Ask and you shall receive! We wanted to know your idea of the perfect West Virginia hangouts, from the coziest corners to the best-kept secrets. And here is what you had to say...
Randolph County Community Arts Center, Elkins
Park St. and Randolph Ave.
This renovated church has concerts, events, camps, and classes all year round. It is a center for visiting artists and musicians. It brings culture and beauty to the area and it deserves our support. You can see things there you would rarely see elsewhere. http://www.randolpharts.org
April from Buckhannon, W.Va.
WV Coal Heritage Museum, Madison
364 Main St.
Come see what coal mining is all about. Tour our museum to learn the history of our coal producing counties. Tour a reproduction of an underground coal mine complete with tools that were used years ago to mine the black gold. Guests will be entertained with stories of the past while they brouse through the history of the hard working coal miners of our proud state. Boone County was where coal was first discovered in 1742. Come discover the culture of this unique area.
Kathy from Foster, W.Va.
Virginia Thomas Law Performing Arts Center, Buckhannon
We are so fortunate to have this venue, which offers dance, drama, and music shows to the public at a fraction of the cost you would pay in a larger metropolitan area. The building was just completed last year and is a star in the crown of Buckhannon. Whenever the lights are on, you know there's something going on. The only trouble is keeping up with what's happening. The best way to do that is check the website every so often: www.wvwc.edu
and use the search bar at the top. Put in "performing arts center" and use the dropdown menu to select Campus News.
April from Buckhannon, W.Va.
Watoga State Park, Marlinton
My husband and I camp there as often as we can. They have tent camping right along the Greenbrier River and it's nice to wake up to the sounds of the river in the morning. Then after breakfast, we go fishing. It's a wonderful, quiet getaway.
Dana from Rainelle, W.Va.
Daily Grind, Buckhannon
East Main St.
This is a great destination to meet friends, have a great cup of coffee, eat fresh baked goods, great sandwiches. A place to talk about life, Twitter your friends (wi-fi free). Located in the historic downtown area of Buckhannon, this small college town has a lot of charm, planted & hanging flowers all over the town June-October. Owner Lisa Deatherage brings a great smile, sympathetic ear and joy for life to work every day. Home of West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Keith from Buckhannon, W.Va.
West Virginia Botanic Garden, Morgantown
1061 Tyrone Rd.
This is a wonderful place to hike through old growth hemlock and rhododendron forest, hear green frogs singing in the spring, reflect on life in the serenity of the Meditation garden and enjoy the color and fragrance of the butterfly and hummingbird garden. Though it is still under development, it is a great place to visit and bring friends. The many educational walks that are offered are very informative-they open up previously undiscovered wonders of the natural world.
Linda from Morgantown, W.Va.
Cafe La Dolce Vita, Sutton
400 4th St.
The perfect blend of good food, great music, art gallery and good people. Situated in historic downtown Sutton, La Dolce Vita is the perfect place to meet friends for lunch or for dinner.
Jim from Sutton, W.Va.
Elk River Touring Center, Slatyfork
Hanging on the Elk river or Old town of spruce headwaters with family & friends doing a lot of hiking mtn. biking & flyfishing. With a picnic at Bald Knob. You just have to see it & experince it to believe it.
Jeff from Fernandina Beach, Fla.
The Bronze Look, LLC, Princeton
311 Mercer St.
The Bronze Look is a beautiful gallery. You can always find something new to suit your fancy as well as learn about this countries past through coins and currency.
Tammy from Princeton, W.Va.
The Brazenhead Inn, Mingo
Traditional Irish Pub with live music on Saturday nights!
Diana from Monterville, W.Va.
Frank's Pizza, Montgomery
311 Washington St.
They have the best Calzones in the world. I moved away from WV 12 years ago and I still dream of Frank's Calzones. When ever I go down home I have to stop and buy one...or more.
Shannon from Cleveland, Ohio
117 South Court St.
Its cute, cozy, friendly atmosphere and great products make it a place that you just WANT to go to and look forward to.... AND it doesn't break the bank to do it. You can just hangout and talk to the owners, employees, fellow patrons and everybody is your friend.... even people you dont know.
Robert from Oak Hill, W.Va.
Adventure West Virginia, Lansing
Ames Heights Rd.
Adventure West Virginia White Water Rafting-once you have done the rapids you feel so alive. Can't wait to do it all again. For all ages.
Susan from Victor, W.Va.
Pies & Pints Pizzeria, Fayetteville
219 West Maple Ave.
The perfect hangout is a place where you can be fed delicious food, have a great beer or wine, listen to fantastic music, and surf the web or read while being taken care of by a caring server.
David from Fayetteville, W.Va.
East Fork Campground, Durbin
In Northern Pocahontas County this full-service campground is perfectly located for everyone - cyclists, horse trail riders, bird and wildflower lovers, train enthusiasts, hikers, and fishermen.
