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Beckley Restaurant Week

Beckley Restaurant Week - February 1-6 SWV’s bustling business central is stuffed with flavor, but you can sample all its best with dine-around deals during Beckley Restaurant Week! Prixe fixe menus from all the city’s longest-standing restaurants and most beloved newcomers make it easy to get a true taste of the town during the final of 3 Southern WV Restaurant Week events. Here’s what not to miss in Beckley: 304 Chophouse Classic Bar & Grill Tuck away in the upscale comfort of this elegant chop house to taste their special features, with creative new plates to sample every week. Or enjoy a fine staple steak or seafood dish and handcrafted drink. Indulge in the sweet dessert deal! The Dish Cafe The Dish is all about making healthy, local foods that make you feel as fabulous as they taste. With a rotating menu of tasty selections for Restaurant Week, you can keep your body and your taste buds fully satisfied. The Char This upscale option has been a centerpiece of Beckley’s fine dining for more than 50 years. Treat yourself to a fresh gourmet-grilled steak, seafood or chop, or ask what’s new on the hand-selected wine list. Pasquale’s Sister site of The Char, this intimate Italian eatery has been serving up that same high-end flavor for 50+ years. Their expansive menu covers all sorts of Italian classics, from traditional hearty pastas to calamari and other seafood staples. Rich and Ernie’s Pub Settle down in the casual pub scene at Skyline Resort’s premier pub, where you can catch something on the big screens while you enjoy some high-quality dining, and one of their over-the-top signature cocktails. King Tut Drive-In Take your taste buds back to the old days at this throwback drive-in. The sprawling menu harkens back to its 40s heyday with generations-old family recipes, from homestyle pie to pizza to sandwiches to country dinners and beyond. Dobra Zupas This gourmet restaurant and micro-brewery is always crafting new artisan tastes for both its beers and its bites. Sample what’s fresh this week on tap and on the menu. Tamarack Truly a celebration of the best in West Virginia cuisine. Serving up locally grown Rainbow Trout, Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches, and hearty Chicken Pot Pie - you'll find the WV inspired fare a treat for your taste buds. Is your mouth watering yet? Check out all the dining deals for Beckley Restaurant Week!

Lewisburg Restaurant Week

Lewisburg Restaurant Week January 25-30, 2016. Head to West Virginia’s farm-to-table hub for a week of dine-around discounts on fresh foods.  During the second of 3 Southern WV Restaurant Weeks, enjoy prixe fixe prices at Lewisburg’s finest. Don’t miss these great deals: The Asylum Enjoy upscale comfort cuisine at this casual, multi-level grill & pub. Take your thick burger to ‘insanity’ level with a pile of premium toppings, and pair it with a pick from the drink list (which is just as lengthy as the meal menu!) Food and Friends This longstanding family business is not just a “Best of the Greenbrier Valley” local favorite for seafoods, steaks pastas and more; it’s also been crowned a Food Network “Best Of.” Pick up a rich truffle at the chocolate counter on your way out! The French Goat Enjoy the charm of a fine French Bistro in the heart of historic Lewisburg. The 3rd generation chef brings an impressive resume of world-renowned culinary expertise to the table in his personal twists to French favorites. General Lewis Inn Rich history sets the tone for your time at the General Lewis Inn’s exquisite Jefferson Dining Room. Don’t skip the creative handcrafted appetizers before choosing a gourmet meal, and the bartender can craft you a classy cocktail to round out your meal. The Irish Pub Pair your classic Irish pub fare with one of the largest beer and whiskey lists in the region! Enjoy it alongside a heaping helping of live music, or maybe with a mystery beer, a few of the many touches that make this pub an award-lauded stop. Stardust Cafe With an impressive mix of high-end local sourcing— think farm-fresh produce, organic meats, artisan breads— Stardust Cafe crafts elegant, flavorful entrees and unique drinks to match. Del Sol Cantina Dine on authentic Latin cuisine, pizzas and specialty drinks in this laid-back Latin fusion bistro, which has been a local fixture for a couple decades. The house margarita has a kick of fresh jalapeno! Jim’s Drive-In For more than 60 years, this place has served up American classics curbside. Choose from dogs, BBQ, burgers and other diner favorites, and wash it down with one of the 20+ old-fashioned shakes. Tudor’s Biscuit World Buttery, fluffy, and huge— these biscuits are what any WV breakfast should be! Stuff yours with gooey cheese, homestyle eggs, crispy bacon, hash browns and more! Hill and Holler Come for the bike shop but stay for the crispy brick-oven pizzas, tasty Italian and live music. Don’t forget a scoop of homemade ice cream, and a cold craft brew. The Livery Enjoy a modern take on the 1800s tavern, with farm-to-table flavor and hearty cuisine. The cozy ambiance of this historic locale add an extra layer of depth on top of the fine dishes crafted with locally sourced steaks and other meats. Check out the specials and let us know what you try!

