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August 10, 2017

Town guide: Athens

Brush Creek waterfall, WV

This southern West Virginia town full of quiet charm and natural beauty is the gateway to Pipestem Resort State Park. Route 20 leading into Athens winds through rural countryside and is a popular ride for motorcyclists.  Dining If you like a menu that’s chock full of choices, visit Moe’s Restaurant & Cafe. This New... Read More

June 24, 2017

Wild, wonderful fun on the Fourth

Yellow fireworks against red sky at Wheeling's Fourth of July celebration, WV

West Virginia’s rich with hometown pride, and we sure know how to celebrate our nation’s birthday! From small-town picnics and parades to fireworks, July 4 in the Mountain State is full of fun and excitement: 1. Ripley 4th of July Celebration Known as the Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration in America, the Ripley... Read More

June 19, 2017

Town guide: Fairmont

Fairmont, WV

Get a hearty helping of European and old-time heritage in “Italy in Appalachia!” Taste Old-World cuisine, tour quirky museums and sip mountain moonshine in Fairmont. Dining Fairmont’s food scene is a mix of decades-old family restaurants, old-time diners and hot dog joints. The Italian influence in Fairmont is clear! Locals love Muriale’s Italian Restaurant... Read More

June 16, 2017

Share your #AlmostHeaven photo for a chance to win a West Virginia getaway

Sunset in Tucker County, WV

What makes West Virginia #AlmostHeaven to you? Is it the fog-covered mountains at sunrise? Is it that record-setting bass you caught? Or the mouth-watering meal you were served at your favorite local restaurant? Sure, YOU know why it’s great to live here, but do the people in Missouri know that? Or the people in... Read More

June 16, 2017

Town guide: Parkersburg

Ohio River, Parkersburg, WV

Right where the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers converge is a town surrounded by colorful restaurants, breweries and historic attractions. Dining Swanky, upscale, relaxing. That’s Spats Restaurant & Lounge, a Parkersburg favorite that combines fine dining with warm hospitality. Step inside the Blennerhassett Hotel and browse the tempting menu, which features innovative takes on... Read More

June 12, 2017

Town guide: Elkins

Mountain vista, Elkins, WV

Elkins is a mountain oasis rich with history, outdoor fun and beautiful art. Located right on the edge of the Monongahela National Forest, this quaint city makes it easy to play in the mountains while staying in luxury. Dining Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar: Enjoy a cozy atmosphere and a fresh menu every season... Read More

June 9, 2017

Man-cations: ATV and off-road escapes

ATV rides, Hatfield-McCoy Trail, WV

Take your vacation for a spin in the Mountain State. If your weekend needs some horsepower, West Virginia’s ATV trails and Jeep parks deliver all the octane you need. Bring your friends for true off-road man-cation! 1. Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park | Tams With more than 10,000 acres dedicated solely for off-road bliss,... Read More

June 7, 2017

Town guide: Martinsburg

Martinsburg, WV

Fresh, traditional cuisine, whimsical entertainment and 19th-century attractions— that’s Martinsburg. Dining Sup on La Trattoria’s homemade Italian cuisine, straight from cherished family recipes. This top-ranking restaurant makes all of its sauces from scratch, too. Try appetizers like calamari frito or insalata caprese, then move on to hearty entrees and specials: spicy arrabiata, eggplant parmigiana,... Read More

June 5, 2017

Town guide: Shepherdstown

The Bavarian Inn, WV

West Virginia’s oldest town treats you to sophisticated restaurants, colonial ambience and Old World elegance. Dining When it comes to meals, you’re spoiled for choice in Shepherdstown. Blue Moon Cafe serves indulgences like baked brie on French baguettes, crab melts, imaginative salads and signature sandwiches that overflow with fresh ingredients. Dine outside and listen... Read More

June 1, 2017

Town guide: Charleston

Couple sitting on a bench in Charleston, WV

From mouth-watering local fare to a rich arts scene, there’s never a dull moment in West Virginia’s hip, historic capital city. Dining This tucked-away cafe is one of this city’s best kept secrets. The South Hills Market and Cafe’s modest storefront is no indicator of the menu’s grandiose options, like roasted bone marrow, beef... Read More

