Sunny Mountain Towns for Your Next Adventure

Witness the beauty of spring and summer accompanied by the warm hospitality and southern charm of an authentic mountain town. Awaken your adventurous spirit, liven your tastebuds and refresh your soul with a trip to any of these sun-shining West Virginia destinations.

Have Fun In Fairmont

Find yourself amidst Mountaineer Country when visiting the quaint town of Fairmont. Make your time here extra sweet with a stop by the Poky Dot, a 1950’s-themed diner that features everything from bright-colored walls to a working jukebox. Traditional all-American food is served and, of course, the one-of-a-kind-milkshakes served in a mason jar. Tasty treats can also be found downtown at Joe N’ Throw along with freshly brewed coffee, speciality lattes and ever-changing seasonal sips.

Experience West Virginia’s natural beauty at one of the nearby state parks. Witness a series of picturesque falls overflowing with the rushing waters of the Tygart Valley River at Valley Falls State Park. This 1,145-acre park offers miles of hiking and biking trails along with prime fishing and picnic spots. Visit Pricketts Fort State Park to see a reconstruction of the original Prickett’s Fort, which served as a place of refuge during colonial times.

Fall in Love With Lewisburg

Named West Virginia’s most romantic getaway, it’s easy to fall in love with Lewisburg. Explore this town one hundred and twenty feet below the surface and find a new universe waiting to be discovered at Lost World Caverns. Marvel at the multitude of surreal formations with the self-guided tour and learn more about this magnificent spot that was first discovered in 1942. Explore the outskirts of the town with a two-wheel leisurely pedal. Once part of the famed C&O Railway, the Greenbrier River Trail spans 78 miles and takes travelers through multiple state forests.

Dine on delectable farm-to-table fare at French Goat or savor brews and bar bite favorites with an upbeat atmosphere at Briergarten. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how cider is made in the rolling hills of West Virginia just outside of Lewisburg at Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead. Sample fine meads as you learn more about this unique, mountain tradition. End your day with a luxurious stay at The Historic General Lewis Inn, a boutique hotel offering garden views, indulgent amenities, a dining room, lounge and memorable suites. ​

Discover Adventure In Davis & Thomas

Located less than three miles apart, this pair of of mountain towns are often referred to as twins. Perfectly positioned on the edge of the Monongahela National Forest, Davis serves as a gateway for many of Almost Heaven’s natural wonders. From hiking and mountain biking to camping and fishing, there’s something here for adventures of all kinds. This spot is also home to the iconic Blackwater Falls as well as other jaw-dropping, cascading falls that are a part of the West Virginia Waterfall Trail. Hellbender Burritos and Sirianni’s Cafe are among the favorite dining spots, and brilliant local brews can be found at be found at Stumptown Ales. Stay overnight at Blackwater Falls State Park’s newly renovated lodge or in a homey, intimate room at the Bright Morning Inn or The Billy Motel.

The town of Thomas is best known for an arts scene that’s larger than life with galleries and shops lining its streets. Discover unique local music at The Purple Fiddle, a stop on the Mountain Music Trail that hosts live performances paired with brews and food every weekend of the year. Mouth-watering food can also be found at  Farm Up Table or Riverfront Wood Fired Pizza. Swing by Macy Lou’s Gourmet Apple Co. for a special treat or grab a delightful latte from TipTop.

Cherish Memories Made In Charleston

A trip to West Virginia’s capitol of Charleston is sure to provide an unforgettable spring getaway. Browse an abundance of fresh produce and local goods at Capitol Market, open year-round in what once served as a vintage train station. Visit Kinship Goods for West Virginia-themed art, clothing and keepsakes. The Clay Center makes learning fun for children and adults alike with art and science exhibits throughout the 2-story, 12,000-foot Avampato Discovery Museum. When in town, don’t miss taking in the impressive gold-leafed capitol dome, which stands at nearly 300 feet tall.

Catch a show at Mountain Stage, a live radio show hosted in Charleston that’s broadcasted on over 150 public radio stations nationwide. Considered the state’s musical crown jewel, the show has hosted many legends over the years including John Prine, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Earle, Norah Jones and Rosanne Cash. Craft beer lovers will quickly find Charleston is the ideal destination. Have your taste at a wide range of perfected brews at Fife Street Brewing, Short Story Brewing, or Charleston Nano Brewing.

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This post was last updated on January 18, 2024