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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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry is brimming with history—it was home to the first successful American railroad, John Brown’s attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and one of the earliest integrated schools for former slaves in the country. Located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, this town offers more than living history museums and exhibits. Beautiful hiking trails wind around town, and the overlook on the Maryland Heights Trail is not to be missed.



Stray Dog Antiques

Gina Puzzuoli is an avid antique shopper who scouts junk shops, estate sales, and antique shops for fun. After seeing a sign on the storefront next door to her Hale Street loft, she decided to buy the space and display the eclectic finds she’d amassed. Shoppers at Stray Dog Antiques get a peek into Gina’s world as they browse fine art, jewelry, furniture, books, fabric and clothing, and much more. Every inch of space on two floors is covered with her treasures—all of it unique, imaginative, and evocative.

219 Hale Street, Charleston, WV 25301; 304.346.1534;



A treasure in Charleston’s Bridge Road Shops, Geraniums has been dressing ladies in the finest clothing for more than 20 years. With a selection of clothes both tasteful and hip, classic and contemporary, women of all ages can find something on the racks at Geraniums. The store carries popular names in accessories like Pandora, Lilly Pulitzer, and Brighton.

1011 Bridge Road Charleston, WV 25314; 304.344.1350;



Tamarack is more than your average gift shop—way more. A mecca for Mountain State arts and culture, Tamarack has welcomed millions of guests since opening in 1996 to experience and showcase the best of West Virginia. Juried arts and crafts are sold throughout the building, with artist demonstrations frequently held in the studios. This one-of-a-kind inventory—the largest collection of its kind in the state—ranges from musical instruments to clothing, glassware to pottery, furniture to books. Grab a bite to eat from the cafeteria, which offers traditional Appalachian food prepared by Greenbrier chefs.

1 Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV 25801; 304.256.6843;


Charleston Town Center Mall

Boasting more than 130 shops on three floors, the Charleston Town Center Mall is one of the largest indoor shopping centers east of the Mississippi. Conveniently located in downtown Charleston, the mall is adjacent to many more shopping and dining options in the area. Center Court features a three-story atrium and a fountain—an idyllic spot to stop and sip on a Starbucks latte in between shops.

3000 Charleston Town Center, Charleston, WV 25389; 304.345.9525;

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