This charming Swiss town is located in a very rural part of WV. It took us over an hour from Elkins to drive the narrow, winding road to get here. It is in the high country of WV. Snow is a way of life in the winter months...just like Switzerland.
The town was patterned after European towns in the Swiss Alps.
A Chalet built on the hillside overlooking the Main Street.
The bridge that goes through the town has beautiful window boxes spilling over the edges with an abundance of summer flowers.
Our reason for coming to Helvetia was to celebrate my birthday dinner at The Hutte. It is a well known restaurant that has been there for years run by the same family in a quaint European style house.
The front porch looked like something off the streets of a Swiss Vacation Brochure. Lots of brightly colored geraniums in pots on small tables covered with blue and white checkered tablecloths.
Each room inside The Hutte is a collection of small tables with lots of antiques to catch your attention.
Every table has fresh flowers and a different place setting.
Lots of Swiss artifacts from the first colony still remain to be seen in the main dining room.
Check out the black wood fired cookstoves!!
My entire family showed up for dinner... Mom, Dad, David, Kenny and me.... The Burford Family along with Mary Anne and Elisa. Such a special time!!!!
After dinner the family surprised me with a special birthday cake. The Hutte staff baked it that morning especially for me. What a surprise!!! It was the most delicious pound cake I have ever eaten!!
It was the perfect end to a perfect day. I am blessed to have so many people in my life that are so special to me. Thank to all for the birthday wishes, gifts and cakes!!! This is going to be a good year!!