Fayetteville Growing as a Popular Winter-tourism Destination

November, 2016 FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Many communities that depend on warm-weather tourism suffer through winter, but one West Virginia town renowned as a destination for whitewater rafting is breaking out of that cycle. Hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking have increased year-round in Fayetteville, benefitting a growing number of eclectic shops, restaurants, and cultural venues that are particularly attractive in …


Bridge Day Chili Cook-off Information/Registration Form

Come join us in Fayetteville as a cook in the 8th Annual Bridge Day Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Help us bring some of the 85,000 or so Bridge Day visitors into downtown Fayetteville to showcase all that makes it the coolest small town. You can enter as an individual or group, such as a bunch of friends, …


FUR-etteville Fun in Fayetteville

Having a FUR-etteville adventure in Fayetteville with your furry pet friend? Send us a photo of your  pet, or you and your pet, enjoying time together in Fayetteville. Be sure to include your name, pet’s name, and where the photo was taken. *You may also submit a comment about all the fun stuff you and your pet did when you were …


Fayetteville Bucket List

“Diversity” goes a long way in describing time spent experiencing Fayetteville. There’s so much to see and do in our cool town that it’s sometimes difficult to believe that we are only about 2900 folks strong. Outdoor recreation, unique restaurants, eclectic shops, history, culture, people, artist community; Fayetteville is a blend of past and present. You do not just visit …


Art in Place and that Place is Fayetteville

Fayetteville is filled with art; every day, every where, and in every way! It might at first seem subtle, but with an attentive eye, you will begin to see it at every turn. You are invited to come be a part of art in Fayetteville. downtown restaurants display local art murals adorn outdoor surfaces unique outdoor sculpture shops featuring local art/crafters …


Set Your Sights on Fayetteville and the New River National River

Check out the New River National River on the list; #5! “The National Parks Service is ringing in its 100th birthday this August! The park’s centennial is a major milestone, so we’ve started the celebrations early. On February 10, we hosted a Twitter #ExpediaChat with our 344,000 followers, focused entirely on the topic of national park travel. We asked and you …


Fayettevillites/Fayettevillians….Whatever the Residents are Called, They’re Wonderful!

(Editor’s Note: Mary Ann Henry is the 2016 New River Gorge Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette Flats. This is her third contribution to this blog.) One of the unexpected bonuses of coming to Fayetteville – and I truly I did not expect this – was that I was surrounded by amazing people in a progressive community. These people are not just background/wallpaper to the …


Culinary Tour of Fayetteville

Most certainly, Fayetteville is known for its outdoor adventure. World-class whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing and more await the adrenaline junkies who visit, and we have a really big bridge that excites folks, too! But, what sometimes gets overlooked is that Fayetteville is THE dining destination of the New River Gorge. Culinary options abound! Local independents, farmer’s …


Fayetteville Arts Coalition Rocks

Fayetteville to Consider Aerial Rock Climbing Art Installation FAYETTEVILLE — An exciting mid-air rock climbing sculpture could be a new fixture in historic Fayetteville, if approved by the Historical Review Board. LaFayette Flats co-owner Amy McLaughlin pitched the concept to Fayetteville Town Council Friday. The proposed sculpture, created by well-known Alderson-based artist Mark Blumenstein, would represent two rock climbers and …


A Second Glance at First Impressions

(Editor’s Note: Mary Ann Henry is the 2016 New River Gorge Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette Flats. This is her second contribution to this blog.) Now that I’ve caught my breath, I’d like to share some first impressions about the Winter Writer’s Residency, the town of Fayetteville, the people of Fayetteville, and the Gorge-ous (sorry for the pun) landscape. First of all: …


Back to Those Hills

I am living the lyrics of one of my favorite Hazel Dickens’ songs, “back to those hills, the place that I call home.”  Back in 2004 I gave my employer five years’ notice that I was moving to WV and wanted to be a remote worker.  I didn’t have a plan back then, but knew I wanted to come “home.”  …


Homage: Kenny Parker of the New River Gorge

Welcome to the Misty Mountain Homage Series featuring Fayetteville’s own climbing extraordinaire Kenny Parker, Maura and Gene Kistler, Water Stone Outdoors, and the star, The New River Gorge! Watch Kenny now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhVFs5uXqi0     **Many thanks to Misty Mountain for sharing this video. http://www.mistymountain.com


Peculiar Travel Suggestions are Dancing Lessons from God

Posted by Lafayette Flats http://www.lafayetteflats.com/ Editor’s Note: Mary Ann Henry is the 2016 New River Gorge Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette Flats. Mary Ann is originally from West Virginia, but has spent the past 26 years in Charleston, South Carolina. She arrived in Fayetteville on New Year’s Day and she will be a guest of Lafayette Flats through the end of March. During …


A Year of Hiking, part 1

Posted by Lafayette Flats  What is Lafayette Flats? Located in a historic building in Fayetteville, West Virginia, Lafayette Flats is four vacation rental apartments created to serve the needs of visitors to the New River Gorge and the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Opened Spring of 2014.  http://www.lafayetteflats.com/ About this Blog This blog was created to document the progress as owners Amy and …


Calling Cooks for the Bridge Day Chili Cook-off

BRIDGE DAY CHILI COOK-OFF We are looking for you; a proud and courageous chili and/or cornbread cook! * See how your chili and/or cornbread stacks up * Win cash prizes * Meet folks from around the world * Listen to great music; Three Card Monte * Show off some of what makes Fayetteville so cool * Have some good old …


We’re #1!

Check it out! Fayetteville has been ranked the #1 Top Mountain Town by the North American Fishing Club. “Great getaways for diehards who crave something out of the ordinary for their next fishing, hunting or backpacking adventure.” http://fishing.scout.com/story/1469604-top-10-mountain-towns#.VE5WsNzUyog.gmail


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. www.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 during …


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 …