Adventure Advisory: Real. Fun … Plus One

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at


Feb. 1-28: Valentine’s Romance Package, Holiday Inn & Suites, Charleston


Package includes room accommodations, champagne in your room, plate of Petit Fours, dinner for two from the hotel’s special Valentine’s Menu (room service or restaurant), and full buffet breakfast. Packages start at $175 and Suite Packages are available at $225. Available any day in February.


Feb. 5-6: Cast Iron Cook-off, Charleston Marriott Town Center, Charleston


The Cast Iron Cook-Off® helps all of us reconnect with, maintain and celebrate traditions—the recipes, folklore, cooking utensils, ingredients—and adapt them creatively to fit our current lifestyles while keeping in mind recent findings about nutrition and health.


Feb. 6: Fasnacht, Helvetia


Fasnacht is the pre-lenten burning of Old Man Winter. It occurs on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday and is likened to Mardi Gras.


Feb. 6: Ralph Stanley II, Mountaineer Opry House, Milton


As one might expect for the son of a renowned banjo player, the first instrument Ralph II ever held was a banjo. However, he soon fell under the spell of the undisputed king of boyhood musical desires, the guitar. Ralph II has proven to be an accomplished songwriter and has six solo albums under his belt. Show time is 7:30 p.m.


Feb. 6: Valentine’s Handmade Market, Town Run Brewery, Shepherdstown


From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., shop for locally made gifts for your sweetheart from over 14 local artists and crafters! Handmade gift items include clothing, bath and body products, candles, signs, cards, chocolates, jewelry and more.


Feb. 7: Winter Lecture Series: “Grave Creek Mound,” Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg


Held every Sunday in February, the four-week series consists of Sunday afternoon programs beginning at 2 p.m. at the Blennerhassett Museum. Andrea Keller and Heater Cline are today’s guest speakers. Seating is limited and reservations are required for the lecture series.


Feb. 12: Carnegie Hall Presents Aaron Diehl, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg


The 2011 Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Diehl has been hailed by the New York Times as “a smart young pianist with a fastidious grasp of Jazz traditions.” He is committed to unearthing the treasures of a musical aesthetic through collaborative efforts with musicians across generations.


Feb. 12-13: Enhance the Romance, Country Inn and Suites, Charleston


Carve out some quality time with the one you love and settle in for a comfortable, romantic escape. Package includes accommodations in an Executive Suite, and champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival. Reservations required.


Feb. 12, 13, or 14: Romantic Rendezvous Weekend, Stonewall Resort, Roanoke

888-278-8150 (lodging); 304-269-8880 (dinner)

This Valentine’s Day weekend, celebrate lakeside at Stonewall Resort with Stonewall’s inclusive Romantic Rendezvous package designed specifically for you and your special someone. Please make dinner reservations immediately as space is very limited in Stillwaters.


Feb. 12-14: Sweetheart Weekend, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens


It’s a sweetheart of a weekend at Twin Falls State Park. Enjoy a Sweetheart Dance, candy, flowers and more.


Feb. 12-14: Valentine’s Day Packages, The Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg


Choose from the Traditional (Rose Petal Turndown) or the Indulgence (Rose Petals & Bouquet). Prices vary.


Feb. 13: Comedy Zone Valentine’s Package, Holiday Inn & Suites, Charleston


Package includes: room accommodations, champagne in your room, plate of Petit Fours, dinner buffet for two, tickets to the 8 p.m. Comedy Zone Show, full breakfast buffet and late checkout at 1 p.m. Rates start at $199 and Suite packages available at $259.


Feb. 13: Romance! A Tribute to Red Skelton, Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted


This is a family-friendly comedic act that takes you back in time to the nostalgic era. Laugh and be entertained by one of the top-rated Red Skelton impersonators. This Valentine retreat package includes candy, flowers, dinner, show, overnight stay, express breakfast, taxes and gratuities.


Feb.13: Sweetheart Dinner at Cass Community Center, Cass

304-456-4300 ext. 102;

Sweetheart Dinner is by reservations only. Couples making reservations for dinner and renting a Cass Company House for the nights of Feb. 12 and 13 get 10 percent off the house rental. Dinner is from 4 – 7:30 p.m. and is $25 per person. Following dinner, a DJ will play dance music from 8 p.m. -10 p.m.


Feb. 13: Valentine Dinner, Highlawn Inn, Berkeley Spring


This Silver Service plated dinner with wine starts at 7 p.m. Reservations required.


Feb. 13-14: Sweetheart’s Getaway, North Bend State Park, Cairo


Bring your sweetie to North Bend State Park and celebrate romance in style. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, dancing, refreshments, overnight lodging and breakfast the next morning.


Feb. 13-14: Valentine Party, Chief Logan Lodge, Logan


It’s a sweet evening at Chief Logan Lodge for a Valentine dinner, dance and overnight stay.


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This post was last updated on January 21, 2016