Drive, Zip and Dance at this enormous (auto) Festival
What’s the entertainment equivalent of a V8 engine? The Friends of Coal Auto Fair. Look forward to incredible classic cars, rides, and concerts all weekend long! July 14 Buckle your seatbelt. The weekend starts early at Raleigh County Memorial Airportin Beaver, home of the Friends of Coal Auto Fair. As the workday fades with the … Continue reading Drive, Zip and Dance at this enormous (auto) FestivalJuly 12, 2017
Where to go “Fourth” for Independence Day
Southern West Virginia has days of patriotic celebrations. Pick from small-town festivals to family resort gatherings. Big or small, there’s a red, white, and blue party for you and the gang. Alderson 4th of July Celebration Now through July 5 The little town of Alderson has Independence Day down pat. After all, it has 56 … Continue reading Where to go “Fourth” for Independence DayJune 30, 2017
June’s most popular festivals
Summer vacation never fades away — it just moves to the weekend for us working folks! Get ready for Southern West Virginia’s rock concerts and outdoor parties. Cultural charms The June 15-18 Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival in Ansted brings Appalachian traditions to the forefront, with diversions like coal shoveling and corn hole. It also has … Continue reading June’s most popular festivalsJune 16, 2017
Race the mountains! Here’s how
Test your grit and “trail smarts” at these adventure competitions! Play, paddle, and hike your way through Southern West Virginia’s most scenic regions. There’s a contest for every ability, so go ahead — bring your family or go solo. 1. Thrills in the Hills | June 16-18 Looking for something easy peasy? Thrills in the … Continue reading Race the mountains! Here’s howJune 12, 2017
ReCreate those summer memories
Remember lazy childhood vacations? Maybe your family spent a day at the lake, cooler in tow. Or perhaps you rented a cabin and ate nothing but s’mores and hot dogs. This summer, why not recreate those memories? Join us as we celebrate Southern West Virginia’s parks — places where you can camp, explore, swim, and … Continue reading ReCreate those summer memoriesMay 24, 2017
The best views you can have all to yourself
Most tourists don’t know about these splendid (but overlooked) New River Gorge panoramas. Plus, you can drive from one dazzling overlook to the next, all in one weekend. Easy! Sandstone Falls Imagine: 1,500 feet of frothing cascades and glistening black rocks. It’s a scene worthy of any painting, yet this spot sits off the beaten … Continue reading The best views you can have all to yourselfMay 16, 2017
The Old West is closer than you think
A campground in Bluewell adds Lone Star seasoning to your weekend. Rustic hideaways, comfortable lodges and bison herds set the scene at Buffalo Trail Cabins. Grab your cowboy hat, partner — welcome to old Southern West Virginia! Home on the range Whether you’re bringing 11 relatives or just yourself for vacation, Buffalo Trail Cabins has … Continue reading The Old West is closer than you thinkApril 27, 2017
What’s hidden deep in the New River Gorge?
Forgotten monuments and historic buildings sit just off the beaten path. Long Point, Nuttallburg, Sandstone Falls … it’s hard to resist another visit to places like these. But what about the remaining 70,000 acres in the New River Gorge? The next time you hike, consider going to parts (relatively) unknown; you might find a new … Continue reading What’s hidden deep in the New River Gorge?April 17, 2017
Add these Easter specials to your “basket”
Celebrate the season’s most glorious feast day in style! Find out where to go for sunrise walks, fine dining, and egg hunts. Dawn’s early light At 876 feet above the New River Gorge, the scenery is spectacular. Forested mountains spread into the distance, water glistens far below, and crisp clouds seem close enough to touch. … Continue reading Add these Easter specials to your “basket”April 12, 2017
Going for baroque—musically speaking
For just one afternoon, listen to the music of kings. Mountainside Baroque’s performances harken to Old World splendor. Their special instruments and singing are a feast for the senses! Pearls of sound Europe may be thousands of miles away, but you can still benefit from its culture. This is especially true with music — a … Continue reading Going for baroque—musically speakingApril 5, 2017
The year’s most delicious outdoor festival
Indulge your sweet tooth … all day! The Lewisburg Chocolate Festival on April 8 puts the best chocolatiers and desserts in one place. Taste decadent creations, watch baking demonstrations, and try artisan meals. Go ahead; for one day, it’s OK to splurge. Loco for cocoa Simple on the outside, creamy complexity on the inside: behold … Continue reading The year’s most delicious outdoor festivalApril 3, 2017
Cheers! Get into the beer scene
Cheers! Get into the beer scene Dip your toe into the art of craft brewing. Pale ales and stouts are a pretty big deal in Southern West Virginia. Find out how this ancient beverage is made and where you can try it for yourself. A behind-the-scenes look Like anything that’s readily available, it’s easy to … Continue reading Cheers! Get into the beer sceneMarch 29, 2017
Finally— early spring adventures are here!
