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Cacapon State Park – BIG BAD WOLF

The "big bad wolf" is a widely known term, but in actuality wolves are more afraid of us than we are of them. Join Ironwood Wolves, a small, USDA licensed educational facility, as they tackle the myths associated with these fascinating creatures. Hear discussions about behavior, family life, reproduction, diet, myth vs fact and the wolfs important role in the ecosystem. The presence of an educational animal is part program. This family friendly activity will take place in the Cacapon State Park conference center at the Lodge. Call for program times or email for program. There is no charge to attend.

Cacapon State Park – FIRST DAY HIKE

Let New Year's Day be a perfect opportunity to start 2016 by connecting nature, engaging in physical activity, and promoting healthy lifestyles all year long. Meet at 10:00a at the Cacapon State Park Nature Center to begin exploring the natural beauty of the Ridge Trail. This trail is approximately 1 ½ miles with a few hills. Cacapon State Park is open year-round and features a lodge, restaurant, cabins and more. Learn about other events at Cacapon on the park website, Events/Deals tab. (First Day Hike miles can be used as earned miles in the 2016 Chief's (Hiking) Challenge.

11 winter shows not even snow should keep you from

The holidays in West Virginia are packed with fun theatrical offerings – from symphony performances to ballets to plays –

7 most unique old-time holiday events in WV

If the commercial bustle of modern America threatens to be a bit much for you this holiday season, never fear—

West Virginia State Parks – NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS

Ten state parks in West Virginia have lodges. Each with overnight accommodations and restaurants. Most with NYE activities planned including dances. Find information on the Full Calendar at www.wvstateparks.com. Parks featuring dinners/dances are Chief Logan Lodge, North Bend, Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley, Cacapon, Pipestem, Twin Falls, Stonewall Resort and Tygart Lake.

4 luxurious all-natural spa treatments in the mountains

Are you in need of a little rest and relaxation? West Virginia’s warm, natural mineral springs are said to have

Pure mountain ingredients that add WV flavor to your meal

If you’re thankful to live in West Virginia, there’s no feast more fitting than one created with the state’s pure

Let someone else cook this holiday

If the thought of cooking and carving a 10+ pound bird is terrifying to you— not to mention all of that

Tuck the family away in these mountain towns this holiday

If you want to add a little charm to your season, escape with your loved ones to the secluded hills

Shepherdstown Street Fest

Come join us for a celebration in Shepherdstown, WV -- the oldest town in West Virginia -- and enjoy our local musicians, artists, restaurants and retail shops! The festival includes live music on two stages throughout the day, vendor booths lining our main street, kid-friendly activities and a beer garden located close to all of our local restaurants and retail shops. Come celebrate with us!

Shepherdstown Christmas Celebration

The historic town of Shepherdstown WV will kick off its annual "Christmas in Shepherdstown" celebration on Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. The November 27 schedule will include 4:00-8:00 p.m. evening events that are traditional for the town: a bonfire, a chili and cornbread supper, the lighting of the town tree, the arrival of Santa, and children's visits with Santa. Other highlights of that weekend will be carriage rides, a special children's program at the Community Club, a live Nativity, and a Christmas sing-along at the Methodist Church. After that, there will be many different events every weekend and some weekdays until Christmas. Most events will be free. The town will hold its annual Christmas parade at 11:00 am Saturday, December 5. Each weekend will feature unique events related to various aspects of Shepherdstown's history. In particular, the December 5-6 weekend will recreate a "Civil War Christmas in Shepherdstown," with Union and Confederate encampments, lectures and panel discussions, children's activities, period music and street entertainment. Highlights of the remaining weekends before Christmas will include three performances of the Shepherdstown School of Dance's annual Nutcracker Ballet during the December 12-13 weekend and Community Caroling, a TubaChristmas Concert, and a Winter Solstice Concert the weekend of December 19 and 20. Every weekend will include children's activities; holiday marketplaces selling handmade crafts, baked goods, and greens; and special musical performances. Many shops will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be free parking in all the town's metered spaces on Friday, November 27 and every weekday from the 14th of December through January 3. There is always free parking at Shepherdstown's metered spaces on weekends. Free weekend parking is also available in the Shepherd University parking lot at High and Princess streets, one block from downtown. Events and activities will continue to be added. For an up-to-date listing of all events keep checking www.christmasinshepherdstown.com. Or contact the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786 or svc@shepherdstown.info.

