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A Grandparent’s Guide to Spring Break in West Virginia

Gearing up to host your grandkids for spring break this year? West Virginia has endless options of activities to do

Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

The perfect Valentine’s gift is never easy to come by, but we have you covered this year. Whether you are

Your Perfect Winter 2022 Bucket List

Ahh, winter—the perfect time to snuggle up by the fire, sip hot cocoa and spend time laughing with friends and

Fall Foliage Road Trip: U.S. Route 50

Mid-Ohio Valley Sights Rounding out a beautiful fall season in Almost Heaven, our final fall foliage report is guiding us

Avoid the Winter Slump with these 6 Must-Trys

As the crisp winter air starts to cascade down from the mountain tops into the deep valleys, the state comes

Fall Foliage Road Trip: W.Va. Route 310

Shifting Hues & Historic Views Due to a warmer than usual fall, color has been slower to peak in West

Road Trips from Columbus – Mid-Ohio Valley

The Mid-Ohio Valley Region, known for its tourism, agriculture and manufacturing industries, is a charming place full of adventure and

Road Trips from Virginia: New River/Greenbrier Valley

The New River/Greenbrier Valley Region is a beautiful, scenic area where upscale luxury meets small-town charm. With ample rock-climbing, whitewater

Road Trips on I-77: Mountain Lakes

The Mountain Lakes Region of West Virginia, while being the portion of the state with the smallest population, is in

Road Trips from Pittsburgh: Northern Panhandle

The Northern Panhandle Region encompasses one of two panhandles in the state (fun fact: West Virginia is the only state

Road Trips from Kentucky – Hatfield-McCoy Mountains

The Hatfield-McCoy Mountains Region is a place with extensive history and ample outdoor recreation. This region was named after the

Road Trips from Washington D.C.: Potomac Highlands

The Potomac Highland Region, located in the Eastern portion of West Virginia, provides roughly 2,722 square miles of breathtaking mountain

Road Trips on I-64: Metro Valley

Home to approximately 30% of West Virginia’s population, the Metro Valley Region is filled with a culturally rich atmosphere and

8 Spots To Find Fall Adventure

Getting out and exploring is always an appealing option in Almost Heaven—but when the summer heat cools off fall adventure

Fall Foliage Road Trip: Route 24 to U.S. 219

Majestic Summits & Mountain Towns This week, the foliage in the higher elevations of West Virginia will be reaching peak

Mountain Momma Gift Guide: 9 Unique Picks for 2021

Want to treat the special lady in your life to the perfect Mother’s Day gift? With a rich collection of

8 Breweries and Distilleries to try this Spring

Whether you prefer a hops-y IPA, strong stout beer or Appalachian-made moonshine, the Mountain State has got you covered. This

Thanksgiving Traditions in Almost Heaven

From regional favorites to family traditions, Thanksgiving recipes are a vital piece of West Virginian culture. Check out this collection

A Day in Metro Valley

Home to the state’s capital, Metro Valley is the perfect place for an early fall getaway. Use this itinerary as

Shop local, Buy local: West Virginia Face Masks

While we all work together to keep ourselves and others safe, face masks have become a must-have. Whether you are

Get in the #AlmostHeaven Spirit

Even though we may not be going to concerts or visiting art shows, there are many ways to get in

The most unique places to stay in West Virginia will amaze you

Located throughout West Virginia you can find unique, beautiful and special locally owned motels and inns with incredible customer service

FESTIVAL EXPLORER: FestivALL Fall Events Highlight the Best of West Virginia

Mallory Richards, Festival Explorer FestivALL Fall brings the essence of autumn to life throughout the rolling hills and valley of

These fun and easy day-trips prove you’re never far from Almost Heaven fun

West Virginia is conveniently located within a few hours of many of our country’s major cities. Richmond, Virginia; Lexington, Kentucky;  Pittsburgh,

5 best places to pick up West Virginia-made goods

Throughout the Mountain State, you can find incredible artisan-made goods that have been inspired by the state’s iconic beauty. Whether

Whitewater rafting just outside of Washington DC

If adventure is what you seek, then look no further than the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Experience the ultimate

155 ways to enjoy summer in West Virginia

West Virginia turns 155 years young on June 20! And while you’re spending the birthday exploring the beautiful state, here

Celebrate Father’s Day in West Virginia

Father’s Day is that one day a year dedicated to those who fulfill that role in our lives. And according

Something for ALL this FestivALL

With 10 days full of activities, planning is key to make sure you don’t miss out on one of West

A Day at the Races: The Full Experience

You don’t have to wait until Kentucky Derby day to hit the races. Experience the excitement of race day right

4 must-dos at the West Virginia Vandalia Gathering

The Vandalia Gathering is West Virginia’s signature festival that celebrates traditional dance, music, and crafts. Families and friends will be

33 Things To Do On Route 33

Take a drive through scenic, rolling hills on Route 33 in Upshur, Lewis and Randolph counties to experience 33 unique

A little bit of Branson in the heart of West Virginia

Why travel all the way to Branson, Missouri, when you can enjoy award-winning dinner theater right here in West Virginia?