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Get deals on the hidden foodie gems of the mountains during Fayetteville - Oak Hill Restaurant Week.  The first of 3 Southern WV Restaurant Weeks, Fayetteville's prixe fixe setup makes it easy to sample the best of this flavor haven, including the nearby Oak Hill. Fayetteville has a shocking amount of independent eateries for such a small town, all with a local, fresh focus. And they’re far from traditional! Each menu stands out for an offbeat culinary flair. See Full Restaurant Week Deals  Learn about our awesome participants: Secret Sandwich Society These aren’t your grammy’s sammies and burgers! Fresh, creative toppings like chipotle bacon jam and artisan spreads pair up perfectly with homemade sides and a great brew selection. Cathedral Cafe Great food and a unique vibe make this hip spot the local hangout. Top-notch java and baked goods complement the tasty dishes, but watch the daily specials for fanatical favorites like the white bean chicken chili. Chetty’s Pub Where better to head after a day outdoors than the pub? Find the best version of every bar staple on the menu, and refuel with an amazing view from right on the rim of the gorge.   Pies and Pints  Welcome to a whole new plane of pizza + beer. These artisanal pies are baked with offbeat toppings like grapes, black beans, gouda and more. And there’s a whole separate (bigger) menu for brews.   Tudor’s Biscuit World This stop’s a little more traditional, but its a longstanding favorite across the entire region. The massive, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits are unforgettable. It’s everything country cookin’ ought to be. And Oak Hill is every bit as tasty, with a more traditional touch:   Cafe One Ten  A diner, but finer. This unique spot has a hometown atmosphere, a menu of favorites and a culinary craftsmanship that keep it a cut above. The pasta specialties and decorative plating make it a must. Delfino’s This is the quintessential hometown diner, with walls dressed in local sports regalia and nostalgic old-fashioned cakes and shakes to tempt you for a  treat— that is if you can stomach it after a few slices of the rich, cheesy pizza. Gino’s Pizza & Spaghetti House Hearty helpings and a lightly sweet sauce have made this classic pizza joint a West Virginia staple. The ‘za is the star, but don’t forget about the signature pastas, wings and thick hoagies. Mouth watering now? Grab a bite Jan 18-23 to get all the great deals! See full specials menu >  (And don't forget Lewisburg & Beckley Restaurant Weeks on the way!)

Restaurant Week – 3 Weeks, 3 Cities

3 weeks, 3 cities and all the Southern WV taste you can take! It’s Restaurant Week (x3) here in SWV. That means great deals on delicious meals! Fayetteville - Jan. 18-23 Lewisburg - Jan. 25-30 Beckley - Feb. 1-6 Dine around with these exclusive deals: Dinner: 3-course meals for $25, $35 or $45 Lunch: 2-course meal for $10, $15 or $20 Find more specials on the Restaurant Week menus No matter what your tastes, there’s something mouthwatering on the menu for you. What’s your flavor? Get your salty fix with free Society Fries from Secret Sandwich Society. Sweet tooth? The fresh-baked Madelines at the French Goat. Mix it up at The Dish, which will be serving up different lunch specials every day of the week. That’s barely touching on all the treats you can discover around town. Indulge in the best dishes our chefs have to offer, and fill your plate full of palate-pleasers! Get to tastin'!

