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5 Reasons Winterplace is best place to learn to ski

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine voted Winterplace Ski Resort as the best place to learn to ski. And it’s no wonder! The professionals at Winterplace will hold your hand and cheer you on when things are going good, and they’ll pick your bruised butt up and wipe away the tears when you hit an inevitable speed… Read More

Taste Bridge Brew fresh on tap in the new tasting room

Our backyard brewery, Bridge Brew Works, recently opened their new tasting room, where you can sample their beers on tap and chat with owners and head brewers Ken and Nate. They also were awarded some impressive medals at the Bramwell Oktoberfest recently, with their Dun Glen Dubbel and 3-River Tripel winning gold and silver in… Read More

Sleep in the Sky with this Luxury Treehouse

Sleeping in the woods will never be the same after you sleep in a treehouse in the woods. Country Road Cabins has just opened their deluxe treehouse, the Holly Rock Tree House. Anchored 15 feet in the air and built around a 75-foot-tall chestnut oak tree, the Holly Rock is a unique one-of-a-kind lodging experience…. Read More

Best of Fall Events in the New River Gorge

Fall is one of the best times of the year to visit the New River Gorge— it’s vibrant with the changing colors of fall, the cooler temperatures make recreation enjoyable and there are fun events going on all the time. From bluegrass to Bridge Day to Zombie runs, film fests and great theater, we’ve got… Read More

5 Things to Expect on a Gauley River Whitewater Trip

The Gauley River is infamous for exciting whitewater on one of the most beautiful and technical rivers on the planet. For 6 consecutive weekends in the fall, water is released by the hydro-electric dam, creating perfect conditions for amazing whitewater boating. Here’s what to expect on a Gauley River trip: 1. Stay Warm! The water being released from the Summersville Dam… Read More

3 Amazing New Restaurants You Need to Try in Fayetteville

The foodie scene is Fayetteville has historically been exceptionally tasty, and this year there are some new places in town to try out. We’re excited to try the new flavors, and also to see new spaces and offerings around town. Come eat and be merry with us! New Restaurants: 1. Mackie’s Biergarten Located north of the New… Read More

Best Selfies in the New River Gorge

There’s nothing better than looking great in a selfie, except looking great with a jaw dropping background. The New River Gorge and surrounding area has backdrops that will wow and impress. Whether you capture yourselfie at arms’ length or with the ubiquitous selfie stick, we guarantee these are #selfies you’ll have to snap, post and… Read More

Where to go Trail Running: Events and Paths in the New River Gorge

The New River Gorge is a trail runner’s paradise, with trails for all abilities and beyond amazing views. Trail runners can choose steep, technical trails or rolling, wide trails along the New River Gorge. With more than 70,000 acres, the variety of terrain in the New River Gorge is endless. Whether you want to set… Read More

6 most underrated activities in the New River Gorge

We all know about the amazing whitewater in the New River Gorge National Park. People from all over the planet have been visiting to raft on the New and Gauley Rivers for decades. Rafting, canoeing, duckying or kayaking our beautiful and fun waterways is a great way to see our beautiful state, but we’re going… Read More

Farmer’s Markets Reopen— with Fresh Treats this Season!

From May to October, the open-air Fayette County farmer’s markets are full of fruits, vegetables and local arts and crafts. As we round the corner to summer, more produce is coming in every week. Farmer’s markets are a great place to get fresh, local food, and you get to meet the people who grow it…. Read More

Explore Food & Fun at the White Oak Rail Trail Expo

Walk, shop, eat and dance your way along the White Oak Rail Trail in Oak Hill. The Expo starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 6, opening with prayer and the National Anthem. There will be music and singing at the White Oak Railroad Depot. The expo draws more than 180 vendors from all across WV,… Read More

Patagonia Worn Wear Tour stops at Water Stone

Water Stone Outdoors will be a tour stop for Patagonia’s Worn Wear Tour on May 7. The Worn Wear Tour has 18 stops this year, and Water Stone is proud to be on the tour. Maura Kistler said of the tour, “The Worn Wear Tour is asking us to redefine our relationship with our gear… Read More

Get Up Close with WV’s Wildlife at the Birding and Nature Festival

As the peak of bird migratory season nears, so does the nationally-renowned 13th Annual New River Birding & Nature Festival. Birders from all corners of the country will flock to WV the week of April 27- May 2 to hike through the woods and observe native and neotropical birds as they nest and breed. More… Read More

Take Home Your Own Mountain Artworks at Crafting Classes

Come explore the mountain wilderness that inspires our Appalachian crafting, and take home a creation of your own. Pear Tree Arts and Garden in Fayetteville, WV, makes it easy to try your hand at the arts. First, stop in to browse the works of local crafters, from decorative wreaths and primitive home goods to hand-whittled walking… Read More

