The Best of West Virginia Awards 2013

The votes are in! Readers from all corners of the state have weighed in on their favorite eateries and entertainment venues, celebrities and care providers, shopping spots and scenic escapes.


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Forks of Cheat Winery

The wines at Forks of Cheat have won numerous awards, and after one visit, you’ll know why. Nestled among the hills outside Morgantown, visitors are welcomed, given a tour, and offered recommendations based on their preferences. Tastings are free, so discover a bottle you like—the Black Jewel Port and the Vidal Blanc are award-winners—and settle down on the deck with some cheese from local Green Glades Creamery.

2811 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown, WV 26508; 877.989.4637;

Lambert’s Winery

A beautiful estate with hand-cut stone buildings, Lambert’s Winery invites guests in with roaring fires, friendly faces, and, of course, wine. With more than 15 varieties and free tastings, it’s easy to find a bottle to enjoy in front of the fireplace. On Wednesdays they offer wood-fired pizza and entertainment.

190 Vineyard Drive, Weston, WV 26452; 304.269.4903;

Heston Farm

A winery, distillery, restaurant, and concert venue—the folks at Heston Farm wear many hats. They offer nearly a dozen wines, varying from sweet to semi-sweet to dry, as well as an array of unique moonshines. Stop in for a tasting, then enjoy some of the farm-to-table fare at Foxfire Restaurant while listening to live music on the deck.

1602 Tulip Lane, Fairmont, WV 26554; 304.366.9463;


Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Low heat and slow smoke are what distinguish Martin’s as authentic Southern barbecue. With the smell wafting down West Virginia Route 705 at 8 in the morning, travelers often find themselves awkwardly fantasizing about barbecue for breakfast. The Redneck Taco is too unique to pass up—barbecue rolled up in a cornmeal cake with Sweet Dixie sauce, a tomato-based sauce with a cayenne pepper kick.

368 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505; 304.777.4227;

Blues BBQ

Don’t let the unassuming little building in Spring Hill fool you. The pulled pork sandwich is not to be missed. You get your choice of sauce—the sweet but spicy Blues Original, true to the Kansas City tradition; the spicy, vinegary-based Carolina; or the Williamsburg, a little tangy and a little sweet with a touch of tomato.

1109 Jefferson Road, Charleston, WV 25309; 304.744.8335

Buddy’s All-American BBQ

Slow-cooked, hickory-smoked barbecue made your way—with a Southwest dry rub or sweet barbecue, tangy Carolina, or Buddy’s Bomb, if you’re brave enough to handle the heat. Buddy’s barbecue is best enjoyed on the porch while listening to live music. A cold brew is optional but encouraged.

1537 Third Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701; 304.522.9869;


Mountain State Brewing Company

Owners Willie Lehmann and Brian Arnett started brewing beers at home out of curiosity and, of course, an appreciation for beer. They sold their first brew in 2005. Now they are the largest full-scale microbrewery and distributor in West Virginia. Whether sipping on Cold Trail Ale or Seneca Indian Pale Ale in Thomas, Morgantown, or Maryland, you’ll enjoy every last gulp.

1 Nelson Boulevard, Thomas, WV 26292, 304.463.4500;
54 Clay Street, Morgantown, WV 26505, 304.241.1976
6690 Sang Run Road, McHenry, MD 21541, 301.387.3360


Spring Hill Pastry Shop

Known throughout the Metro Valley for consistently fresh, delicious pastries, Spring Hill Pastry Shop has been whipping up the same recipes since 1948 and still has lines out the door. Classics like doughnuts and éclairs are available, but the one-of-a-kind Hot Dog is not to be missed. A bun-shaped pastry stuffed with sweet cream and confectioners’ sugar, it is a Spring Hill specialty. Get it with everything and enjoy chocolate drizzled on top.

600 Chestnut Street South Charleston, WV 25309; 304.768.7397;

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