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The River’s The Thing: West Virginia Whitewater Rafting’s 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of commercial whitewater rafting in West Virginia. What began as a dream among three brothers from Pennsylvania grew into a key component of West Virginia’s tourism industry. Fifty years on, West Virginia sees a steady influx of visitors looking to challenge some of the best whitewater in the United … Continue reading The River’s The Thing: West Virginia Whitewater Rafting’s 50th Anniversary

July 20, 2018

West Virginia Day: Mountaineer Spirit, Southern West Virginia Style

Montani Semper Liberi. West Virginians not only know those three Latin words translate into “Mountaineers are Always Free,” but also that those three words embody the Mountaineer spirit. On June 20 of each year, West Virginians from Summersville to  Bluefield, from Welchto Lewisburg, celebrate West VirginiaDay, the anniversary of West Virginia statehood and also that … Continue reading West Virginia Day: Mountaineer Spirit, Southern West Virginia Style

June 20, 2018

Theatre West Virginia ready for another super summer of musicals and drama in the hills of West Virginia

Nestled on the rim of the New River Gorge, Theatre West Virginia is set for a summer packed with performances that will tell the stories of a small community getting a big opportunity; a legendary family feud; a group of young friends dreaming beyond the stars; and a mysterious candymaker searching for his replacement. Storied … Continue reading Theatre West Virginia ready for another super summer of musicals and drama in the hills of West Virginia

June 19, 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 Celebrations

March 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 Resort

March 9, 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 Virginia

February 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

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 Christmas

December 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
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