Three, Two, One

Three, Two, One

Mountain Music and Mountain Rails

                        Take in THREE Branson-style shows in the mountains of West Virginia at American Mountain Theater, Gandy Dancer Theatre, and Orange Blossom Trail Music Hall…and ride TWO trains in ONE day!

Day One

First stop is on your exciting mountain tour is Appalachian Glass in Weston, WV.  Watch as glass is blown and purchase unique items in the gift shop.  See the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, the second largest hand-cut stone building in the world.  Only the Kremlin is larger.  It pre-dates the state as it was built when West Virginia was still Virginia. Taste some fine West Virginia wine at Lambert’s Winery.  Time permitting, visit Stonewall Jackson’s boyhood home, Jackson’s Mill, before heading down the road to Elkins where you’ll check into the Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn.

Get into the spirit of the Mountain State at a wonderful dinner show at the new Gandy Dancer Theatre Branson-style variety show with comedy, country, gospel, and bluegrass.

Day Two

This morning, we’re off to the quaint railroad town of Durbin, WV.  It’s all aboard the Durbin Rocket, powered by a rare steam locomotive; Old #3 is one of only three operating Climax geared logging locomotives on earth.  This 55-ton antique was built in 1910.  Ride in an authentic 1920-era coaches and vintage wooden cabooses behind #3 as she puffs and whistles her way along the free-flowing Greenbrier River in Northern Pocahontas County. Your ride covers 10.5 miles in 2 hours and offers many beautiful river and mountain views in the Monongahela National Forest. A hobo “box” lunch will be served onboard the train.  When you return to Durbin, you might just want to grab an ice cream cone at the Rails and Trails Store before your next train ride.  Shop for gifts and souvenirs prior to boarding your motorcoach for the 7-mile trip to Cheat Bridge.  At the Cheat Bridge “depot”, board the Cheat Mountain Salamander, a vintage passenger train featuring restored rail cars with modern restrooms. This 45 mile trip includes unspoiled mountain scenery, passing through an 1,800 foot long tunnel built on an “S” curve and a stop at the inspirational High Falls of the Cheat where we take a 30 minute break.  Arrive back in Elkins for a brief stop to refresh at the hotel.  Dinner is at Graceland Mansion, the Railyard Restaurant, or 1863 Tavern.  Get ready to be entertainedat the American Mountain Theater, the freshest sound in the mountains.  The fun begins the moment the band hits the stage.  You will truly love the variety of music featuring contemporary and classic Country,Bluegrass, Cajun, Western Swing, Pop, and Gospel.  These talented entertainers include RCA recording artists, and seasoned Branson andNashville performers who will give you a great evening of entertainment, laughter, and fun.  What more could you want for a great evening of fun you won’t forget!

Day Three

Enjoy a another wonderful show at Orange Blossom Trail Music Hall, starring legendary Johnny Cochran, winner of the 2010 West Virginia State Fiddling contest.  Show members have previously performed at the American Mountain Theatre, Wheeling Jamboree, in Branson, and on cruise ships.  Have a delightful lunch at the Woman’s Club of Fairmont or Muriale’s Italian Restaurant.  Complete the mountain tour with a whiskey and wine tasting at Heston Farm Winery to send you on your way home.