Spring break is the perfect time to get out and explore Almost Heaven. Visit a state park and hike to a secluded waterfall. Drive through a charming small town for the perfect weekend escape. Winding roads lead to magical adventures here in the mountains.
If you have 1-2 days…
Start your day exploring the history of Harpers Ferry and Charles Town, major battle sites in the Civil War. In fact, Readers Digest called Harpers Ferry one of “the best places to visit in 2019 before they get too popular.” Take a historic walking tour in Charles Town where you’ll get to visit the courthouse where John Brown was tried, convicted, and sentenced. Eat lunch at Bistro 1840, a newly renovated restaurant on the first floor of the Heritage House. Their menu features house specialties from local products. End your night at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. Enjoy exceptional international cuisine in their main dining room, or step back in time at the Rathskeller, an old-world European pub.
Wake up and hit the road towards Martinsburg, a charming town filled with fun for everyone. If you have young kids take them to a show at the Wonderment Puppet Theater and watch as their imagination runs wild. Did you know Martinsburg is known for geocaching? Hike among the trails and enjoy the outdoors. For farm fresh, locally sourced ingredients, stop at Brix 27 for lunch. You’ll feel like you’re dining among friends in this casual yet sophisticated atmosphere. After filling up for lunch, pack up the car and head towards Berkeley Springs. Relax at the country’s first spa with a hot stone massage or calming facial. End your trip with a stay at Cacapon Resort State Park, famous for their Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course.
If you have 2-3 days…
Begin your day in Huntington, home of Marshall University’s Thundering Herd. Start with a hot cup of joe at Grindstone Coffeeology. Visit Camden Park, an amusement park that’s been providing family fun for more than 115 years. Enjoy rides like the Big Dipper and The Rattler or test your luck with old-fashioned carnival games at The Midway. After you’ve built up an appetite, head over to Black Sheep Burrito and Brews for some of the tastiest burritos you’ve ever had. Shop till you drop at Pullman Square. This lively retail and entertainment complex is sure to have something for everyone. If that doesn’t entice you, visit the Huntington Museum of Art and browse works of art from various artists. Rest up at the Pullman Plaza Hotel before your big day in the capitol city.
On your way to Charleston stop at the Blenko Glass Company in Milton. This family owned company has been wowing consumers with their handblown glass since 1893. Tour the glass factory and then take home a piece for your family and friends. Once in town, check out the Capitol Market for fresh produce and flowers. While you’re there you can choose from a few different places for lunch, like Johnnie’s Fresh Meat Market for deli sandwiches or Soho’s Italian Restaurant for classic pasta dishes. A trip to Charleston isn’t complete without a visit to the state’s capitol building. End your day with dinner on Capitol Street and a stay at the historic Brass Pineapple Bed and Breakfast in the East End District.
After you’ve finished breakfast at the Brass Pineapple, hit the road heading south for Logan. This area is known for the famous Hatfield-McCoy family feud that’s sparked shows, documentaries, businesses and ATV trails. While the families called a truce years ago, the history is very much alive in the trail system that spans over 700 miles throughout the southern part of the state. Enjoy the twist and turns of Bearwallow before stopping back in Logan for lunch. Try an authentic drive-in restaurant, like Morrison’s Drive Inn for its famous West Virginia-style hotdogs. Head over to Chief Logan State Park for a round of mini golf or a trip through the wildlife exhibit. You can call the lodge home for the night as you recount the great memories you’ve made along the way.
If you have a week…
Start your trip in West Virginia’s first capitol, Wheeling. Hungry? Visit Sarah’s on Main for breakfast. They have everything from fresh baked breads and homemade breakfast sandwiches, to locally grown fruit and tasty yogurt with granola. Head up to Oglebay Resort where you’ll find a zoo, a spa, and opportunities for hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, and tennis. If weather permits, you can even ride a paddleboat on Schenk Lake. For lunch, try Avenue Eats, a neighborhood eatery in the heart of town. Venture to Centre Market for unique store fronts and pubs. Taste local brews at Wheeling Brewing Company, where they’re known for keeping it local. Afterwards you can settle in for the night at the McLure Hotel, centrally located in downtown Wheeling.
Just a little over an hour drive from Wheeling, Morgantown is home of the Mountaineers at West Virginia University. Interested in sports? Enjoy a baseball game at Monongalia County Ballpark, where both the West Virginia Mountaineers and West Virginia Black Bears play. The Coliseum might also have a basketball game or gymnastics tournament that you can attend. Indulge on your favorite pizza at Mountain State Brewing Company in the Wharf District. You can build your own or choose from one of their signature recipes. If you’re in the mood for some outdoor adventure, Cooper’s Rock State Forest offers an unbelievable overlook and miles of hiking trails. While you’re there, grab dinner at one of Cheat Lake’s restaurants and then book your stay at the Lakeview Resort, West Virginia’s top family and golf resort.
Begin your day driving towards Tucker County to Blackwater Falls State Park. Grab a delicious scone and hot coffee at Tip Top, a local coffeehouse. Marvel at the beauty of Blackwater Falls, one of the most picturesque locations in the state. The park offers many hiking, biking and fishing opportunities. Looking for a peaceful mountain hike? Dolly Sods Wilderness has miles of trails full of interesting trees and wildlife. Make sure to stay on designated paths – this location used to be used for military maneuvers in the 1940s and could still have some active mortar shells. The small mountain town of Davis has great restaurants like Sirianni’s and Hellbender Burritos, and fun storefronts like art galleries and antique shops. End your night listening to live music at the Purple Fiddle and enjoying the company of new friends. Get some rest back at Blackwater Falls State Park lodge or stay in one of their rustic cabins.
Get an early start to your day because Fayetteville is about three hours away. Fayetteville is full of outdoor adventure, and you’ll see that as soon as you cross the massive New River Gorge Bridge. Most famous for its world-class whitewater rafting, the town also offers beautiful hiking trails and eclectic eateries. The Cathedral Café is a great place to order breakfast. Located in an old cathedral, the space truly feels heavenly. Visit one of the many parks in the area, like Babcock or Hawks Nest. You will never get tired of seeing the beautiful gorge. For lunch, try the Secret Sandwich Society and order their popular pimento cheese fries. Interested in a scenic drive? Take US Route 60 out to the town of Gauley Bridge where you’ll find some wonderful waterfalls. For a true wilderness getaway spend the night at Country Road Cabins.
Rise and shine! Start your day heading south to Beckley and stop at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia. Here you’ll find West Virginia made goods, crafts and artwork. Their cafeteria is filled with delicious foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Continue towards Lewisburg, home of America’s Resort, The Greenbrier. Go on the bunker tour and learn about the secret history behind the walls of the resort. Enjoy lunch in town at Blackwell’s, a casual pizza joint with soups, sandwiches, and salads too. Then head to the Lost World Caverns, where a guided tour will take you off the beaten trail. Make sure to bring a jacket, the cave stays a cool 52 degrees year-round. For dinner, stop at Hill and Holler to refuel from your day of travel. Finally, catch some shut eye at Maison Marcel, a charming manor house located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Lewisburg.
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