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.

 Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Dec. 24, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013

12/13/2012
Christmas in the Park: now until Dec. 31, Chief Logan State Park, Logan
Celebrate the season with Christmas in the Park and more than a mile of drive-through holiday lights. Enjoy more than 120 display pieces and more than 1 million lights. Hours are from dark until 10 p.m. each evening through Dec. 31. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Contact 304-792-7125 or visit http://www.chiefloganstatepark.com for additional information.

New Year’s Around the World: Dec. 31, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens
End the year with dinner, dancing, refreshments, and a New Year’s toast at Twin Falls. The celebration has an international theme and guests can come dressed as a tourist or as a person from any country. There will also be a continuous slide show with scenes of international landmarks. Packages are available for one or two nights’ lodging and dinner and dance. Reservations are required. Contact 304-294-4000.

New Year’s Bash: Dec. 31, Canaan Resort, Davis
Ring in the New Year with two great party options. Family party includes buffet dinner, family games and DJ entertainment, punch toast at midnight and party favors. The adult party includes buffet dining in the Hickory Room, access to the lounge party with live entertainment, plus champagne toast and party favors. Reservations are required by calling 800-622-4121.

New Year's Eve Bash: Dec. 31, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Count down the old and ring in the New Year at North Bend State Park! Enjoy an evening of live music, delicious food, dancing, refreshments and a champagne toast at midnight. Specially priced packages are available. Contact 304-643-2931 for reservations or visit http://www.northbendsp.com for additional information.

New Year's Eve Celebration: Dec. 31, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
Bring in the New Year at Cacapon with a bang! Celebrate with music, dancing to a live band, and a formal toast to start off a New Year. Visit http://www.cacaponresort.com or contact 304-258-1022 for more information or reservations.

News Year’s Eve Dance: Dec. 31, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis
2012 concludes at Blackwater Falls with a dinner buffet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., a variety of music by DJ, Dan Barkley, dance, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast. The dance begins at 9 p.m. Overnight package with lodging, dance, dinner buffet, and “good morning” breakfast is $200.99 per couple; dinner and dance only is $70.40 per couple; dinner/entertainment for children option is $20 per child. Contact 304-259-5216 for package options and additional information.

New Year's Eve - Lightburn's Celebration: Dec. 31, Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
Ring in the New Year in style at Lightburn's Restaurant! This evening starts with an outstanding dine-around meal with a complimentary bottle of wine per couple. After dinner, enjoy our open bar and dance the night away while overlooking a panoramic view of the golf course, lake, lodge and the 2,000 acre state park. Then wake up to our breakfast kiosk for two in Stillwaters. For additional information, contact 888-278-8150 or visit http://www.stonewallresort.com.

New Year's Eve - Stillwaters Package: Dec. 31, Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
Spend a fun, relaxing New Year's Eve in Stonewall Resort's lodge! This package for two includes dinner in Stillwaters Restaurant with a delicious menu prepared by our award-winning culinary team. Then ring in the New Year in our lounge, TJ Muskies, with live music starting at 9 p.m. If the lounge isn't your style, you can relax by the warm, crackling fire in our Grand Hall with a glass of wine and live music in the evening. In the morning, wake up to a wonderful breakfast on the Stillwaters Restaurant Breakfast Kiosk. Plus, you can enjoy our indoor/outdoor heated pool, two Jacuzzis, outdoor fire pit or take a stroll outdoors. Visit http://www.stonewallresort.com or contact 888-278-8150 for reservations and more information.

New Year's Eve Trail Walk at Grand Vue Park: Dec. 31, Moundsville
Meet us at the banquet hall at noon and join in the fun on this 2-3 mile walk. We will have binoculars to view birds as they arrive at our new bird feeding stations. Bottled water will be available. Leashed well-behaved pets are permitted. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required. For questions contact 304-845-9810.

