West Virginia November 30, 2015
12 Unforgettable Places In West Virginia That Everyone Must Visit This Winter
Winter is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning your West Virginia adventures now. Here are some places you should plan to see this winter:
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Buy your loved ones West Virginia-themed presents from Tamarack in Beckley. They have some things that would make great Christmas presents.
Snowshoe Resort sounds great whether you like to ski or not. There are skiing areas for all levels of skiers, plus a skiing and snowboarding school.The resort has a spa, dining and shopping areas, too.
3. The Greenbrier resort
The Greenbrier is right in the middle of its 60 Days of Holiday Cheer, which ends January 1. There will be events like a meet and greet with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, a musical, and others. Note: the hotel is scheduled to close for renovations for several days in January, February and March so be sure to check with the hotel for more information.
4. A Wheeling Nailers Hockey game
You gotta love winter sports. Wheeling’s ECHL ice hockey team is an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.
5. The Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort
Each year thousands of visitors pack into the Wheeling resort for a spectacular light show. It’s sure to make your holiday bright.
6. The State Museum
It may be freezing outside but you can beat the cold at the West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center. Learn about the state’s history while staying warm.
7. Bruceton Mills for Luminaria
Each year on the last Sunday before Christmas, parishioners light 2,500 candles in paper bags along a road going to Salem Church in Bruceton Mills.
Located halfway between Bluefield and Beckley, Winterplace is a great place to for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. There are 27 slopes and more than 90 skiable acres. The longest run is 1.25 miles. It’s also the largest snow tubing park in the state.
9. Helvetia for Fasnatch
Each year in the Swiss village of Helvetia, W.Va., there’s a pre-lenten ritual and party called Fasnatch. Hundreds of people will put on scary masks and burn Ol’ Man Winter in effigy. People parade through town with lanterns and end at the Star Band Hall for music, dance and yodeling.
10. The Polar Express in Elkins
OK, if you don’t have tickets for this year, it’s probably too late, but I wanted to include it because you should think about it for next year. Each year the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad in Elkins hosts a POLAR EXPRESS-themed ride for children of all ages, complete with a singing cast of servers and a visit with Santa. The rides are in November and December and often sell out quickly.
11. Stonewall Resort
In addition to lodging at the lodge, Stonewall also has cozy cabins for rent, which would be perfect to come in from the cold to on a winter’s night.
12. The South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena
What better time than winter to skate at the Memorial Ice Arena in South Charleston?
What’s your favorite thing to do during the winter in West Virginia?