Summertime in the West Virginia Mountains

June 27, 2015 by Ed Fischer

We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the North Fork Mountain Inn this year and have some special offers along with special events in this newsletter. Receive 20% off this year for any mid-week stays Sunday through Thursday with a minimum two night stay. Mention "20th Anniversary" when booking online or when you call Carol at 304-257-1108.

Win a Two Night Stay

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, you can enter to win a two night stay at the North Fork Mountain Inn including dinner, bottle of wine, Inn Logo wine glasses, and more by registering on our website for the 20th Anniversary drawing to be held on New Year's Eve.

What's New

Our summer interns, Noah and Ben, our nephews from Kansas, have arrived and are busy with many projects around the Inn. Noah plans to attend Illinois State University in the fall. Ben is returning for his second summer here at the Inn. He will be a High School Junior this fall.

We recently installed charging stations for Tesla and other electric vehicles at the Inn as part of the partnership with Tesla and Select Registry. Now you can recharge your electric vehicle and your spirit on your next overnight stay at our inn.

Upcoming Events

Gospel and Country Music with Canaan James

We are having our Inaugural Country Music Event Sunday, June 28, featuring Canaan James, Nashville recording artist. He will be playing his most popular songs from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. You can check in early by request. This free concert will allow you to enjoy Gospel and Country Music with the beauty of the Smoke Hole Canyon as a backdrop. Then join him for dinner that evening as we feature an optional wine pairing dinner or casual dining. He will be returning July 12th for a similar event.

July 4th Weekend

Celebrate July 4th weekend and enjoy an old fashioned parade, free concerts, fireworks, arts and craft vendors and special weekend activities at the Petersburg Fairgrounds. Special music will include a Tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis.
Book online or call Carol at 304-257-1108 to learn more.

Your Next Getaway

Celebrating a wedding anniversary?

We have a special anniversary gift for you from Kenya while supplies last. Ed traveled to Kenya in April in his work with AIU, Pan Africa Christian University, and Daystar University and brought back some nice collectibles that are unique to Kenya. Come celebrate your anniversary with us and receive a special gift.

Climbing and Zip-Line Adventures

Check out climbing or the zip-lines at Nelson Rocks Outdoor Adventures. We can pack you a gourmet picnic lunch as you experience a mountain top adventure in nearby Circleville. We also have special packages created to make your stay with us memorable.

Experience the Beautiful Fall Colors

It is never too early to book your fall getaway to the Mountains to experience the changing season and beautiful fall colors. We only have a few rooms available for Columbus Day weekend so book now to ensure you get the room you prefer. Peak leaf viewing season in our area is from mid-September to late October and many rooms will fill up fast.
Book online or call Carol at 304-257-1108 to learn more.

From Ed and Carol's Kitchen

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Bars

With strawberries and rhubarb in season we have a recipe that includes both ingredients. Look for stalks that are firm and look and feel fresh. You can store them for up to a week in the refrigerator. Ed perfected this recipe while Carol was away on vacation and the guests gave it rave reviews.


Base and crumble topping
8 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small cubes
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt

Fruit mixture
2 cups chopped rhubarb
1 ½ cups chopped strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, blend the base ingredients together with your fingers until the butter is no longer visible and the mixture is loose and crumbly. Transfer about ¾ of the mixture to the prepared pan. Use a measuring cup to press the mixture into an even layer on the bottom of the pan.
In another medium bowl, stir the rhubarb, strawberries, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sugar together. Pour into the pan. Crumble the remaining base mixture on top of the fruit.
Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing into 9 pieces.
Tip-Lining the pan with parchment paper helps with removing the bars after baking.

"What a great way to spend our honeymoon. This was fantastic waking up to the beautiful mountains. Carol, thank you for your hospitality and good luck in your new venture as inn keeper, you'll do great. Hope to see you again soon!"