Spring Retreats: Cozy Mountain Towns

West Virginia is home to a multitude of mountain towns that shine year-round. But there’s something about early Spring that seems to make them glisten even more.

From restaurants and relaxation to recreation, each of these towns hold many wonders that you won’t want to miss this season. A trip to West Virginia is never complete without a visit to a mountain town, and these 3 picks never disappoint.


Although Wardensville may be small in size with just a few hundred residents, it’s sure to leave a big impression on first-time visitors. You won’t want to miss stopping by the Lost River Trading Post where you can shop a variety of locally-made gifts, American wines and hand-crafted beers. The post’s espresso bar satisfies the desire for the perfect hot drink as the early Spring chill hangs in the air.

Take your coffee just up the street to see the Wardensville Garden Market. That’s right, it’s open all year round! Here you will find organically grown produce and tasty bakery treats. Find the perfect read for any age at the town’s newest attraction, WordPlay. This cozy bookstore offers games, puzzles and an atmosphere that will make you want to ‘sit and stay awhile’. 

Turn your day into a stay by snagging a quaint cabin nestled in Lost River State Park.


Enjoy a getaway to the town that holds one of West Virginia’s greatest sights, the New River Gorge Bridge. Spanning more than 3,000 feet in length, this beauty outlines a panoramic view of the rolling hills and roaring river.

Fuel yourself for an adventurous day by visiting the town’s beloved breakfast and brunch restaurant, Wood Iron Eatery, whose food will make you feel right at home. Twelve Fayetteville area hiking trails allow easy access to exploration within the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. Other activities such as mountain biking and rock climbing provide the perfect opportunity for true spring adventure.

Don’t worry if you aren’t keen on the outdoors; the splendor of Fayetteville can be found within the town too. Specifically in its historic district that includes 75 historic buildings and homes. New shops filled with unique finds line the streets as well. Set out for a night on the town mesmerizing the mix of old and new.


There are endless opportunities for fun in Morgantown, with a spirit that can only be found in a university town. Shake off the winter blues and take your pick of walking or biking along the 48 miles of wooded, river valley Rail Trails in the area.

Home to West Virginia University, this town is alive and active with the fun of college sports. Take part in the excitement of cheering on the Mountaineers at a spring baseball game at the lively Monongalia County Ballpark.

Also, be sure to get a ticket to watch a performance at the Metropolitan Theater in downtown Morgantown. Performances range from musical acts to theactrical productions. Wind down with a locally-brewed beverage while your pizza bakes in a wood-fired oven at Mountain State Brewing Company.

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This post was last updated on May 17, 2023