May 29, 2017

Town guide: Huntington

Huntington may be home to Marshall University, but there’s a whole lot more to see and do. When visiting Huntington, one of the first things on everyone’s list is where to eat. So, here are some recommendations: Dining Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti House opened its doors in 1938 and has served the greater Huntington... Read More

May 26, 2017

Town guide: Wheeling

Wheeling Suspension Bridge, WV

Victorian charm, quaint attractions and soul-satisfying cuisine makes “the Friendly City” an idyllic weekend trip. Dining Puckish yet sophisticated, Later Alligator doesn’t take itself too seriously. But the fresh sandwiches, appetizers and salads have a flair you’d find at more expensive eateries. For instance, there’s the “Bindar Dundat” wrap: a curried chicken sandwich entwined... Read More

May 24, 2017

Town guide: Moundsville

Indian garden overlooking mountains at Palace of Gold, Moundsville, WV

Down-home comforts and fascinating historical attractions are just 2 reasons you should visit this Ohio River town. Dining Bob’s Lunch serves comfort food at its finest and most unpretentious. Tuck into basic but satisfying dishes like hot turkey sandwiches with mashed potatoes (both drowning in gravy), club sandwiches and sizzling fries. Try one of... Read More

May 22, 2017

Town guide: Beckley

Handblown glass "kisses" at Tamarack art center, WV

Beckley is southern West Virginia’s largest population center, and a major shopping and entertainment center for thousands of the Mountain State’s rural residents. If you’re a tourist taking in the natural beauty of this region, you’ll be missing out if you don’t check out these  attractions in this cool little city — or is... Read More

May 19, 2017

Explore this turn-of-the-century town of millionaires

A Victorian coal baron house in Bramwell, WV

Tucked into the mountains in a bend of the Bluestone River, the tiny Mercer County town of Bramwell has a claim to fame that might surprise you: This turn-of-the-20th-century coal mining town once was home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the United States. Today you can walk Bramwell’s streets and... Read More

May 17, 2017

Fresh? How ‘bout straight from the vine! 6 you-pick farms

Blueberries at Orr's Farm Market, WV

Whether you like your berries in pie, cobbler, or just straight out of the bucket – West Virginia is the place to be to explore the variety of u-pick farms across the state. Don’t forget to give your produce a good wash before you enjoy the fruits of your labor! 1. Herot Hall Farms Kenna... Read More

May 15, 2017

Bow down to these giant biscuits with a fanatical WV fandom

A biscuit sandwich from Tudor's Biscuit World, WV

With its warm, from-scratch specialties and Mountain State roots, Tudor’s Biscuit World is a sentimental West Virginian favorite. A winning recipe They aren’t fussy or complicated. Like their southern origin, biscuits make a little go a long way. In fact, you could say these heart-warming treats belong to Appalachia. Just take a peek at... Read More

May 12, 2017

Town guide: Ripley

The Cedar Lakes covered bridge, Ripley, WV

Visit this eastern city for soul-satisfying cuisine, countless Fourth of July fireworks and genuine Appalachian moonshine. Dining The Downtowner is locally famous for comfort food, specials (like Baked Steak Day) and attentive, friendly employees. It’s family owned and every meal has that homemade touch. Typical dishes include meatloaf, cheesy potato soup and — a... Read More

May 10, 2017

Gal getaways: glamping

Three Rivers Eco Retreat, WV

Want the fun camping with the gals, but the comfort of something a little more upscale? Try mountain “glamping.” From luxurious tents to treehouses, there’s a glampsite in West Virginia for your girls’ getaway: 1. Unique options in Great Cacapon Three Otters Eco Retreat in Great Cacapon has a luxury yurt right on the Potomac... Read More

May 9, 2017

Mountain murals: 5 stops for a DIY public art tour

A mural with rainbow-colored monsters in Charleston, WV

The Mountain State is full of funky art galleries and sophisticated art museums. But during the warmer months, get your sunshine AND art fix at one of the many outdoor public murals around the state. Be sure to bring your camera and snap some memories! Start your artcrawl with: Mercer County This bucolic region... Read More

