The New Year is coming faster than you think, and it’s not too early to start figuring out where you want to be when 2009 comes calling.
West Virginia’s state parks will welcome in 2009 with dinners, parties, dances, or just some quiet time, depending upon how you want to greet the New Year. Reservations are required for most events, so call early.
West Virginia State Parks will have a wide array of activities to help you bring in the next year, and you can pick the one that’s right for you. Special activities are planned for Canaan Valley Resort, North Bend, Chief Logan Lodge, Tygart Lake, Cacapon Resort and Stonewall Resort state parks. Quiet New Year’s celebrations are planned for Hawks Nest, Pipestem and Blackwater Falls state parks.
Information about New Year’s events, package prices and other activities to enjoy while visiting can be found online at www.wvstateparks.com or by calling 1-800-CALL-WVA.
West Virginia State Parks New Year’s Eve Events
· Canaan Valley Resort State Park near Davis in Tucker County will have a combined Christmas and New Year’s Eve Celebration from Dec. 26 – Jan. 1. Available activities include skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating. The Beech Club features an indoor lap pool, sauna, fitness room and whirlpool spa. Contact: Canaan Valley Resort State Park 304-866-4121.
North Bend State Park near Cairo in Ritchie County will have its New Year’s Eve party Dec. 31. A buffet dinner will be served from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and will feature a carving station with four entrees and many side dishes, ending with fabulous desserts by Chef Ingles. Following dinner, join in for a dance and party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with live music by the Russell Ahner Band. Dress is casual. The rate for the double occupancy package is $193, which includes overnight stay for two at North Bend Lodge, dinner for two, Hors d’oeuvres, Celebration dance, champagne toast at midnight and breakfast Thursday morning. The price includes taxes and gratuities. A dinner and dance only pricing option is available. For reservations, call 304-643-2931. Ask about early arrival and late departure special offer.
· Chief Logan Lodge, Hotel & Conference Center near Logan in Logan County has scheduled a New Year’s Eve dance party at the new facility just south of Charleston. You can have a delicious dinner, dance to the live music of the Jaguars and enjoy great accommodations to bring in the New Year. The package price of $195 includes dinner for two, dance, two drink tickets, champagne toast, party favors, and overnight accommodations for two at Chief Logan Lodge. Call 304-855-6100 to make reservations.
· Tygart Lake State Park will have its New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31. This special package includes an overnight stay for two at Tygart Lake Lodge, dinner for two, dance, evening snacks, door prizes and a champagne toast at midnight. The dance is from 8 p.m. until midnight and will feature live music from the Stepping Stones. The overnight package is $179.90 including tax and gratuities. A rate for dinner and dance only also is available. Call for pricing. Group reservations are welcome.
For reservations, please call 304-265-6144.
· Cacapon Resort State Park near Berkeley Springs in Morgan County brings in the New Year with a bang. Guests will end 2008 with music, dancing and a formal toast to start off the New Year at midnight. The package includes lodging, meals and entertainment. Contact: Cacapon Resort State Park at 304-258-1022 for schedule and prices.
· Stonewall Resort State Park near Roanoke in Lewis County is offering a choice of New Year’s Eve packages:
o The “Night in Rome” package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, an evening cocktail reception, a four-course dinner and wine pairing, entertainment with Bobby Nicholas, an open bar, a champagne toast at midnight and a New Year’s Day champagne brunch. The package price is $449 per couple or $299 for singles.
o The “Stillwaters” package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, evening dinner with a glass of champagne, entertainment with the Stalnaker Brothers, chocolate party, New Year’s Day brunch and access to resort amenities. The package price is $259 per couple or $189 single.
o “Kids Night Out” is from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Kids can enjoy movies, ping-pong and board games. Kid-favorite foods will be offered for dinner. The cost is $25 per child.
The package cost does not include resort fee and applicable taxes. Gratuities are included. For reservations to these events at Stonewall Resort State Park, call 888-278-8150.
· Three West Virginia State Parks, Hawks Nest near Ansted in Fayette County, Blackwater Falls near Davis in Tucker County and Pipestem Resort in southern West Virginia will offer quieter celebrations. No parties, no dances, but you can enjoy a relaxing dinner at the park restaurants, warm yourself by the fireplace, take an evening stroll or just contemplate the New Year in the comfort of a lodge room or by the fireplace. Winter lodge rates are in effect. Call Hawks Nest at 304-658-5212, Blackwater Falls at 304-259-5216 and Pipestem Resort 304-466-1800 for more details and prices.
City of Charleston New Year’s Eve Events
The City of Charleston will host two popular events Dec. 31.
· As they have for decades, hundreds of people will pour into the Charleston Municipal Auditorium for the annual New Year's Eve Gospel Sing, featuring top-notch groups from around the country. It started more than 30 years ago and has been called the longest running gospel sing in West Virginia and, maybe, the United States. The music is set to begin at 7 p.m.
· The Charleston Community Music Association is again sponsoring the popular GoodNight program, offering a chance for thousands of revelers to celebrate the New Year. This is a family-oriented downtown event and features hundreds of performers at different venues throughout the city. The schedule includes many different types of music, dance and theater performances. Programs begin at 6 p.m. at all locations. Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes. City trolleys will make continuous loops among all GoodNight locations beginning at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the performance or the trolley rides.
For more information about the annual New Year’s Eve Gospel Sing and the GoodNight program, contact the Charleston Civic Center at 304-345-1500.
New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance in Bluefield
Ring in the new year on Dec. 31 in Bluefield at the Gary Bowling’s New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance. Start off with dinner around 7:30 p.m. then enjoy live music and dance. Music will be performed by The Emeralds, a band covering a variety of songs ranging from the ‘40s to today. Cost is $75 for couple or $40 for single. For more information, call 304-327-9300.
New Year’s Eve in Flatwoods
The Days Hotel & Conference Center will offer a New Year’s Eve package Dec. 31. The package includes wine and cheese tasting, dinner and hors d'oeuvres, and music with One-A-Cord and Rick K & the Allnighters. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Packages start at $235 per couple. For more information, call 866-700-7284 or visit www.flatwoods.com.
New Year’s at The Greenbrier
Raise a glass and celebrate New Year in style at the world-renowned Greenbrier resort from Dec. 30, 2008 to Jan. 2, 2009. The New Year’s Eve galas feature live music and dancing, New Year’s Day Jazz and Champagne Brunch Buffet, Rock & Roll Dinner Buffet and Show and New Year’s Eve “Big Night” Dinner Party just for kids.
Packages start at $465 and additional fees apply for special dining events. All package rates are per room, per night. Room rates are based on traditional rooms; all other accommodations will be subject to add-on rates. Resort fee and taxes are additional. Reservations for dinner and activities are strongly suggested.
Visit www.greenbrier.com for more details.
Lewisburg Shanghai Parade
Bundle up and enjoy Lewisburg’s annual Shanghai Parade on New Year’s Day at noon. This 150-year tradition features a wacky costume and float filled parade that has been previously named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
For more details visit www.greenbrierwv.com or call 800-833-2068.
First Day International Festival
Celebrate the start of the New Year and the unique culture of Ireland at the 7th annual First Day International Festival on Jan. 1, 2009, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Enjoy presentations and performances by Celtic harpist Leah Trent, story teller and humorist Kim Weitkamp and musician and singer Patrick O’Flaherty. This family-friendly festival also includes crafts, children’s games, positive palm reading, live music jam and food.
For more details, visit www.greenbrierwv.com or call 800-833-2068.
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