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Experience the Best of West Virginia Hospitality at the Tygart Hotel

West Virginia Epic Stays
by Hannah D. Cooper Apr 24, 2024

The paintwork isn’t quite dry at this newly opened boutique hotel in downtown Elkins but the ribbon is cut and the bar is fully stocked. If you’re a Randolph County local or an old-timer at the Mountain State Forest Festival, you’ll recognize the fetching red-brick edifice. Setting out to capture the elegance and character of the 1906 building and inspire a new wave of travelers to linger in West Virginia, the Tygart Hotel by Ascend Hotel Collection is the result of a three-year reboot of the former Hotel Gassaway.

The hotly-anticipated renovation comprises 56 cozy guest rooms, a refined restaurant, and a fun cocktail lounge. An appealing location on Davis Street within walking distance of downtown attractions singles the Tygart Hotel out as the most convenient place to stay in the heart of the mountain state.

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Elegant, boutique rooms at Tygart Hotel

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No two rooms at the Tygart Hotel are the same. All lodgings are classically appointed with tip-top upholstered beds that’ll see you right after a tough day on the trails or one too many craft beers. Regional artwork and custom fixtures add a personal touch while views scour either the Appalachian Mountains or peer over historic Elkins.

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Every amenity is accounted for, including a flat-screen television, a mini fridge, coffee-making facilities, and that all-important Wi-Fi for adventure planning. Each king room has a gleaming modern bathroom with a large walk-in shower and ADA-compliant units come with a tub. Suites accommodate up to four guests with a sleeper sofa for the kids. This pet-friendly hotel welcomes two furry friends per room for a reasonable fee.

A daily continental breakfast buffet is part and parcel of a stay at the Tygart Hotel. You’ll also benefit from free parking and complimentary bike storage on the premises.

Taste Appalachian cuisine and creative cocktails


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Comfort fare gets a glamorous makeover at Oxley House courtesy of the freshest mountain state ingredients and house-made dressings. The menu has launched with flavorful dips served with warm flatbread, crab cakes, and prime steaks dished up with seasonal greens. Lunch and dinner are served in the sun-soaked bistro accented with floral decor and pendant lighting. Make no mistake that this is the domain of business travelers and weary wayfarers: Tygart Hotel is a pillar of the community and you’ll be breaking bread in the company of local folk.

Punchy signature cocktails and mocktails cater to all palates at the Oxley House Cocktail Bar. Oxley Fashion is a rehash of the enduring old fashioned and Lemon Pound Cake is practically pudding. If you’re a mixologist in the making, you can put your skills to the rest and build your own mule or enroll in one of the ad hoc masterclasses. The bar hosts frequent music events on Fridays and Saturdays where you’ll mingle to a live soundtrack of guitarists and jazz artists.

The downtown setting on Davis Street makes it easy to explore other places to eat while your car stays in park. The storied C.J. Maggie’s is a two-minute walk from the hotel. This neighborhood grill is your one-stop shop for wood-fired pizza, chicken dinners, street-style tacos, and gourmet sandwiches. Big Timber Brewing Company is your nearest taproom serving flights of Mexican lager, IPA, and root beer.

Delmonte Market has you covered for trail mix, artisanal souvenirs, and coffee on the go.

Exploring Randolph County

Surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Elkins is a basecamp for outdoor adventures in West Virginia. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing on the Allegheny Highlands Trail is a highlight. This 26-mile multipurpose track follows the West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railway. The Monongahela National Forest is another popular destination for trout fishing, canoeing, and tubing.

Vintage steam and diesel locomotives operated by Mountain Rail West Virginia depart from the historic depot in downtown Elkins just two blocks from the Tygart Hotel. Shorter railroad excursions are designed for the whole family whereas the biannual Murder Mystery Wine Train outing is strictly for those over 21.

The Tygart Hotel is an ideal place to stay for the Mountain State Forest Festival. Held every fall, this week-long celebration is one of the oldest cultural events in West Virginia and sees a bonanza of parades, concerts, forestry exhibits, lumberjack contests, arts and crafts, amusement rides, and food.

To round off an energetic stay in Randolph County, you’ll receive a complimentary day pass for the Elkins YMCA fitness center and swimming pool when checking in at the Tygart Hotel.

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