May 8, 2017

7 WV authors you should be reading

Berkeley Springs Books, WV

The Mountain State has produced hundreds of talented writers, including the Nobel Prize-winning Pearl Buck, whose childhood home in Hillsboro has been converted into a museum. Here are a just a few of the many West Virginia authors to check out: 1. If you like memoirs, read HOMER HICKAM Homer Hickam first shot to... Read More

May 5, 2017

Seasonal sips

Craft brews and cocktails from West Virginia

Absence makes limited-availability flavor even better! Nature isn’t the only thing that’s seasonal. Visit West Virginia’s distilleries, wineries, and meaderies for drinks that rotate throughout the year. Exotics Life’s too short for same old, same old. Sometimes, you want something unexpected! Here’s where you can buy or make spirited concoctions that will blow your... Read More

May 3, 2017

5 things your out-of-state spouse ought to know about your WV roots

Fresh West Virginia biscuits

West Virginia is an anomaly. We do things differently around here, so you may find it hard to describe your home to out-of-staters. Some things may come as a shock as you begin to explain what we’re all about: We’re small-towners. Our population hovers around 1.85 million people. That’s right, our entire state’s population... Read More

May 2, 2017

Town guide: Bluefield

A classic car at TheRailYard, Bluefield, WV

Head south for savory cuisine, carefree entertainment, and intriguing history in “Nature’s Air-Conditioned City.” Dining Big Whiskey’s BBQ Company smokes pork, chicken, and ribs to southern perfection. Locals love the tender meat, which appears in specialty sandwiches, wraps and steak burgers. Plus, you get tangy sauces on the side. There’s also The RailYard, a... Read More

May 1, 2017

Spruce Knob – Mountain Biking

Spruce Knob, WV

Located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks Recreation Area at 4,863 feet, Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia. The area has more than 70 miles of trails for mountain bikers to explore. Tips Difficulty: 3 Trails range from beginner to expert and cover a variety of terrain, from steep peaks to grassy... Read More

April 28, 2017

Town guide: Buckhannon

A Governor's Inn, Buckhannon, WV

Fresh meals, outdoor attractions, and lively festivals define this Upshur County city. Dining At C.J. Maggie’s, indulgence is the main ingredient. This cozy family restaurant will spoil you with homemade sausage and meatballs, wood-fired pizza and savory chicken-and-biscuits. They also have loads of pasta recipes. Just make room for Cake-in-a-Jar— luscious desserts you can... Read More

April 27, 2017

Roll on up: ATV-friendly businesses in Hatfield-McCoy Country

An ATV restaurant in Hatfield-McCoy country, WV

Traveler Tip: The towns of Gilbert, Man, Matewan, Delbarton, and Williamson are all “ATV- Friendly Communities,” where locals and guests can ride ATVs, dirt bikes, & UTVs from daylight to dark (11 p.m. in Gilbert) within city limits. Lodging Cabins and Lodges In Bramwell, the Pocahontas ATV Resort offers a variety of cabin options... Read More

April 26, 2017

Learn to: rock climb

Young woman climbing sandstone cliffs in New River Gorge, WV

World-class peaks and cliffs are just a lesson away. Start on the best, with the best, and learning something new is so much easier. Imagine what heights you’ll reach in the Mountain State! Here’s where you can become a rock star: NROCKS Outdoor Adventures | Circleville At this unique mountainside, getting started is a... Read More

April 24, 2017

Go ahead, mix business and play with blissful mountain ‘bleisure’ travel

Swanky bar at Stonewall Resort, WV

Welcome to wild, wonderful Wi-Fi. Restore your spirit and keep tabs on the office while you travel. It’s possible to have both in West Virginia! Luxury hotels Sometimes, the most relaxing vacations are the ones that don’t involve much activity. Lounge around with a smooth cappuccino, spread out on a plush oversized bed and... Read More

April 21, 2017

Town guide: Morgantown

Two students riding the PRT in Morgantown, WV

Whether you bleed gold and blue, love munchin’ on some local eats or are looking for a place to spend some time outdoors, take the country roads to Morgantown! It has something everyone will enjoy. Young and old alike flock there for its vibrant culture and nightlife — enhanced by the bright and creative... Read More

April 19, 2017

You, too, can soak in George Washington’s old tub!