Bridge Day Weekend: Chili, Live Music and Extreme Sports

It’s no secret that Bridge Day is one of the most exciting events in Southern West Virginia. The New River Gorge Bridge closes to traffic and BASE jumpers launch themselves into the gorge. While watching the jumpers from the bridge and from the gorge below is pretty spectacular, there are a number of other events going on that weekend that are perfect for the whole family. Check out some of the exciting events below. Taste of Bridge Day Kick off your adventure weekend with the Taste of Bridge Day. Held at Adventures on the Gorge, the Taste of Bridge Day showcases the area’s finest restaurants and caterers. Enjoy local food, beautiful artwork, and live music at this can’t-miss event.  Bridge Day 5K Experience a breathtaking view of the New River Gorge and the surrounding area during the Bridge Day 5K. This race is limited to 400 participants, so sign-up today! Chili Cookoff Enjoy incredible live music, delicious chili, activities for the kids, and more at Fayetteville's Annual Bridge Day Chili Cook-off in the historic downtown of the coolest small town of Fayetteville!  Don’t forget to post your photos from Bridge Day and use hashtag #VisitWV for a chance for your photos to be featured on our website!

More to see Bridge Day Weekend

If you're joining the crowds at Bridge Day, don't forget that there's more to explore! Bridge Day is the biggest event in Southern West Virginia. In fact, during the festival, more people convene in Fayetteville than in any city in the state. It's our largest pop-up population. It's easy to see what attracts the crowds: BASE jumpers parachuting from the iconic New River Gorge Bridge, rappellers descending into the canyon,  unique WV foods, tons of local vendors with great crafts, and amazing foods. But the festival isn't all there is to see! Make it a weekend, and explore the area before and after Bridge Day. Here are some of the highlights: Around Fayetteville (5 min drive) Go enjoy the outdoorsy, happening little town that helps make this adventure-fest possible. Weekend Events As a part of the Bridge Day weekend, Fayetteville hosts the after-party with a downtown chili cook-off, and the evening before Bridge Day, Adventures on the Gorge brings restaurants in for Taste of Bridge Day, where you can sample all the region's most loved dishes in one place, with a beautiful scenic view. Truly Unique Dining Fayetteville is a haven of culinary creatives from around the world. Taste gourmet pizzas from Pies and Pints, upscale Appalachian cuisine from Smokey's on the Gorge, sweet-potato stuffed tortillas at the Burrito Bar, or smoky BBQ at Fire Creek BBQ & Steaks. That's barely scraping the surface of your eatery options around downtown. Local Shops Downtown is also full of quirky shops and top-quality gear stores. You can find antiques at the New River Antique Mall, recycled and natural goods from Cathedral Cafe  Feeling adventurous? Rent a bike or get some top-notch gear from Arrowhead Bike Farm, or explore climbing and camping gear at the legendary Waterstone Outdoors. You can even see a show (The Butler Did It!) at the Historic Fayette Theater! Around the New River Gorge (up to 20 min drive)  With more than 70,000 acres of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve to explore and the lots of small towns to visit that support the park, there's plenty to see all around the gorge. Outdoor Adventure It's no secret that the New River Gorge is the capital of West Virginia adventure. Recreation activities include hiking and biking, along with world-class whitewater rafting (the Gauley River is one of the Top 10 across the globe) and renowned sandstone cliffside climbing. If the BASE jumpers inspired you, you can soar the skies doing stunts in a Wild Blue WWII plane. Zipline through the trees hit the trails horseback, challenge yourself to an aerial obstacle course, stroll across the bridge catwalk, go