No spring break destination matches the beauty, joy and serenity you’ll experience on your West Virginia vacation getaway. If you’d rather be high up in the wilderness instead of on a crowded college beach, the mountain Ssate welcomes you with open arms, and some of the most amazing forests, lakes, and nature preserves in the country.

From the mountains to the rivers to the many lakes and east coast islands, you’ll never run out of fun, tourist attractions to keep you and your family engaged during your West Virginia vacation. So whether you spend your vacation tenting, RVing, hiking, rock climbing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, fishing, enjoying a steam boat trip, or just relaxing, you’ll want to hit every tourist attraction there is in West Virginia.

Don’t forget to make time for West Virginia’s rich, historical music culture, descending from the Scots-Irish traditions that became the iconic Appalachian folk music. Guitar, banjo and [...]

There’s a peaceful quiet in the outdoors. Yes, sometimes there is welcomed noise from kids riding bicycles, birds chirping, or the clang of a horseshoe hitting a peg, but for the most part, West Virginia’s state parks offer a respite in a world ever-changing and in fast forward.

Forty-nine areas make up the West Virginia State Park system. Ten of the 49 areas have lodges and restaurants, five of those with championship golf courses, and some with cabins and campgrounds. These are open year-round and are called: Pipestem, Twin Falls, Stonewall, Cacapon and Stonewall resorts; Chief Logan Lodge; Blackwater Falls, Hawks Nest, North Bend and Tygart Lake state parks. Each of these areas has unique character.

There are two lodges and two golf courses, but the real Pipestem is scenic and outdoor oriented. Hiking trails are great. There is horseback riding and seasonal fly-fishing packages are available. The campground is popular, as well as, [...]

The Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “A Day in Every Direction” itinerary ( 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 [...]

What began with Summersville, WV Mayor Robert Shafer enjoying a play in Lewisburg has led to experiments with dinner theater at the Summersville Arena. August will see two productions, including one for children, and CVB Director Marianne Taylor is hoping this becomes a regular feature.  In 2013 the Greenbrier Valley Theatre brought its production of “Smoky Joe’s Cafe” to the Arena and attracted 326 people, an impressive opening night by any accounting. “We were hoping for 300,” says Taylor, “so we were quite pleased.” The Greenbrier Valley Theatre will be back in 2014 on Aug. 7 for the children’ production of “Stuart Little” and on Aug. 16 for “Stand By Your Man” (the Tammy Wynette story). The Greenbrier Valley Theatre has been active since 1966, when it began life in a tent. It moved into its permanent home in Lewisburg in 2000 and is now reaching out with its shows, something regional professional theaters often [...]

– Mannington’s Old-Fashioned 4th Hog Call Contest – 16 & under
– Tin Can Body Bowling – adults & children
– White Trash bag Relay Race – kids
– Armpit Serenade (Merican Idol) – 16 & under
– Cake walk
– Antique engine display
– Cornhole tournament
– sky lantern ceremony
– Fairview’s celebration parade @ 10am
– Community Band, FSU Academy for the Arts  guest speaker Mr. Jim Slade, music from Kingdom Calling, Kennedy Barn String Band and Jenna Won’t Sing
– fireworks @ 10 pm
– FairmontsS Red, white & BOOM!
– Mama Corn, 4:15 pm.
– The Marshall Lowry Band, 5:30 pm.
– Katie Ohh (from NBC’s “And the Winner Is”), 7 pm.
– American Idol Josh Gracin, 8:30 pm.
– Fireworks, 10 pm.

You have an event, a vacation, a weekend getaway or a business retreat coming up and you want something new, a bit out of the way, but with plenty to do. Shhhh. Have we got a recommendation for you!  It’s Summersville, WV, in the south-central part of the state, 87 miles east of the capital of Charleston.

Here’s what you get in Summersville:

The largest clear-water lake in the state, Summersville Lake with 60 miles of shoreline and almost 2800 acres of water and 20-45 feet visibility;

– Boating, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing  and scuba diving on Summersville Lake—visit Sarge’s Dive Shop and the Summersville Marina for rentals;

– Hiking and biking trails with opportunities to see beautiful foliage, wildlife and even a places for picnics;

– Challenging rock climbing and rappelling offering breathtaking scenery;

– Relax and swim at the manmade beach at Summersville Lake;

– Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State park—the site of a [...]

Festivals, fairs, food, rides, tons of stuff to do this summer! It’s too bad it’s kind of all the same. Except for PATTYFEST 2014!    PattyFest is full of jammin, workshops, dancing, and an open stage. Cool thing about PattyFest? Acoustic only. Traditional West Virginian cuisine (with vegetarian options) is served. From the above description, you might not understand how this event got its name.

Patty isn’t an instrument, a food or a dance. Patty was born in Mannington Feb. 7, 1925.  She attended Fairmont State, then Central Michigan University, then taught for the next 35 years. Eventually, and thankfully, she moved back to West Virginia. She found that she loved the dulcimer, both hammered and Appalachian. She taught classes, performed at weddings and festivals, and won multiple awards for her dedication and talent. So right now, she probably sounds like a great musician. But she’s more than that.  She is responsible for the perpetuation of [...]

June 7th!  The location is the corner of King and Queen streets in Martinsburg, WV. (Rain Date June 14th)  Traditionally soap box derby racing is a family affair. Construction of the cars involves entire families, friends, and neighbors. It gives a quality to family togetherness. Everyone has ideas on how to gather as much speed as possible for race day. Watching the children entering the cars on race day is as exciting as seeing their exit at the bottom of the hill while hearing their names being called as the winner. The children make new friends and learn sportsmanship along the way. There is a rich history behind this soap box derby. This race is in its 15th year since returning to the area after a long hiatus. Scheduled for the even are vendors and entertainment for children. This is a wonderful learning experience for all persons involved. Please come and spend the day with [...]

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