Make it a day of play at Summersville Lake and its surrounding areas. Load up with a big breakfast at Fran’s Family Restaurant before your morning hike. The popular Long Point Trail will take you through a forest of hardwoods and beautiful rhododendrons, where you might see deer, turkey or other wildlife along the way. The trail is about 2 miles long and fairly moderate, plus, it ends at a tall cliff overlooking Summersville Lake – perfect for snapping an #AlmostHeaven picture.
In the afternoon, grab a bite to eat at the Pizza Shop inside the Mountain Lake Campground Store before heading over to Summersville Lake Retreat. Make reservations for a lighthouse tour and see unparalleled views of the lake below before getting geared up to paddle the lake for a few hours. Summersville Lake Retreat offers SUP, kayak, canoe and Pontoon Boat rentals as well as a variety of lodging options. After exploring the Summersville Lake head on over to Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park and hike on historic Civil War trails.
After a day packed with outdoor fun, you’ll check into Cafe Cimino Country Inn in Sutton for an evening of well-deserved rest and relaxation. Cafe Cimino is one of West Virginia’s finest restaurants and B&Bs with a world-renowned chef.
Don’t depart Cafe Cimino in the morning without indulging in their breakfast – especially the made-from-scratch biscuits! Afterwards, venture over to The Flatwoods Factory Outlet Stores, where you’ll find Everything Fiesta, which features popular Fiestaware; Wild Vines and Spirits; McFly Outdoors; Amish Farms and more.
Reserve your afternoon for the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, which has both historical heritage tours and spooky paranormal “ghost” tours. You’ll need a few hours to take it all in– it’s the second-largest hand-cut stone masonry building in the world after the Kremlin. Before leaving Weston, make sure to stop by the Lewis County Convention and Visitors Bureau to say hi!
Spend the remainder of your day at Stonewall Resort. Squeeze in a round at the golf course, head out on the lake, and definitely plan dinner at Stillwaters. The Resort features plenty of spaces to lounge with friends, family or a good book, including sprawling lawns, patios and the tranquility of the lake.
Start your day right at the Mountain Laurel Spa inside Stonewall Resort’s lodge. From here, head to the quaint town of Buckhannon. Spend your morning and early afternoon exploring shops and galleries downtown then visit Upshur CVB for more information. Artistry on Main is a co-op run by local artists. Stop in for a tour or sign up for a class.
CJ Maggie’s is a popular lunch spot in town, with a wide variety of items on the menu. Later in the afternoon, view native and introduced animals in their habitats at the West Virginia Wildlife Center along a 1.25 mile-long wheelchair-accessible interpretive trail. In addition to animals like black bear and foxes, you can also see mountain lions and wolves, which once called West Virginia home. For more of the state’s natural beauty visit Audra State Park to see the clear, clean water of Middle Fork River and picture-perfect backdrops of Alum Cave.
For dinner, head south to Webster Springs for a taste of the Custard Stand’s famous hot dog chili. While you’re there, have them fix you up with an authentic West Virginia hot dog with all the right toppings. Explore Webster Springs or head straight to Holly River State Park after dinner. This 8,000-acre park has more than 42 miles of hiking trails, plus camping or cabins for spending a cozy night in the woods.