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 Jan. 21 – Feb. 3

1/9/2013
7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Jan. 21, Metropolitan Theatre, Morgantown
The Seventh Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown. Performers will include The WVU African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Skyview African Drum and Dance Ensemble, High Street Jazz Band, a community choir and members of Morgantown Theatre Company's cast of Ragtime. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Call 304-599-6743 or visit http://www.ccsjwv.org for more information.

3rd Annual Winterfest: Jan. 25-27, The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs
Come celebrate the best of winter with our 3rd Annual Winterfest, featuring an amazing National Ice Carving Association Competition! Everywhere you look, breathtaking ice sculptures will warm your heart and create magical moments frozen forever in your memory. Glide along on the ice skating rink, sip hot chocolate by a roaring fire, nibble on freshly baked cookies during the afternoon tea or enjoy a cozy carriage ride. Visit http://www.greenbrier.com/winterfest or contact 800-453-4858 for additional information.

23rd Annual Spa Feast: Jan. 25-27, Berkeley Springs
This weekend showcases an array of spa-based and health-giving treatments ranging from facials and massage to reiki and reflexology. A variety of health-related assessment techniques are also available. Local shops provide samples of homeopathic remedies, locally made herbal soaps and healthy treats that taste good. Local restaurants will be "making healthy eating tasty" and several lodging places offer spa packages and discounts on locations with whirlpool tubs. Visit http://www.berkeleysprings.com or call 800-447-8797 for lodging options and additional information.

Country Western Partner Weekend: Jan. 25-27, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem
This weekend will include two nights’ lodging at McKeever Lodge, dance lessons for the weekend, and dinner on Saturday evening for two. The cost for this package is $156.88 for single or $197.28 for two people.
Reservations: 304-466-1800 x 353.

Hawks Nest State Park Dinner Theater with Comedy Magician Dewayne Hill: Jan. 26, Ansted
Dewayne Hill, a master of comedy magic, has been performing magic since he was just 16 years old. He is now a full-fledged performer bringing a Vegas-quality act to G-rated venues across the country. For mind-bending magic, side-splitting comedy, and storytelling with a personality – don’t miss this new dinner theater! For reservations and additional information, call Hawks Nest State Park at 304-658-5212.

Munchkins, Munchies and a Movie: Jan. 26, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton
Call it "Date Night" or simply peace and quiet for adults. Children dine in the conference room while watching a family oriented movie, while parents enjoy their "adult dinner" at the Boston Beanery. Contact Stephanie Bailey at 304-256-6148 for more information.

Shirley Schweizer Winter Walk at Kanawha State Forest: Jan. 26, Charleston
Sponsored by the Kanawha State Forest Foundation, this annual winter walk will enlighten and educate attendees about forest activity during the winter months. The hike will begin from the swimming pool area at 2 p.m. For more information, call Kanawha State Forest at 304-558-3500.

Liberty on the Boarder: A Civil War Exhibition: Jan. 26 – Aug. 25, The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Beckley
“Liberty on the Border” focuses on the relationship between the states along the Ohio River. Its many educational elements provide new insights into the events leading up to the war, the war years, and the “politics of memory” that has occurred from post-war to modern day. The exhibit is unique from other Civil War exhibits because it has a regional focus and its strong focus on non-military events and civilian contributions which puts the causes, effects and meaning of the war in more personal terms. Visitors will learn the surprising role that women and children played in the war. The exhibit includes over 300 artifacts, archival documents, lithographs and photographs. It also contains a multitude of interactive elements and computer interactivities. There are historic military artifacts that Civil War buffs will love to see including: an original Sharp’s carbine, Colt pistol and pike from John Brown’s raid, the Confederate battle flag, jacket and cap of Private Silas Buck referred to in Ken Burn’s Civil War, plus other artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian and other museums. Email info@beckleymine.com or contact Leslie Gray Baker at 304-252-3730 or visit http://www.beckley.org/exhibition_coal_mine/index.html for additional information.

Decompress Weekend at Tygart Lake: Feb. 1-3, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton
After the holidays everyone needs to relax and settle down. Join Tygart Lake State Park and Harrison County YMCA Staff and regain your inner self by participating in massage, yoga, tai chi, pilates and great surroundings. Call 304-265-6144 for reservations and additional information.

African-American Archeology in West Virginia: Feb. 2, Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, Weirton
This presentation will provide an overview of archaeological work conducted at African-American sites in West Virginia and the Ohio Valley. It will include a discussion of clues found in material culture such as the types and quality of pottery made and used; types of food available, and handmade jewelry, all of which show strong ties to African traditions. Heather Cline, the Lead Curator at the Grave Creek Archaeological Complex in Moundsville, West Virginia, will be the guest speaker. The program begins at noon. For more information, visit http://www.weirtonmuseum.com or call 304-479-7266.

A Taste of the Spanish Coast: Feb. 2, Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
The concept of eating small portions of eclectic foods paired with wines originated in Spain during the 1600s. Today, the Tapas tradition is a fun and refreshing social event. Stonewall Resort is excited to bring this tradition to you with a special Taste of the Spanish Coast. Our culinary team has teamed up with Kysela Pere et Fils (a purveyor of fine wines and craft beers) to add a unique twist to the Tapas custom with Appalachian flavors and a selection of wines that enhance the creative menu. Gather your friends and plan now to attend this delicious event that's perfect for the middle of winter! The package is just $189 and includes: Lakeside lodge accommodations for two; tapas event for two from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. that includes wine, tapas-style food and music by two Spanish guitarists. Call 888-278-8150 or visit http://www.stonewallresort.com for reservations and more information.

Winter Lecture Series #1: Feb. 3, Blennerhassett State Park, Parkersburg
This is one of four history talks in the 2013 Blennerhassett Winter Lecture Series all held in February. Sunday talks begin at 2 p.m. and are held at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. A different topic is planned for each date. For more information, call Blennerhassett Island State Park at 304-420-4800.

Contact Information

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