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Charming CharlestonCharleston is a capital city with a small town feel. International and local cuisine, a year-round farmers market and minor league baseball are just a few of the amenities that make Charleston a great getaway destination.

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Haddad Riverfront Park, Charleston

Charleston’s East End offers delicious food at reasonable prices. Little India is the newest hit restaurant while Bluegrass Kitchen and Tricky Fish are established neighborhood favorites. Bluegrass Kitchen specializes in organic and vegetarian food, serving lunch and dinner throughout the week and brunch on weekends. Tricky Fish serves natural and locally grown “beach shack” food, including tacos, hot dogs and a West Virginia favorite, the hot bologna sandwich. Little India brings exotic spices and traditional Indian foods to Washington Street. For menus and hours visit littleindiawv.com, trickyfish.net and bluegrasswv.com.

If preparing your own food is more your style, be sure to visit Capitol Market. The market is known for its wide selection of in-season fruits and vegetables, fine wine, fresh seafood and handcrafted chocolates. Visit capitolmarket.net for a complete list of vendors.

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Spring flower shopping at Charleston’s Capitol Market.

While you’re in the neighborhood, take in a baseball game at Appalachian Power Park, home of the West Virginia Power. Enjoy specials like Sunday’s Kids Day, Monday’s Buck Night featuring $1 tickets, hot dogs and fountain drinks, or Friday night’s post-game fireworks displays. The team is a minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. For a schedule of home games, visit wvpower.com.

If you like the great outdoors, Charleston is home to Coonskin Park and Kanawha State Forest. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Kanawha State Forest’s mountain biking and hiking trails, while families find the children’s playgrounds and numerous free picnic sites great places to spend an afternoon. Visitors to Coonskin Park might have a hard time choosing how to spend their leisure time because of the number of facilities the park offers. Hiking and biking trails, a handicapped-accessible 18-hole, par-3 golf course, Olympic-size swimming pool, and tennis and volleyball courts are all within miles of downtown Charleston. In recent years, Coonskin added the symphony-size Schoenbaum Amphitheater, the 2,000 seat Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium and the Francis P. Jordon Golf Learning Center, a 26-acre practice facility open to the public seven days a week. Coonskin Park is operated by Kanawha County Parks and Recreation; Kanawha State Forest is part of the West Virginia State Parks System. To find out more, visit kanawhastateforest.com and kcprc.com/coonskin_park.htm.