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, South Main St., Petersburg
This year’s free event will feature Cooter’s Garage Band from the Dukes of Hazard along with the General Lee. There will be a 20-foot screen displaying the ball drop in New York City, funnel cakes, cotton candy, lots of different foods and beverages. Also available will be an obstacle course blow-up along with horse drawn sleigh rides, ice sculpting, and a midnight fireworks display! Hours are 8:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Contact 304-538-7997 or 304-812-2076 or email pastordixielee@yahoo.com or lcakingdom@frontiernet.net for more information.

First Day Hike at Blackwater Falls: Jan. 1, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis
Join park naturalists and start out 2013 with a vigorous walk to Lindy Point--one of the most photographic sites in West Virginia! There will be short stops along the way for interpretation. Hike includes walking Forest Road 18 and Lindy trail. Snowshoes may be required in deep snow. Carry extra water and dress for the weather. The hike begins from Sled Run Parking Area at 10 a.m. and will take approximately 3-hours for this 3-mile round trip. Contact 304-259-5216 for lodging reservations and additional information.

First Day Hike at Cacapon: Jan. 1, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
Let New Year’s Day be a perfect opportunity to start 2013 by connecting to nature, engaging in physical activity, and promote healthy lifestyles all year long. Meet the Naturalist at 10 a.m. at the Park’s Nature Center to explore the natural beauty of the Ridge Trail. This trail is approximately 1 ½ miles in length with a few hills. Contact 304-258-1022 x 5209 or email Renee.M.Fincham@wv.gov for additional information.

First Day Hike at Kanawha State Forest: Jan. 1, Charleston
First day hikes are led hikes designed to encourage visitors to enjoy state parks year round and to promote good health and exercise. Beginning at 2 p.m. from the swimming pool parking lot, join Assistant Superintendent Kevin Dials, Tom Turner, Kenneth Long and volunteers to start out the New Year by taking a hike. Contact the forest office at 304-558-3500.

First Day Hike at Twin Falls: Jan. 1, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens
Take your first hike of the New Year at Twin Falls State Park! Meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Nature Trail Parking and enjoy a winter walk with Naturalist Bryan Danford. For more information, call 304-294-4000.

Renovation Celebration: Jan. 4-6, Canaan Resort, Davis
The resort invites you to be a part of the ribbing cutting festivities celebrating the NEW tube park and beginners ski area. Discount lodging rates and recreation activities will be offered, plus entertainment, and more. Make your reservations today! For reservations, call 800-622-4121.

Sesame Street Live: Jan. 4-6, Creative Arts Center, Morgantown
Mark your calendar for this once-in-a-lifetime event – monsters becoming musicians! Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, and all their funny and furry friends are taking to the stage to share the magical world of music with children. Don't miss this opportunity to count along with The Count, visit Elmo's World and do the Crumb-A-Rumba with Rosita and Cookie Monster at Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music." Show times are 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 4; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 5; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster Outlets, Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center Box Offices, and online at http://www.Ticketmaster.com. For more information, please visit http://www.events.wvu.edu or call 304-293-SHOW.

Frozen Sasquatch 25K & 50K Run: Jan. 5, Kanawha State Forest, Charleston
The West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners host these winter long-distance runs. Activities begin at 8 a.m. from the swimming pool building. There is an 8-hour time limit and pre-registration is required. Contact Mike Dolin at 304-415-4104 with questions about the course and event.

Little Princess Ball: Jan. 5-6, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Bring your little princess to this father-daughter weekend. Celebrate with dancing, music, arts and crafts and more. An overnight package includes dinner for father-daughter, dance, activities and more. For reservations and additional information, contact 304-643-2931 or visit http://www.northbendsp.com.

Search and Rescue 5K: Jan. 5, Kanawha State Forest, Charleston
The West Virginia K-9 Search and Rescue organizes this event. The event begins at 8 a.m. from the swimming pool building. Questions about the search and rescue event should be directed to the forest office at 304-558-3500.

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor
304-957-9312
Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov