Top 5 Things To Do with Family Visiting for the Holidays

Have family coming in for Thanksgiving? There’s plenty to show them around the New River Gorge.
Here are our top 5 picks for things to show your visiting family this Thanksgiving:

Bridge Walk

Bridge Walk in the New River Gorge, WVThe bridge really is the area’s most iconic feature, and not just because of the architectural marvel itself, but also because of the stunning scenery surrounding it. Stretched across the gaping New River Gorge canyon, the bridge offers an amazing view of the rolling hills and rushing river.
On a Bridge Walk, you can stroll the steel catwalk under the bridge and gaze out over the entire gorge. It’s a truly breathtaking experience everyone should have at least once.

“You Better Watch Out” at Historic Fayette Theater

Opening the day after Thanksgiving, this comedy performed by the Historic Fayette Theater‘s award winning acting troupe is a holiday tale with a hint of mystery. When Tom and Jenny, new owners of a quaint B&B, invite Jenny’s mourning father to see the inn for the first time, a snowstorm hits, forcing 3 strangers to take refuge inside. But, they aren’t who they seem. Delve into their tale.


Browse a showcase of West Virginia’s most noted creatives at Tamarack, where the in-residence artists will be crafting away to get more wares ready for the shopping season! On Small Business Saturday, Tamarack is a great place to support local artisans, meet them and watch them work. With crafts that range from traditional pottery to innovative woodwork, at Tamarack you can find truly one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Or, wait until Sunday, when the halls fill with jubilant music for the weekly Tamarack @ Two afternoon concerts.
Of course, you can always sift through the other antiques and local shops all around the New River Gorge!

Local Flavor

We celebrate Thanksgiving with home-cooked meals, but after all that cooking, give yourself a break, and your family a treat: take them to try some of the local cuisine. Pies and Pints is renowned for their offbeat gourmet pies, with fresh toppings like grapes, black beans, gorgonzola and creme fraîche. Chetty’s Pub has more holiday comfort food to go around. Giuseppes has homestyle Italian, an their famous stir-fry spaghtetti. And that’s only a few of the creative cuisine options nearby. 

Explore the Outdoors

It might be chilly, but the wilderness is still wild & wonderful in the winter. If you bundle up, a great hike will get your blood flowing and help warm you up. Or, explore the frozen treetops with a zipline tour, beautiful any time of year. If you want to go caving, the caverns maintain constant temperatures year-round.
What will you do with your family this holiday?