Romantic Destinations in West Virginia

West Virginia is one of those states that is often off the destination radar. Fortunately, this means romantic destinations in West Virginia represent some of the best hidden gem opportunities in the country.

West Virginia is a state made up of many different regions, each with a distinct feel. While most of the United States considers West Virginia to be a Southern state (due to the fact that most of the state is below the Mason-Dixon Line), this state is also very influenced by the north, as well as the Midwest (in the areas where it borders on Ohio). Primarily a state made up of hard working, hearty laborers – many of whom work in coal mines – West Virginia is also becoming a vacation destination due to the spots within the state that are perfect for outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking and more.

Bluefield, West Virginia, is a small town that exemplifies the atmosphere of the state. West Virginia is the only state in the US that is considered to be entirely mountainous (it is located fully within the Appalachian Mountain range) and this town in southern WV shows much of what the state has to offer. There are golf courses in the area, as well as skiing, theaters, antique stores, local restaurants and other opportunities for day trips.

Staying in Bluefield is relaxing and secluded, and the Country Chalet bed and breakfast is a perfect example of the hospitality found here. With just three rooms (situated in an A-frame house on one acre of land) the point of the Country Chalet is to make sure that the guests here (you) feel at home. All of the guest rooms are decorated with a quaint country charm, and include amenities such as a private bath, TV/VCR in room and CD player. Enjoy dinner at the Four Seasons Room at the Chalet, or book a romance package that includes champagne, two nights’ stay, dinner and breakfast each morning.

The Prestwould Bed and Breakfast, located in Flat Top, West Virginia, is another great place for your romantic destinations in West Virginia. Housed in a Georgian style brick home and decorated in a country English style, the Prestwould is home to three guest rooms, all decorated in a grand antique style. You will enjoy your breakfast in a formal dining room, and afternoon tea is also included.

West Virginia is not yet well known as a vacation paradise, but if you are looking for a place to enjoy the beauty of mountains as well as the seclusion of small towns and villages, this is definitely the place for your next romantic trip.

Whitewater River Rafting in West Virginia

Popular white water rafting destinations exist all over the world. Nearly a world away New Zealand is one location that is highly prized for beautiful mountain scenery, fast rushing waters and voluminous mountain rivers. The western United States offers many white water river excursions to thrill seeking tourists from Idaho to the Colorado river and the famous Grand Canyon. However, these destinations are often too far for many who live on the eastern coast of the US, and many will not consider white water rafting simply because of the necessity to travel so far for a white water vacation.

Hidden in the eastern Allegheny mountain state of West Virginia are some of the best whitewater rapids offered anywhere in the world. West Virginia is known for the frequent flooding and powerful raging waters that can cause devastation to little towns and villages along smaller streams and rivers. West Virginia is filled with many high elevation mountain tops and ridges which disperse water during the heavy volume rainfalls this region receives each year. The heaviest rainfalls occur in spring and late fall prior to the change to the winter season. Since all water must flow downhill, West Virginia has many locations where the high mountains naturally drop in a steep grade and subsequently the water flows rapidly to streams, creeks and rivers below. This creates many conducive environments for fast moving white water rapids, especially during the rainy seasons of the mountain state.

Two river of notable mention located in the heart of West Virginia are the New River and the Gauley River. Both of these rivers offer some of the most dynamic white water excursions found anywhere. While the New River can provide lower class beginner tours, the Gauley is for more advanced serious whitewater thrill seekers. The Gauley with names such as Heaven’s gate and Pure Screaming Hell rapids certainly should give an idea of what to expect. The New River is a little more forgiving while offering class 2 through class 5 rapids and a much longer scenic path through the mountains of West Virginia. The New River also has a unique characteristic of flowing northward as is attributed to the elevation in which it begins and the lower altitude in which it ends.