The #1 holiday getaway? You won’t expect this…

What’s the most world-renowned place to escape for the holidays? To the casino. Casinos in the Mountain State are famed for

4 places to pamper yourself on a WV getaway

Want to spend your vacation laying back in a sauna, soaking in a hot tub or getting a massage?  Well,

Wind the day away on these 6 porches with gorgeous mountain views

We don’t know what it is about West Virginia porches, but they almost demand that you stop and sit. Whether

Old spot, new feel: enjoy the fresh revivals of these 7 historic WV buildings

Old buildings in the Mountain State tell interesting stories. Not only do they reflect different types of architecture, they also

Over The Mountain Studio Tour

Get ready to spend an amazing autumn weekend visiting 9 studios chock-full of handmade wares by 24 artisans.

5 exciting ways to explore WV history on an outdoor adventure

As John Denver said, “Life is old there, older than the trees.” But the wild, adventurous spirit is as youthful

Best of November in WV

As crisp fall days slowly creep into winter, the mountains of West Virginia come alive with festive fun. Here are

Primitive Touch: How to give your home an Appalachian, country-cute ambiance

Primitive décor brings a homey, old-time feeling to every space. West Virginia’s traditional primitives are simple decorations, treasured for their

Eat Wild! 6 WV places to try unique game dishes

Our state has no shortage of local, wild food– foragers know all about our ramps, berries, and mushrooms. But what

Cultural crawls of WV’s Certified Arts Towns

West Virginia’s official certified arts towns go above and beyond. They are THE places to visit for a dose of

Puzzles in the sky: aerial obstacle courses in WV

If you’re looking for a fun, unique challenge for the whole family (or group)— look up! Aerial challenge courses give

13 spooky places that’ll make your spine tingle

The Mountain State harbors its share of ghostly entities, from Civil War soldiers to extraterrestrial beings to murder victims seeking

Adrena-love: Aerial dates that might literally make you fall in love (maybe!)

West Virginia is the place for adventure— which is great for a budding romance! After all, it is said that doing

Cheers to a new chapter in WV craft drinks

The art of crafting Mountain State wine, spirits and beer has changed a lot in recent years. Only a decade

Up close— really close— with WV wildlife

Want to meet West Virginia’s wild and wonderful critters? The state is home to more than 57 species of amphibians

Halloween “BooFest”

The historic town of Shepherdstown WV will celebrate Halloween this year with its third annual "BooFest." The BooFest will begin the evening of October 23, and conclude with trick-or-treating and other events Halloween night, Saturday, October 31. It will include a wide variety of activities that everybody can enjoy, with a special emphasis on activities for children and families. Most activities will be free and everyone will be welcome. Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, in particular, will include many things to see and do, including the following: • Friday evening: a "Halloween Hogs" motorcycle gathering; a "Creepy Cocktail Crawl" at local restaurants; ghost tours; and a "Haunted Walk." • Saturday daytime: history walks and carriage rides; children's arts, crafts and games; street musicians; and a Costume Parade for children and adults. • Saturday evening: a Gory Make-up Clinic; a Thriller dance and street party; ghost tours; and a "Vampire's Ball" at the Community Club There will also be several events weeknights before Halloween: a family-friendly Halloween double feature at the Opera House Monday night, the 26th; more Halloween films and a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Opera House Wednesday night the 28th; and a Christian Lopez Halloween Concert at the Opera House Thursday night, the 29th, along with readings of classic horror stories at the Bistro 112 restaurant. On Halloween night, in addition to trick-or-treating, there will also be a "Haunted Hallway" for young children and a Halloween concert for adults featuring the Holy Ghost Tent Revival; the concert will include a costume competition. Go to the Shepherdstown Visitors Center website at www.shepherdstown.info for a full schedule of activities. For more information, contact Jan Hafer or Marianne Davis at 304-876-2786 or svc@shepherdstown.info. The BooFest is being sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center, the Station at Shepherdstown, and the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Spooky (but not too spooky!) Halloween fun for the kiddos

