West Virginia’s mountains and winter just naturally go together, so it’s a good thing the state’s tourism folks put together a guide to “West Virginia’s Best of Winter.” The online guide lets you choose the categories that interest you and pinpoints them on a map of the state.
The state’s skiing and snow sports centers are included, of course. There are five ski resorts that offer a variety of winter activities and a number of cross-country operations, both privately operated and in state parks.
But there is much more to do than hurtling down a snowy slope. Mountain Trail Rides can show you the Canaan Valley’s winter scenery from atop a horse or on a romantic sleigh ride. Or, take an ATV on the legendary Hatfield McCoy Trails System.
Ice skaters can hit the rinks in Morgantown or the Canaan Valley to show their prowess with jumps and speed.
February brings the International Water Tasting Festival in Berkeley Springs and a test of your engineering and creativity at the Duct Tape Sled Race at Blackwater Falls State Park. The challenge is to build the speediest “mystical creature” sled with only cardboard and duct tape.
There are plenty of wintertime food and drink locations to explore as well. In nearby Martinsburg, watch Defluri’s chocolatiers at work. Browse through the factory store full of award-winning confections: truffles, butter crunch, caramels, cherries, crunches, and more. There are 18 feet of candy cases filled with homemade confections.
For the casino crowd, West Virginia offers five establishments from Charles Town to Wheeling to the Greenbrier.
There are an array of places to “cozy up” with your sweetheart, including bed-and-breakfasts and romantic cabins in every part of the state. It’s a great way to plan a Valentine’s getaway.
This is just the tip of an iceberg of winter fun. Order your free pocket guide to West Virginia winter fun at gotowv.com/winter and enjoy the season — West Virginia style.