6/20/2014 4:49 AM
by Karen Franklin
SUMMERSVILLE - Steve Keblesh is a former river guide. He and his wife, Donna, are co-owners of the Summersville Lake Retreat where guests can soak in the sun from the only full-service, functioning lighthouse in the state with views of Raleigh, Fayette Greenbrier and Nicholas counties.
"The panoramic view includes everything from the Gauley River National Recreation Area with the Gauley Mountain in the background, to the south you would see Big Seoul, to the north you'll see Lone Tree Mountain overlooking the town of Summersville," Keblesh said. "It's incredible."
The 60-acre plot also features space for standard tents for the younger crowds or room for coaches. The deluxe cabins are full-service and furnished.
"We listen to the comment cards as they say, 'Hey, we'd like to have covered porches on the cabin with a hot tub underneath. We'd like to have a fireplace for that rainy afternoon,'" Keblesh told WOAY.
Then wake up in the morning and hit the lake. Choose from kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and pontoon boats. The new motor cats are equipped with 25 horsepower outboards that ride like a mini air boat.
"You can imagine the fun," Keblesh said. "We describe it as the feeling of being 17 years old on a snow-covered parking lot in January."
At the end of the day, you've got a place to stay.
"Mountain biking, rock climbing, there's lakes, there's rivers, and we're simply a nice place to accommodate folks so they can rest up, recharge, rejuvenate and go out and do it again," Keblesh told WOAY.
Summersville Lake Retreat sits near the intersection of routes 19 and 129, not far from any location in the state.
"We see a lot of folks that will travel up to the New River Gorge Bridge and stop -- not realizing that there is the largest lake in the state right over the county line."