underground among the caves… that's just a glimpse at what you can try. Beckley Head into the commercial center of the gorge area in Beckley. There you'll find some of West Virginia's top crafters on display at Tamarack, with some in-studio artisans creating away in front of you with live demos. Then, delve into history and underground at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, where you'll ride an old mine car into the cavern for a look at one of the state's most famous industries. The kids might be more interested in the Youth Museum, where they can roam the Appalachian frontier or learn about history with fun interactive exhibits. Ansted Tucked back a bit more than Fayetteville, Ansted is full of its own unique charm. Ride over the aerial tram at Hawk's Nest State Park for a beautiful view, and swoop down into the marina for a New River Jetboat Ride then head out to discover the oddities at Mystery Hole. Summersville While the lake might be chilly, you can get an amazing landscape view from atop the lighthouse. Or, throw on a wet suit to stay warm and roll down the scenic Gauley River that drains from the lake. Stop in to taste the mountains with a sip of wine & spirits at Kirkwood Winery, where you'll find wild flavors like dandelion, ginseng, ramp, blackberry, and more. Thurmond This old mining town is nearly abandoned, but it's a great place to explore. The depot has been restored, and is now a visitor's center and museum, where you can hear all of the town's tales. If you're interested in exploring even more abandoned coal sites, ask about finding some of the ghost towns and ruins in the area. Across Southern WV (within about an hour's drive) Escape the crowds to see some of WV's other cultural treasure troves. Glade Springs If all the Bridge Day adventure got you tuckered out, spend a day at the spa. Glade Springs Resort's massive private estate has plenty to enjoy, from fine dining to bowling and recreation, and, because we're approaching Halloween, they'll also have 4 huge haunted attractions this weekend, including a 3D haunted house, hayride, and zombie laser tag game. Lewisburg This charming little town is full of character. Stroll historic downtown for jam-packed antique and artisan shops, art galleries, outdoor gear stores, boutiques, and more, there's plenty to browse. Take a break to dine at a charming cafe, quirky coffee shop or upscale eatery. The eclectic vegetarian-friendly Wild Bean, lauded Stardust Cafe, farm-to-table Stella's and modern Food & Friends are a few local favorites. The town is also home to one of the world's 4 Carnegie Halls, and several other entertainment venues. Nearby, you can find trails and caves to explore. Princeton History buffs can delight in the Eastern Regional Coal Archives, where you can find diaries, artifacts, records, photos and more from the coal boom era. Take home a piece of WV's heritage with classic coins and fine glassware from the Bronze Look. A little further from town, you'll find Bramwell, with streets still lined with lavish, sprawling mansions from when the town was home to more millionaires than anywhere else in the country. Hinton Stop off in nearby Sandstone Falls to catch the water crashing, stretched 1,500 feet across the scenery. Then drive on to this old rail town, and dig right into its history at the Hinton Railroad Museum. If you're still in town the weekend after Bridge Day you'll definitely want to check out the Historic Town of Hinton as they host their annual Hinton Railroad Days, the town will be bustling with activity. You can even ride the rails along the daily Amtrak rides (just plan out a route back, too!) The historic area is full of unique architecture, like the Romanesque Revival style courthouse. Entertain yourself with a show at the Ritz Theatre, or just flip on the AM radio for some old-school hits & chat on Historic Hinton's Hometown Radio. What are you exploring on Bridge Day weekend? 

