Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

May 18, 2014

Buffalo Trail Resort: Welcomed addition for ATV riders

— — Spanning more than 600 miles across the rugged mountains of southern West Virginia, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system has proven to be a stunning success story for our region. However, a lack of lodging and related accommodations for the out-of-town riders has proven to be a stumbling block of sorts toward additional growth in recent years, particularly for Mercer County.

However, good news is on the horizon for our out-of-town visitors. An splendid, state-of-the-art resort specifically geared toward the tourists will soon be open for business. A formal ribbon cutting for Buffalo Trail was held Friday. The resort’s grand opening will be held Thursday.

The region’s newest ATV resort has been four years in the making. It is located just off of Lorton Lick Road near Bluewell. The new resort incorporates the atmosphere of camping with the luxury of a nice restaurant, bar, craft beers and, even wifi on site. The resort also features brand-new wood and stone cabins and an exquisite restaurant accented by a stunning waterfall, koi pond and large outdoor dining area.

Seth Peters, owner and general manager of the resort, says his dream is to cater to ATV tourists. However, he hopes the resort and restaurant will be a draw for both local residents and out-of-town visitors. In fact, he notes that officials have already been approached by area residents about having weddings, family reunions and other events at the resort.

The restaurant itself will seat 130 guests in the indoor and outdoor dining areas. It will be open year round on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and for Sunday brunch. The meals will be prepared by Executive Chef Chad Morton and Sous Chef Bo Williams, both West Virginia natives with a vast array of culinary experience.

Despite its rustic appeal, the new resort features the latest in state-of-the-art technology. For example, servers at the restaurant will be equipped with electronic hand-held devices where orders are keyed-in.

Additionally, reservations for the resort will be made online, with guests provided an access code via email. There’s no front desk. No keys. Instead, the codes will allow guests to access cabins during their check-in and check-out times.

The resort is a welcomed addition to the region. And it is just what we needed to help improve lodging and related options for our out-of-town visitors — many of whom are looking for higher-end accommodations to complete their stay in the region while riding the ATV trails.

When it comes to promoting our region as a tourism destination, this new addition will certainly help. We applaud all involved with the creation of the new Buffalo Trail resort.

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