George Washington's bath tub, WV

George Washington was a regular visitor to Berkeley Springs from the age of 16, where he first visited as a land surveyor, and returned many times after that with his family. He even bought property there. Today, you can sit in the first president’s recreated tub in Berkeley Springs State Park or simply take... Read More

April 17, 2017

These jewelers are crafting unique designs from nature

Pretty Pickle flower necklaces, WV

Wear a piece of West Virginia! The wild Mountain State abounds with natural riches: regal cliffs, deep hardwood forests, and hushed meadows. It’s so inspiring, artists turn to the wilderness for their necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Take a look at these studios: Wildscape Jewelry Though it seems unlikely, caddisfly cases make remarkable jewelry. As... Read More

April 14, 2017

The 1 “must try” at 7 mountain resorts

Swimmer on top of inflatable tower at Wonderland Water Park, WV

There’s a ton of fun to be had at West Virginia resorts. So much, in fact, that you might wonder where to start. Check out these “must-try” activities: 1. Freshwater swimming For hundreds of years, travelers have been drawn to the warm spring waters of Capon Springs, where Capon Springs and Farms resort is... Read More

April 12, 2017

Could you solve the challenges to escape these 6 puzzle rooms?

Three teenage girls at Xscape Room, WV

Immerse yourself in a live-action mystery! West Virginia’s intense “escape rooms” test your ability to solve puzzles under pressure. Beat the clock as you solve spy stories, adventure dramas and creepy tales. Learning the craft Escape rooms are simple in concept, even if solving one isn’t. Interactive games have stories that vary from company... Read More

April 10, 2017

4 places you don’t have to be a high roller to play big

A young couple throwing dice at Hollwood Casino, WV

Play big without going broke in West Virginia. Here’s where to get the high-roller experience without having to break out the high-rolling bucks (unless you want to!) 1. Mountaineer Casino Offering so much more than just a casino, Mountaineer is an experience. There are many different ways to win, including promotions like slot multipliers,... Read More

April 6, 2017

Twin Falls Resort State Park – Hiking

A couple with a dog hiking through woods at Twin Falls State Park, WV

Twin Falls Resort State Park has almost 28 miles of rugged, scenic trails for hikers of all levels. Tips Difficulty: 3 Most of the trails are tricky and technical—very rocky and full of roots, oftentimes with long, steady ascents, or steep, quick descents. Time to Complete: 1 Hour Trails range from .25 mile to... Read More

April 3, 2017

7 wildly quirky finds for urban explorers

Couple walking through nighttime street in Charleston, WV

Sometimes, surprises hide in plain sight. It’s always fun to turn a corner and discover an intriguing passageway or artwork. Fortunately, West Virginia abounds with hide-and-seek delights — you just have to keep your eyes peeled. Here are a few tips to get you started: 1. Hidden steps of Harpers Ferry This picturesque riverside... Read More

March 31, 2017

Make every moment count on these 48-hour family escapes

Mother, son, and daughter sitting on mountaintop in West Virginia

Wild, enchanting backcountry is yours for the weekend. West Virginia’s immersive adventure packages get everybody back to nature. Get ready to swap your smartphone for ropes, saddles, and paddles! Get climbing Spend the weekend on Seneca Rocks, West Virginia’s distinctive landmark and “true peak.” From a distance, the jagged quartzite ridge resembles a dragon’s... Read More

March 29, 2017

A golden-era getaway

The Durbin Rocket locomotive, Elkins, WV

Want to step back in time to a golden age of steam-driven trains, Victorian inns, variety shows and Appalachian string music? Elkins is just the place for all that and more. West Virginia has no shortage of unique towns tucked away in the mountains, with trails, rivers, great restaurants, and many other fun things... Read More

March 27, 2017

This will definitely convince you to take a family spring break in the mountains

Young girl eats a cupcake with white frosting, WV

Are you taking the family on a spring break trip this year? Why not explore the best of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia in 2017? Lots of families get away for a long weekend (or more) in the spring, especially for holidays like Easter or during kids’ breaks from school. If you’re looking to get... Read More

