The following is part of my letter to Dan and Elisse Clark thanking them for a memorable visit. It reflects my view of this lovely inn. Dear Elisse and Dan, Thank you for a memorable stay--I had a wonderful time. You have created a very special and unique place. This was like staying in an art gallery with great food and trains. But the thing that made it really special was both of you and the welcome that you gave me. Thank you.
I stayed at the Elkhorn Inn in May of last year for a special party weekend. Dan and Elisse Clark were fantastic hosts! They were especially helpful in assisting me with my concerns about my broken leg. Chef Dan went out of his way to accommodate me, and created a special, delicious, and memorable dinner party that will not be forgotten! I had a Private Bath Guest Room on the second floor, and it was lovely- decorated with art and a pretty vintage quilt, and a cool, old-fashioned claw-foot bathtub, too! This is not the first time I've stayed at the inn; I also stayed there in 2004 after they first opened, so this was really like "coming home", and it was so nice to be able to come back. I'm looking forward to returning again this fall. Because the inn is pet-friendly, on my first stay I was able to bring my cat, too, which was great. I highly recommend this charming Inn as a destination which has adventure, fantastic food, and, of course, the beautiful mountains!
Nestled in the hills of Kimball, WV, the Elkhorn Inn is like taking a trip through time. A well preserved 1920's period building with a NYC art gallery hidden inside. The cuisine rivals any 5 star restaurant courtesy of its resident Chef , Dan Clark. he is an absolute master and prepares dishes from all over the world. His clay-pot chicken is "to-die-for". Whether you are an avid train fan, just looking for a quiet place to get away from it all or would simply like to experience the finest cooking to be found...this is the place to be. Dan and Elise Clark will make you feel right at home.. in their home. They are both; well traveled world adventures and "local historians". I cannot think of a better way to spend an evening than sitting with them for conversation with a glass of wine after one of Dan's extraordinary meals. I only wish I could give the food rating a higher score.
We had a very fun get-away to the Elkhorn Inn in beautiful Landgraff, W. Va. I have roots the coal country of southern West Virginia, but even if you don't, it's fun to explore. Train watching is an integral part of any trip to the Elkhorn Inn - more fun! And the dining was superb.
I loved my stay at the Inn. I found my hosts very charming and willing to make my stay a pleasurable one. I loved the feeling of the rooms being homey and not hotel like. I have some dietary restrictions and my hosts were very accommodating to my diet. I would definitely recommend this Inn to my friends and family. Its not often you can find a five star quality food while rail fanning but this Inn does it well.
We had the pleasure of staying with Dan and Elisse for our thirtyfirst wedding anniversary. They are very thoughtful and and wonderful hosts quick to satisfy any need you might have. The inn is amazing with art and sculpture at every corner. While we did not get to enjoy any of Dan's gourmet cooking (we usually were out late exploring) getting to know Dan I am positive it would be delicious! Their breakfasts were ideal and a great way to start the day. We especially enjoyed our many conversations with Dan, Elisse and their close friend Judy. Being railfans our initial draw to the Inn was the trains. What a show! We were serenaded day and night with their sounds. What else can I say? A grand old building, wonderful hosts, good food and trains. It is the perfect combination. We will be back! Thank you Dan, Elisse and Judy for a fantastic weekend. Terry and Bunny
Had the pleasure of staying here for the "Dinner in the Dining Car" Weekend with Railroad Historian & Author James D. Porterfield. Such an interesting evening with a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Dan with comments from Jim Porterfield on origin of the recipes. Not being as big of a railfan as many there that night it was fun to see them rush out with cameras in hand each time a train went by. Wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the area and the rest of the weekend. We had a lovely drive there although we did get lost trying to find the inn. Anyone interested in trains or coal mines and need a place to stay---this is for you!! They've done a remarkable job.
I love locations with Character, and you cannot do better on that count than the Elkhorn Inn and Theatre. Moreover, Dan is an amazing chef. I found the Elkhorn Inn on a whim but will be a regular. If you like West Virginia, this is one location that shouldn't be missed! Dirk
Next to Hatfield McCoy Trails, Ashland ATV Resort, the Elkhorn Inn has historic railroad museum, art gallery, books signings by authors who visit, the most imaginative gourmet meals to entice the pallette, antiques, railway goes by Inn several times a day and the Inn offers a great balcony view of the passing trains. Hosts Dan and Elisse Clark are the proprietors and have a wealth of talent between the two. Dan is a gourmet chef, Elisse is an artist. Her gallery has not only her work but paintings from all over the US and overseas. I am so impressed by them. They are awakening LIFE in a sleepy little hid away village!
My boyfriend took me to this inn for a surprise getaway so we could go to the Bramwell Oktoberfest and have a nice place to stay. From the moment we walked in the door the hosts were two of the the kindest people and so accommodating. They showed us around and made sure we had everything. We stayed in the blue room which was very cozy and had a feel as if it brought you back into another time with its quaint furniture and private bath. In the morning the owners made us a hot breakfast and gave us excellent information on places to eat that day. Took them up on their sushi recommendation and they definitely know what they are talking about as the place they recommended had to have been the best sushi I'd ever had. If you are looking for an amazing getaway in a beautiful area with excellent people definitely check this place out!
