Buckhannon

Buckhannon is a small-town getaway with big time charm. You’ll find locally owned restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques, West Virginia hospitality, and more. Fresh meals, outdoor attractions, and lively festivals define this Upshur County city. With endless opportunities to create lasting memories, what are you waiting for?

Dining

At C.J. Maggie’s, indulgence is the main ingredient. This cozy family restaurant will spoil you with homemade sausage and meatballs, wood-fired pizza and savory chicken-and-biscuits. Just make room for Cake-in-a-Jar, flavorful desserts you can take home in a glass keepsake. Fish Hawk Market is a true farm-to-table establishment. Chefs Dale Hawkins and Teresa Lipps prepare daily specials from local growers, all day long. Entrees aside, there are specialties like homemade bread, scones, cupcakes, cookies and pepperoni rolls. There’s even a gourmet “grab-and-go” section. For live music, head to 88 Restaurant and Lounge. Every Friday, a band entertains diners for no cover charge. While you’re there, order classic sandwiches, seafood and hearty entrees. They serve traditional breakfasts, too.

Entertainment

Every spring, Buckhannon rejoices with its prized Strawberry Festival. This 8-day event packs in the charm with a horse-and-carriage parade, quilt show, draft horse pull and strawberry recipe competition. Bring an appetite, because vendors arrive with desserts, treats and meals dedicated to the crimson berry. The Lascaux Micro-Theatre skips mainstream movies and goes for the indies instead. It’s also where you can watch foreign flicks and documentaries.

Shopping

For more than 40 years, artist Ron Hinkle has made bright, complex glassworks. He crafts just about everything: tumblers, animals, vases and Christmas ornaments. His fragile “eggs” are fascinating, too. Each one swirls with vivid colors, stripes and dots. Visit his gallery or call ahead and ask about demonstration times. While you’re hunting for fine art, don’t pass by Artistry on Main. Local artists manage this co-op and sell pottery, wirework, sculptures and more. Pick up unique creations or sign up for lessons in basket weaving, needle felting and more.

Recreation

Nature lovers should check out Audra State Park. The wooded preserve has scenic campgrounds, picnic areas and spots for kayaking. In fact, Middle Fork River is a popular whitewater destination. There’s also Alum Cave — a fascinating formation with a surging overhang. It’s an ideal state park for a family picnic. A short drive south will bring you the West Virginia Wildlife Center, a unique zoo experience where you’ll see wild animals interacting in their natural environment & habitat.

History

History buffs also get a kick out of Pringle Tree Park. During the Seven Years’ War, two colonists deserted their fellow English soldiers. They fled to present-day Buckhannon and lived in a giant sycamore tree. Today, you can see the 3rd-generation plant! Nearby Fidler’s Mill is a historic grist mill built in 1821. The mill eventually became a community building, an economic center, a social hall, and a primary visual attraction of the area.

Stay

Prepare to be spoiled at A Governor’s Inn. The owners of this 19th-century home are generous with their homemade cookies. Breakfasts are hearty, you might even get to taste banana and chocolate French toast! Look forward to private baths, snacks, robes and antique decor. Bicentennial Inn is another local option. Conveniently located on Main Street, the hotel boasts a complimentary beverage service, landscaped garden, books and a picnic area. The 88 Restaurant and Lounge is on the premises, too!

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