Family Vacation Spot

CAPON SPRINGS AND FARMS

Capon Springs and Farms mountain resort feels much the same today as it did 86 years ago when Lou and Virginia Austin re-opened their freshwater springs getaway to friends and friends of friends. The resort has 14 guest cottages of varying sizes and two private lodging facilities. While there’s only one onsite location for internet access, there is plenty of wholesome fun: golf and tennis, a spring-fed swimming pool, and two half-acre fishing ponds stocked regularly with bluegill, bass, catfish, and trout. And guests can still enjoy those springs, long sought for their healing powers, throughout the resort, including in the Hygeia Bath House and Spa. 1 Main Street, Capon Springs, 304.874.3695, caponsprings.net, @caponspringsandfarms on Facebook

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SUMMERSVILLE LAKE
Summersville, 304.872.1211, summersvillewv.org

STONEWALL RESORT
940 Resort Drive, Roanoke, 304.269.7400, stonewallresort.com, @stonewallresort on Facebook


Casino

HOLLYWOOD CASINO AT CHARLES TOWN RACES

The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is a renowned Mountain State destination that offers a Vegas-themed gaming atmosphere with 1930s Art Deco flair. Located outside the city limits of Charles Town and near the colonial town of Harpers Ferry, this 150-room Jefferson County resort provides a year-round getaway not far from many other famous West Virginia attractions in the upper Shenandoah Valley. In addition to racing and games, Hollywood Casino has several restaurants, a 1,200-seat music and comedy venue, and a hotel with luxury rooms overlooking the racetrack. When guests step in through its grand front doors, they’re sure to be treated to a world-class experience. 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, 800.795.7001, hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com, @hollywoodcctr on Facebook

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MARDI GRAS CASINO AND RESORT
1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, 304.776.1000, mardigrascasinowv.com, @mardigrascasinohotelwestvirginia on Facebook

CASINO CLUB AT THE GREENBRIER
300 West Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, 855.453.4858, greenbrier.com, @thegreenbrier on Facebook


State Park/Forest

BLACKWATER FALLS STATE PARK

West Virginia has no shortage of beautiful state parks. But for six years running, our readers have voted Blackwater Falls State Park—long proposed for a national park—the state’s best. It’s easy to see why, with the park’s breathtaking views, cabins, and year-round activities. 1584 Blackwater Lodge Road, Davis, 304.259.5216, blackwaterfalls.com

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PIPESTEM RESORT STATE PARK
3405 Pipestem Drive, Pipestem, 304.466.1800, wvstateparks.com/park/pipestem-resort-state-park

BABCOCK STATE PARK
486 Babcock Road, Clifftop, 304.438.3004, wvstateparks.com/park/babcock-state-park


Ski Resort

SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN RESORT

Eastern resorts tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to premium skiing and snowboarding. But Snowshoe Resort, now a six-time Best Ski Resort winner, will appease even the pickiest Western ski bums. The resort offers more than 250 acres of skiable terrain and 60 trails traversing three adjoining ski areas. Its location along the Allegheny Mountains allows for perfect snowfall, meaning fresh powder runs through the season. Some of the best ski instructors make their homes here in the winter, making Snowshoe a perfect place to learn a new sport. There’s plenty of lodging available, whether it’s condos, townhouses, or luxurious rooms boasting gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. And with more than 20 restaurants, a 3,600-square-foot spa, and a teen center, there’s plenty to do even when you’re not on the slopes. 10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, 304.572.4636, snowshoemtn.com

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CANAAN VALLEY RESORT STATE PARK
230 Main Lodge Road, Davis, 304.866.4121, canaanresort.com, @canaanvalleyresort on Facebook

WINTERPLACE SKI RESORT
100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road, Ghent, 1.800.607.7669, winterplace.com, @winterplaceskiresort on Facebook


Golf Course

PETE DYE GOLF CLUB

Laid out by master designer Pete Dye, this Bridgeport course ranked No. 60 on this year’s Golf Digest “100 Greatest Courses” list. It’s a uniquely West Virginia experience—the course is built on a former mine property, so golfers walk through a coal mine shaft to reach the seventh hole, pass a strip mine highwall on the eighth, and must play around an abandoned coal train at the 10th. 801 Aaron Smith Drive, Bridgeport, 304.842.2801 ext. 110, petedye.com, @petedyegolfclub on Facebook

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THE GREENBRIER
300 West Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, 855.453.4858, greenbrier.com, @thegreenbrier on Facebook

STONEWALL RESORT
940 Resort Drive, Roanoke, 304.269.7400, stonewallresort.com, @stonewallresort on Facebook


Adventure Outfitter

ADVENTURES ON THE GORGE

Adventures on the Gorge in the New River Gorge region has taken the whitewater experience to a new level with world-class, resort-style hospitality. AOTG’s guests can choose their level of whitewater challenge, as always, but now they can also find lodging and dining to suit any group’s size, mood, and budget—from rustic to cozy to luxurious. And guests can extend their adventures with everything from rock climbing to ziplining to lying beside the pool. 219 Chestnutburg Road, Lansing, 855.379.8738, adventuresonthegorge.com, @adventuresonthegorge on Facebook

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ACE ADVENTURE RESORT
1 Concho Road, Oak Hill, 304.465.0236, aceraft.com, @ace.adventureresort.westvirginiavacations on Facebook

MOUNTAIN TOP ADVENTURES
703 Twin Hollow, Gilbert, 304.664.8864, twinhollowcampground.com, @mountaintopadventures on Facebook


