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100 Hot Places for Cool Living



Parween Mascari Parween Mascari is a native of Parkersburg, W.Va. She is an attorney with the law firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC in Morgantown, W.Va.

Mascari writes, "I pride myself on being a life-long West Virginia resident and love being involved in my community, with efforts to show off the beauty of our state." Mascari helped found Generation Morgantown, a young professionals group in the Morgantown area and is active with Generation West Virginia.

Mascari shares her top 100 West Virginia places:

  1. Snowshoe Mountain - everything about it –nightlife –Ember, Foxfire, Red Rover Wine Dive and Doggery in the village – skiing, tubing, mountainbiking, etc. – amazing golf, shooting skeet, sporting clays, etc.
  2. Greenbrier River Trail, Mon River Trail and other river trails
  3. Bridge Day – New River Gorge Bridge
  4. Greenbrier Resort – White Sulphur Springs – casino – bunker tour is fantastic – spa, golf, etc.
  5. General Lewis Inn - Lewisburg
  6. Stonewall Resort - Roanoke
  7. Blennerhassett Hotel - Parkersburg
  8. Café Cimino (now a bed and breakfast) – Sutton
  9. Richwood Cafe – Morgantown
  10. Café Bacchus – Morgantown
  11. Sargasso – Morgantown
  12. Vintage Room – Morgantown
  13. Fayetteville area – all of it – Pizzas n’ Pints 
  14. Harpers Ferry – site of famous raid
  15. Berkeley Springs (formerly known as Bath)
  16. Green Bank National Radio Observatory
  17. Cass Scenic Railroad
  18. Canaan Valley Resort
  19. Dolly Sods
  20. Blackwater Falls
  21. Oglebay Festival of Lights
  22. WV State Fair – Lewisburg
  23. Blennerhassett Island – Parkersburg (Aaron Burr/Alexander Hamilton)
  24. Tamarack – the art and the food!!!
  25. Wheeling Artisan Center
  26. Beverly – the historic town and antique shops
  27. Tidewater in Charleston
  28. Mountainstage
  29. 66240 – Gold and the Blue – hip hop group/music scene in Morgantown
  30. Black Bear Burritos – Morgantown
  31. Mario’s Fishbowl or Jean’s Beer Garden – old-time beer hangouts in Morgantown
  32. Capitol Market – Charleston
  33. Bridge Road Shops – Charleston
  34. Taylor Books – Charleston
  35. Power Alley Park – Charleston
  36. Forest Festival – Elkins
  37. Buckwheat Festival – Kingwood
  38. Chocolate Lover's Day, Arts Walk, Kids' Day, Ice Festival, or other Mainstreet Morgantown Festivals
  39. Vance’s Blues/Wine Library – Morgantown – Shannon Coombs
  40. Warner Theatre – Morgantown
  41. Metropolitan Theater – Morgantown
  42. Camping
  43. free lemonade in Bluefield above 90 degrees
  44. Pizza Place Pizza - Parkersburg
  45. Mountaineer Balloon Festival – Morgantown
  46. Cacapon State Park
  47. Pipestem State Park
  48. Glade Springs
  49. Hovatters Wildlife Zoo
  50. Oglebay Park, mansion, museum, etc.
  51. Greenbrier River fishing and scenic trains
  52. Italian Festival – Clarksburg
  53. Morgantown Waterfront (and continuing developments) - Synergy Chop House, Oliverio’s, Regatta, RatPack Lounge
  54. Wheeling Symphony, WV Symphony
  55. Pullman Square – Huntington
  56. Seneca Center – Morgantown – old glass factory, now Glasshouse Grille, Flying Fish, Antiques Walk, etc.
  57. Bridge Road Bistro - Charleston
  58. Crabby Patti’s - Ripley
  59. Hillbilly Hotdogs
  60. WVU Sports – especially Mountaineer Football and tailgating, basketball, soccer, etc.
  61. Point Pleasant – shopping, etc., Moth Man
  62. Weston “lunatic asylum” tours
  63. Moundsville prison tours and lock up
  64. Cabela’s – whole complex
  65. Huntington Museum of Art
  66. Camden Park - Huntington
  67. All Good music festival – Preston County
  68. White water rafting
  69. Gaming
  70. Seneca Rocks
  71. Organ cave
  72. Spruce Knob
  73. Cranberry Glades
  74. The Wooden Spoon Appalachian Creamery – Phillip Bricker , Charleston
  75. Elk River Lodge – near Snowshoe
  76. boating, hiking, fishing at Cooper’s Rock and Cheat Lake areas of Morgantown
  77. 17 covered bridges and 7 of them are in Mon and the neighbor counties
  78. West Virginia Culture Center and WV State Museum
  79. Sunrise Mansion Museum – South Hills, Charleston (now privately owned) – great story for the historical renovation piece
  80. 50 state parks and forests – 800 miles of hiking trails and 5,000 acres of fishing waters
  81. Forks of Cheat Winery – Morgantown area
  82. Antique shopping in Weston or Buckhannon
  83. Biker Festivals – Mountainfest in Morgantown, FreedomFest at Snowshoe, etc.
  84. Bavarian Inn - Shepherdstown
  85. Downtown Shepherdstown – shopping and restaurants
  86. Arts On The River Festival (Morgantown)
  87. Strawberry Festival – Buckhannon
  88. Buckwheat Festival (Preston County)
  89. Vandalia Lounge – Charleston
  90. Red Carpet Lounge – Charleston
  91. Blue Moose Café – Morgantown
  92. Coldwater Creek Clearance Center – Mineral Wells
  93. Riverstone Ale House – Morgantown
  94. Dragonfly Sushi Lounge – Morgantown
  95. de Lazy Lizard - Morgantown
  96. Gibbie’s Pub - Morgantown
  97. Chic N Bones Rhythm Cafe– Morgantown
  98. Glassware tours/shopping – Fenton, Blenko, Fiestaware
  99. Slight Indulgence – both locations - Morgantown
  100. Yellow Brick Bank - Shepherdstown