For a restorative vacation for both your body and your soul, consider a week in a beautiful riverfront home on the beautiful, unforgettable Tygart River, in the heart of West Virginia.
If outdoor activities are your forte, you will truly love this beautiful and unspoiled area. Hiking and biking trails abound, and the Tygart River at your very door, offers tubing, kayaking and swimming in its clean and fast flowing waters.
You can picnic at the home's gazebo, and beside your very own waterfall, located at the rear of the property. After a day of touring, biking, or hiking you can just relax in the hot tub, and then enjoy your evening meal on the screened porch overlooking the river.
Later, cool evening breezes will waft through the generous, river-facing windows of the master bedroom, while the Tygart's rapids whisper just 200 feet from your bed, soothing you to sleep.
Note: There is no TV reception here, although there is a VCR and selected movies to watch if you choose.
This unparalleled home is located in the Village of Arden, in central West Virginia, just a few miles from the first ridge of the Appalachian Mountain chain. This bit of paradise is just 8 miles from the town of Philippi, which was the scene of the first land battle of the Civil War, and history is everywhere you look. The Blue and Gray museum in Philippi holds many interesting battle artifacts and several of the War's battlefields are within an easy day trip.
"We cannot tell you how peaceful and precious our moments were there. Such perfect solitude and all around nature dancing. The family times were priceless. What a great place to practice harp too! Thanks again for making it possible."
Shaun Weaver McKee, MD, a radiologist with two children grew up as a white water river guide on the Tygart and married her "Med-school sweet heart" John McKee, MD, in Arden in 1989. "When Dad (Steve Weaver) offered the Cascade house to us, I didn't know what to say or do." Shaun decided to purchase the home and turn it into a tranquil vacation getaway available for rental. "The home is incredible!" she said. Her description befits the three bedroom, two and a half bath home along side cascading rapids of the Tygart, hence the name Cascade.
Cascade was built by Steve and Barbara Weaver in 1981. The home was designed by the Weavers with massive screened and unscreened decks for entertaining. There is an indoor hot tub to relax in after long hikes along the river or up into the hills. There are windows everywhere including the roof skylight windows that enable unparalleled star gazing even while lying in the master bed. "The only thing that we didn't go for out here was TV," remarked Steve Weaver. Barbara Weaver, the co-architect of Cascade, actually participated in the construction as well. She detailed the design features including its unique windows that she discovered while vacationing in Europe
With sister, Stephanie, converting Steve's boyhood home next door to the Cascade home, into a bed and breakfast (open May 2009) and Barbara recently finishing a nearby vaction cottage renovation, Arden's welcome mat is officially out. Shaun summarized her goal, "I want other families to know the joy of being in the country and the peace it brings to them." While two sons, Jack, age 8, and Christian, age 6, play in the wooded backyard of Cascade, husband John warms up in front of the outdoor fire pit. The goals of "joy and peace" are easy to attain at Cascade. No doubt future generations of Henry Weaver will benefit from the land he encountered so many years ago