Mountain views & a show: The best amphitheaters in West Virginia

From waterfront views to dramatic views of the New River Gorge, each amphitheater in West Virginia is different, yet equally

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day in West Virginia

In an era of big box stores and online shopping, the neighborhood comic shop has stood the test of time,

How to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in West Virginia

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican army defeating the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5,

These 27 places know EVERYTHING about West Virginia

Have you consulted a local convention and visitor’s bureau when planning your trip? These organizations are staffed by friendly and

12 months, 12 festivals & events in West Virginia

Throughout the year, the Mountain State is home to some of the most unique and fun festivals and events. From

These 20 events are West Virginia must-sees

Parents hear it every year as school winds down for the summer: “I want something to do!” Fortunately, there’s always

Celebrate Mardi Gras in West Virginia

  You don’t need to travel to New Orleans to toss festive beads and feast on king cake. Celebrate Mardi

Browse vinyl at these 5 record shops in WV

  Music has come a long way from its early days on vinyl to its present form in digital. You’d

Uncork your creativity at these 5 paint & sip spots in WV

Pull up a chair and pop the cork, then get ready to create your very own masterpiece at one of

Happy 36th birthday to Mountain Stage!

There’s a spring in the mountain and it flows down to the town. From the river to the ocean it

This WV town has one of the nation’s largest light shows

Welcome to the Ohio River city of Wheeling. With a modest population 28,000, it’s also the site of one of

4 local bookstores to browse bestsellers

There’s just something special about browsing the shelves of a local bookstore and breathing the ink from those freshly printed

10 West Virginia classes that will turn ANYONE into an artist

Set aside the stick figures and get hands-on with an art class in West Virginia. Whether you want to learn

What’s the password? West Virginia speakeasies uncovered

Speakeasies harken back to the Prohibition era, when alcohol sales were illegal in the United States. People gathered in secret

Town guide: Beckley

Beckley is southern West Virginia’s largest population center, and a major shopping and entertainment center for thousands of the Mountain

Explore this turn-of-the-century town of millionaires

Tucked into the mountains in a bend of the Bluestone River, the tiny Mercer County town of Bramwell has a

Mountain murals: 5 stops for a DIY public art tour

The Mountain State is full of funky art galleries and sophisticated art museums. But during the warmer months, get your

You, too, can soak in George Washington’s old tub!

George Washington was a regular visitor to Berkeley Springs from the age of 16, where he first visited as a

These jewelers are crafting unique designs from nature

Wear a piece of West Virginia! The wild Mountain State abounds with natural riches: regal cliffs, deep hardwood forests, and

7 wildly quirky finds for urban explorers

Sometimes, surprises hide in plain sight. It’s always fun to turn a corner and discover an intriguing passageway or artwork.

A golden-era getaway

Want to step back in time to a golden age of steam-driven trains, Victorian inns, variety shows and Appalachian string

4 WV podcasters you should be listening to

Here are some stellar podcasts you might be surprised are either produced in West Virginia or by West Virginia natives:

Profile: SustainU

Sustainability, West Virginia style SustainU is blazing an exciting new direction for the West Virginia economy, taking our centuries of

Think you know WV? Bet you didn’t know these 9 wild facts!

1. What is the name of the tiny (as 2×4 inch tiny!) sculpture that hangs out on a building in downtown

These WV destinations get named to best lists All. The. Time.

West Virginia stacks up national and international recognition for its small-town charm, wild beauty and adventure. But there are a

Spoons and other weird Appalachian instruments (and where to hear them)

That weird sound you hear in your favorite Appalachian tune? It’s probably weirder than you think! Appalachian music— which includes

Do you know the whole story behind WV’s state food?

West Virginia’s state food may be simple, but its story sure isn’t. Pepperoni rolls are elegantly simple, but uniquely West

Gifts that show off WV pride

  If you’re shopping for someone who holds West Virginia near and dear to their heart, look no further. From

These unique historic homes only open for the holidays

West Virginia’s most historic homes are open for tours during the holidays— and for some of these vintage gems, it’s

9 unexpected discoveries from “The Best of West Virginia”

Some of the Mountain State’s best artisan works, unique flavors and traditional sounds can all be found under 1 peaked,

4 adventures in & right around Morgantown

Morgantown is the perfect base camp for adventure: a lively small-city scene, and a gateway to outdoor exploration. Go exploring,

Want to understand the vibe of “America’s Coolest Small Town”? Stop here.

Vibe is tricky to put your finger on. For Lewisburg, a quaint city in southeast West Virginia, creativity sets it

Foodie (and drinkie) Almost Heaven, right here

Calling all foodies! If you’ve tired of the well-trodden dining scenes in bigger cities, it’s time to put this West

Pedal right out of DC, into history & charm

Bike right from D.C. into natural beauty to explore history and charm along the path to Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown.