Winter is slacking off, and none too soon. The earliest whitewater trips and aerial activities are either here (right now!) or around the corner, so grab a calendar. Spring break starts now! Early spring Whitewater rafting ranks as Southern West Virginia’s top recreational pursuit, and no wonder. Folks travel the world to play on the … Continue reading Finally— early spring adventures are here!March 22, 2017
Have you tried these 7 newcomers from 2016?
Southern West Virginia had a busy year! Have you kept up? New businesses and adventures found a home in our corner of the Mountain State. Check out these new resorts, boutiques and specials you should try this year if you haven’t already! 1. Four Wheeler Heaven This family-owned ATV resort is about as close to … Continue reading Have you tried these 7 newcomers from 2016?March 16, 2017
SWV: 7 ways to stay active this winter
Burn calories and have a snow day, too! Winter is winding down, but cold-weather games are still afoot in Southern West Virginia. Ski, explore caverns, and go where no hibernating bear has gone before! Check out these attractions and activities: 1. Winterplace Ski Resort Southern West Virginia’s biggest, most extensive ski resort has no trouble … Continue reading SWV: 7 ways to stay active this winterMarch 10, 2017
SWV: 2017 bucket list? Try these wow-worthy “best of” winners
Launch your new year with the most popular attractions in Appalachia. 2 prestigious publications asked voters for their favorite destinations, and the Mountain State did really well — particularly Southern West Virginia. For 2017, add some award-winning towns, restaurants and outfitters to your itinerary! WV Living’s “The Best of West Virginia” Our region scooped handfuls … Continue reading SWV: 2017 bucket list? Try these wow-worthy “best of” winnersMarch 6, 2017
SWV: Where entertainment is the entree
Add some mystery or music to your evening! This spring, Southern West Virginia’s best entertainment venues treat you to Irish feasting, craft brews, and murder. Here’s where you can catch the show: March appetizer You’ll want to make reservations for this one: the Shamrock Slainte Dinner. It’s your excuse to dress up in green (the … Continue reading SWV: Where entertainment is the entreeMarch 6, 2017
Sometimes when you drive across the New River Gorge Bridge the clouds form a tunnel to the other side #visitwv
Sometimes when you drive across the New River Gorge Bridge the clouds form a tunnel to the other side #visitwv Posted to Instagram by Visit WV.February 15, 2017
Be Your Romantic Best
Dress it up or down. Southern West Virginia has dreamy dates for all styles and budgets!
Before you know it, Valentine’s Day will be at your doorstep. Plan ahead with a dinner date, hike or romantic cabin retreat!
These Winter deals are too tempting to ignore!
Now is the best time to have a snow day.
A vacation in Southern West Virginia is more affordable than ever. Ski, rent cabins and have a snow day at low-season rates!
Winterplace Ski Resort
Freestyle your way to savings at Southern West Virginia’s foremost winter destination.February 10, 2017
July 12, 2017 Drive, Zip and Dance at this enormous (auto) Festival
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