You don’t need a date to do these anti-Valentine’s activities
So you’re single on Valentine’s Day, huh?
Just because you don’t have a sweetheart on this holiday doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in your own way.
Bask in the warm glow of Himalayan salt lamps at The Salt Cave and Spa, which features services that center on the healing properties of this mineral, including exfoliation treatment, salt stone massage and salt/halotherapy sessions. Spa Orange at The Resort at Glade Springs is practically right next door to Winterplace Ski Resort — so you can hit the slopes for half a day and then wind down with a relaxing massage. What better place to treat yourself than in America’s First Spa Town? The warm mineral waters at Berkeley Springs State Park have been attracting visitors from afar since before the United State was even a country.
Take a hike
Scenic overlooks have even better views in winter when there are no leaves on the trees. Take in stunning views of the Cheat River Canyon at Coopers Rock State Forest and the Blackwater River Canyon at Blackwater Falls State Park. In the New River Gorge, you can find all sorts of amazing sights, like historic coal mines, picturesque creeks and waterfalls, and of course the Gorge’s centerpiece — the 876-foot- high New River Gorge Bridge.
Shop for a friend or treat yourself! You’ll find all manner of West Virginia-made arts, crafts, jewelry and food at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia at the I-64 Travel Plaza near Beckley. Snap up great deals on Fiestaware at Flatwoods Factory Outlet Stores just off I-79. And Wheeling’s Centre Market Historic District has everything from used books to wine.
Visit a museum
Explore fascinating science exhibits at Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences or a tropical plant conservatory at Huntington Museum of Art. Visit a working pilothouse and a 2,400-gallon aquarium of Ohio River fish at the Point Pleasant River Museum. Or learn about southern West Virginia’s coal heritage and its famous Hatfield and McCoy family feud at Matewan Depot Replica Museum.
Learn something new
Sign up for that class you’ve always wanted to take! Try your hand at glass blowing at West Virginia American Art Glass in Weston. Hone your skills in art, dance, fitness, music, theater, nature or history at Oglebay Institute. Or tackle a new sport like rock climbing, mountain biking or kayaking through in the Outdoor Quest Program at North Bend State Park.
This post was last updated on October 18, 2017