Seth Peters of Buffalo Trail Cabins,Cottages and Campgrounds
Where the buffalo roam…
Seth Peters of Buffalo Trail Cabins, Cottages and Campgrounds is shown here talking about the business to members of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce board of directors last week.
By BILL ARCHER Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEWELL — Although the height of the tourist season has passed, the staff at Buffalo Trail Cabins, Cottages and Campground on Lorton Lick Road in Bluewell is hard at work maintaining the resort’s popular regular dining schedule, while working on a pair of facility enhancement projects that should be ready in the spring.
“We are in the process of building a micro-brewery that we hope to have open this spring,” Seth Peters said. Peters is the owner of the mountainside resort that caters to ATV enthusiasts, but has built a substantial clientele of diners from throughout the region who enjoy the cosine as well as the diverse offering of beverages at the resort.
“Our plan is to have an open seating area with a glass front around the brewery so guests can watch the process,” Peters said. He said that Buffalo Trail has the necessary permission to start construction on the project. “We have 11 draft beers on tap right now.”
Another major project in the works is the tree houses that will soon be under construction in a wooded area behind the restaurant/guest room complex.
“The tree houses are little mini cabins about 12 feet square,” Peters said. “Basically, they offer a tent camping experience in a dry place.”
Peters said the units at Buffalo Trail will be unique to the site with obvious inspiration from Animal Planet’s popular series, “Treehouse Masters.”
“Our plan is to only build a few this fall, but we would eventually look to have 20 tree house camp sites,” Peters said.
The Buffalo Trail built a successful seasonal buffet from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but that attraction is off the table until next spring. “With open air seating, the weather isn’t consistently warm enough for the seasonal buffet,” Peters said. But not to worry. The Buffalo Trail Restaurant is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4-10 p.m.
The resort opened in March, and according to Peters, business has been good. “Our rental rates has been higher than we anticipated and we have been averaging 250 to 350 for dinner,” he said.