Halloween is a popular holiday for adults and kids alike, but some events can get a little spooky for the

West Virginia’s Oktoberfest Oktober-Bests

What better time of year to get out and discover real mountain flavor in West Virginia? Round up your friends

10 MASSIVE WV treats you’ll want to split!

West Virginia is known for its breathtaking views – and we aren’t just talking about the scenic ones! Pack your

9 quiet mountain pastimes that will remind you of your WV home

As summer winds down, it’s time to relax and recharge before the holiday frenzy hits. Enjoy simple pleasures by revisiting

I-81 Northbound Welcome Center

5 most carefree WV resort escapes

Resorts in West Virginia provide the perfect getaway destination when you want to stay in one place and simply relax.

Harvest in the hills: Celebrating WV’s fall foods

The rains and heat of summer have done their work, and the fruits and vegetables are at their peak of

Friends of Music

5 off-the-beaten path, kitschy mountain stops in WV

Here in West Virginia— a state that certainly has its share of quirky festivals, stores and characters— we’ve got plenty

Apple Butter Festival-Berkeley Springs

Annually since 1974, the Apple Butter Festival fills the park and streets of downtown Berkeley Springs on Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend in October. The traditional harvest festival is kicked off by a nostalgic hometown parade on Saturday morning followed by two days worth of family-friendly games and contests, music, country food, fine arts and local crafts. Undisputed star of the festival is the spicy apple butter stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the square. With no admission fee and activities for all ages, this is the perfect day or weekend experience for everyone from grandma to the kids.

9 of the oldest buildings in WV have amazing stories

A state that’s known for literally creating itself during the Civil War is bound to have a storied history. West

7 most endearing, old-fashioned dates in WV

While the technology of our day and age is sometimes helpful, who doesn’t love the dating tactics from an old-school

7 things you didn’t know you could uncover in Harpers Ferry

The historic town of Harpers Ferry is perhaps best known as the site of John Brown’s famous raid on the

Art In The Park

5 horseback riding trails where 4 legs are better than 2

Horseback riding is a great way to travel in nature. Not only do you get to interact with nature, you

Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival

The Seventh Annual Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival will be held in and around Berkeley Springs the weekend of September 19-20. Most of the festival's events will be free and everyone is invited to attend any or all of them. No pre-registration is required. The festival is timed to coincide with the annual fall bird migration. It will include Saturday and Sunday morning bird walks, a Saturday evening program at the Ice House in downtown Berkeley Springs, and a "Beginning Birding" workshop Saturday afternoon. The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is the lead festival sponsor. This year's featured Saturday evening speakers will be Smithsonian Institution forensic ornithologist Marcy Heacker, and Steve Huy, a noted owl and raptor expert. For full details see the Potomac Valley Audubon website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact the Nature Niche store at 168 North Washington Street in Berkeley Springs (304-258-0992 or natureniche@naturenichewv.com). The first event will be a Saturday morning bird walk that will start at 8:00 a.m. at the scenic Panorama Overlook on Route 9 west of Berkeley Springs and move on to favorite riparian sites near the junction of the Cacapon and Potomac rivers. The walk will be led by local birding experts Jon Boone and Janet Ardam. At 10:00 a.m., participants will gather at the Ice House for coffee and pastries and an on-site demonstration of backyard birding strategies and gear. Saturday's "Beginning Birding" workshop will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Cacapon State Park Nature Center. It will be intended for beginners of all ages. Marci Heacker will show what features all birds share, and Park Naturalist Renee Fincham will lead a short trail walk to demonstrate how birds are viewed, identified and enjoyed. Saturday evening's program will feature two presentations. At 7:00 p.m., Marcy Heacker will give a talk entitled "Feathers 101; The Basic Anatomy and Function of Feathers." At 8:00 p.m., Steve Huy will present "Birding With A Purpose," which will include an overview of Huy's early interest in bird migrations and raptors and a discussion of his current involvement with Project SNOWstorm, which tracks the movements of Snowy Owls. The festival will wrap up the morning of Sunday, September 22, with an 8:30 a.m. bird walk at Sleepy Creek Retreat, a mountainside property off Route 522 south of Berkeley Springs. The property offers sweeping views and a rich variety of habitats. It will provide good opportunities to see migrating raptors, blue jays and warblers. Jon Boone and Janet Ardam will lead this walk as well. To help cover festival expenses, a $10 ticket will be sold for the Saturday evening program. Advance tickets will be available at the Nature Niche store and the Saturday daytime events. Tickets will also be available at the door.

