We’ve cleared our schedules. We’re setting our out-of-office replies. We’re going to shut down our computers and turn off the lights. This Wednesday, June 20, the employees of New South Media are stepping out.

But this isn’t just any day off. We’re going to celebrate West Virginia’s 155th birthday the way she deserves.

Last week, tourism commissioner Chelsea Ruby wrote a column encouraging residents to celebrate West Virginia Day by getting out and making a new Mountain State memory. That got us thinking.

Here at New South Media, we spend our days telling stories about West Virginia. On nearly every page of every magazine we publish, we try to recommend a new restaurant, shop, art gallery, music venue, artist, musician, or author for you to discover.

This Wednesday, we’re leading by example. The team that brings you WV Living, Morgantown, WV Weddings, and Wonderful West Virginia is heading off to find our own West Virginia adventures.

These adventures will take many forms. Some of us are going hiking. Some are going trout fishing. Others are exploring local restaurants and shops. You can follow our journeys on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #weareWVLiving.

We want you to use the hashtag, too, for any of your West Virginia adventures. Working together, we can show our friends and families—especially those who are always complaining “there’s nothing to do around here”—what our state really has to offer.

We can’t think of a better birthday gift than that.


Photo of Lost River State Park courtesy of Hardy County CVB

Zack Harold
Written by Zack Harold
Zack Harold is a southern West Virginia native. He covered education, health, and government at the Charleston Daily Mail before becoming the newspaper’s features editor. He joined New South Media in 2015, became managing editor of WV Living in January 2016, and took over as managing editor of Wonderful West Virginia in July 2016.