Celebrate Mom in Southern West Virginia!
Mother’s Day is almost here! Trace this holiday’s roots back to West Virginia, then honor Mom by spending time with her at a fabulous brunch she’s sure to enjoy. Ties to the Mountain State Did you know that the first official Mother’s Day was celebrated in West Virginia? Anna Jarvis, a resident of Grafton in … Continue reading Celebrate Mom in Southern West Virginia!May 11, 2018
Stop and smell the (wild)flowers!
Spring is finally here, and southern West Virginia is blooming. Across the region, wildflowers are marking your favorite trails and forests with bursts of color, but look closely – some are more difficult to spot than others! On your next hike, look for these popular wildflowers: Bloodroot: This delicate flower has a small, white bloom … Continue reading Stop and smell the (wild)flowers!April 26, 2018
“Ramp” up your spring with these wild delicacies!
It’s that time of year! Spring has sprung, and with it comes a certain smell that wafts from the woods – the smell of ramps. What are ramps? Ramps are wild leeks that are known to grow on the East Coast from South Carolina to Canada, but are extremely thick in Southern West Virginia. Every … Continue reading “Ramp” up your spring with these wild delicacies!April 25, 2018
Chocolatey fun for the whole family!
Get your sweet tooth ready – the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival is almost here! On April 14, downtown Lewisburg will be packed with people enjoying all sorts of sweet treats, and we’ve got the scoop on what you can expect from this year’s festival. Tasting specials Every year, downtown Lewisburg presents its best and chocolatey-est creations … Continue reading Chocolatey fun for the whole family!April 13, 2018
Big waves (and big savings!) for your spring adventure
Happy spring! With a new season comes big adventure in Southern West Virginia. The best adventure? Whitewater rafting on the New River! Spring deals Looking for roller coaster waves? Look no further. Snowmelt and rainfall combine to create huge water and an exciting ride! And these local outfitters have great deals for adventure seekers like … Continue reading Big waves (and big savings!) for your spring adventureMarch 26, 2018
Have a Happy Easter in Southern West Virginia!
Hop to it! Easter’s on its way, and we’ve got the scoop on everything to make this holiday one to remember. A sunrise walk to remember The early bird gets the worm – or in this case, a spectacular sunrise! For all you early risers, Bridge Walk in Lansing is offering a sunrise walk on … Continue reading Have a Happy Easter in Southern West Virginia!March 16, 2018
Erin go bragh! Southern West Virginia’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Put on your green and get ready to party! St. Patrick’s Day is coming up – here’s how you can celebrate in Southern West Virginia. Mt. Nebo’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Lace up your sneakers! Mt. Nebo’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration begins the morning of March 17 with the Shamrock Dash … Continue reading Erin go bragh! Southern West Virginia’s St. Patrick’s Day CelebrationsMarch 12, 2018
Rent a cabin, deep in Southern West Virginia: Twin Falls Resort
Escape to a world of pristine forests and starry nights. There’s a cabin waiting for you in one of Southern West Virginia’s great state parks. Twin Falls Resort State Park Mullens Forget roughing it. This majestic wilderness gets you away from modern pressures—without skimping on comfort. Twin Falls Resort State Park boasts incomparable natural beauty. … Continue reading Rent a cabin, deep in Southern West Virginia: Twin Falls ResortMarch 9, 2018
Earth and fire: SWV’s handmade pottery
Made from earth and crafted by hand, pottery has undeniable appeal. It’s a popular art form in West Virginia, too. Visit our region and see where those clay wheels are turning! Gauley River Pottery Mount Lookout It used to be a general store. Now the clapboard building is a studio: Gauley River Pottery. Created by … Continue reading Earth and fire: SWV’s handmade potteryFebruary 23, 2018
7 fascinating facts about African American heritage in Southern West Virginia
February is Black History Month, and southern West Virginia has an incredible African American history. Let’s take a trip through time and celebrate our African American heritage. Freedom and the coal boom Did you know that McDowell County has a slave-free past? According to the West Virginia Encyclopedia, after the Civil War, many African Americans … Continue reading 7 fascinating facts about African American heritage in Southern West VirginiaFebruary 22, 2018
Feeling chilled? Warm up with handcrafted Appalachian spirits!
Pour yourself a glass of comfort this winter. From mountain whiskey to rum, Southern West Virginia’s liquors warm the heart— and make fantastic cocktails. Isaiah Morgan Distillery— Summersville Meet one of America’s smallest distilleries. Since 2002, Isaiah Morgan has earned a following for its small-batch liquors. It’s also one of the few places where you can get … Continue reading Feeling chilled? Warm up with handcrafted Appalachian spirits!January 23, 2018
Winterplace: Winter fun for all
Snow isn’t just for kids; it’s magical for adults, too! And at Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, winter games have just begun. Peakside playtime With a base elevation of nearly 3,000 feet, Winterplace Ski Resort is Southern West Virginia’s premier winter destination. For one thing, it’s vast. More than 90 acres of skiable terrain carpet the mountains. … Continue reading Winterplace: Winter fun for allJanuary 16, 2018
Golden days of yore: how Victorians celebrated Christmas
Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas crackers— much of our merry holiday associations come from Victorian England. Southern West Virginia owes much to Queen Victoria’s reign, too. Exquisite coal baron mansions, quirky company stores, historic towns— our region is crammed with 19th-century treasures. Let’s see how Victorian settlers might have celebrated Christmas, shall we? Trimming the tree … Continue reading Golden days of yore: how Victorians celebrated ChristmasDecember 19, 2017
Got any New Year’s resolutions? Find ‘em in all 9 counties!
Why stop at one resolution? Southern West Virginia has pulse-pounding adventures for the whole year. Resolve to do one (or more) of these activities for 2018! 1. Beckley-Raleigh County Welcome to the “Hub of Southern West Virginia.” Raleigh County’s convenient roads and interstates make road trips a snap. Prime whitewater rivers and climbing mountains are minutes away. … Continue reading Got any New Year’s resolutions? Find ‘em in all 9 counties!December 19, 2017
Story By Alice – New River Gorge Bridge
Name: Alice We had been In Lynch,Kentucky at family reunion..Some of the family and Us was going onto West Virginia to visit the New River Gorge Bridge ..We heard it was an amazing bridge to see …We loved it ,wow it’s beautiful & very tall …The old train station was even really neat ..we enjoyed … Continue reading Story By Alice – New River Gorge BridgeDecember 19, 2017
Christmas is coming to southern West Virginia! All month long, we’re celebrating with festivals, feasts, and maybe a visit or two from Santa. Join us! Here are some of our favorite traditions: Winter wonderlands For many families, no Christmas is complete without silver lanes, candy canes, and elves— particularly the big, jolly kind. Fayette County … Continue reading Christmas events!December 8, 2017
SHOP SMALL: Bluefield Edition
“Nature’s Air-Conditioned City” will celebrate Small Business Saturday both online and on the ground. Here’s the scoop on special social media events, participating merchants, and upcoming Christmas events. Contests Shop Small Saturday may be Nov. 25, but Bluefield starts earlier than that with three online competitions. If you’re a participating merchant, try your luck with the Favorite Small Business … Continue reading SHOP SMALL: Bluefield EditionNovember 20, 2017
Shop Small Saturday: the Fayetteville edition
“America’s Coolest Small Town” lives up to its name with lots of quirky, appealing boutiques. Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 25 makes things even better. Stop by for deals and unusual items, sweetened with cocoa from local cafes. Shop Small Saturday Fayetteville enjoys a reputation for adventure. After all, it’s located in the New River … Continue reading Shop Small Saturday: the Fayetteville editionNovember 20, 2017
Beckley’s Shop-Small Extravaganza
Nothing helps Christmas shopping more than unique shops and lots of deals. Fortunately, Beckley will have plenty of both on Shop Small Saturday. Pop-up shops Thanks to the Downtown Beckley Business Association, holiday shopping is really convenient. They’ll host Shop Small Saturday in the Grant Building on Nov. 25, where the city’s best merchants will … Continue reading Beckley’s Shop-Small ExtravaganzaNovember 20, 2017
Need a little Christmas? These 5 events will make you merry in no time
Now that we’re into November, it’s perfectly acceptable to celebrate the joy of Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of year, after all! So go ahead— lift your spirits with parades, light displays, cookies, and small-town cheer. Here’s where to get started: 1. Lewisburg Holiday Festival Nov. 18-19 If you associate Christmas with Victorian elegance, … Continue reading Need a little Christmas? These 5 events will make you merry in no timeNovember 17, 2017