20th Anniversary of the North Fork Mountain Inn

April 3, 2015 by Ed Fischer

We welcome the Spring weather after a snowy winter created major issues for our gravel driveway. The driveway has been rebuilt with new gravel added so even a Prius should be able to make it up our steep driveway.

Along with a new driveway, we have a number of special offers and packages we would like to tell you about below. Please read on to learn more. We hope you'll come visit us soon.

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Thanks
Ed & Carol

Our 20th Anniversary
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, minimum 2 night stay required. Mention "20th Anniversary" when booking online or when you call Carol at 304-257-1108. Applies to new reservations only.

Celebrating a wedding anniversary?
If so, we have a special anniversary gift for you from Kenya while supplies last. Ed traveled to Kenya in January in his work with AIU, Pan Africa Christian University, and Daystar University and brought back some nice collectibles that are unique to Kenya. So celebrate your anniversary with us and receive one of these special gifts.

Easter Weekend April 3-5th

Join us for Easter Sunrise Services followed by a gourmet brunch back at the Inn. You can enjoy a late check out and hike in the adjacent Monongahela National Forest and see the early arrivals of plant life signaling that Spring is indeed here.

Cooking School Weekend is April 17-19th
Ed is planning to compete in the Great American Seafood competition this year in New Orleans. Learn how to prepare local, sustainable seafood with a focus on gluten free and vegetarian dishes. We will send you home with a personalized chef's jacket, kitchen gadgets, and a cookbook with some of our most popular recipes from the Inn.

Spring Mountain Festival in Petersburg April 24-26

Come and see the Potomac Highlands "spring to life" as the redbuds and other bushes and trees are in bloom. There will be free entertainment, craft booths, train rides and more at the Spring Mountain Festival in Petersburg April 24-26. Go to www.gowv.com then click on Spring Mountain Festival to see the schedule for all activities.

Foraging Weekend May 1-3rd
Join Chef Ed and local foraging expert, Dane Dolly, as we hunt and harvest ramps, wild mushrooms, and other edible herbs in the nearby Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. We will be incorporating these fresh ingredients into our Saturday evening Fine Dining Dinner.

Bird Watchers Weekend is May 1-3
Dr. Gary Rankin will be lecturing and leading Bird Walks around the Inn, along the river, and in the Dolly Sods Wilderness area. This is a great opportunity to see many of the migrating birds as they pass through our area. Gary has over 750 species on his lifetime list from North America. So bring your bird watching friends for a memorable Audubon weekend.

Mother's Day Weekend May 8-10th

Bring your mother for a stay at the North Fork Mountain Inn and her Saturday night Fine Dining is free with a two night stay

Memorial Day Weekend May 22-25th
Come celebrate Carol's birthday, watch the Indianapolis 500 and enjoy a special West Virginia BBQ on Sunday evening. This special 3 day weekend will fill up fast so make your reservations early to get your favorite room. Her favorite Birthday cake recipe is at the end of this newsletter.
Book your stay now by registering online
or calling Carol at 304-257-1108

When the Cat's Away the Mice Will Play

Carol will be on vacation with her sisters and niece May 30th to June 10th. Come and experience the "When the Cat's Away the Mice Will Play" special package. This package can be customized to fit your preferences.

With any two night stay you can receive any one of the following items free:

Bottle of Wine in your room on arrival with two collectible Inn logo wine glasses
Free dinner for one the first night of your stay
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Or a 10% discount on your room rate
With any 3 or 4 night stay you can receive any one of the following items free:

Free Bottle of Wine with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries,
Dinner for two the first night of your stay
Or a 15% discount off your room rate.
Stay 5 or 6 nights and you can choose:

Dinner for two plus a gourmet picnic basket,
A 20% discount off your room rate,
Or Bottle of Wine in your room on arrival with two collectible Inn logo wine glasses and the Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.
Stay 7 nights and receive a complimentary massage and a bottle of wine in your room.

Book your stay now by registering online or calling Carol at 304-257-1108

Inaugural Country Music Event 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. 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.

Come visit us and enjoy beautiful surroundings, great food and wine and Canaan on the guitar.

Book your stay now by registering online or calling Carol at 304-257-1108

Carol's Favorite Birthday Cake
Since she was a small child, Carol always requests this cake every year for her birthday. Well, now she just makes it for herself.

Ingredients:

2 cups plain flour
2 cups sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 Tbs. cocoa
1 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Combine flour and sugar in mixing bowl. In a saucepan put butter, shortening, cocoa, and water and bring to a boil. Pour into flour and sugar mixture and beat well. Add other ingredients and mix well. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Topping:

1 stick butter
4 Tbs. cocoa
6 Tbs. milk
1 lb box powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut
Bring to a boil the butter, cocoa, and milk, stirring constantly to keep from burning. Remove from heat and add other ingredients. Make icing five minutes before cake has finished baking and spread on hot cake.

If you have a favorite recipe, we would love to hear from you. We just may steal it and offer it up to guests