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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Unparalleled accommodations, more than a dozen dining options, a casino with world-class gaming, the only five-star mineral spa around, exceptional golfing and recreational opportunities—is it really any surprise The Greenbrier snagged Best Resort? Steeped in history, brimming with Southern hospitality, it is the gem of the Mountain State.
BEST GOLF COURSE
Home to three 18-hole championship courses and a short drive from the first golf course designed and built in America, The Greenbrier is an oasis for golfers, and the PGA TOUR FedEx Cup—The Greenbrier Classic—brings big names to Greenbrier County every summer. Improve your game at The Faldo Golf Center with assessments and clinics.
BEST ROMANTIC GETAWAY
No detail is overlooked during a romantic weekend at The Greenbrier. The cottages are a luxurious but private option with special touches like a rose petal turndown or a miniature cake. Days at the spa soaking up the benefits of the sulfur springs and evenings dining by candlelight will do wonders for your relationship.
BEST PLACE TO GET MARRIED
With more than 20 indoor and outdoor locations that accommodate anywhere from 50 to 1,000 guests, The Greenbrier can host the wedding of your dreams. The location is just the beginning—the resort can also provide the food, flowers, photos, even the tuxedo rentals, to assure the smoothest planning possible.
Mineral springs have been enjoyed for their healing properties for almost 250 years. Today, The Greenbrier Spa is the only five-star mineral spa in the world. Enjoy a soak in mineral water infused with real silk, fruit, and coconut milk, followed by a Mountain Hot Stone Massage. There are even special services to introduce children to the joys of spa treatment.300 West Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986; 855.453.4858; greenbrier.com
BEST PLACE TO HIKE
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Almost 50 miles of trails cut through the pristinely preserved Dolly Sods Wilderness, offering hikers views of open expanses of cranberry bogs and heath barrens; stunted, wind-battered enclaves of red spruce and pine trees; and gusty mountain plateaus. Red Creek Trail is one of the most popular options, with waterfalls dotting the trail on the way to Lion’s Head Overlook. The trails are not color-blazed, so a map and a keen eye are necessities—it’s easy to lose the trail, especially at creek crossings.304.257.4488; fs.usda.gov/mnf/
BEST PLACE TO LEAF PEEP
Canaan Valley offers one of the best fall vistas—the leaves glow in hues of gold, amber, and crimson amidst the deep, rich needles of the evergreens. The mountain foliage pops a bit before the rest of the state, so prime leaf peeping season is mid- to late-September. The last full weekend of September, the Leaf Peeper’s Festival in Davis celebrates the temporary burst of color each fall with music, craft shows, a parade, and more.Leaf Peeper’s Festival; 304.259.5315; canaanvalley.org
BEST NATURAL WONDER
Soaring above the confluence of Seneca Creek and the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River, a series of unique rock outcroppings jut out from the mountain. The view from the valley is great, but if you want to be stunned, you have to get to the top. Rock climbing is an option, but if you like to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, you can hike to the top in a little over a mile on a self-guided interpretative trail.County Route 28/18, Seneca Rocks, WV 26884; 304.567.2827