7 WV adventures you’ll have to face solo… and be glad you did

Adventures are tucked into every nook and cranny of the Mountain State. Some you can enjoy together, but for others,

9 most amazing places to sleep in WV

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in West Virginia’s nature than falling asleep among the trees and under the

Shepherdstown Sweet Shop

6 reasons a cabin is the most romantic getaway

There isn’t any doubt that a cabin getaway is the most romantic place for couples. A cozy retreat nestled in

8 towns that will make you want to move to West Virginia

You know you’ve had a great vacation when you start thinking about moving to the place you’ve visited. West Virginia

Stamp your passport on these WV Trails! How many have you completed?

Passports, stamps, coins, geocaches– many West Virginia land management agencies, trails, and attractions have programs that will reward you with

Art In The Park

Art in the Park is a juried art fair held in historic Berkeley Springs State Park in the heart of Berkeley Springs ,WV.Art In The Park is a semi monthly show that runs May through October.From 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Art in the Park features local and regional artists showing sculpture, paintings, jewelry, glass, metal,photography,ceramics, and more. Across the street is the Berkeley Springs Farmer's Market which is open from 10 - 2.

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Summer at the lake: Top 7 WV lakes for family fun

There’s no better place to spend the hottest days of summer than by a cool lake, and West Virginia has

12 Appalachian foods so amazing they have their own festival— and what to taste there

Savor the flavors of Appalachia, from farm-fresh ingredients prepared with an international twist to down-home cooking like grandma used to

WV theater performances the kids will love (and you will, too)

Live theater in West Virginia offers a wide variety of performances that are whimsical, funny and tell classic tales of

Third Annual Shepherdstown DogFest

Shepherdstown will hold its third annual "DogFest" the weekend of August 15-16 The event will be held on North King Street in the heart of downtown, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., both days. It will include a wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners, and dog lovers, as well as activities that everybody can enjoy. The main activities on Saturday will be a parade of rescue dogs at 11:00 a.m. and a dog show open to dogs owned by residents and visitors at 3:00 p.m. Sunday's main activity will be an 11:00 a.m. "Look and Learn" parade of dogs featuring more than a dozen heritage breeds that are rarely seen outside of major dog shows. Both days will include blessings of the dogs; flyball demonstrations; exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations, and others; and children's activities. Throughout the weekend, many restaurants and stores and will let dog owners bring their dogs inside. Many will also be offering special dog-themed food, drinks, and items for sale. Pools and misters will be set up so dogs can stay cool in the August heat. Full schedule details are available on the Shepherdstown Visitors Center website at www.shepherdstown.info.

Wild foods of WV: the tastiest foraging along the trail

West Virginia is one of the best places in the nation to find wild and delectable foods. Our warm growing

7 WV family farms kids will love exploring

From rodeos to corn mazes, West Virginia’s sprawling green farms have much to offer families. Whether you want to learn

16 most unique foodie finds in WV

Foodies, there’s something going on in West Virginia you need to know about. Our eclectic, eccentric chefs are whipping up

Best desserts in all of West Virginia

Dessert can be the high note to end your meal, or a sweet meal on its own. West Virginia has

The Dining Room

The Final Cut

Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival

Celebrating 40 years with 200 prejudged artisans demonstrating their work, live bluegrass music Saturday and Sunday, WV wine tasting and wine garden, children's crafts, and delicious food.

Rumsey Tavern

Love in the Mountains: the 3 sweetest, most secluded dates

Spending time with loved ones is the best way to connect and share in life’s simple pleasures. For a truly

7 things you didn’t know you could do in WV

You already know that West Virginia is your destination for whitewater, mountain biking, and rock climbing. But we’ve got so

7 small but vibrant WV towns you’ll need several days to fully explore

Our state is full of small towns. But our small towns, like our people, have more to them than meets

Give your kids a magical, memorable childhood: A West Virginia guide

We all have special memories from our childhood that we cherish. When we grow up, we find that making special

7 natural wonders in the National Parks and beyond

The hills and hollows of West Virginia hide an amazing number of natural wonders, from craggy peaks to subterranean caves.

