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We spend a lot of time in the New River Gorge hunting for mushrooms. When we’re not hunting mushrooms we’re usually talking about hunting mushrooms, which often prompts people to ask us why we enjoy it so much. Sometimes, we fear, they soon regret asking because we can go on and on about the many, […]

Lafayette Flats owners, Shawn and Amy taking a selfie with a mushroom.

One half of the duo that owns Happy Tree Coffee – Meghan McCool – is related to one half of the duo that owns Lafayette Flats – Amy McLaughlin. Meghan’s grandmother, Annabel Day, and Amy’s grandmother, Louise Johnson, are sisters. Both Annabel and Louise know a thing or two about coffee. Annabel always fired up […]

Each year we dedicate a portion of our vacation rental income to a fund from which we purchase new West Virginia art. Promoting art and artists from our home state is actually in our business plan for Lafayette Flats. You can read more about it here.   For our 2018 Art Fund purchase, we traveled […]

Lotus Rising Since part of Lafayette Flats’ business plan is to promote local West Virginia art, each year we dedicate a portion of its vacation rental income to a fund that is used to buy a new piece for our guests to enjoy.  (You can read more about this component of our business plan here.) […]

When we heard about the New River Gorge 100 Mile Challenge last year, we knew that we wanted to participate. We love The Gorge, we love hiking and we love challenges, so the idea of putting in 100 miles in the calendar year seemed perfectly suited for us. We wasted no time, putting in our first […]

It’s what we live for. Really. A word cloud made up from our guest’s comments We love it when our guests are blown away with what they find at Lafayette Flats, and we love it when they tell us about it either in person or in reviews left online. We love it when people recognize […]

“Local, original art will be a key design feature of Lafayette Flats.” “Ambition” This was a line in our business plan when we first dreamed up the idea of Lafayette Flats, but it was more than just words on paper. It is really a little piece of the heart and soul of our project. We […]

Our last two posts documented two-thirds of our year of hiking (Part 1: Jan – April and Part 2: May – August). This post will take us from September to December. In the next post, the last of the series, we will tell you our favorites and give our recommendations for seasonal hikes. Thurmond as […]

In Part 1 we told you about the brutal winter hikes in The Gorge and how we persevered to reach our goal of at least one serious hike per month. As the weather warmed up, our goal became much more pleasurable to face, but with so many trails and so little time, we had to […]

Last November we set a personal goal to take at least one serious hike each month in 2015. Trestle on Mill Creek Trail (Ansted Rail Trail) It actually seemed to us like a modest goal, because we both love to hike and it sounded completely doable to us at the time: Memories of biting winter […]


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