Gauley Season is Here! Plan Your Trip Now!
Often known as the Beast of the East, the Gauley River in southern West Virginia offers some of the best whitewater action in the world. The Gauley may be a challenging, technical river, but it doesn’t have to be your Mission: Impossible. Your Mission, If You Choose to Accept It Want to make your own … Continue reading Gauley Season is Here! Plan Your Trip Now!September 7, 2018
Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival offers fun in a beautiful setting
Experience a day of family fun along one of West Virginia’s most scenic lakes at the 5th annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival on Saturday, August 25. The one-day festival will feature activities and events for everyone in your crew to enjoy! Artists from Tamarack will be selling their products and showcasing their crafts. While you … Continue reading Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival offers fun in a beautiful settingAugust 24, 2018
Appalachian Festival Celebrates the Best of the Region!
Generations of families across Appalachia have helped shape the region’s diverse culture and history. As a celebration of that storied heritage, the Appalachian Festival in Beckley has honored the region annually for 21 years now. The festival takes place August 24-26 and will feature arts, crafts, music, history and more. Events, as part of the … Continue reading Appalachian Festival Celebrates the Best of the Region!August 24, 2018
Meet the Sweets of the East Team: Abbie Clasgen
Abbie is the youngest member of the team bringing that sense of awe for whitewater we can all relate to. She came to the area for a restaurant job and ended up joining the river guide training class. In her own words, Abbie Clasgen: I got a job working in the restaurants for a rafting … Continue reading Meet the Sweets of the East Team: Abbie ClasgenAugust 13, 2018
Meet the Sweets of the East Team: Jo-Beth Stamm
While working as a full time emergency room nurse and river guiding, Jo-Beth has dedicated the last 4 years to building and supporting the Sweets of the East women’s raft race team. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Learn more about Jo-Beth in this interview. How did you get into rafting: I got into rafting while I … Continue reading Meet the Sweets of the East Team: Jo-Beth StammAugust 13, 2018
For Spartan Racers: Activities to warm-up or cool down!
Southern West Virginia is excited to welcome all competitors visiting the region for the Spartan Race Trifecta Weekend at Summit Bechtel Reserve, August 25-26. Looking for stuff to do while you’re in town? We’ve got a Top 5 list of activities (in no particular order) to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a pre-race warm up … Continue reading For Spartan Racers: Activities to warm-up or cool down!August 13, 2018
Plan a Day of “Unforgettable Fun” at the State Fair of WV
Celebrate some of the best West Virginia traditions at the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea, August 9-18! The 94th annual edition of the fair is featuring a theme of “Unforgettable Fun.” There will be something for the whole family, whether you’re in search of a diverse menu of fair food, thrilling carnival rides … Continue reading Plan a Day of “Unforgettable Fun” at the State Fair of WVAugust 8, 2018
Meet Sweets of the East Team: Margaret Cadmus
Every great team needs an exceptional captain and the Sweets of the East have the best, Margaret Cadmus, who is dedicated to building a strong team. Margaret focuses on the goals of the team as a whole and builds on the strengths of each member. The communication improves with each practice as do the laughs … Continue reading Meet Sweets of the East Team: Margaret CadmusAugust 1, 2018
America’s National Pastime: Baseball in southern WV
By Craig Calcaterra … Continue reading America’s National Pastime: Baseball in southern WVJuly 31, 2018
Minor Leagues, Major Fun: Baseball in Southern West Virginia
Minor league baseball conjures images of intimate ballparks and baseball players hungry for the big leagues. The crack of the bat, the sounds of the game, all of it is much closer than you experience at the big league ballparks. For affordable family fun, you can’t beat a trip to the cozy minor league ballparks … Continue reading Minor Leagues, Major Fun: Baseball in Southern West VirginiaJuly 31, 2018
Meet the Sweets of the East Team; Sarah Merritt
Team member Sarah Merritt I grew up in Asheville, NC and have been boating since I was about 7 or 8 years old in duckies, rafts and kayaks. I started guiding as soon as I turned 18 on rivers in TN and NC, mainly on the Pigeon. I kayaked the Upper Gauley for the first … Continue reading Meet the Sweets of the East Team; Sarah MerrittJuly 24, 2018
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
West Virginia’s Raft Race Team; Sweets of the East
Thousands of people come to West Virginia for world class whitewater rafting every year. The New River and Gauley River offer a variety of sections to suit any type of paddler, new and old. As the sport of river running has grown in the mountain state over the last 50 years, it has also been evolving … Continue reading West Virginia’s Raft Race Team; Sweets of the EastJuly 18, 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
Meet the Sweets of the East Team; Melanie Seiler
The Sweets of the East team may be new to Melanie, but the team members go way back. Jo-Beth, Sarah, and Margaret have all worked together as river guides. Heck, Margaret did her “check-out” run with Melanie years ago. They now come back together to achieve race goals and have energetic younger members to mentor, … Continue reading Meet the Sweets of the East Team; Melanie SeilerJuly 9, 2018
Meet the Sweets of the East Team: Katee Knight
Getting started in whitewater I got into rafting when I was 8 years old. My family went on a commercial trip through Glenwood Canyon in Colorado. Our guide was a super rad chick, who I thought was definitely a superhero. After almost swimming (my dad caught me by the PFD) I went swimming voluntarily, and … Continue reading Meet the Sweets of the East Team: Katee KnightJuly 9, 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
September 7, 2018 Gauley Season is Here! Plan Your Trip Now!