West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Discover Hot Spots for Cool Fall Getaway Weekends in West Virginia

10/1/2009

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. Whether you yearn for a relaxing retreat, a romantic hideaway, or quick vacation adventure, West Virginia can accommodate your weekend getaway needs.

This year, the West Virginia Division of Tourism has identified weekend getaways to fit a wide range of ideas for autumn fun.

State Parks

West Virginia's state parks and forests offer accommodations that range from lodges to cabins to camping. The locations and variety of West Virginia state parks makes it easy to find a getaway staycation or weekend escape to fit your available time and budget.

Call 800-CALL WVA for details on these getaway plans:

Veterans’ Day Appreciation Discount: Nov. 1-15, former and current military personnel receive 20 percent off standard lodge cabin and cottage rates as available.

Lost River State Park

Mathias, W.Va.

Hardy County

304-897-5372

www.lostriversp.com

Quiet, wooded Lost River State Park offers the park’s “Retreat to Relax” special (now through November 2009). Visitors who stay two nights get the third night free.

 

Pipestem Resort State Park

Pipestem, W.Va.

Summers County

304-466-1800

www.pipestemresort.com

Pipestem’s “Trout Wrangler” getaway is sure to get any adventurer hooked on outdoor fun. The package includes a horseback ride to your destination, two days of fishing the Bluestone River, prepared meals and comfortable overnight lodging. The Trout Wrangler package is available Oct. 25-Nov 21, 2009, and April 1-May 6, 2010.

 

North Bend State Park

Cairo, W.Va.

Ritchie County

304-643-2931

www.northbendsp.com

The year-round North Bend features the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail and a 305-acre recreational lake with boat ramp and handicapped accessible fishing pier. Getaway specials at the park include:

Voyage Package for two, now through Oct. 25, 2009. One night at the North Bend Lodge. Two tickets for the sternwheeler ride to Blennerhassett Island, wagon ride island tour, Blennerhassett Mansion tour and Blennerhassett Regional History Museum. The $99 special is the package price for two, not per person. Reservations and payment required in advance.

Quilters Weekend, Oct. 29 – Nov. 1. The peaceful atmosphere and gentle art of quilting will make you feel sew relaxed.

The Red, White and Blue Romantic Getaway in honor of veterans, November and December 2009, offers one night of lodging, breakfast for two delivered to your room, a memory rose and a bottle of sparkling cider.

$99 Escape package for two, Nov. 1, 2009 –April 30, 2010. Lodging at North Bend Lodge for one night, dinner for two and breakfast for two in North Bend dining room. Valid weekday and weekends.

A “Reel Good Fishin’” Package, Sept. 13-Oct. 31, 2009, offers a night of lodging for two, breakfast for two at North Bend State Park Dining Room, a coupon for Hess Fish and Tackle and a lure from Jones Baits.

Great Rates Falling (upon request), Monday-Thursday October 2009

Resorts

Ashland Resort

Northfork, W.Va.

Pendleton County

888-862-2322

www.atvresort.com

Ashland Resort is nestled amidst 1,800 acres of private hardwood forest. The newly constructed campground includes camping cabins, camping cottages, lodges and RV and tent sites. The campground provides direct access to the Hatfield-McCoy ATV Trail system.

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

Wheeling, W.Va.

Ohio County

800-624-6988

www.oglebay-resort.com

Oglebay Resort offers overnight accommodations at the 212-room Wilson Lodge or 49 deluxe cottages. Attractions at the 1,650-acre year-round resort include Mansion Museum, environmental educational center, stables, gardens, and 72-hole golf course. Take advantage of Oglebay’s Sunday-Thursday specials packages including golf, fall colors and “all about you.”

The Resort at Glade Springs

Daniels, W.Va.

Raleigh County

877-293-8140 

www.gladesprings.com?NCK=wv.gov

Open year round, The Resort at Glade Springs provides a relaxing getaway spot in the mountains of southern West Virginia or a high-tech venue for a conference. Onsite recreational facilities include two championship golf courses and leisure center with full-service spa, swimming pool and bowling alley. The Resort offers special fall perks packages.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Snowshoe, W.Va.

Pocahontas County

877-441-4FUN

www.snowshoemtn.com

Snowshoe Mountain is a four-season, Intrawest destination resort situated in the southern portion of the pristine Allegheny Mountains. Snowshoe’s lofty elevation brings cool mountain air and early autumn colors. Activities include Segway tours, downhill mountain biking, golf, nature walks and later in the season, skiing. Snowshoe offers a fall visitor package.

Stonewall Resort

Lewis County

Roanoke, W.Va.

888-278-8150

www.stonewallresort.com

Spanning 2,000 pristine acres and featuring a surrounding state park, Stonewall Resort offers recreational choices such as swimming, golf and a full-service spa. The Stonewall Jackson Lake provides a scenic setting for camping, hiking, biking and nature observation. Resort Rascals provides supervised activities for children ages 5-12.

The Woods Resort & Conference Center

Hedgesville, W.Va.

Berkeley County

800-248-2222

www.thewoodsresort.com

The Woods sits on 1,800 acres at the northern gateway to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Recreational opportunities abound, with golf, two 25-meter pools, lighted tennis courts and Sports Center so even inclement weather can’t dampen visitors’ active fun. The adjoining Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area contains more than 75 miles of hiking trails and a 205-acre fishing lake. The Woods offers a getaway special through the end of October.

Contact Information

Tricia Sizemore
304-558-2003 x 319
tricia.t.sizemore@wv.gov