What to do in SWV every single weekend in winter

You’ll never feel snowbound again! After the holidays, winter can seem bleak. Give your weekends direction with live entertainment, outdoor sports and fare that warms the heart. Dec. 17-18 Night at the North Pole Decorate Christmas cookies, sip hot chocolate and hear tales from Mrs. Claus. You’ll also get to visit Santa and tour the grounds at Pipestem, which are lit with thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Christmas Brunch at Smokey’s Let gourmet chefs do all the hard work on Christmas Eve! Dine on honey-bourbon-glazed Yorkshire smoked ham or rosemary-rubbed venison roast, then load up on classic casseroles. Smokey’s will also serve Belgian waffles and oyster chowder. You have to make reservations for this delicious event, though! Dec. 31-Jan 1 New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party Indulge in the wild romance of the New River Gorge as the sun sets on the last day of the year. Survey the gorgeous landscape from Smokey’s wide windows, then listen to live music and celebrate at the open bar while you help yourself to a sumptuous buffet spread! Please make reservations for this popular event. Then stuff yourself all over again the next morning at the New Year’s Day Brunch! Celebrate in style with a hot lunch buffet spread, artisanal bread, buttermilk biscuits, chilled shrimp cocktails and plenty of side dishes. Jan. 7-8 Eagle Survey of the Pipestem Area Golden and bald eagle populations are returning to the Southern WV wilderness at a remarkable pace, and naturalists need help counting them. Take part in this highly anticipated event, learn about birds of prey and immerse yourself in glorious wilderness scenery! Winterplace Ski Resort This high-altitude destination makes its own snow and stays open until March (weather permitting), so weeks of adventure are guaranteed! Ski more than 90 acres of exhilarating terrain or fill your day with tubing. You can keep sliding in the snow all through night! If you get low on fuel, Winterplace’s restaurants can satisfy your every craving. Jan. 14-15 Murder Mystery Dinner: Knight of Murder Feast on leg of turkey and become part of a medieval crime story! Merriment, costumed characters and hearty English fare will keep your spirits bright all night long. The Salt Cave and Spa Imagine a high-end hobbit dwelling from “Lord of the Rings,” and you’ll know exactly what to expect. Well, almost. This man-made cavern for halotherapycomes complete with low illumination and snug surroundings. You can also sign up for a facial, massage and aromatherapy. Jan. 21-22 Couples Country-Western Dance Weekend at Pipestem The show starts Jan. 20, when you settle in for 2 nights of pattern partner dancing. Your package deal also comes with a cozy room at McKeever Lodge and dinner. Don’t have enough time? You can sign up for lessons without having to pay for rooms or meals. Lost World Caverns When the weather outside gets frightful, head to a delightful... cave! Lost World Caverns is open all year (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) and never gets below 52 degrees. If you’re up for an all-day exploration, sign up for the “Wild Cave Tour.” Spend 4 hours of crawling and squeezing your way past fascinating formations. A hot meal and showers, plus a videotape of the trip, are your reward for a job well done. Jan. 28-29 Chinese New Year The era of the Rooster is here! Celebrate with tangy Asian-themed fare, including dim sum, General Tso’s Chicken, Chinese buns and pot stickers. Babcock State Park With its romantic grist mill and dense woods, this place is striking all year round. But in winter, when snow or frost coats the ground, Babcock is especially romantic. Bring your camera and compose some landscape shots! Feb. 4-5 Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead Sit by the fire with an exclusive beverage from Southern West Virginia. Hawk Knob’s bold, bitter drinks definitely keep Old Man Winter at bay. The owners craft each batch with local or heritage ingredients. Smooth Ambler Spirits Distillery Brighten the grayest day with some artisan gin, whiskey, vodka and rum. Smooth Ambler’s inviting tasting room makes a great excuse to escape the cold, too. Then bring home something to spike that homemade eggnog! Feb. 11-12 Grease Sing Along Wear your poodle skirt n’ shades and belt out those high-revving classics Feb. 11. You’ll feel uplifted no matter how cold it gets! Sweetheart! It’s a Sweet Weekend at Pipestem Spend an early Valentine’s Day deep in the mountains. This package deal includes a 2-night stay at McKeever Lodge, live music, dinner and dancing. Feb. 18-19 Hatfield-McCoy Trail System As the East Coast’s most extensive off-road destination, these trails have more runs, obstacles and scenery than you can fill in a day. Bring your ATV or UTV and see how much you can explore! It’s open all year. Plus, the enormous expanse connects to restaurants, inns and vehicle rental spots, so you’ve got all you need right along the trail. Feb. 25-26 Creole Revels Dinner Old Man Winter can’t defeat the zingy heat of Louisiana! Warm your soul with slow-cooked pot roast with Cajun gravy; Low Country boil with oysters, clams, lobsters and seasoning; sweet potato pecan pie; and much, much more. How do you spend a winter in Southern West Virginia?

This weekend is: Small Business Saturday!