Historic Fayette Theatre Gears up for 2015 Season

A year of art events is about to hit the stage at the restored Historic Fayette Theater, and their live performances of drama and comedy will keep you at the edge of your seat! Sitting in downtown Fayetteville, WV, the Historic Fayette Theater has served the community since 1993 as a live-performance venue. The 5… Read More

Escape to the Charming B&Bs of the New River Gorge, WV

Are you still looking to getaway with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? If you’re looking for romance, comfortable living and unique hospitality, bed and breakfasts in the New River Gorge offer you this and more with their old character and charm. The beautiful and relaxing atmosphere will help transport you and your loved one… Read More

Abandoned Coal Towns in the New River Gorge

The ruins of the New River Gorge carry memories of a past that once thrived on the early mining industry. More than 60 mining towns sprouted in this region, and they still stand today as a testament to West Virginia’s economic, political and social history with coal. You can take yourself back in time by… Read More

New River Gorge Racks up Awards from “Best of the Blue Ridge”

Well, the New River Gorge sure stole the show in the Blue Ridge Outdoors “Best of” 2015 awards! In addition to 6 top honors, the area racked up a handful of runner-up distinctions, even stacked against other popular hotspots like Asheville, NC & Charlottesville, Va. (BRO covers the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, all the way from Baltimore to Atlanta.)… Read More

Discover Scenic Winter Waterfalls

The rush of a tumbling waterfall is a beautiful sight, but these gorgeous cascades have a secret side. Not only are they beautiful as they flow, they’re also stunning in the winter, when they’re frozen, shimmering and crystalized in mid-fall, or when they’re still pouring, alive amid the white winter scene. The New River Gorge… Read More

New Year’s Eve Excitement in the New River Gorge

The New River Gorge is the ideal location to ring in the New Year. From a fancy masquerade ball to a couple’s hide-a-way with a dash of adventure, the New River Gorge area has multiple options for guests to welcome 2015. Here are just a few options for celebrating the New Year in the gorge: Smokey’s… Read More

Dine at Some of the Most Unique Restaurants in WV

The New River Gorge is a surprising hub of culinary genius, tucked into the small towns of the mountains. We have some of the state’s most unique restaurants. Here are some of the standout eateries to stop into when you’re visiting the New River Gorge: Café One Ten This homestlye diner with a touch of Italian… Read More

5 Holiday Events in the New River Gorge

**UPDATE: Weather has postponed both the Ansted and Fayetteville parades. The new dates and times have been updated in this post. The New River Gorge is in full holiday swing! This weekend kicks off a holiday frenzy of fun, jam-packed with fun events for the season. Here are 5 holiday events to check out: Ansted… Read More

10 Things on Every West Virginian’s Thanksgiving Plate

The New River Gorge region has a distinct flavor, and a long history of homestyle cooking. Around the holidays, here’s how we add a little Appalachian flair to our holiday meals: Pepperoni Rolls Our state food in West Virginia, pepperoni rolls are best baked right here at home. They’re tastiest in soft, warm bread with… Read More

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 The bridge really is the area’s most iconic feature, and not just because of the architectural marvel itself, but also because of… Read More

Tips To Leave No Trace in the New River Gorge

When you’re exploring the vast mountain wilderness in the New River Gorge, help us respect and preserve its natural wonder. Use trail and camping techniques like Leave No Trace, which gives these 7 guidelines for responsible outdoor exploration: 1. Plan & Prepare Read up on the New River Gorge’s policies and regulations before you go to… Read More

The Dunglen Hotel: The Historic Hotspot for Trouble

Tucked into the WV hills is the nearly abandoned, but once booming, rail town of Thurmond. And in its heyday, this tiny town was home to an infamous hotel— a short-term stop for the wealthy, and the mischievous. Because Thurmond was once one of the busiest rail stops in the country, the Dunglen Hotel was… Read More

Best of WV Living in the New River Gorge

The New River Gorge area earned several top honors in the WV Living “Best of West Virginia” awards. It’s quite the feat for such an area. Out in the wilderness, the New River Gorge area is far from a metropolis. While relatively few of the voters probably live in the small towns of the gorge, the… Read More

The Popular New Paddle Sport in the New River Gorge

The newest activity in the New River Gorge’s outdoor activity repertoire is quickly becoming a favorite. It’s easy to see why stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is so contagious: it’s easy to learn and fun for all ages. It’s growing not only here, but everywhere. It’s the fastest-growing paddle sport in the country. Here are 5 great… Read More