March 25, 2017

Town Guide: Point Pleasant

Mothman Statue, Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Situated at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers, Point Pleasant has long been an important transportation hub, dating back to colonial times. Many of us know of Point Pleasant as the home of the Mothman — an eerie mythical monster, but there’s much more to this city than just spooky urban legends.... Read More

March 24, 2017

Take a driving tour of this fierce, famous family feud

Hatfield Cemetery, WV

A stolen pig. Ill-fated lovers. Fights and killings. It’s the stuff of legend, but it’s all true. Hop on an ATV and relive the famous Hatfields and McCoys feud as you explore the world’s longest off-road trail network. You’ll drive exactly where the 2 families battled it out across the Kentucky-West Virginia border! Hatfield and... Read More

March 20, 2017

4 WV podcasters you should be listening to

Guest speaker at a "Why Listen" event by Mountain Stage, WV

Here are some stellar podcasts you might be surprised are either produced in West Virginia or by West Virginia natives: 1. Inside Appalachia Stories hidden between the mountains and rivers of West Virginia and beyond are unearthed in this sometimes quirky series, hosted by West Virginia native Jessica Lilly. Inside Appalachia covers topics from... Read More

March 17, 2017

It’s the best time of year to visit “USA’s Ireland”

Irish road bowling in Ireland, WV

This charming little community in the heart of West Virginia pays tribute to its Emerald Isle namesake every spring. But Ireland’s roots run deeper than just the Irish Spring Festival. Ireland residents Denton and Sandy King gave a presentation about their home turf at the Celtic Calling festival in Charleston recently. “Ireland was named... Read More

March 15, 2017

West Virginia’s greatest sports legends

Legendary basketball player Jerry West posing in front of his statue in Charleston, WV

When it comes to sports, the Mountain State leads the pack. Take a look: our athletes and coaches are some of the most recognized basketball and football figures in America! See if you recognize these sports heroes: Jerry West | Basketball As a child, this Cheylan native didn’t have much; his father worked in... Read More

March 15, 2017

Profile: SustainU

Young men and women wearing blue, white, and red shirts by SustainU, WV

Sustainability, West Virginia style SustainU is blazing an exciting new direction for the West Virginia economy, taking our centuries of pride to new, exciting 21st century directions. The small Morgantown company is doing its part to be a diverse and sustainable company right here in the Mountain State— all with T-shirts. But it wasn’t an... Read More

March 13, 2017

9 stunning photos that capture winter in West Virginia

Snowy field and stream in Canaan Valley, WV

The Mountain State in winter is a sight to behold. Every contour and fold stands in sharp relief, revealing details our eyes take for granted. Take a second look and enjoy: 1. A golden pathway at Blackwater Falls 2. Tubing at Winterplace 3. A Harpers Ferry winter ... Read More

March 11, 2017

6 unique historic districts in West Virginia

Civil War soldiers in Harpers Ferry, WV

The story of West Virginia’s very birth is one for the (history) books! But since our inception in 1863, we’ve built a bunch more stories worth telling. From booming railroad towns to “Eleanor’s Little Village,” our tiny mountain oases are brimming with history. 1. Stroll into a much swankier past The storybook town of... Read More

March 10, 2017

The best view of this iconic bridge is 800ft+ up on the catwalk

Looking down into the New River Gorge on a Bridge Walk, WV

What is more breathtaking than the New River Gorge? Well, walking across it, of course! In 2009, Bridge Walk was created from a collaboration with the National Park Service, West Virginia Division of Highways, and the partners that make up Bridge Walk, LLC. Using the existing catwalk underneath the New River Gorge Bridge, the... Read More

March 9, 2017

Relics and inspirations from WV’s richest industry

Miner statues at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, WV

Since Victorian times, coal has made history in West Virginia. That legacy continues today with subterranean tours, eccentric buildings, and unique pizzas. Who knew this glittery black rock was so talented? Hands-on history These aren’t your normal tours. Your introduction starts with the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. Until 1953, this was an active site.... Read More

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