Rack up exclusive deals at city-wide Small Business Saturday events! Visit local boutiques, shops and restaurants for fantastic post-Thanksgiving bargains in Southern WV. Hit up several different shops (and score several different deals) at once at towns-wide Small Business Saturday events. Pick up savings all around town in Fayetteville, Lewisburg, Bluefield and Beckley: Fayetteville Plot your way to savings in America’s “Coolest Small Town!” Pop through the historic downtown district for a list of participating retailers and restaurants. Then get browsing! The more you buy, the more benefits you’ll get! Just keep your sheet handy to collect stamps when you shop— participating restaurants will count ‘em up and give you a delicious deal when you’re done.   Here’s a preview of some of the shops you can stop into: Water Stone Outdoors: all the climbing, hiking and whitewater gear for that next outdoor adventure. Wisteria’s Gifts: luxury boutique with Vera Bradley accessories, home decor, jewelry and made-in-West-Virginia specialties. Twisted Gypsy’s: your spot for stylish, hip clothing, local art and glittery accessories you’ll find nowhere else. Epic Escape Game New River Gorge: can you and your friends solve this interactive adventure before time’s up? Marathon Bicycle Company: riding gear, brand-name mountain bikes and professional servicing. Then redeem your points at restaurants like these: Secret Sandwich Society: imaginative, made-from-scratch burgers and sammies, plus craft brews, seasoned fries and homemade desserts. The Grove: enjoy local beer on tap, live music and regular “poetry, prose and plainsong” sessions, all in a casual space above Secret Sandwich Society. Cathedral Cafe: locally loved for its creative dishes and espresso drinks. Shop here for local art, and browse a tiny boutique shop, too. There are plenty more shops and restaurants participating! All cafes and eateries have gift certificates, so think about treating someone on your shopping list to a farm-fresh meal. (How about a DIY dining hop?) Lewisburg This historic town’s charm comes out in full swing for the holiday season. Antique shops, 18th-century buildings and sweet boutiques really make your spirits bright. And during Small Business Saturday, you’ll have an extra excuse to visit, with deals like: 10% off at The Front Porch. You’ll even get a shot at winning a $50 gift certificate! Sip wine while you shop for attractive home decor, books, stylish clothing and books. Gift wrapping is free, too. Pull a candy cane at Yarid’s, and you could win up to 20% off an item! This luxury boutique has tasteful shoes, jackets, purses and jewelry, plus free gift wrapping and holiday shipping. Shop Small in Bluefield With 30 participating shops to choose from, including pop-up shops, this Certified Arts Town takes Small Business Saturday seriously. Win up to $100 in the Ugly Sweater Selfie Contest! Rack up entries at every shop you stop into. Don’t forget to pick up your small business bingo card. If you get a “Bingo,” you can leave the card at that business to win even more prizes! In addition to the pop-up vendors, you can score discounts from: Bluefield Yarn Company: Score free patterns and draw from the discount jar when you pick up yarn, wool, tools, patterns and craft ideas from this colorful shop. Monogram Magic: Get 10% off to personalize your gifts with a custom monogram. Hearthside Books: Earn a free gift card with your purchase! Kids can also make crafts while you search for biographies, novels and classics. Bunny’s Suburban Shoppe: Enter to win a $50 gift card, and pick up a stylish new jacket for up to 75% off! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite shop with a “like” on the businesses’ Facebook photo contest, too! Beckley’s Pop Up Shops Swap your traditional mall for a one-stop retail super-shop! The Downtown Beckley Business Association will turn Main and Neville streets into a massive marketplace for artists and shops. Empty storefronts will be filled with pop-up shops, and 50+ downtown businesses will share discounts and contests. Artists will also set up their works in non-retail business spaces, so there will be way more of downtown to explore! Get there early, and you can score some unique “Shop Small” swag bags. Participating shops include: Vada Ball: vintage jewelry by Plunder Designs thirty-one: bags and purses Tickety Boo Mercantile: this funky, fun-spirited shop “upcycles” vintage furniture and antiques. Come for general discounts, door prizes and refreshments! Where are you going to shop for Small Business Saturday?

