The “Cinderella Story” of Café Cimino Country Inn
Tim and Melody Urbanic, entrepreneurs/owners of Café Cimino in Sutton invite you to share their dream come true, Café Cimino Country Inn. Tim and Melody opened Café Cimino, the restaurant, on Valentine’s Day 1999. They created a restaurant that soon became considered one of West Virginia’s finest.
Now, celebrating its 16th year in business, Café Cimino, previously housed in the old “Lee Hardware Store”, expanded to a full service Country Inn in 2007. After acquiring the 113 year old P. J. Berry Estate at the end of town, on the Elk River, the Urbanics and their family and staff revived the beautiful Colonial Revival Mansion and surrounding dwellings on the property; breathing new life not only into the estate, but into the small community of Sutton. Tim and Melody always wanted to serve their guests in a “home ”-a real house, and now that dream has come true. And the lucky overnight guests at the Inn not only enjoy one of the finest meals to be had in West Virginia, but are now also waking up to Chef Tim’s wonderful gourmet breakfast. The typical breakfast fare is homemade scones with golden raisins and nuts, cranberry and almond muffins, a beautiful fresh fruit plate, orange or cranberry juice, great gourmet coffee, black and herbal teas, frittatas (Italian egg dish with any assortment of cheeses, veggies, meats), bacon or soppresata crisps, bread and butter.
Chef Tim has been named as one of the Best Chefs in America for three consecutive years; 2012, 2013, and 2014. West Virginians named Cafe Cimino Country Inn Best in Fine Dining, Best Chef & Best B&B in 2013, Best Wedding Venue in 2013 and 2014 and in 2011, the Inn won prestigious state and national awards for hospitality, lodging and food service: 2011 recipient of the West Virginia Division of Tourism's "Mountain State Award" which honors the state's best example of hospitality and travel establishments. The American Culinary Federation also gave Cafe Cimino Country Inn the 2011 Award of Excellence; one of only 23 awards given nationwide. The US Department of Defense also named Cafe Cimino Country Inn as a 2011 recipient of 3 national awards for their exemplary support of the United States Guard and Reserve
The Inn offers guests 10 beautiful and comfortable rooms in three different venues. There are 4 guest rooms in the historic Main House, complete with antiques and furnishings in keeping with the period of the home, 4 guest rooms in the Carriage House, and 2 small Suites in the old “brick cottage” a separate charming little building right behind the Main House and overlooking the Elk River. Seven of the ten guest rooms have balconies overlooking the Elk River and the grounds. All rooms have private baths & air conditioning. Seven of the rooms are named for the Urbanic’s grandchildren (Lucia, Logan, Silas,Annabella, Miles, Benjamin and Emma Rae) the two suites are named for Tim’s mother, Julia, and Melody’s mother, Irma Louise. The tenth guest room is named for the Country Inn’s Therapy Golden Retriever, Cimino’s Maggie May.
Café Cimino Country Inn Grounds...
The grounds are lovely and gently ramble along the scenic Elk River. 500 feet of river access invites fishermen to try their skill at fly fishing as well as bass fishing.
There’s a riverside bar, called Cimino’s Little Dishes, right on the Elk River, where guests unwind, relax and enjoy a bottle of wine and, on Tuesdays from 4pm -8pm, guests enjoy Chef Tim’s “tapas” dishes -little dishes Italian style.There is also an authentic Italian Outdoor Brick Pizza Oven with a covered dining area where Margherita Pizzas are made for guests on Thursdays from 4-8pm.
Romantic couples find their way to the benches, lawn chairs and little café tables for two by Maggie’s Pond, the 117 year goldfish pond at the edge of the lawn and overlooking the Elk River. On the weekends, the staff light a fire pit where guests enjoy conversation, libations, and star gazing until late into the night. Whether you relax in your bedroom, the restaurant, the bar, the porch, by the brick oven, on the patio or firepit, or ramble along the riverside, Café Cimino affords the discriminating guest casual elegance and beautiful, peaceful atmosphere in which to just relax.
And then there's the dining...
Chef Tim specializes in Southern Italian Cuisine and Euro/Mediterranean dishes. Whenever possible he uses organically grown herbs and vegetables from the family farm managed by Executive Sous Chef, son Eli. Café Cimino Country Inn is committed to serving as much locally grown foods as possible, and has several steady West Virginia growers supplying fresh produce and other foods for the Inn ’s menu. Chef Tim proudly declares the Inn as a (100% no trans fat) establishment. Café Cimino was named for Tim’s mother’s side of the family. Grandma & Grandpa Cimino were Italian immigrants who taught him about food-from appreciating the ethnic flavors, to growing the herbs & vegetables, to cooking the famous Cimino family recipes. In early 2006, the family tradition continued with Chef Tim's son, Eli working by his father's side and the whole Urbanic family and long time staff extending their love of hospitality to the new Café Cimino Country Inn.