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Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

The perfect Valentine’s gift is never easy to come by, but we have you covered this year. Whether you are

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2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The hustle and bustle of the holidays and shopping for everyone in your life can feel a bit overwhelming each

Winter Blues Farmers Market

The annual Winters Blues Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, February 26 from 1 pm – 5 pm. During

Mountain Momma Gift Guide: 9 Unique Picks for 2021

Want to treat the special lady in your life to the perfect Mother’s Day gift? With a rich collection of

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Shop Small – Check Out These 10 WV Online Stores

West Virginia shopkeepers and artisans work tirelessly to create meaningful, handcrafted goods for their patrons. Though you might not have

10 must-see stops on your virtual family road trip

Discover West Virginia on a virtual road trip and hop online for a tour of museums, historic sites and remote

7 movies to cure your cabin fever

Looking for a good movie to watch? We’ve got some we think you might like: October Sky – Based on

Read through Almost Heaven

Now is the perfect time to unplug and unwind in the Mountain State. Below are a few books to get

March Events You Won’t Want to Miss

It’s official, spring is right around the corner. Indulge in some springtime cheer and check out these unique events from

Cheers to Spring! Check Out These 5 Almost Heaven Breweries

1. Big Timber Brewing Company Elkins With a name that pays homage to the surrounding forests and the industry that

Top 3 Winter Activities in Huntington

Located on the Ohio River, the college town of Huntington boasts not only a lively nightlife, but activities the whole

How Growing Up in West Virginia Influenced my Desire to Shop Small

Megan Ursic, Local Wares and Fares Explorer West Virginia native Megan Ursic is the founder of The Handcrafted Cooperative, a

Your Guide to Holiday Shopping in Almost Heaven

The holidays are a magical time, especially in West Virginia. The mountains are blanketed in fresh snow. The towns of

FESTIVALS EXPLORER: 7 Fishes – A Tradition, Book, Festival and Now a Feature Film

Robert Tinnell, Festival Explorer West Virginia-native Robert Tinnell is a writer/director/producer with experience in a variety of media. He most

Shop Local During Small Business Saturday

The last Saturday of November is time to shop small. From specialty gifts to artisan crafts, small businesses in West

4 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in West Virginia

Thanksgiving in West Virginia is time for family and fun. From exploring waterfalls to preparing meals in a cozy cabin,

Check Out These Fall Finds at West Virginia’s Local Shops

Cute shops are around most every corner of West Virginia towns. Head to Almost Heaven for all your cozy, fall

Experience Almost Heaven along Interstate 77

If you’re traveling through Almost Heaven along I-77, there are a number of must-see stops. From Parkersburg to Bluefield, explore

Almost Heaven is Home to Can’t Miss Fairs & Festivals in the Summertime

A warm breeze and a sunny sky in Almost Heaven mark the start of the state’s fair and festival season.

Discover Summertime in Almost Heaven at these incredible Events

The beauty of Almost Heaven in the summertime is unparalleled – with each day more beautiful than the next. Experiencing

Mark These Upcoming Almost Heaven Summer Events On Your Calendar

Summer in West Virginia is the perfect time to enjoy all the fairs, festivals and other events the Mountain State

These train excursions will lead you to stunning places

The sights and sounds you’ll experience on an excursion along the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad are unparalleled. American Bald Eagles,

You can get an up-close look at these Almost Heaven factories

West Virginia is home to incredible businesses – many of which open their doors to share their crafts with the

The Ultimate Guide to Winter in Almost Heaven

This winter, we did our research and curated the ultimate guide to winter in Almost Heaven. From sledding down the

Looking for a winter getaway? Here are 5 Spots even Better with Snow

Experience the best of the Mountain State this winter by taking a beautiful getaway. From luxurious retreats to adventurous getaways,

West Virginia Cities by Day & Night

The Mountain State is home to a mix of vibrant, eclectic, unique and historic cities that are perfect for wandering

ENTERTAINMENT EXPLORER: 20 Ways to Explore Winter in Randolph County

Taira Landavere, Entertainment Explorer Winter is here! The first snowflakes have fallen from the sky, and there’s no better place

Your Guide to Snowshoe Mountain Resort

This winter, experience both a luxurious and adventurous getaway at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. At Snowshoe, there is always something exciting

How to shop local in Almost Heaven

Across West Virginia, there are small, locally owned businesses with products perfect for anyone. Whether you’re shopping for a loved

The best places to purchase art in West Virginia

While West Virginia is well-known for its incredible landscapes and jaw-dropping views, it is also home to incredible and talented

These 11 Winter Events Are Must-Sees in West Virginia

The winter season in the Mountain State is an amazing time of year when you can experience new and exciting

These are some of the best shops for Almost Heaven goods

It is always fun to give and receive gifts. But it’s even better to support local, hand-crafted items sold by

This local market features handcrafted goods from Almost Heaven

Have you been looking for a place to find handcrafted treasures that you can’t find anywhere else? The Handcrafted Cooperative

The Ultimate Winter Day in West Virginia

When its wintertime in the Mountain State, there’s never a dull moment. Whether you’re simply sipping hot cocoa in front

These West Virginia-made gifts are perfect for the holidays

This holiday season purchase your friends and family something special and unique that was made right here in Almost Heaven.