5 ways WV will throw you for a loop

West Virginia has great moonshine, bluegrass, and yes, plenty of great “country roads.” But there’s so much more to this

6 full-on foodie towns in West Virginia

On your next trip to West Virginia, bring your appetite along with your sense of adventure! Great food can make

Youngblood’s Antiques

The Barn at York Hill

Yankauer Nature Preserve

A popular preserve in Berkeley County, Yankauer Preserve is a blend of oak forests surrounded by glades of red cedar

Wooden Shoe Antiques

Woodbrier Golf Course

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Wonderment Puppet Theater

Wonderment Puppet Theater a year round children’s puppet theater in a colorful Victorian house. We produce 6 shows a year.

West Virginia Glass Outlet

We offer the largest selection of West Virginia Glass. We are located in Historic Downtown Martinsburg. We carry Fenton Art

West Virginia Breeders Classics LTD

Showcase of the W.V. Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. One of the richest nights of racing in the state with

Washington Street Gallery & Gift

If you shop only once … you must visit the only all-local gallery in the Eastern Panhandle! We feature the

Washington Street Gallery

Featuring one-of-a-kind works of contemporary fine art in clay, painting, handmade furniture, print and photography genres. Regional, national and international

Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway Welcome Center

Welcome Center is open from 10AM to 6PM, except Sundays. Full service Welcome Center in Caperton Station, home to Amtrak,

War Memorial Park

Swimming pool, picnic pavilions, miniature golf and concessions.

Village Shop at Harpers Ferry

A great selection of gifts, including wine accessories, candles, wrought iron, civil war reproductions, hand bags, jewelry, art and much

Turf Rodeway Inn and Suites

Closest accommodation to the Slots! Adjacent to Charles Town Races | Slots, the Turf Motel and Rib Room has every

Triple Brick Museum

Constructed as housing for railroad workers in the mid-1870s, this brick apartment building structure is now a town museum featuring

Triple B Arena

Team Roping, NBHA | IBRA – Barrel Racing, Championship Bull Riding.

Town’s Inn Bed and Breakfast

The Town’s Inn consists of two pre-Civil War stone residences (circa 1840): the Heritage House (179 High Street) and the

Town of Harpers Ferry

This quaint 19th century town is designated a National Historic District by the National Register. The architecture of the houses

Tommy’s Pizza Shop

Pizza and subs.

Tomahawk MX Park

Motocross facility open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm. Several tracks and trails open to families and ATVs.

Thomas Shepherd Inn

If today’s fast paced world gets to be too much, visit us and stay in one of our lushly decorated

The Woods Clubhouse Grille & Pub

The Clubhouse Grille |amp; Pub is located at The Woods Golf Course. Meet up with friends for a relaxing lunch

The Inn at Moler’s Crossroads

Once the vacation home of an international traveler, The Inn at Moler’s Crossroads is an exquisitely furnished and impeccably detailed

The Inn at Charles Town

You are invited to stay overnight in comfort at The Inn at Charles Town, located on the grounds of Hollywood

Sycamore Pottery

Award-winning Sycamore Pottery was founded In Jefferson County in 1971. Ren |amp; Pam Parziale make high-fire stoneware |amp; salt glazed

Summit Point Motorsports Park

Road racing for cars, cycles and karts. Park-like setting in beautiful Jefferson County.

Star Movie Theatre

A mom and pop neighborhood movie house in a Depression-era theater showing films since the early 1930s. First-run, mainstream movies

Sleepy Creek – WMA – Berkeley

Primitive camping with 60 sites. Fire rings, lantern pole and gravel parking pad. A pit type toilet and trash cans

Shiley Acres

Shiley Acres is a 6000 person capacity venue located in Inwood, WV. Throughout the 70’s, 80’s and into the 90’s

Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle LLC.

Come rent bicycles to ride on the nearby scenic C|amp;O Canal towpath or rent kayaks and canoes to paddle on

Shepherdstown Historic District

Established in the 1730s as Mecklenberg, Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. In the wake of the Battle