FairmontFairmont is known for being the birthplace of West Virginia’s most iconic food, the pepperoni roll. This delicious treat was created as a simple lunch for coal miners. But beyond tasty foods, Fairmont offers fun coffee shops and restaurants, rich 18th century history and heritage and unique recreational opportunities. This area is affectionately described as being in the “middle of everywhere,” meaning you won’t have to travel far to make special memories.
Fairmont’s food scene is a mix of decades-old family restaurants, old-time diners and hot dog joints. Locals love Muriale’s Italian Restaurant & Catering. This authentic family eatery boasts recipes handed down generation after generation. Colasessano’s is another mainstay, with its thick-crusted pizzas. No trip to Fairmont is complete without a pitstop at Country Club Bakery, “Home of the Original Pepperoni Roll.” Snack on a true West Virginia classic, hot from the oven. Top it all off with Poky Dot’s famous 9-pound banana splits. Don’t worry they have malts, ice cream sundaes and pies, too!
For country music and old-time sounds, visit The Sagebrush Round-Up, where you can enjoy live music every week. Palatine Park also offers live music and fun activities in the summer. Beautifully situated along the east bank of the Monongahela River, the park provides the perfect place for peaceful walks and access to the river for fishing, boating, and other water sports. If the kids are in tow, let them explore all the games and excitement at Valley Worlds of Fun.
Fairmont is a trove for treasure seekers with country-primitives taste. Start the hunt at Arts and Antiques Marketplace, where more than 80 vendors’ riches are spread over three stuffed floors. Find anything from vintage clothing and paintings to furniture and glassware. Then check out Sweet Memories Antique Mall for antique furniture, vintage appliances and intriguing odds and ends.
Putt your way through Appalachian history at Coal Country Miniature Golf, where the obstacles are made from vintage mining equipment. Dig into coal industry history at the mining museum on-site. Or, if you want another round of games, head to the Seth Burton Disc Golf Course. Have a picnic on the banks at Valley Falls State Park, or cycle around the mountain trails. Pedal even deeper into the countryside along the tracks of the town’s rail trails, winding through old train tunnels and along the riverbanks.
Prickett’s Fort State Park’s living history museum is recreated based on an original 18th-century fort. Costumed actors share stories and demonstrate colonial crafting, like blacksmithing and sheep shearing. Pack a picnic lunch and pretend you’re a pioneer family! The Marion County Historical Society & Museum features exhibits relating to the state’s past. Pop in and take a tour of the museum and an old jail. The Marion County Military Veterans Plaza honors veterans with a bronze statue of soldiers from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
Fairmont has several chain hotels, but if you want to experience local character, cozy up in the farmhouse at A Nature’s Song B&B, overlooking 140 rolling acres. They’ll cook up a hearty breakfast, served with pure mountain-fresh spring water from right on the property. Care to camp under the stars? Swisher Hill Campground is a RV camping facility conveniently located 15 minutes outside of Fairmont. Open year round, the campground offers 50-amp campsites, a playground, a basketball court and a picnic pavilion.
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