Soak Up What’s Left of Summer: Last-Minute Vacations

With kids gearing up to go back to school and days getting shorter, it’s the perfect time to soak up the last few moments of summer. These last-minute vacation recommendations are a sure-fire way to end summer on a high note.


West Virginia has so many outdoor recreation opportunities from the top of the mountains to deep underground in caverns.

A good place to start is in the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains. Taking an ATV ride through dusty, country roads is an adventure you’ll remember for years to come. If time allows on your vacation, stop by the historic, small town of Matewan. Here, you can learn more about the famous Hatfield-McCoy family feud and get a true taste of Appalachian culture.

Smoke Hole Caverns will take you even further back into the rich history of the state. The caverns were previously territory of the Seneca tribe and used for cooking wild game that the early settlers hunted. Now visitors can view the caverns and marvel at the interesting formations of stalagmite. It’s an out-of-this-world experience.


Maybe your idea of a vacation looks a little more luxurious. You’re in luck because West Virginia has a little something for everyone.

The Bavarian Inn offers an elegant, European experience with its luxuriously furnished rooms, fine dining and other posh amenities. You can even take in the views of the Potomac River while soaking in the inn’s infinity pool and sipping on a cocktail.

The secluded location of Stonewall Resort is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. Book a massage at the Mountain Laurel Spa, kick back in either the indoor or outdoor hot tub, sit by the fire pit, or do all the above. A quick shuttle ride to the marina will enable you to rent a boat for the day. It’s just like being on island time, but on the lake instead. What could be better?


Sutton Lake is one of the few places where you can rent a houseboat. Whether you want to stay for two, three or even six nights on the lake, the marina at the lake can accommodate you and your family. Experience the beauty of the Mountain Lakes region by venturing out on one of its most breathtaking lakes.

Another unique vacation option available only in Almost Heaven is to stay in restored two-story company houses. Here, you can transport yourself back in time and experience what it would have been like to stay in the historic town of Cass. The houses are able to accommodate up to 14 people, so bring all your friends along for the fun. While you’re there, don’t miss out on a scenic train ride on the steam-driven locomotive.

How will you be enjoying the last moments of summer?

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This post was last updated on March 18, 2022