Patricia from Sharon Center, Ohio
Highland Scenic Highway, Marlinton
Perfect for the Sunday driver, breath-taking views, great hiking trails, and is connected to many other sweet spots such as Cranberry Glades, Williams River, Tea Creek and many more places that are fun for families and the single explorer who enjoys outdoor adventure or who just simply loves nature.
Miranda from Buckeye, W.Va.
Tree Tops Canopy Tour, Lansing
Ames Heights Rd.
Spending a few days up in the trees zipping along up in the Hemlocks overlooking the beautiful streams, trees and wildlife. You get to learn alot from the guides and see how it all works in the eco system
Ann from Virginia Beach, Va.
Synergy Chop House, Morgantown
156 Clay St.
A brick warehouse building on the rail trail with huge windows and lots of atmosphere, but best of all the Jenny Wilson Jazz Trio every Sunday for brunch from 11am-2pm
Jenny from Morgantown, W.Va.
River Rock Retreat, Lansing
364 Lansing Edmond Rd.
This bunkhouse logde is like a B&B with out the breakfast and its like having a whole house to yourself-dining area, living rooms,and lots of hanging out space. Its based on the European Hostel -a style of lodging we don't see here much-it has 8-12 beds, 3 baths (shared -that's the B&B or hostel part), offers a microwave and fridge.
I've stayed with other birders, and outdoor lovers, while visiting with family. It is really clean and comfortable, and has a little general store right across the street. It is next to the Nat. Park Visitor Center too. IN-expensive ... but not cheap. $25.00 p/p or $40.00 for 2 in one room (twins or bunk). Super close to the Bridge, the hiking, the road down the gorge and tons of biking and climbing too. They have a a key pad lock so you can come and go as you like ... fire ring out back.
Jay from Fayetteville, W.Va.
Harmony Ridge Gallery, Lewisburg
209 West Washington St.
It is not often that you can say that you love where you work, but it's true for me. I work and hangout at Harmony Ridge Gallery and lounge in our hip in-house coffee bar, Birdhouse Cafe. Huge open space filled with unique cool items made by American artists. Great handcrafted specialty drinks in a peaceful contemporary space. Stop by to see for yourself!
Monica from Lewisburg, W.Va.
Theatre West Virginia Cliffside Amphitheatre, Grandview
We at Theatre West Virginia are so excited to be celebrating our 50th season in 2010. When HONEY IN THE ROCK opened in June of 1961, the tourists and locals turned out in force and since then, HONEY, along with HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS and Broadway musicals are still bringing folks to Grandview each summer from 45-47 of the United States and, on average, 6-10 foreign countries. At the close of our forty-ninth season in 2009, total attendance had reached 1,451,639. If you’ve been planning to visit us, why not do it during this special season, and if you’ve been before, we cordially invite you to join us again for a night under the stars at Cliffside Amphitheatre-Grandview.
The founders of this organization would be proud of the growth Theatre West Virginia has experienced. Not only has the summer season been expanded from one show to four, but our educational touring shows continue traveling all over the state each fall and spring, educating and entertaining the students in schools like when they began in 1972. Now in its thirteenth year, Theatre West Virginia’s Profesional Training Academy continues to expand with a branch in St. Albans, WV and provides training to young people who are interested in learning the performing arts first hand. With your support, we will continue to dream of what can be done if we only believe!
Kandace from Beckley, W.Va.
Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg
105 Church St.
Carnegie Hall houses the cultural heartbeat of our community. Stroll through the Greek-Revival structure and visit one of our three art galleries featuring rotating exhibits of regional artists. Stop by on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of each month at noon and catch some of our free Lunchtime programming. Bring your lunch and take in a free concert, book reading, short film or lecture in the beautiful Hamilton Auditorium.
Cindy from Lewisburg, W.Va.
The Empty Glass, Charleston
410 Elizabeth St
Live music every night and a good friends and friendly staff. What's not to love?
Libby from Charleston, W.Va.
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington
2033 McCoy Rd.
The Huntington Museum of Art is the most amazing place -- a beautiful building filled with beautiful and thought provoking art. Spend a 1/2 hour or spend several hours. Take a break and let the art take you to that special place where you are completely outside of your normal day to day world.
Margaret from Huntington, W.Va.
Summersville Lake, Summersville
Summersville Lake is part of some of my favorite memories with family in West Virginia. Before this summer, we had enjoyed the beach and the beautiful water from the shore-- but this year some adventurous friends toured us around the lake in their pontoon boat. They pulled my daughters on floats; we jumped off the rocks into the clear, cool water… followed by tent camping and cooking out! Wow. Memories made here!
Kim from Hurricane, W.Va.