1. The Appalachian Sports Lodge in Marlinton, half an hour away, offers four, two room efficiency units for 75 a day. Their website is http://www.appsport.com/lodging.html
2. The Brazen Head Inn (one of my favorites) offers weekday rooms for 69 a day, and it is only 6 miles from Snowshoe in Mingo. If you like beer, this is the place to go. Actually, if you like a homey, friendly place where you won't be treated like they treat you at the Junction at Snowshoe (phew!!), The Brazen Head is a must. Excellent food, great beers, and it is owned by a real Irishman. It has also become sort of the impromptu celtic jam session in the area and it is worth a visit from both the food and the cultural aspect. Frankly, with the deplorable customer service at Snowshoe restaurants nowadays (except Foxfire and Red Fox which are privately owned), I would drive the six miles to the Brazen head before pitching a penny at the Junction, the pizza place or anywhere else owned by Intrawest. The web site for the Brazen Head is http://www.brazenheadinn.com and you can even get their cultural calendar.
3. Buffalo Run Lodge. Never been there but their site sez they have rooms with or without private bath and they range from 60-100 a night and includes a "hearty breakfast" which in Appalachian parlance usually means food enough to satiate a lumberjack. They are just north of Greenbank about 15 miles from the Shoe. Their site is http://www.bbgetaways.com/buffalorunlodge/
4. Elk River Touring Center: Been there, six miles south of Snowshoe on Hwy 219. it is an awesome Nordic Ski and Mt Biking center with a lodge and restaurant. I highly recommend it same as Brazen Head, and together with the great service from the staff, the clientele is like having dinner at your local REI or Patagonia store. They show rates as low as 50 bucks at the farmhouse. Their website is http://www.ertc.com/
5. Sweet Thyme Inn. In Greenbank, 11 miles away from Snowshoe. They advertise 60-80 a night double occupancy. Driven by it many times, but their veggan faire is only available in you stay with them. Their site is at http://www.sweetthymeinn.com/index.html
There are many others but these are the ones that had rates of 75 or less....
Oh... I just thought of it and it worked. If you go to http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/home.aspx you will find a Pocahontas County interactive site, apparently geared to the outdoor crowd, with some amazing links to inexpensive lodging, cabins, etc. The creator is obviously an expert.
[This message has been edited by lbotta (edited 02-11-2004).]
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