Have you experienced a Small Business Saturday in Almost Heaven?

The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year for shopping. Black Friday draws millions

You can find some of West Virginia’s best art at these 5 spots

Throughout the state, incredibly talented artisans and artisan groups are creating amazing pieces and showcasing them for the world to

Shop til you drop at these 6 West Virginia boutique districts

It’s always a good time for a shopping trip — and we all deserve it every once in a while!

Your guide to Bridge Day in West Virginia

Bridge Day, an annual event held in Fayetteville, is undoubtedly one of the most unique events held anywhere in the

LOCAL WARES & FARES EXPLORER: No, Salt Isn’t Just Salt!

Nancy Bruns, Local Wares & Fares Explorer A friend came over the other day to help me prepare a meal

FESTIVAL EXPLORER: 8 Ways to Experience a Wild and WonderFall Season in Greater Morgantown

Susan Riddle and the GMCVB team, Festival Explorers It’s that time of year again when family, friends and visitors journey

The Ultimate West Virginia Distillery Road Trip

Moonshine, whiskey, bourbon… oh my! If you have a taste for the wild side, we have the perfect road trip

This one-day West Virginia yard sale is the largest on the East Coast

Did you know West Virginia is home to the largest one-day community yard sale on the East Coast? Each May,

You must try these 12 AMAZING pies in West Virginia

  The pepperoni roll may well be West Virginia’s state food, but we also have some desserts that have reached

This huge, four-day-long festival in West Virginia has a little bit of everything

For more than half a century the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair has been as closely stitched into West

These 20 events are West Virginia must-sees

Parents hear it every year as school winds down for the summer: “I want something to do!” Fortunately, there’s always

Spring is better in the mountains of West Virginia

The best season of the year has just arrived and what does that mean? Flowers are blooming, trees are turning

These 13 signature West Virginia wines hit all the right notes

  Whether you prefer a dry red or a sweet dessert wine, you’re sure to find the perfect glass at

Mountain murals: 5 stops for a DIY public art tour

The Mountain State is full of funky art galleries and sophisticated art museums. But during the warmer months, get your

These jewelers are crafting unique designs from nature

Wear a piece of West Virginia! The wild Mountain State abounds with natural riches: regal cliffs, deep hardwood forests, and

The sweetest day in the mountains— No, it’s not Valentine’s Day

Hint: every pancake should have this topping! Mountain State Maple Day showcases the sweetest industry in West Virginia: maple syrup!

7 fun ways to dig into your Appalachian roots

“Mountain folk” have their own way of doing things. Old-time Appalachian practices are still alive and well in the hills

7 things you did as a kid in WV that you’ve gotta share with yours

The joys of growing up in the Mountain State are simple and sweet. Share the fond memories of your mountain

These WV destinations get named to best lists All. The. Time.

West Virginia stacks up national and international recognition for its small-town charm, wild beauty and adventure. But there are a

Do you know the whole story behind WV’s state food?

West Virginia’s state food may be simple, but its story sure isn’t. Pepperoni rolls are elegantly simple, but uniquely West

Art deco entertaining: Add color and charm to your table with this classic-modern trend

  One of America’s most iconic and collectible brands of dinnerware comes out of a small town in West Virginia.

6 eco-friendly gifts your friends will definitely keep

Looking for eco-friendly gifts this holiday season? Local West Virginia artisans, farmers, and merchants create locally made, recycled and sustainable

You need these unique WV holiday ornaments for your tree

No tree is complete without some West Virginia flair. Wrap that blue garland, top it with a gold star and

3 holiday road trips to make gift shopping exciting

Mine the mountains for handcrafted gifts! Only Santa could fly through all of West Virginia, but these road trips hit

Gifts that show off WV pride

  If you’re shopping for someone who holds West Virginia near and dear to their heart, look no further. From

9 unexpected discoveries from “The Best of West Virginia”

Some of the Mountain State’s best artisan works, unique flavors and traditional sounds can all be found under 1 peaked,

Amazing travel deals – Cyber Monday & Small Business Saturday

Score the best deals in West Virginia this Thanksgiving shopping weekend! Supporting local shops feels amazing, but it’s not all

Morgantown, underground: 5 best undiscovered spots in WV’s most vibrant nightlife scene

Morgantown is a college town known for its vibrant nightlife, but sometimes the best finds are off the beaten path.

