The Shay Inn

Only 15 minutes to Snowshoe Mountain. Perfect family vacation home.


The Shay Inn welcomes you and your family to your farmhouse away from home! Located in the historic logging town (and now state Park) of Cass, WV, the Shay Inn is mere steps from the 78-mile Greenbrier River hiking and biking Trail, a short walk to the Cass Scenic Railroad & Depot and Cass Country Store (featuring The Last Run Restaurant), a 10-minute drive to the world-class Green Bank Observatory and a 15-minute drive to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort. Other nearby activities include horseback riding, kayaking, fishing and hunting. This home has no air conditioning - we do provide fans.

Built in 1911, the Shay Inn was built using timber from the now defunct Cass Mill and is named in honor of the old dining car that the current owner's family ran during the early days of Cass’s transition from lumber town to Scenic Railroad and tourist destination.

The Shay Inn accommodates up to 8 guests and features:
3 quaint bedrooms (Two rooms with full beds and the other a queen)
Two additional pull-out sofas in the den and living room
Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher
Formal dining and living area + separate den

More on Cass:
Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers a journey back in time to an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with the rich history of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area, and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives.

Founded in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, Cass was built as a company town to serve the needs of the men who worked in the nearby mountains. At one time, the sawmill at Cass was the largest double-band sawmill in the world.

When the mill closed in the 1960, a group of local businessmen convinced the West Virginia state legislature to make the Cass Railroad a state park and now visitors ride on historic converted log cars, pushed along by a powerful geared logging locomotive, 11 miles up Back Allegheny Mountain to Bald Knob, the third highest point in the state.

Rooms & Amenities

Property TypeFarmhouse
Unit Code SHAY
Beds 1 Queen, 1 Sofa Bed, 2 Full
Bathrooms 2 Bathrooms
Rooms Sleeps 8
Pets No Pets Allowed
Standard Amenities double, queen, sleep sofa /futon, toilet, autumn foliage, forests, library, restaurants, Dining, DVD Player, Satellite / Cable, Television, Clothes Dryer, Hair Dryer, Heating, Internet, Iron & Board, Linens Provided, Living Room, Parking, Towels Provided, Washing Machine, Coffee Maker, Dishes & Utensils, Dishwasher, Kitchen, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster, photography, scenic drives, sight seeing, walking, groceries, Near The Ocean, Rural, Ski & Snowboard, bedroom, fishing, fly fishing, golf, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, rafting, skiing, swimming, water tubing, children welcome, non smoking only, pets not allowed, Senior Adults Only Community, flexible, Dining Area, Adventure, Away From It All, Family, Sports & Activities, Tourist Attractions, Outdoor lighting, Fire extinguisher, Enhanced cleaning practices, Clean with disinfectant
Kitchen Full Kitchen, Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Microwave, Toaster, Cookware, Stove Top, Dishwasher
Living Linens, Internet Access, No Phone, Washer/Dryer
Business Wi-Fi Internet
Culture Cass Railroad
Outdoor Patio, Covered Porch, Lots of Deer, Wildlife, Bird Watching, Fly Fishing, Mountain Biking, Festivals, Forrest, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Geographic Off Mountain Resort Development
Entertainment Satellite TV, DVD Player

10 Reviews

Overall satisfaction
Property condition

90.00% of our reviewers would recommend this vacation rental.

Weekend Stay at the Shay Inn

Bryan Z. from Travelers Rest, SC
Stayed 4 days ending June 2021

Fantastic house, well appointed with items anyone would need for a long stay. Only thing I'd point out is that I wish it were more clear that the house is not air conditioned, something to consider in June!

Manager Responded on 7/15/2021

Thank you so much for the kind words on The Shay!!! And yes, absolutely, I will include that there is no air conditioning in the description of the home.

Family Fishing

Jeffrey A. from Milton, WV
Stayed 4 days ending July 2021

Good place to visit and see Gods creation

Clean, Quiet, and Convenient

Kimberly B. from Port Allegany, PA
Stayed 3 days ending September 2019

We loved The Shay Inn. It was clean, cozy and perfectly located for our weekend at Cass. It has all the comforts of home and more!

Shay Inn

Susan S. from Valencia, PA, US
Stayed 2 days ending September 2019

Great place to stay when doing the train rides. It is modern (wi-fi, cableTV)with the feeling of old time Cass.

Autumn Stay at the Shay Inn

Rebecca M. from Kenova, WV
Stayed 4 days ending October 2019

First of all, our stay was timed perfectly to enjoy all the beautiful fall colors. The sound of the steam train whistles just added to the flavor of our stay. The Inn was delightful. Clean, comfy and with plenty of room for the four of us to be together, yet enjoy quiet alone time. The inn was well stocked with everything we needed to prepare meals. We especially enjoyed the dining room where we shared meals and had great fund playing games. (I won!) We sure hope we can return.

Warm and Comfortable, not that clean

Anonymous from ORLANDO, FL
Stayed 5 days ending January 2020

Our family of 4 stayed at the Shay Inn to ski at Snowshoe, which was about a 20 min. drive. The house was warm and spacious, beds comfortable, but the towels were old and some were not washed at all, but put away dirty or left in the closet dirty. Thankfully, there is a washer and dryer, which we used. The house is an old country house, which is fine, but it has not been updated and was not very clean.

Manager Responded on 2/11/2020

Thank you for taking time to leave us a review. We have met with housekeeping as this is not typical. We hope to see you again!

Big house

Garth W. from Zion Crossroads, VA
Stayed 3 days ending January 2019

The rental experience itself was perfectly fine - Mountain Valley Realty is helpful and very easy to work with. We stayed her for a ski trip, saving money over being on the mountain at Snowshoe. The house is older and furnished like an older house, but all of the amenities worked just fine. We fit 4 adults and 5 kids without issue (2 kids in beds, 2 on pull-out sofas, and 1 on a couch). Internet works very well; the TV is small. Only 1 bathroom upstairs with the bedrooms; the other is downstairs attached to the kitchen/pantry. Snowshoe is only about 20 minutes away, so much closer than staying in Elkins, but more schlep than staying on the mountain.

Manager Responded on 2/12/2019

Thank you for taking time to leave a review! We hope to see you back-try a summer rental in this home. Right next to The Greenbrier River/Trail and the Cass Railroad!

Nice house ! Perfect spot for our weekend stay.

Anonymous from Durham, NC
Stayed 2 days ending June 2019

The house was nice. Had plenty of space for us. Close to where we wanted to go fishing. The house was clean. Linens were provided so we didn’t have to bring anything with us. We didn’t need anything fancy so it was perfect. Great WiFi too! Mountain Valley Realty was very good about communicating before heading up.

Manager Responded on 6/18/2019

Thank you for reviewing our property and services, come back again!

Great Stay

Carol D. from South Charleston, WV,
Stayed 2 days ending May 2019

Had a wonderful time. Loved the time sitting on the porch with the family. Plenty of room. Would love to visit again.

Manager Responded on 6/18/2019

Thank you, nothing like connecting with family and friends on a porch.

Summertime at Cass

Anonymous from Mt. Crawford, VA
Stayed 2 days ending July 2019

We enjoyed our stay at The Shay Inn. It was during the hottest week of the year, so an a/c unit would have been great. I bet that any other week it would be fine though. The location is great!! We walked to the train, and the Greenbrier Trail parking is very close.


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