Option to add 5th train, Western Maryland Scenic RR
Prices Per Person
Also available as a Fall Foliage Tour
All Departures of this package are custom priced
Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tour Managers are available.
This tour needs to run Wednesday through Sunday
Day 1 – Wednesday – The Greenbrier
Today, you arrive in White Sulphur Springs, WV in time for lunch. Enjoy a marvelous lunch at the Greenbrier Resort’s Golf Club. Then your visit includes a most unusual history tour. You visit The Greenbrier’s Cold War Bunker, built by the Eisenhower Administration. It was a Fall Out Shelter for Congress in the event of a Nuclear Attack. This secret facility existed for 30 years, in plain sight, yet hidden from both hotel employees and guests. It’s a fascinating story and you will learn how the pantries were stocked and replenished with fresh produce and supplies. At any moment there was enough fresh water and food here to support the entire House & Senate for 60 days.
Following your visit to the Greenbrier you will check into a first class hotel in Lewisburg, WV. Once you’ve had a chance to check in to your room, enjoy a group dinner at Food & Friends followed by time to visit the shops and galleries on Main Street. (L,D)
Day 2 – Thursday – Cass Railroad – Elkins
Another day of great adventure begins as you motor north into the Alleghenies, your destination is the townsite of Cass. It looks much today as it did in its heyday as a company logging town. Restored company houses line the hillside. The Historical Museum and the Cass Showcase with its diorama and film provide interpretation. You’ll pick up a box lunch at the Company Store, and then it’s an exciting moment as you board a steam locomotive and pull out of the depot. This was a logging route with grades as steep as 11%, you’ll climb through deep forest with a beauty as old as the hills, and then suddenly you will break out above the timber and enjoy a view of West Virginia that is beyond words. At Whitaker Station you stop for your picnic and have a chance to learn turn-of-the-century timber techniques.
Leaving Cass you cross into the next valley and find it filled with giant satellite dishes. This is the Green Bank Radio Astronomy Observatory intentionally located in one of America’s most quiet spots. Here our scientists are listening for sounds from space, and you will tour the facility. You then travel into Elkins this evening for two nights at stay.
Your evening entertainment begins with a meal at Elkins’ Newest Theater: The Gandy Dancer. In a beautiful new dining room you enjoy a very nice meal. Followed by the Mountain Memories Show Band and a musical variety show that is filled with high energy family-friendly comedy and music. It’s an unforgettable evening at West Virginia’s hottest new theater. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Friday – Cheat Mountain Salamander and Durbin Rocket
This morning you board the Cheat Mountain Salamander’s climate controlled passenger cars for a 2 1/2 hour ride through the wild, high-mountain wilderness of West Virginia. A photo stop is made at the High Falls of the Cheat River. 18 feet tall and 150 feet across this beautiful location is 5 miles from the closest road. After High Falls your train follows the tumbling Cheat through another 21 miles of scenic wilderness. This is unspoiled and uninhabited forest, with gorgeous tree topped mountain vistas, where hardwoods and evergreens grow to the edge of boulder strewn white water rivers.
This one-way train ride ends at remote Cheat Bridge where your bus is waiting to transport you to the eastern side of Cheat Mountain and the town of Durbin. On arrival here you enjoy a Plated Lunch at The Station Two Restaurant. You will have to call in lunch orders the day before as you travel to Elkins. Menu will provided with your Group Leader Packet. After lunch you will also have time to shop for souvenirs at the Rail to Trail Store before your next train ride.
This afternoon the coal fired Durbin Rocket is bellowing smoke and anxious to start another exciting mountain rail expedition. Built in 1910 this steam locomotive pulls an authentic 1920s-era coach car and vintage wooden cabooses along the free-flowing Greenbrier River. This 10-1/2 mile scenic ride runs through the Monongahela National Forest.
Dinner is at either Graceland or Halliehurst, the Mansions of the Timber Barons. Both elegant homes were built in 1890′s at the height of the timber era.
Following that you enjoy the Franks Family Music Show, “The Greatest Show on Rails.” ALL ABOARD! You’ve got to see this show! From station to station and down the track, come take an unforgettable musical journey “by rail” across the country jam-packed with the finest entertainment you’ll find anywhere! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even dance…you just never know what could happen when you spend an evening with the Franks Family. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Saturday – Potomac Eagle – Patsy Cline
Depart Elkins this morning and travel to Romney, WV. Here you ride the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. For three hours enjoy a narrated excursion through a tranquil and pristine mountain valley. View historic farms and lush mountain greenery. Around every curve you are rewarded with the splendor of native wildflowers, evergreens, and mixed hardwoods in an unspoiled countryside environment. Don’t be surprised to see bald eagles swooping overhead in pursuit of prey or gliding gently across the blue mountain skies as if to flaunt their supremacy of the air. (This day needs to be a Saturday)
Then you continue to Winchester, VA, Hometown of Patsy Cline, for the night. This evening you enjoy dinner in the George Washington Hotel. In its heyday this 1924 vintage Colonial Revival hotel hosted Lucille Ball and other famous Apple Blossom Festival queens. And, Betty Crocker held an apple pie baking contest in the ballroom one year.
Once dinner is over a tribute singer will join you here and perform some of Patsy’s biggest hits. (B,D)
Day 5 – Sunday – Winchester – Western Maryland Railroad Option
This morning enjoy a visit to Patsy Cline’s Historic Home. Patsy resided here from 1948-53, longer than at any other house associated with her in the Winchester and Nashville areas, and she returned to it intermittently until her singing career began in 1957. The house serves as a proud testament to Patsy’s love of family. Her devoted and influential relationship with her mother and their drive and determination launched Patsy’s career.
Groups wanting another will spend a second night in Winchester and day trip to Cumberland, MD for a ride on the Western MD scenic Railroad. We will reorganize the Patsy Cline Show and tour as necessary in order to properly stage this tour so it ends with music. (B)