Best of WV 2021

Discover the Best of Southern West Virginia

Southern West Virginia is home to incredible businesses, from restaurants and breweries to art galleries and unique attractions. Join us in celebrating this year’s Best of West Virginia!

Learn more about those who made the 2021 Best of West Virginia list before your next getaway to Southern West Virginia.

West Virginian of the Year:

This year the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve was recognized as “West Virginian of the Year” in WV Living’s Best of West Virginia. The New River Gorge area, which was redesignated as America’s 63rd National Park on December 27, 2020, is home to rolling rapids, miles of trails and jagged mountain cliffs. Experience the best of the New River Gorge on your next trip to Southern West Virginia.

New River Gorge National Park & Preserve

Shopping & Services:

Best Antique Shop:

Alderson’s Store

Best Bank:

United Bank

Best Gift Shop:

Tamarack Marketplace

Best Local Floral Shop:

Bessie’s Floral Design 

Best Place to Buy WV Made Products:

Tamarack Marketplace 

Best Outdoor Gear Shop:

The Ski Barn

Waterstone Outdoors

Best Towns:

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Best Town for the Arts:



Best Art Gallery:

Tamarack Marketplace

Beckley Art Gallery

Best Artist:

Robby Moore 

Best Fair/Festival:

The State Fair of WV

Bridge Day

Best Museum:

The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

Best of WV 2021 Partners:

Nicholas Co. Commission