Lewisburg

Shopping, dining, theater and history. It’s all here in historic Lewisburg, a charming town set at the crossroads of the Midland Trail (U.S. 60) and U.S. 219. Historic downtown Lewisburg is one of the state’s most walkable cities, with dozens of boutique shops, antique stores and art galleries lining its picturesque main street. It was even featured on Fodor’s Travel “America’s 25 Cutest Main Streets in Small(er) Towns” list.

Dining

Dining options range from the upscale cuisine of the Stardust Café and The French Goat to the casual fare of The Asylum and The Wild BeanHill and Holler is the perfect place to refuel after a day on the trail. Their wood-fired pizzas are sure to fill your cravings. Just up the street in Maxwellton is the Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company. Enjoy a WV-themed craft brew like their Devil Anse IPA or 35 Parks WV Pale Ale.

Entertainment

Top off your day with a live performance at Carnegie Hall or one of several other historic theaters set in the cultural hub of the Greenbrier Valley. Carnegie Hall is one of only four left in the world still in continuous use as a performance venue. Catch a flick on the big screen at the Lewis Theatre, an old-time theater from the 1930s. The Greenbrier Valley Theatre also boasts live theatrical performances, musical concerts, literary events, art exhibits and more throughout the year.

Shopping

Shopping in Lewisburg is unlike any other. The downtown area offers upscale clothing, quaint antique stores, cozy bookstores and one-of-a-kind goods for the home. Pop into Harmony Ridge Gallery for unique woodwork pieces and handcrafted ceramics. Sample a Chardonnay while perusing oriental rugs at Robert’s Antiques and Wine ShopYarid’s offers high-end shoes and footwear, as well as handbags, jewelry and hats.

Recreation

The Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile former railroad line with uninterrupted hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities. The trail cuts through some of the most remote areas in the state making this the perfect escape from reality. The Greenbrier State Forest covers 5,200 acres of secluded wilderness. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking, fishing, hunting and swimming. Care for a round of golf? Visit one of the picturesque courses at The Greenbrier Resort, where greats like Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead have played.

History

Named for surveyor Andrew Lewis, the area was the site of several battles during Lord Dunmore’s War, the 1774 conflict between the Colony of Virginia and Shawnee and Mingo American Indian nations. Later the town would play an important role during the Civil War, when several of its buildings were commandeered as hospitals and barracks by both Union and Confederate forces.

Did you know this area has a famous declassified bunker that no now knew about for 30 years? The bunker at The Greenbrier Resort would house Congress should there be a nuclear fallout. During its Eisenhower-era use it could accommodate 1,100 people in the 112,544-square-foot space. Today, you can tour the facility to get an in-depth look behind the hidden doors.

Stay

The Historic General Lewis Inn, a luxury inn, offers opulent suites, picturesque views, indulgent amenities and expertly crafted cuisine. This blend of old and new has been continuously operating since 1929. Leave all your worries at the door when you check into The Escape. This boutique hotel is located in the town’s historic district. Rest up in their modern rooms with hardwood floors, tile-slated bathrooms and a custom touch. To experience true luxury, spend a weekend at The Greenbrier Resort, America’s Resort, that has been welcoming guests since 1778. With 20 on-site dining options, a private casino, soothing spa, beautiful golf courses and numerous retail shops, you won’t have to travel far to experience luxury amenities.

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