48 Hours in the Mountain Lakes Region

While the lakes of this region are known for providing an abundance of summer-time fun, what most don’t know is that there is still a multitude of things to do and see here even in the colder months. Read on for insider tips on how to spend a fall or winter weekend amongst some of West Virginia’s most beautiful landscapes.

Eat like a local

Stop by C.J. Maggie’s in Buckhannon for a delicious plate of homemade comfort food. Since its first opening in 1992, this spot has been a town staple. From soups and sandwiches to pasta and pizza, you’re guaranteed to leave happy from a full belly and the welcoming atmosphere. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Campfire Grill in Summersville. This unique spot serves up a delicious variety of camping classics and new-found favorite desserts that won’t disappoint.

Relax and unwind with hand-crafted sips from a full range of wines at Lambert’s Winery, an extraordinary hidden gem within Lewis County. Be sure to take a tour for a behind-the-scenes look at how this wine is produced as well as for the chance to take in the beautiful property grounds. For a warmer sip, visit Main Street Coffee in downtown Sutton for a pick-me-up drink paired with tasty baked goods.

Explore Activities

If in the area, don’t miss grabbing a West Virginia-grown Christmas tree from French Creek Christmas Tree Farm, who’s been helping families create holiday memories for over 30 years. If you’re there on the right day, you might even catch Santa himself. For even more fun, visit the Summerville Lighthouse, the state’s only working lighthouse. Climb 122 steps to reach the 360-degree gallery deck which overlooks the Gauley River National Recreational Area and Summersville Lake.

Deemed one of West Virginia’s most Instagrammable views, Stonewall Resort offers a spa, golf course, on-site restaurants, hiking trails, a heated pool, an extravagant patio area surrounding the lake and more. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date or quality family time, there’s something here for everyone. If you consider yourself a folklore fanatic, Braxton County is the place to go. Home to both the Flatwoods Monster Museum and the West Virginia Bigfoot Museum, you’re guaranteed to discover one-of-a-kind collections and artifacts.

Make it a getaway

Travel back in time with a stay at the historic Elk River Hotel & Cafe in downtown Sutton. This is the perfect place to rest and recharge while soaking up river views. Stonewall Resort also makes a lovely place to turn your day trip into a getaway. Options range from lake houses, lodge rooms, personal cottages and a campground to grant whatever experience guests desire.

Cozy up in a secluded hilltop cabin at Mountain Lake Campground in Summersville for an escape from everyday life. Or for a more interesting getaway, chose between one of the property’s three woodline Yurts. Upshur County’s Deer Park Inn makes for a rustic, yet enchanting retreat nestled within the Allegheny Mountains. Here guests will become familiar with farm-to-table meals as well as an authentic tavern.

Have another 48 hours to spare? Keep up the West Virginia adventure with a trip to the town of Davis.

48 Hours in Davis, West Virginia

This post was last updated on May 12, 2023