Harman’s surprises with trophy trout fishing and honeymoons

Robert Saunders

One of the large cabins at Harman's, overlooking the river. Photo by Robert Saunders.

For some vacationers, paradise is a rustic cabin next to a mountain stream. But, paradise can always be improved.

Building on that basic picture, let’s have the stream flow through a canyon of stunning rock cliffs, and make it home to some of the East’s finest trout fishing. Add in a few forest trails and picture-perfect views. As a final touch, let’s make the cabins deluxe dwellings with modern amenities.

We have just created Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins.

One of the large cabins at Harman's, overlooking the river. Photo by Robert Saunders.
One of the large cabins at Harman’s, overlooking the river. Photo by Robert Saunders.

Harman’s — established in 1939 and still family-owned — is located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of West Virginia, one of the state’s scenic hotspots.

Matt Smith discovered Harman’s while looking online for honeymoon destinations.

“It’s hard to find a place like this. It’s perfect,” said Smith, who is from Pennsylvania. “Why go to the beach and deal with the crowds? This was close to home. We’ve been relaxing here all week.”

It’s not difficult to see why Harman’s has become popular with honeymooners and others seeking a romantic or family getaway. The cabins are made of knotty pine and convey a warm ambiance. Each comes with a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living area. The bedding is the same as that used in the best Vegas hotels. Outside, guests can take in the crisp, mountain air and enjoy a soak in their private hot tub.

The 21 cabins all have a riverside view, and can accommodate from two to eight people. The larger cabins are good for groups and corporate retreats.

The view of the river that greets people when they enter Harman's. Photo by Robert Saunders
The view of the river that greets people when they enter Harman’s. Photo by Robert Saunders

Weddings and honeymoons

Harman’s is having a good year, according to general manager Ed Wooten.

A cozy bedroom inside one of the cabins at Harman's. Photo by Robert Saunders
A cozy bedroom inside one of the cabins at Harman’s. Photo by Robert Saunders

“We’re up from last year. We’re getting more honeymooners, and we’re actively booking weddings,” Wooton said.

Complete wedding packages and a full-time coordinator help things go smoothly.

“We can take all the stress out of planning a destination wedding,” Wooton said. “We use our beautiful riverside deck, and set up a big
tent in the grass overlooking the water.”

Clayton and Megan Good recently spent their honeymoon at Harman’s.

“This place is a well-kept secret. We love it here. There’s a lot to see and do,” Clayton Good said.

Attractions within an easy drive include the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob, and Canaan Valley State Park.

The newlywed Goods began their day hiking at Seneca Rocks, then went zip lining at NROCKS Outdoor Adventures in nearby Circleville. They got in some trout fishing before retreating to their cabin to prepare a steak dinner for two. As the evening light faded, they dined outside by a crackling campfire.

How’s that for an unforgettable day?

 

Shining feature

If there’s a single feature that makes Harman’s special, it’s the trophy trout fishing.

Megan Good of Pennsylvania holds a trophy trout. She and her husband, Clayton, were honeymooning at Harman's. Photo by Ed Wooton
Megan Good of Pennsylvania holds a trophy trout. She and her husband, Clayton, were honeymooning at Harman’s. Photo by Ed Wooton

“Our main appeal is private water fishing at your door,” Wooton said. “We also have a fly shop and guide service.”

Harman’s stocks a 1.75-mile stretch of the North Fork with thousands of pounds of trout each year — mostly rainbows, but also brown, brook, and golden trout. All fishing is catch and release.

“There are 10-pound fish in here, and plenty in the 3-to-5-pound range,” said Wooton, who is also one of the guides.

He spent a day on the water with the Goods. Megan Good had never fly fished before. While Clayton Good was already an experienced fly-fisher, this trip gave him a chance to test his skills on a stream managed for trophy trout.

They both caught and landed some nice fish. But, it was the bride who scored big by landing a 4-pound-plus rainbow. Wooton quickly took a picture of her holding her catch, while behind her, in the dusk, more trout dappled the water, rising to a hatch of mayflies. It was a peaceful ending to another exceptional day at Harman’s.

 

For more information:

Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins: wvlogcabins.com

Harman's General Manager Ed Wooton is also one of the fishing guides. He is an accomplished fly fisherman and has appeared several times on Fly Rod Chronicles, hosted by Curtis Fleming. Photo by Robert Saunders
Harman’s General Manager Ed Wooton is also one of the fishing guides. He is an accomplished fly fisherman and has appeared several times on Fly Rod Chronicles, hosted by Curtis Fleming. Photo by Robert Saunders

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