7 places that take “Dinner and a Show” to a whole ‘nother level

Here in the Mountain State, you can unwind over a delicious meal and enjoy top-of-the-line entertainment, from murder mysteries to Broadway showcases.

Whether you’ve spent a long day on the slopes, an afternoon exploring the surrounding mountainside, or are looking for a family friendly evening activity, here are 7 Mountain State destinations that specialize in real entertainment.  

1. Smucker’s PB&J Café – Greenbrier Valley Theatre


The Greenbrier Valley Theatre Smucker’s PB&J productions are the perfect way to introduce your child to the world of live theater. Dinner is served before the show on kid-sized tables and chairs. Chow down on peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, hot dogs, apple slices and carrot sticks– all sure to please even the fussiest of eaters. The productions run from late June to early July.

2. Tamarack Dinner Theatre Series


West Virginia’s culture hub, the Tamarack, hosts their Dinner Theatre Series several times a year in their Gov. Hulett C. Smith Theater. Enjoy the Tamarack’s exquisite cuisine prepared by Greenbrier-trained chefs, with a unique show, ranging from dramas written by West Virginia natives to Broadway showcases. Be sure to explore the rest of the beautiful facility and locally made treasures it houses.

3. Murder Mystery Dinner Train


Featuring a variety of plots, the Mountain Explorer Dinner Train Murder Mysteries are fun for the whole family! Enjoy a 4-course meal and beautiful West Virginia scenery during a 4-hour round-trip ride from the Elkins Depot Station to the High Falls of Cheat.

4. American Mountain Theatre


The “Freshest Sound in the Mountains,” American Mountain Theater is full of comedic skits, witty banter and musical talent, from classic Christmas songs to contemporary favorites. While AMT does not serve dinner at their shows, they offer lavish 3-course dinner packages with their dining partners, including the 1863 Grill and the Vintage.

5. Festival of Lights Holiday Dinner Show

Oglebay Resort in Wheeling

Enjoy Oglebay’s delicious cuisine buffet-style and settle in for a night of entertainment. The diverse show schedule offers big band music, doo-wop oldies, bluegrass tunes and more! Pair your tickets with an overnight package, and don’t forget to drive through the award-winning Festival of Lights!

6. Point Park Music Series Dinner Cruise

Blennerhassett Island State Park in Parkersburg

Enjoy a relaxing ride on board the Island Belle sternwheeler, with a delicious country-style meal while paddling down the Ohio River. Complete your evening of fun with the downtown Parkersburg Point Park Music Series concert. The summertime shows are every first Friday of the month, June through September.

7. The Gandy Dancer


This Branson-style dinner theater features comedy skits, dance numbers and music from the 50s to today! Patrons enjoy a home-style dinner served right at their seat, followed by an energetic performance covering a variety of musical genres. Family friendly and great for bus groups!

Fun Fact: Gandy Dancer is a slang term used for early railroad workers who laid and maintained railroad tracks before machines.

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This post was last updated on July 21, 2020