HuntingtonHuntington sits along the Ohio River in Cabell County across from the state of Ohio. As home of Marshall University, this West Virginia city has a bustling dining and nightlife scene, but it’s also a great place for families to visit and live. Huntington is richly endowed with public parks. Many of which have won awards for their design, overall appeal and amenities. Local dining and shopping are abundant here, with plenty of arts, music and college spirit in between.
Cuisine in the Huntington area is anything but boring. Discover unique flavors, creative dishes, and one-of-a-kind local dining concepts. Griffith and Feil Soda Fountain is a local favorite, offering milkshakes, malts, sundaes and floats, in an old-time diner feel. The menu also features a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads. Banhof WVrsthaus + Biergarten samples authentic German cuisine with 33 beers on tap. The town’s institution, Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House, has been serving up classic Italian dishes since 1938. There’s a little bit of everything, for everyone, in Huntington.
Huntington really comes to life when the sun sets. Visit the V Club for live music or the Quicksilver Arcade Bar for classic arcade games. Regarded as one of West Virginia’s most distinctive landmarks, Huntington’s Keith-Albee Theatre was designed in an ornate Spanish Baroque style by Thomas W. Lamb, one of America’s foremost theatre architects.
A downtown district peppered with unique and specialty shops and the largest shopping mall in West Virginia – Huntington is an ideal destination for some retail therapy. Visit Pullman Square, a lifestyle center in the downtown area with arcade bars, theaters and more. You’ll also find antique malls, quaint boutiques and consignment stores. For hand-blown West Virginia made glass, visit Blenko Glass Company, where you can browse the gift shop, take a tour of the facility and even see how the glass is made.
At Ritter Park, a local favorite, a creek winds through acres of manicured lawns, a walking trail, dog park, tennis courts, award-winning playground, and an amphitheater and famous rose garden. In 2012, Ritter Park was named as one of the 10 Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association. Beech Fork State Park offers biking, boating, camping, hiking and fishing, all less than 15 miles outside of Huntington, making it a perfect escape.
Heritage Farm Museum & Village is West Virginia’s first Smithsonian Affiliate. Experience pioneer times at Heritage Farm. Home to over 15 log structures, including event space for over 500 people, five log cabin inns with modern amenities, a Barn Retreat Center wired with today’s technology, seven award-winning museums and an artisan center, Heritage Farm continues to delight guests from around the globe as it has for over 20 years. Next, stop by Marshall University named after Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall. One of the first public institutions of higher education, Marshall University was founded in 1837. Standing proud in the heart of campus is the Memorial Fountain, a visible reminder of the 75 lives lost in a 1970 plane crash. The 2006 movie “We Are Marshall” starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox was filmed in Huntington.
Huntington also has many accommodation options such as the Chessie Room Bed and Breakfast, a charming bed and breakfast conveniently located at Heritage Station. At the Chessie Room you’ll be conveniently located near all of the area’s shops, theaters and restaurants. Beech Fork State Park also offers comfortable accommodations in their vacation cabins and campsites. Vacation cabins are distinguished by their open-trussed ceilings and large decks. And with their array of campsites, 99 being lakefront, you’re sure to find the perfect place to sleep under the stars, too.
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