Summer 2014 Visitor Passes to the Summit Bechtel Reserve

Join the Boy Scouts of America this summer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve and experience all the thrills of outdoor adventure. Day and weekend passes are available for purchase. Read all about it at http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/05/08/summit-visitor-passes-let-anyone-experience-the-thrills-this-summer/


Fishing the New River

(Much appreciation is extended to the Town of Thurmond for sharing their fishing information.  http://thurmondwv.org/) Spring and fall are the best times of the year to fish the New River. During these seasons, water temperatures are in transition between cold winter temperatures and warm summer temperatures. Most fish species are more active in cooler water and are more aggressively feeding …


Spotlight

Check out  Hopper’s Small Town Spotlight on Fayetteville, West Virginia. We sound very cool. Hey! That’s because we ARE very cool! http://hopperblog.com/?s=fayetteville+wv


Shorter Days and Longer Sleeves

* Photo Credit: Pat and Chuck Blackley/Alamy This time of year we have less hours of daylight as we approach the autumnal equinox. The slant of the light in the evening casts a golden glow over the land. Chilly mornings and bright blue skies with puffy white clouds by day are increasingly frequent. Leaves take on that yellow-green shade that …


Shades of Green

So, there are lots of shades of green; dark green, light green, yellow-green, army green, moss green, sage green, kelly green, emerald green, jade green, hunter green, forest green, pine green, fern green, olive green, sea green, bottle green, teal, and celadon … just to name a few. It doesn’t matter which  shade of green you prefer, we have them …


His Joy of the New River Gorge Trails

  R. Bryan Simon has always loved outdoor adventure. Growing up in Lewis County, WV, he rafted and hiked with his parents and met his wife while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. On a hike in England, where he was studying Mountain Medicine, he realized he could combine his passion for hiking and climbing, and reach one of his life-long …


Go Big and Get Wild at The Summit

The Boy Scouts of America are coming to the Summit Bechtel Reserve for Jamboree 2013! Check out all The Summit has to offer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYxxSXmYGdo Now that you are all excited about The Summit, go to http://visitfayettevillewv.com/community/boy-scouts-of-america/ for additional information for Scouts about the coolest small town in America; Fayetteville, West Virginia.


Small Town Ways

Saturday’s ceremony on the lawn of the Fayette County Courthouse in Fayetteville brought a further appreciation to mind for the small town way of doing things. On that bright blue-skied, sunny day, as the breeze rippled the flags on the pole, 150 or so citizens turned out to witness the unveiling of new Fayette County flag and seal. There were …


Now Get Out and Ride!

Many wanting to get started in mountain biking, are easily overwhelmed by all of the choices, options and terminology. Here in the shop, we often are asked, “how do I find the bike that is right for me?”. It’s a question we are always happy to answer. Choosing the Right Bike for You: We begin by asking a few questions …


Where to Stay When You Come to Play

So, you’re coming to Fayetteville to enjoy some of our world-class outdoor adventures, distinctive dining, quaint shops, historical district, and unique events. Your days and evenings will be filled with fun and food, but what about the night? Where will you stay when it is time to rest and recharge your battery? Here are your options in our cool small …


Fayetteville Foodies

Do you like food … I mean, REALLY like food? Do you love different tastes, aromas, and presentations of food? Do you search for the unique, independent places to eat? Do you yearn to take a peek at what the chef is doing in the kitchen? Is dining a whole experience for you; a mixture of the sights and sounds …


Passing Through Borrowed Space

The Kaymoor Mine powder house, now restored, still stands today. Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress The trees lit up so violently I could’ve sworn I was about to be run over by a truck had I not been running down an abandoned railroad grade scraped from the side of a 1000 foot deep gorge. I looked over my …


Gauley River Season

West Virginia is Wild, Wet and Wonderful, above average rainfall in the Gauley River watershed has local outfitters and area businesses gearing up. Every year there is great anticipation among whitewater fanatics for the weekend after Labor Day! The fall drawdown of Summersville Lake unleashes The Beast of the East – The Gauley River. It looks like we have dodged the drought that is plaguing most of the United States this summer.