Our stay was so wondeful and the owners of the Inn were absolutely fabulous. I am so pleased that they have opened such a wonderful place in this area. Thanks again for everything. Linda Bennett and family
My husband and I attended the October Sky Festival this year for the first time to see his favorite author, Homer Hickam. We had no idea what to expect when we were booking a place to stay just searching the area options on-line, but we knew we didn't want to stay as far away as Bluefield and drive an hour to the festival. We booked a room at the Elkhorn Inn with a private bath and a train view, and it was not only comfortable but had extra amenities that we didn't assume it would have (e.g., feather comforter). We had dinner at the Inn both nights, and Chef Dan served excellent meals on both occasions! The first night (the night before the October Sky Festival), Homer Hickam stopped by the Inn with his wife and an actor from the movie to visit our Innkeepers. To our surprise, Elisse came up to our room and invited us down to meet them while they were there visiting, and that started our wonderful, relaxing weekend in Southern WV! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and appreciated their hospitality and good food!!
I had seen the ads for the Elkhorn Inn in West Viriginia for years in Trains Magazine and had always wanted the chance to stay there. Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I attended the first "Dueling Dining Car Chefs" weekend with Chef Dan and James Porterfield. The food was delicious, the setting magnificent, and there was plenty of trains for the railfans. We enjoyed it so much we're planning on being there again over Labor Day!
My husband and I stayed at the Elkhorn Inn March 21st to the 23rd for an ATV trip. I booked at the Elkhorn as all other options for places to stay that are conducive to riding ATVs are mostly small cabins with few amenities. I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. The Inn is quite nice, and our room was very comfortable. Though I do have to say that the claw foot tub was my favorite part. And where else can you rides the trails of Hatfield McCoy, soak your muscles in a nice hot bath, enjoy an outstanding dinner, and still be able to check your email before bed. I couldn't have asked for anything more. As far as riding goes, the Inn is about 3 miles from Green trail 19 of the Indian Ridge trail system of Hatfield McCoy. However, is you don't already have your sticker you'll have to travel about 8 miles to the Ashland store (which is located at the trail head) to get your permit. It is legal to ride your ATVs on the streets in the area, so you don't have to trailer them is you don't want to (though my husband and I did, and there is plenty of parking at the trail head, as well as a loading ramp and bathrooms). Indian Ridge is a great trail system where the blue trails are as easy as the green, and plenty of black and red trails sprinkled in for the experts. Also of note is the Wagon Wheel ATV pit stop not far from the trail head, that has food and other items (google Wagon Wheel ATV). Elisse and Dan also told us of county trail is the area that are legal, but we didn't have enough time to explore them. I do have to mention 2 things that really make the Elkhorn stand out. First are the owners, Elisse and Dan. They were absolutely wonderful. Second is dinner. Make sure that you plan to have at least one dinner at the Inn. Dan is a great chef!!! I've eaten at some great restaurants in DC and NYC, and our dinner at the Inn was definitely up to par with those restaurants.
The Inn is in an enchanted enclave at the southern West Virginia train trail. Several times through the day you can witness the train at first announcing its coming with a whistle then it goes by at full speed and waiving at you as you feel the clackity-clack of the steel wheels in the tracks. I was able to enjoy snow, rain, wind and spring in full bloom. Whether snuggling in front of the fireplace at nite or driving around in a topless convertible when it was warm I treasure the time spent there at the Inn. As an artist you can say I got my muse back after being nurtured by the atmosphere of another era yet still had full wireless computer access!. The food I had there was not only delicious but way above and beyond ranging from the most traditional biscuits and gravy to fusion cuisine not to mention the smoked ribs. I was really spoiled there.
Wonderful place to stay, mucho train traffic, if you don't want to be awakened by constant train traffic, get a room not on the highway side of the resort. Great food from Chef Dan. This place is a bona fide art museum. The only downside is occasional second hand smoke.
For a railfan, the Elkhorn Inn venue is perfect, being on US Route 52 adjacent to the Norfolk Southern Pocahontas Division mainline. Innkeepers Dan and Elisse Clark were very interesting hosts and Dan's prime rib dinner was outstanding. This is the place if you're interested in Appalachian coal field history and in the coal-hauling railroads.
I felt right at home with Dan & Elisse. I especially enjoyed the great meals that Dan Prepred for me and the other guests. I enjoyed the history of the Inn and loved the art work displayed, much of it done by Elisse or her Mom. A very enjoyable stay and will return in the near future.
We enjoyed the historical “step back in time” of the Inn and the delightful host Dan and hostess Elisse, who shared not only their home, but themselves, making us feel more like friends that just guests.
The inn is across the road from the railroad tracks, where the trains run continuously. We stayed in the closest room to the tracks to see and hear them during the night. We saw several! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!!