Explore this historic island mansion, lit only by candles

Off the banks of the Ohio River in Parkersburg, a majestic neoclassical mansion raises from the river, surrounded by flowers

This tiny mountain town is an outdoor adventurer’s dream

We’re going to let you in on a little secret— deep in West Virginia, there’s a prime destination for art

Your WV gaming & comic con guide

  From games to sci-fi to anime, here’s your fan guide to the best conventions in the Mountain State. WV

Upcycled mountain arts

  For a state covered in green, it’s only fitting that West Virginia join the “Go Green” movement. Around West

Discover urban Appalachia’s renaissance at this unique open-air market

Get a peek behind the curtain of Appalachia’s artistic revival at the East End Bazaar in Charleston. The Bazaar’s colorful

7 things you didn’t know about WV’s Historic Theater Trail

The West Virginia Historic Theatre Trail’s grand old venues have a lot of fascinating history within their walls. 1. Several

8 reasons to dress to the nines in WV

Sometimes it is just plain fun to go all out and dress up for a night on the town. Want

7 films you didn’t know were made in or about WV

Dozens of movies have been filmed in or about West Virginia, including “We Are Marshall,” the story of the 1970

Wait, farm-to-table is a trend? Not here!

While the farm-to-table trend seems to have appeared out of nowhere, here in West Virginia, locally sourced food has always

This string fest brings in the best pickers from around the globe

If you’re looking for some of the best fiddlers and banjo pickers around, look no further than Fayette County at

Summer “school” is funner school

Just because school’s out doesn’t mean you can’t keep learning cool and interesting things. Here are some activities that are

Say what? 6 dead giveaways you’re from WV

In West Virginia, we speak our own language. If you catch yourself saying these 7 terms, pronunciations and sayings, you’ve

Hottest tickets in town: Best live theatre bets for 2016!

Here are 6 local theatre groups that are sure to knock your socks off! 1. Charleston Light Opera Guild |

7 heroic stories behind WV’s war memorials and markers

  West Virginia has a fascinating military history, even longer than the life of the state itself. The French and

6 wildest WV fair traditions

You haven’t seen wild till you’ve been to a fair in the Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. Our old-fashioned fairs in

Unique, home-grown finds from WV’s farmers markets

Stop in any farmers market in West Virginia, and you’ll find a beautiful variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and other

Black book for your dates. Red book for your meals

Never— really, never— taste the same thing twice at Redbook Restaurant at Hillbrook Inn and Spa. Every dish— elegant multi-course

The trail that takes you right into the heart of mountain music

Real mountain music lives loud on West Virginia’s Route 219. Along this Mountain Music Trail, stop off at venues, festivals,

Where to try fresh Appalachian trout

No fish exemplifies the crisp, cool atmosphere of the mountains as much as fresh trout. They live in the cold

5 craft beer + local food pairings you gotta taste together

What better way to experience mountain flavor than with classic meals paired with classic beers, all made in-state? Beer and

Taste Almost Heaven’s Wildest Food

West Virginia’s favorite perennial peaks in April. You can taste delicious, oniony ramps across the state in community dinners, your

Brewing up in 2016: 10 new breweries & events to try

West Virginia’s craft beer business is booming! Here are 7 new breweries and 3 new events to watch for this

This ol’ barn: I do’s with mountain magic

Looking for a truly magical venue for your big day? One where you can see the stars and feel the

7 mountain bands you need to hear

From Mountain Stage to the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, West Virginia’s mountain music is a perfect combination of old

Wake up to a wild brunch this Sunday

West Virginia is known for our home cooking and hospitality, and come Sunday, it’s time for a big, hearty, social.

Your inner foodie will flip for these 9 dine-around events

Attention foodies: the Mountain State is full of flavor, and ready for you to take a bite! These festivals, cook-offs

Cocoa-palooza! Taste your way through this chocolate town

During the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival, the charming little town transforms into a scene straight out of Willy Wonka. Every corner

8 high-end boutiques for country elegance

Give your style a dash of Southern sophistication with West Virginia’s finest fashions. Here are 8 high-end boutiques that can

Mountain artists’ takes on traditional pottery

Potters in West Virginia pack the natural beauty and heritage of our region into purposeful works of art for everyday

9 grandest old arts centers in West Virginia

So many theaters in the Mountain State still shine with their original 20th century grandeur. Take in a performance at

Discover your inner artist at these 7 WV art studios

Take home a piece of your own handiwork next time you go gallery hopping. Arts centers around the Mountain State

WV’s most historic music stage

Once a week, the uplifting chords of Larry Groce’s “Simple Song,” moving from major to minor, kick off another 2-hour

7 mountain arts events that transform the whole town

Immerse yourself in West Virginia’s rich creative talent with community-wide celebrations! Here are 7 mountain arts events that transform the