If you ask us, a spring getaway is never a bad idea … like, never. With its friendly locals, beautiful views, and wide variety of restaurants, Summersville in West Virginia is exactly where you need to be spending your time (but not all of your money because it’s totally budget-friendly). And—spoiler alert—those are only the beginning of its charms.
1. Summersville Lake
Head to Summersville Lake for fishing, boating, scuba diving, rock climbing, swimming, jet skiing, tubing, and kayaking … the list goes on. It’s paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, lovers of the sun, or just those of us who need to pump up our Vitamin D levels after that cold winter.
So, after a long day of on-the-water adventure, you can relax on the lake’s man made beach and soak it all in, or take a tour of West Virginia’s only working lighthouse.
2. Kirkwood Winery
Enjoy a taste of the mountains at Kirkwood Winery. We know we don’t need to elaborate … we had you at wine. But, try a wine tasting to sample a variety of local wines, or go on a tour of the Isaiah Morgan Distillery to see how the only small batch bourbon whiskey in West Virginia is crafted. Or go ahead and do both … it’s vacation, after all.
3. Civil War history
History buffs will love the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, located at the site of an important Civil War battle. Take a tour to learn about the history of the park, and then visit the Patterson House Museum to see reproductions of Civil War money, weapons, and military attire. Better yet, take the kids and see all the historical knowledge they can soak up while you’re there … we won’t tell them it’s educational if you don’t.
4. Hiking and biking
Summersville has hiking and biking trails for all levels. Get your exercise and some fresh air, and be sure to stop by the overlooks to take in all the beautiful views. Want a sneak peek? So glad you asked …
Monongahela National Forest
So now you’ve got a taste of the outdoors and you need more? We don’t blame you …
Bike, camp, fish, hike, and go horseback riding at the Monongahela National Forest, a million acre National Forest System in Richwood. Yes, a million. If that’s not enough outdoor space for you, then we don’t know what to do with you.
If you can’t imagine a vacation without hitting the links (and why should you have to, am I right?), get your golf fix with nine-hole courses at the Nicholas Memorial Golf Course in Summersville or the Cherry Hill Country Club in nearby Richwood.
Or take the kiddos to Mountain Lake Campground and Cabins and play a game of miniature golf, enjoy the jumping pillow, or catch a movie at the outdoor theatre.
Take a souvenir or two (ok, or three or four) home from one of the many primitive and antique shops in Summersville, or visit Hardman’s Hardware, an old fashioned hardware store that’s been around since 1907. Go ahead, buy something big and have it shipped home … you deserve it!
Local’s Tip: Are you a quilter? You can even shop for quilting supplies at The Quilt Shoppe, located right on Main Street.
8. Lodging for any budget
There’s a great hotel for any budget when you stay in Summersville. Plus, from a charming B&B to the amenities of hotel chains, you’ll find any atmosphere you’re looking for.
If you prefer to be a little closer to nature, we totally support that. Why not stay in a gorgeous, fully equipped cabin? Find one nestled in the mountains or overlooking the lake. Go primitive on one of Summersville’s many campgrounds, or do as the hipsters do and stay in a Yurt!
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9. Powell’s Mountain Goat
Be sure to make a trip to Powell Mountain and keep an eye out for the famous Powell’s Mountain Goat, usually spotted between mile markers 52.5 and 53. He’s adorable and even has his own Facebook page!
10. New River Gorge Bridge
Summersville is just 30 minutes from the New River Gorge Bridge, where you can go white water rafting or fly down the longest zip line on the East Coast. We recommend you unplug and unwind while you’re on vacation, but, if you’re going to take your phone (or your selfie stick … we don’t judge) out, this is a photographer’s paradise.
Summersville Arena & Conference Center
From sporting events to trade shows, there’s always something going on at the Summersville Arena & Conference Center. Be sure to check the calendar to see what events are happening during your visit.