Bed & Breakfast/Inn

CAFE CIMINO COUNTRY INN

Although Cafe Cimino is widely regarded for its top-notch cuisine—for good reason—it also features four finely appointed rooms in the main house, four in the carriage house, and two more rooms in the cozy cottage house, which was formerly the property’s summer kitchen. As you can imagine, the breakfast at this Braxton County bed and breakfast doesn’t disappoint. Here, the most important meal of the day often features fresh-baked muffins and scones, fresh fruit, top-shelf coffee, and frittatas. 616 Main Street, Sutton, 304.765.2913, cafeciminocountryinn.com,
@cafeciminocountryinn on Facebook

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GUESTHOUSE AT LOST RIVER
288 Settlers Valley Way, Lost River, 304.897.5707, guesthouselostriver.com, @guesthouselostriver on Facebook

HISTORIC MORRIS HARVEY HOUSE
201 Maple Ave West, Fayetteville, 304.250.7090, morrisharveyhouse.com, @morrisharveyhouse on Facebook


Boutique Hotel

THE BLENNERHASSETT

Named for the family that, in the late 1700s, brought Old World splendor to this little bend in the Ohio River, Parkersburg’s Blennerhassett Hotel continues to offer guests European-style elegance. The guest rooms offer incredible comfort, the gourmet restaurant serves some of the finest dinners in town, and the courteous staff is dedicated to ensuring your stay is a special one. 320 Market Street, Parkersburg, 304.422.3131, theblennerhassett.com, @theblennerhassett on Facebook

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THE BAVARIAN INN
164 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, 304.876.2551, bavarianinnwv.com, @thebavarianinn on Facebook

THE BILLY MOTEL
1080 William Avenue, Davis, 304.851.6125, thebillymotel.com, @thebillymotel on Facebook


Spa

TUSCAN SUN SPA & SALON

Founded in 2004 by Cheri Satterfield, Tuscan Sun Spa & Salon has now grown to three locations, in Clarksburg, Fairmont, and Morgantown. Each offers a full menu of spa services, a hair salon, laser hair removal, weight loss assistance, cool sculpting, and more. 482 Emily Drive, Clarksburg, 304.326.2204; 1013 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, 304.333.0281; 401 Boyers Avenue, Morgantown, 304.296.1325; tuscanspaandsalon.com, @tuscansunspa on Facebook

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CAPON SPRINGS AND FARMS
1 Main Street, Capon Springs, 304.874.3695, caponsprings.net, @caponspringsandfarms on Facebook

THE SALT CAVE AND SPA
6705 Pocahontas Trail, White Sulphur Springs, 304.536.2222, thesaltcaveandspa.com


Most Unique Place to Spend the Night

GRAND VUE PARK – TREE TOP VILLAS

After a long day on Grand Vue Park’s rope courses, climbing walls, and ziplines, there’s no better place to crash—figuratively, of course—than the park’s four Tree Top Villas. These swank treehouses feature comfy bedrooms, full kitchens, bathrooms, and hot tubs. If not for the stunning views out the windows, you might forget you’re in the woods. 250 Trail Drive, Moundsville, 304.845.9810, grandvuepark.com, @grandvuepark2017 on Facebook

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THORNY MOUNTAIN FIRE TOWER
Seneca State Forest, 10135 Browns Creek Road, Dunmore, 304.799.6213

CASTAWAY CABOOSE
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, 315 Railroad Avenue, Elkins, 877.686.7245, mountainrail.com, @mountainrail on Facebook


Resort

THE GREENBRIER

The Greenbrier is the kind of resort that doesn’t exist too many places anymore. It offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy old-school opulence in its well-appointed rooms, luxurious lobbies, mineral spa, and James Bond-esque casino. And don’t pass up the wide variety of dining options. Enjoy fine dining in The Greenbrier’s dining room, Mediterranean cuisine at Cafe Carleton, Italian favorites at The Forum, dishes from the Pacific Rim at In-Fusion, and delicious steaks and seafood at Jerry West’s Prime 44 steakhouse. But The Greenbrier also embodies that Victorian urge to get out and experience the great outdoors. The resort offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including archery, off-roading excursions, fishing trips, and falconry, the centuries-old practice of hunting with the aid of birds of prey. 300 West Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, 855.453.4858, greenbrier.com, @thegreenbrier on Facebook

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OGLEBAY
465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, 304.243.4000, oglebay.com, @oglebay on Facebook

STONEWALL RESORT
940 Resort Drive, Roanoke, 304.269.7400, stonewallresort.com, @stonewallresort on Facebook


Campground

TWIN HOLLOW CAMPGROUND

Located just off U.S. Route 52 in the town of Gilbert, Mingo County, this well-appointed campground offers primitive campsites, RV hookups, and 11 cabins with full kitchens and bathrooms. It’s an off-roader’s paradise, with direct access to over 300 miles of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails and on-site ATV rentals. 703 Twin Hollow, Gilbert, 304.664.8864, twinhollowcampground.com, @twinhollowcampgroundandcabins on Facebook

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BUFFALO GAP RETREAT
229 Cool Creek Road, Capon Bridge, 703.328.1840, buffalogapretreat.com, “Buffalo Gap Retreat” on Facebook

MOUNTAIN LAKE CAMPGROUND AND CABINS
1898 Summersville Airport Road, Summersville, 304.872.6222, mountainlakecampground.com, @mountainlakecampgroundwv on Facebook