The Appalachian Hotel and Hitching Post Steakhouse Saloon brings a taste of the west to the rolling hills of West Virginia.
The steakhouses, the small saloons, and the rustic hotels found in the western parts of the United States inspired the Peddicords to create an Appalachian hotel and saloon in the Kingwood, West Virginia community. “When my husband would travel out west, these places always captured his attention,” says Beth Peddicord, of her husband, Robby Peddicord. “He always says, ‘If I ever could, this is what I would do.’ So, we’re doing just that.”
“That” includes a 27-room hotel, complete with an arcade, a game room with pool tables, virtual reality sets, and a professional golf simulator. The back of the hotel is home to the steakhouse and saloon. Specializing in dry-aged, USDA Prime beef, the restaurant features high-end dishes in a down-home atmosphere and is operated by the Peddicords’ son, Hunter.
“Every ingredient here is started from scratch,” Peddicord says. “You do not have to leave the area to get a good meal. We have a 16-ounce ribeye, strip, 8-ounce filet, cheesesteak hoagies, and steak salad—all made with good aged beef.”
A warm crackling fireplace, the rustic wagon wheel chandeliers, and the Amish-built furniture set the backdrop for more dishes, like jumbo lump crab cakes and elk loin with a blackberry and red wine sauce. They take pride in their food, atmosphere, and, ultimately, the hospitality. “We are family-owned, and we just wanted to treat people how we would if they came to our house to stay,” Peddicord says. “You’ll always get a pleasant smile and kind heart when you visit.” 17600 Veterans Memorial Highway, Kingwood,
written by Candace Nelson