Pick a Day Pick a Direction with a Summersville WV Family Vacation

The Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “A Day in Every Direction” itinerary (http://www.summersvillecvb.com/itineraries.html) presents visitors with quite a challenge, one that can turn a day, a weekend or a week into a Summersville WV family vacation. Accommodations meet any budget and include cabins ranging from rustic to luxurious, camping  under the stars or in one of the new yurts, or one of seven different hotels. Restaurants range from fast food to fine dining.  While you are here, visit a winery or check the schedule for one of the many festivals, go boating on West Virginia’s largest clear water lake, sip a cool one at a local bar, visit some historical sites, or play a round of golf. That’ll get you started. Kirkwood Winery is one of the many attraction in Summersville, which is soaked in rye whisky and history. The winery dates to the immigration of the Facemire family from Germany to Philadelphia in 1752 and its migration to what was then western Virginia and later Summersville. Rodney Facemire started the Kirkwood Winery, using his family’s brewing history and technique, in the 1970s. He died a few years ago and left the winery to his half brother Shirley Morris. Shirley and his wife, Brenda, have run it since and they make 30 wines, moonshine, rye, brandy and 9-year-old small-batch bourbon. The winery also has a mini-distillery. Brenda says tours are conducted for anybody who drops by, and you can take a group in for wine and snacks at $6 a head. “We do about 25-30 wine festivals a year,” says Brenda. The festivals cover West Virginia from this central location.

Try out the sample itinerary:

Day 1–Summersville Lake is the heart and soul of the region, featuring camping, kayaking, climbing the wondrous cliffs, jet skiing and scuba diving. West Virginia’s largest lake accommodates those in the fast lane and those on inner tubes with equal aplomb. The lake is for those with a day or a week to spend and it’ll keep you busy regardless of your time strictures. After a day at the lake, enjoy dinner at Long Point Grill & Bar, the home of the best oven baked pizza and calzones.

Day 2—Nicholas County is crisscrossed with picturesque hiking trails, campgrounds and picnic areas, featuring West Virginia’s mountain wonderland summer or winter. The lighthouse on Summersville Lake and the Carnifax Ferry Battlefield State Park will occupy hours with their fascinating stories.  Save time for ice cream at Fat Eddie’s!

Day 3–Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Golf Course and the Cherry River Course are challenges to the best duffer or one-handicapper, and if you’re not up for the entire course, you can putt-putt a game at Mountain Lake Campground.  Then cool down. at the Summersville Lake beach or beside the pool at Veterans Memorial Park.  Enjoy dinner at Cafe Acropolis and dive into the best authentic Greek food in the state.  Each dish prepared by the owner.

Day 4–Take a tour and enjoy some wine tasting at Kirkwood Winery and then spend the afternoon browsing the many shops for unique gifts and souvenirs.  Take a lunch break at Maloney’s Sports Pub &  Grill in downtown Summersville where you will also find a unique Quilt Shop and an old fashioned store, Hardman’s Hardware.

Day 5–Branch out and enjoy the world famous New River Gorge Bridge or maybe some zip lining, white water rafting, or Bridgewalk.  Enjoy another great dinner in one of the many dining options. Be sure and check the schedule for a list of festivals. June brings the  Goldwing Riders Association, WV Quilt Festival, and the  annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival which is scheduled June 25-28 at the Summersville Music Park. This is a premier festival with a variety of foods and activities and premier acts like Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Dailey & Vincent, Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Goldwing Express, The Marksmen and Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver.  The Nicholas County Fair is in July and the Cherry River Festival is the July28-August 2.  September is full of festivals, including Gauley Fest, the Craigsville Fall Fest, the Grape Stompin Festival and the Nicholas County Potato Festival.

Regardless of which of the directions you choose (and you can choose as many as you want) you’ll find ways to be as busy or as relaxed as you choose in Summersville. Call the Summersville Convention & Visitors Bureau for a free Visitors Guide and a coupon for a free tee shirt or visit www.summersvillecvb.com.

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