Fayetteville, West-by-God-Virginia

When we awoke the morning after the derecho hit Fayetteville on June 29th, we knew we were all in for some hard times. Downed trees and the terrific wind caused loss of power, phone service, Internet, and many were without water. Long lines for ice and fuel for vehicles and generators ensued. Keeping the home going and the family fed and cooled in the 95 degree weather were just some of the challenges we faced.


Fayetteville Civil War Chautauqua

Chautauqua? What kind of word is that? It is a performance of living history, also called History Alive! Named for the famous Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York, a Chautauqua is a week-long event. Each evening, scholars present historical characters and workshops during the day. A Chautauqua usually has a theme and the theme of the first ever West Virginia Chautauqua, taking place in Fayetteville from July 2nd to 6th, will be The Civil War.


2012 Free Fishing Weekend June 9th and 10th in West Virginia

  This is your opportunity to explore the fun of fishing in West Virginia. On Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th, anyone can fish without a license in West Virginia. This includes both residents and nonresidents. So, grab a pole, dig up some worms, find a great spot by the water and get busy! Enjoy some nature time in …


Market Day in Fayetteville

The small town appeal shines throughout Fayetteville in many a manner, but it will become even more evident when Market Days begin. On the first Saturday of the month, June through October, folks will be able to enjoy not only the Farmers Market (which is in town every Saturday morning 7:30-11:30), but they can also mosey through an artisans market, …


Farm Fresh Fun in Fayetteville

     The Fayette County Farmers Market is pleasing to the eye and the palate. The colors are vibrant and the tastes exhilarating. The trucks and canopies line up and are open for your consideration. All fresh and local produce, plants, baked goods, and preserves are available for purchase. As the growing season progresses the bounty of vegetables and fruits multiplies. …


Fall into Fayetteville

Fall is the perfect time to visit Fayetteville, West Virginia. The autumn colors are bright and the temperature is cool. You can camp, hike, fish, hunt, bike, raft, tour the tree canopy, shop, sample local fare, or just relax in our lovely mountain setting. This time of year is just the right time to come see our town. Follow this link …


The Big Day on The Big Bridge

    We’ve got this big bridge here in Fayetteville. Well, it’s not really just big; it\’s very long, too. It is the longest arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. It spans the New River Gorge. This bridge is famous; like, really famous. People come from all over the world to see it. You maybe have stuck its image on …


Surf's Up

♫ Catch a wave and you’ll be sitting on top of the world ♫ … in Fayetteville, West Virginia. You probably didn’t think you could go surfing in the mountains of West Virginia, but you sure can! Right here in Fayetteville, you can surf the New River on a stand-up paddle board.   All casino you need is a board, a …


It’s Chilly Chili Time in Fayetteville

  The weather is turning cooler. Good Golly!  The low temperature on Thursday is to be 41 degrees. Autumn is truly on its way. With the chill in the air comes a hankering for chili. Yes, chili … that delectable concoction of meat, tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers. Serve it with crunchy chips, crisp crackers, or some tasty cornbread. Top …


Fayetteville is for the Birds

Fayetteville,West Virginia sits right on the edge of the New River Gorge. With its forests, cliffs, and open pastured habitats, this area is prime time for birding. It has been identified by the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology as a vital migratory stopover for many bird species. Experts and other bird enthusiasts come from around the country to observe our …


What’s Cornhole All About?

Cornhole may be new to many folks, but it is gaining in popularity of late. For some reason if there is a gathering of people, such as a family reunion, church picnic, backyard barbeque, town carnival, or holiday celebration, cornhole also shows up. There are cornhole clubs, state and national cornhole associations, and a huge bunch of cornhole enthusiasts that …


Captain Thurmond's Challenge

The name of Captain Thurmond is well known around Fayette County. Captain William Dabney Thurmond moved from Amherst, Virginia in the 1840’s to settle in what is now Fayette County, West Virginia. He was a Confederate leader during the Civil War, surveyor, landowner, and builder/owner of the landmark Dunglen Hotel in Thurmond, West Virginia. You can read more about this …


Big Time Fun in a Small Town Way

When you first enter Fayetteville, you know right away that it is someplace special. The small town vibe is everywhere, but there is a modern thread that weaves throughout the community. With a real downtown area, the quaint shops, eclectic restaurants, high adventure outdoor stores, restored vintage theater, and historic public buildings and private homes provide residents and visitors an …