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 AnniversaryJuly 20, 2018
Newlyweds visit the New River Gorge – Shared by Jennifer!
Newly married, visiting family in the area and going “back to my roots” started our trip today (June 30, 2018) out at New River Gorge Bridge and 178 steps! Great day! Thank you, West Virginia!July 12, 2018
Best Ways to Play in SWV In Summertime!
Families that travel together find ways to play together, and southern West Virginia offers some of the best ways to play in the summertime fun time. Get active…or chill outside! Ready to cool off? Look no further than ACE Adventure Resort! Here, you’ll find some of the swimmingest fun around. ACE’s Wonderland Waterpark offers fun … Continue reading Best Ways to Play in SWV In Summertime!June 28, 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 StyleJune 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 VirginiaJune 19, 2018
Relive the Gilded Age in Bramwell
Step back in time in Bramwell! This little town in Mercer County was home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the United States, and today, you can stroll down the same brick-paved streets of Millionaire Row during the Spring Tour of Homes. History of Bramwell It’s no secret that the coal industry … Continue reading Relive the Gilded Age in BramwellJune 8, 2018
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
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