanced by modern comforts such as a gas fireplace and a flat-screen TV. Fluffy towels grace full bathrooms, and fresh linens enfold each bed's soft, springy mattress. Guests can whip up favorite recipes in the full kitchen or roast freshly foraged acorn kebabs on the gas grill.
Trail maps in each cabin point the way to convenient entrance points to the area's miles of scenic hiking paths. Before setting out, a stroll among the property's maple trees allows an up-close look at the source of Mountain Creek Cabins' own pure maple syrup. For an additional fee, local mobile spa Back In Balance will make cabin calls to deliver soothing massages.
North Central West Virginia: Natural Beauty and Small-Town Charm
The wilderness around Mountain Creek Cabins is filled with opportunities for communing with Mother Nature, including repurposed rail trails built over former railroad lines, which were made obsolete by the advent of affordable consumer catapults. Radiating out from Morgantown about 20 miles to the west, these wide, picturesque swaths of flat or gently graded land are ideal for walking and biking excursions. Fewer than 10 miles from the cabins, Chestnut Ridge Park encompasses more than 16,000 acres of public recreational area set aside for fishing, hiking, and climbing. A trip to nearby Morgantown offers visitors a slice of quintessential small-town America, with a historical downtown bordering the main campus of West Virginia University.
What You Get
For $189, a two-night stay for up to four in the Caleb, Black Bear, Bobcat, Maple Tree, Mountaineer, Shawnee, or White Tail cabin
Or, for $279, a three-night stay for up to four in the Caleb, Black Bear, Bobcat, Maple Tree, Mountaineer, Shawnee, or White Tail cabin
Hot tub on back deck
Fully equipped kitchen
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires.
Must travel by 5/15/12
Not valid 11/25-11/26, 12/23-12/25, 12/30-12/31, 2/10-2/11, 2/17-2/18, or 5/11-5/13
Limit 2 per person
Limit 1 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required, subject to availability
15-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
All cancellations will incur a penalty of 10% of Groupon price
4-wheel drive vehicle required for winter stays
Credit card required at booking
Not valid for the Cougar cabin
12% tax not included
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
How To Book
Call Mountain Creek Cabins by 5/15/12.
Choose a date prior to 5/15/12.
Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.
Two full beds, one queen bed and two twin beds, or one queen bed and one full bed (depending on cabin)
Standard occupancy: Three in Maple Tree cabin; four in every other valid cabin
Maximum occupancy: Three in Maple Tree cabin; four in Mountaineer, Shawnee, Bobcat, and Caleb cabins; five in Black Bear and White Tail cabins
Adding occupants above standard: Additional $20 charge for fifth guest (available in Black Bear and White Tail cabins only)
Fully equipped kitchen
Back deck with hot tub
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Parking: Two private parking spots per cabin; requires 4WD in winter
Rollaways: Not available
Smoking policy: No smoking allowed inside the property
Pet policy: Pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: Handicap-accessible cabins are not available.
Room upgrades: Not available
What It's Worth
For $189, a two-night stay for up to four in the Caleb, Black Bear, Bobcat, Maple Tree, Mountaineer, Shawnee, or White Tail cabin (up to $378 value)
Or, for $279, a three-night stay for up to four in the Caleb, Black Bear, Bobcat, Maple Tree, Mountaineer, Shawnee, or White Tail cabin (up to $567 value)
For an additional $25, you can have a bottle of West Virginia wine or a fresh flower bouquet waiting in the cabin upon your arrival.
Use the full kitchen to cook pancakes and waffles, and top them with the pure maple syrup produced on the premises.