Our Official Fall 2021 Bucket List
The time we have all been waiting for is almost upon us—fall in Almost Heaven is near. The crunch of fallen leaves and the sweet smell of pumpkin treats will soon fill the air and we don’t want you to miss a single festive moment.
Our Fall 2021 Bucket List has everything you need to plan the ultimate leaf-peeping season, from unique adventures to cozy stays. Grab a map and have your pen at the ready, you are not going to want to skip a single stop on our must-see list for the season.
High Speed Adventure
Heritage Farm Aerial Adventures
A long-time favorite among history-lovers, Heritage Farm Museum & Village now has something for the adventurer in all of us. Fly into town at Yeager Airport and head to the first Smithsonian affiliate in West Virginia for a day of fun. Now home to an epic aerial adventure park, Heritage Farm has a duo-zipline course sure to get the blood pumping.
ACE Adventure Resort
Oak Hill, WV
Make your way to ACE Adventure Resort this fall season for the ride of a lifetime. Go for a classic whitewater rafting trip or opt for a thrilling adventure on land. Try out an ATV Tour to get up close and personal with the trails of ACE Adventure! Go full-speed ahead on a single-rider ATV or spend time with your crew in a side-by-side fit for 4. Have a few younger adventurers in your crew? ACE now offers a family-friendly ride perfect for those 12 years of age and older.
Canaan Valley Resort Chairlift
Home to some of the most iconic fall views, Tucker County is the place to be for both leaf-peeping and adventure-seeking alike. Capturing a glimpse of these iconic views is on everyone’s list each fall–and we have a unique vantage point to consider. Get a bird’s eye view on Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s chairlift and let panoramic golden hues set the tone.
Cozy On Up
The Guesthouse Inn on Courthouse Square
Enjoy a luxurious stay in Hinton’s historic district at The Guesthouse Inn on Courthouse Square, with a range of accommodations available. Cozy in for a getaway at their bed & breakfast style Inn or check into a boutique vacation rental to have all for yourself. The Parker hosts retro colors and funky artwork, while The Timberlake captures classic charm in its three private suites.
Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins
Check your worries at the door and unplug in a cozy cabin this fall. With everything you need to savor the season, such as private outdoor hot tubs and crackling fireplaces, Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins is the place to be. Enjoy the changing colors of fall through the scope of floor-to-ceiling windows or head outside for a bit of trail searching.
Book a breezy stay at the Adirondack-style lodge of Stonewall Resort State Park or opt for a Lakeside Cottage with unbeatable views. No matter where you stay within the resort’s property, a carefree getaway is a guarantee–with days spent strolling the lake’s wooden dock and nights cuddled up by an outdoor fireplace. Escape to lakeside living if only for a short reprise among the changing mountain leaves this season.
Resort at Glade Springs
Escape to the mountains at the Resort at Glade Springs for a casual–yet elegant–getaway. In addition to comfortable lodging options, the Resort at Glade Springs also boasts a cascading run of activities and adventures. Try your hand on the archery range or strike up some fun on the golf course. Best of all, enjoy easy access to the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve where you can spend a day among the amber foliage.
Flavors of the season
The Old Mill Bakery
There is just something about a chilly breeze that makes you crave the warm taste of fresh baked goods. Calling Putnam County home, the Old Mill Bakery is a local favorite with flvaors for both sweet and savory lovers. Grab a pepperoni roll for the road or indulge in a gooey cinnamon roll—which are only available on Saturdays! Sign up for a cookie decorating session where festive colors and spooky favorites are on the horizon.
The Humble Tomato
Few things go better with the cool crisp of fall than a hot bowl of soup. Located in the heart of Greenbrier Valley, The Humble Tomato is a quaint and charming stop on any fall adventure. Warm up with a steaming bowl of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup or try a specialty Blue Sulphur Pizza topped with a hot honey drizzle. Whatever dish you savor, any time spent at The Humble Tomato is sure to be cozy.
The McFarland House Inn & Restaurant
Nestled in the Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley County is the perfect spot for a late-fall getaway, with peak foliage reaching the area in the last weeks of October. Head to this bustling mountain town of Martinsburg and escape back in time at the McFarland House Inn & Restaurant. Once a historic home, the McFarland House has been transformed into a fine dining experience. Thursday through Sunday, you can savor the artisanal flavors of Executive Chef William Walden’s indulgent menu.
West Virginia Breeders Classics
Charles Town, WV
Mark your calendar for the weekend of October 8th and 9th to catch the premier horse-racing event of West Virginia. Hosted at the luxurious Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, the WV Breeders Classics weekend also features a golf tournament and charitable giving to organizations such as United Way and 4-H Horse Clubs. Stop by to see the thoroughbred West Virginian horses take on the dirt track and create a fall tradition that you can enjoy each year.
Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Enjoy the season’s fall foliage by getting up close and personal with our mountains on an unforgettable ride aboard the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. Choose from a variety of trips, including sunset adventures and all-day routes.
If you are already dreaming of snowy landscapes and festive tunes, don’t forget to book tickets for the Potomac Eagle’s North Pole Express to experience holiday magic, starting this November.
National Coal Heritage Area
Oak Hill, WV
Something about the changing colors of the season and the cool breeze in the air makes us nostalgic for days gone by. Explore the state’s history by taking a trek through the National Coal Heritage Area to explore some of the region’s most beautiful fall views. Catch a glimpse of the New River Gorge Bridge from the Canyon Rim Visitors Center or head to the Coalfields to explore historic Matewan.
WIth so much to do as the leaves begin to turn, we are gearing up for our busiest fall season yet! Schedule out your adventure by taking a look at our 2021 Fall Foliage Map, featuring our best predictions for color this season. Never miss a fall view by keeping this map front-and-center all season long.Explore More Fall Adventure
This post was last updated on September 21, 2021