Plan an Epic Long Weekend this Bridge Day

Get the best of Bridge Day weekend with these insider tips! West Virginia's largest one-day festival & the world’s biggest BASE jumping festival is just around the corner, Oct. 15. There’s so much going on, you’ll need more than a night to experience it all. Take a long weekend, and soak up the best of Southern WV this Bridge Day weekend: Room at the inn Trust us— you’re gonna want to make hotel reservations for Bridge Day now. Roughly 80,000 folks from all over the world gather on New River Gorge Bridge for the festival. Local hotels book quickly, so getting an early reservation is crucial. Here’s the inside scoop on what’s still available: Just a few cabins left in Fayette County/Fayetteville and Nicholas County/Summersville. Several Beckley hotel rooms (about 30 min from the bridge) If you’re having trouble finding a place, call Visit Southern West Virginia at 800-847-4898 for the most updated availability. Fall foliage If you’ve never seen the New River Gorge in autumn, get ready for some bold color. The lemon, orange and crimson leaves are just as bright as the parachutes. While the views from the New River Gorge Bridge are hard to beat, there are plenty of trails you can explore, too. When you’re in town, check out these hiking spots: Long Point Trail. This (mostly) flat trail treats you one of the best views of the New River Gorge Bridge. After 1.6 miles of forest scenery, you’ll emerge onto a dramatic cliff ledge. Far ahead is the iconic steel-span arch. Its simple lines, framed against dazzling foliage, is incredible from this vantage point. Canyon Rim Boardwalk. Take in dramatic views of the Gorge and bridge. The boardwalk itself is short— just .10 miles— but some folks might find the climb back demanding. Still, the scenery is hard to beat. Endless Wall Trail. USA Today rated this ridgeline trail the #1 National Park hike in America. Look forward to panoramic canyon views, unbroken cliffs and 2.4 miles of unspoiled beauty. For a more adventurous look at the foliage, take a zipline tour through (or above) the fiery fall canopies. Twas the night before Bridge Day Sample all the best local restaurants for one heck of a dinner. Taste of Bridge Day brings together our top chefs, live music and plenty of good cheer to kick off the weekend at Smokey’s on the Gorge— which sits right on the rim of the canyon. Tasting tickets are $1, and samples can cost 1-7 tickets, depending on what you order. Chili cook-off Speaking of food, indulge in Appalachia’s fall favorites after the festival with the cornbread and chili cook-offs. Sample the best stews in the state! For just $5, you’ll get 5 sample vouchers. Taste them all, and vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Award-winning music Bridge Day weekend even has a music festival:  Bridge Jam! Award-winning bands and musicians will be playing all weekend long. Jam out to Grammy winners, music legends and nationally-recognized rock, bluegrass and country bands. Plus, enjoy craft beer, fine art and fine wine. You can even pitch your tent and make that your homebase for the weekend. Adventure Have an adventure in southern West Virginia’s mountains. Explore the outdoors: Catch the epic waters of the Gauley River on the last two scheduled run days - October 15th & 16th.  Try rafting the New River— including trips right under the bridge during Bridge Day for a close-up riverside view of the BASE jumpers and rappellers. Rent a bike and hit the trails! The looping Arrowhead system is a gem for mountain bikers of all levels. If the Bridge Day rappellers inspire you, take a rock climbing trip. You’ll learn to scale up, and lower yourself from, our famous sandstone cliffsides like a pro. How are you spending your Bridge Day weekend?

Your end-of-August weekend guide

August is slipping away, but there’s still some excitement left to catch in Southern WV! Spend your sunny weekends at jazzy music festivals, art displays and Appalachian celebrations! The sound of soul Listen to award-winning funk by Biscuit Miller & The Mix and other favorites at the Bluefield Blues Festival. Other bands include One Eyed Jack, the Jamal Millner Trio and the Tommy Cox Band. Come early in the day for the Bluefield Lemonade Festival, too! If the weather gets hotter than 90 degrees, the town will make free citrusy drinks! Block parties, Appalachian style For 8 days, join Oak Hill for live music, pageants, nocturnal bowling and fireworks at the Oak Leaf Festival. Hear coastal tunes by Beach Nite Band and acoustic bluegrass by Joseph Hott and the Short Mountain Boys! Mix n’ match your way through crafts, live music and local delicacies at the Beckley Appalachian Festival. More than 100 artists will show off their talent at the 52nd Appalachian Arts and Crafts Fair. You also can find live entertainment, quilts, tasty meals and shows.  And over at Tamarack, the “Best of West Virginia” art gallery, Marty Schaerer will demonstrate how to make jewelry. Visit Poets’ Cafe at Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery for an evening of music, songs and poems.  Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band and Shane Ingram & Friends, a folk and bluegrass group, will make the night festive. Hankering for lovin’ spoonfuls of comfort food? Get some Appalachian flavor at Taste of Beckley! Local restaurants will fill your plate at this casual outdoor block party. While you’re in the area, head underground for a tour at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. A veteran miner will cart you deep under the earth and share fascinating stories. Kids can also create their own Appalachian craft at the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, right on the surface. For another West Virginia experience, check out the Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival. The Mountain State’s only nautical beacon hails all sorts of entertainment Aug. 27. Listen to eclectic Appalachian music by the Lickety Split Band or rock to groovy classics by tribute artist Rudy Elvis. You won’t believe how much he resembles The King! Browse rows of gleaming autos at the Classic Car Show, and vote for your favorite entry! Trophies and prizes go for Best Classic, People’s Choice and more. You can also adopt a cat or dog or enter a corn hole competition. Who knows, you and your buddies could scoop up $100! Make your day complete with a spectacular tour of the lighthouse. For $5, you can climb the former wind turbine and walk its circular deck. Have you ever seen Summersville Lake from 104 feet above the ground? It’s worth the stair climb, trust us. How are you going to spend your weekend in Southern West Virginia?