Want to understand the vibe of “America’s Coolest Small Town”? Stop here.

Vibe is tricky to put your finger on. For Lewisburg, a quaint city in southeast West Virginia, creativity sets it

Best of June in WV

Here is just a sampling of some of the fun and exciting events this month in the Mountain State: 1.

Unique, home-grown finds from WV’s farmers markets

Stop in any farmers market in West Virginia, and you’ll find a beautiful variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and other

Where to try fresh Appalachian trout

No fish exemplifies the crisp, cool atmosphere of the mountains as much as fresh trout. They live in the cold

5 craft beer + local food pairings you gotta taste together

What better way to experience mountain flavor than with classic meals paired with classic beers, all made in-state? Beer and

4 Unexpected Finds Along WV’s Country Roads

We all know the song that leads our Almost Heaven dreaming, a familiar tune celebrating 50 years of success in

Taste Almost Heaven’s Wildest Food

West Virginia’s favorite perennial peaks in April. You can taste delicious, oniony ramps across the state in community dinners, your

Brewing up in 2016: 10 new breweries & events to try

West Virginia’s craft beer business is booming! Here are 7 new breweries and 3 new events to watch for this

J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works

Best reasons to visit WV in April

Spring is a great time to be in West Virginia— and you can see why from these April events! 1.

Here’s where to find the springiest wines

As West Virginia blooms, local wineries squeeze nature’s goodness into big glass bottles! Get a taste of spring with these

Wake up to a wild brunch this Sunday

West Virginia is known for our home cooking and hospitality, and come Sunday, it’s time for a big, hearty, social.

Your inner foodie will flip for these 9 dine-around events

Attention foodies: the Mountain State is full of flavor, and ready for you to take a bite! These festivals, cook-offs

Mountain artists’ takes on traditional pottery

Potters in West Virginia pack the natural beauty and heritage of our region into purposeful works of art for everyday

Best of March in WV

Wondering what to do in the Mountain State in March? Here are 7 best bets: 1. Last Hurrah Snowshoe Mountain

Discover your inner artist at these 7 WV art studios

Take home a piece of your own handiwork next time you go gallery hopping. Arts centers around the Mountain State

7 mountain arts events that transform the whole town

Immerse yourself in West Virginia’s rich creative talent with community-wide celebrations! Here are 7 mountain arts events that transform the

Shake up your drink game with these 4 fine mountain cocktails

Chilly temperatures are no match for some of West Virginia’s finely crafted cocktails and local spirits. Sit back, relax and

Best WV wines & spirits for every palate

Let your personal palate lead you to the best WV wines & spirits for your tastes. Most wineries make a

7 must-see stops on the Civil War Trail

The story of West Virginia tells us much about our nation’s most definitive war. Originally a part of Virginia’s Old

The weird Alpine tradition you can also find in Appalachia

The Appalachian hills of West Virginia might not have too much in common with the rocky, soaring peaks of the

The world’s biggest water tasting event. (Yes, really!)

It’s kind of like the Oscars, but for water. Every February for the past 25 years, the little town of Berkeley

Warm your spirit this season in these 5 WV coffee shops

Coffee is a drink that keeps us connected in the Mountain State. Here in the hills, you will find several

Say “I love you” with the sweetest of the sweets

Switch it up this year and impress your sweetie with goodies whipped up in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. These local

Iconic quilt patterns and where to find them

West Virginia honors its long-shared quilting tradition with distinct Appalachian style. Quilting roots In days gone by, quilts played a

Ever had “cellar cider”? It’s not what you’re used to

A new duo of craft brewers are infusing the Greenbrier Valley with a set of spirits that harken back to

4 big businesses with small roots in WV

Starting small doesn’t mean you can’t go big— as some of West Virginia’s staple businesses know. The Mountain State certainly

The WV-made holiday shopping guide

If West Virginians are known for one thing, it’s our enormous state pride. This holiday season, spread the Christmas cheer

7 things you didn’t know about this iconic WV artistry

West Virginia’s distinct style has sprouted many unique, distinct artistries, but one of its most iconic and sought-after is handcrafted

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

How 5 inspired WV artisans bring the mountains into their work

The rolling hills of West Virginia and its peaceful small communities are the perfect setting for artistic inspiration and creation.

Bike + Brew: 5 best mountain destinations

Nothing is better than a finely crafted microbrew after the rush of hugging mountains on 2 wheels all day long.

Lost River General Store and Cafe

Find fantastic food at Lost River and ice cream that’s out of this world. For breakfast, enjoy muffins, sticky buns,

Lost River Artisans Cooperative & Museum

The Lost River Artisans Cooperative features fine arts, folk arts and crafts made locally by hand, many using techniques used