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4 MOUIC'rAII TII " December 2003 Couple transforms old dairy farm into day spa Naturally You B&B offers a whc,le body experience Pamela Pritt Managing Editor ome things just come naturally. And at Naturally You, one of those things is hospitality. Already a spa offering massages, physical assessments exfoliation, foot treatment and reflexolog.x; David and Paula Zorn have added a bed and breakfast to one of Marlinton's historic houses. Locust Hill once belonged to the Smith family who operated a dairy on nearly 300 acres. As the family died off, the property as sold twice, eventually to the Zorns who now own 30 acres, includ- ing a pond. They'x e gutted the old house, replacing cracked plaster with dry- walt and renewing its original charm and elegance xith vibrant col- ors and antique furniture. Although most of the furniture was sold at auction, the Zorns have one washstand that was originally in the house. It was relegated to the pantry when it behmged to the Smiths, but now has a place of honor in the dining room. The dining room also. houses Paula's grand- mother's red dishes and spoon collection. Speaking of dining, the Zorns arc about to offer more than the breakfast end of the bed and breakfast. A baker by trade, l)ave is outfit- ting the kitchen to serve small-party dinners as earn as January. But they'll offer the promoted meat, as well. Breakfast wilt consist of oatmeal pancakes, baked eggs and strawberry stuffed French toast. "We tcs to stick with healthy food and stay away from pork and fried foods," Paula said. Naturatl\\; 5bu is unique because of the spa and the offer of a massage thav may be included with your stay. About 90% of their guest indulge. "What better wax to end \\;:our day?'" Paula said. "'After ski- ing or mountain biking, it's a great end to the day. Then you can craxl upstairs to bed." I'hc spa also has quite a local clientele. No telexision is available in the public areas of the house. although hookups are available in each guest room if it's "'ab- solutely necessary." The Zorns have bikes for loan for the trail, a boat for the pond and fishing poles. As a matter of health they encourage outdoor activities in the local area. They have plans for rustic guest cabins on the property eventualtb plus a fitness center at the foot of the hill some- time in the future. They'd also like to add a swimming pool at some point. Construction of the attic guest room is still underway. That room will sleep two-to-four and has a Jacuzzi tub. The rooms on the second tloor have pmate baths. Both are bright and airy with chcerflil colors and quaint antiqt,e flmfiture. Naturallx 'tbu offers several types of mas- sages including AromatherapL Sports, Swedish and Therapeutic. Alter all, it's a bed, it's a breakfast and it's a massage, f2 photos by Pam Pritt The homey atmosphere at Naturally You is accented by the antique furniture and healthy houseplants, above. Below, the din- ing room displays Paula's grandmother's red dishes and spoon collection. At left, the bedrooms at Naturally You are cheery with bright colors and quilts. SOUTH WEST RIDGE - Located on the mnt of Snowshoe MoLaain and prontly positioned for maxi- mum views of Hawthorne Valley and beath-tak stm- sets, tt home offers 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths, 2 stone flaces, high vaulted ceilkgs and a Ldal Cedar package. Fully furnished. Offered for $439,111111 POWDERIDGE - 2 BR TOWNHOUSE SKI-IN, SKI-OUT T 2 8R unit has 2 1/2 bhs, mtroom entry, re views from your deck and wnkng fireplace. Shows very welt with recent remodel. $229,000 r IIBIIIIIM M MOUNTAIN LODGE - Remodeled 3 bedroom tt with view of mountains and lake. Great location with strong rental numbers, next to The V'dlage and Split Rock Pool. $258,000 OVERLOOK - 1 BR NEW LISTING! Shows with a new kitchen. On Snowshoe's rental program. Cceat pricel $57,900 WEST IIIDGE - 1 acre tot at the summit! Close to Shay's Revenge. SELLER MOTIVATED. $6gw000 HAWTHORNE VALLEY - 1 acre lot w/good  site on the above the clubhouse at Raven Golf Course. Water and sewer hookups & DRIVEWAY. ' Y QIOVE 2.09+/- acre lot with good buing site and views of Snowshoe's ski slopes $39,000. Ul i lUl Ul i i - ew -'- )m wil'00'D a vi .,. Above, a panoramic view of Snowshoe and Silver Creek. Right, the sun glints off the tower's aluminum paint. Snowshoe Fire Tower keeps a silent eye on the mountains Sunny Given Staff Wrlter ook east from the Vil- lage and you may see a siher glint that is the Snowshoe Fire q-bwer. Stand- ing 80 feet tall on the ridge top, it is a silent sentinel, providing just one more thing to do in a day's adventure at the resort. That's what it's there for, according to Ed Gal- ford, Snowshoe's Vk-e- President of Operations. The tower, originally lo- cated on Rich Mountain west of Beverly was built in the mid-193(g. It was in disrepair when Snowshoe purchased it in 1999 for $1 The lookout itself is about nine-by-nine. To the east af- fords views of Virginia on a clear day Also eastward is the Bald Knob Fire Tower, and \\;Veslev Chapel Road. Looking north you'll spot the old tovn of Spruce and if you t()k to the west you'll see mo of the three faces of Snowshoe. Widowmak- photos by Sunny Given from the Department of Looking up from the base of the Nattmd Resources. They tower can be a little dizzying. dismantled it {numbering the parts), reconditioned it to tZacto" specs, repainted it, re- placed the wood, and reassem- bled it in the summer of 2(X)0. The 80 foot height is marked by 80 steps and nine landing, each progressively narrower as you ascend. er is on the far left (south), and on the next mountain top at the far right {north) you can see Sil- ver Creek and its lake and sta- bles. The tower is I{_'ated about two miles past the Back Coun- t D hut, or about four-and-a-half miles from Top of the Andv Gibson and his Ualto, were my tour this adventure and we privileged to have use the Outdoor Adventure gram's Hxdrotraxx. a wheeled, hydraulics-pow bug..: which took us as the Back Country Huc From there, we hiked maining distance, following! eastern boundary of shoe's property before north. The trail is a bike and cross country ski evidenced by the ruts and dislodged passed. It's a brisk hike to the tower across r()ts and unforgiving r(ks try to txvist ankles and tri But it's well worth the to reach the tm cr, climb top and survex the count'. John BIG SPRING CLINIC 572-4410 Monday & Friday 8:30 - 5:00 Wednesday 8:30 - Noon Pletue ca#for DEER CREEK CLINIC 456-5050 Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 Experience the splendor, serenity, and. wonder of beautiful Pocahontas County. Our staff is here to help make your visit a memorable adventure. Stop by our office or call for maps of the area, brochures on special events and information on lodging and dining. To request a free Pocahontas County Travel Guide, call 1-8oo-336-7oo9 or (3o4) 799-4636 or visit us on the web at www.pocahontaseoun00.com  & v Poemhontas County & Visitors Bureau 700 Fourth Avenue Marlinton, WV 24954 (In the historic Marlinton Depot) Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 mmmm mmmmmmm