When it comes to vacation destinations, the quaint state of West Virginia often gets overlooked. However, from historic monuments to gorgeous nature centers, this charming state has a lot to offer. Book a stay at one of many unforgettable West Virginia vacation rentals today. Before you pack your bags, take a look at the top eight romantic weekend getaways in the state.
Wheeling offers a rich history and the chance to see the city where West Virginia first became a separate state from Virginia. Take a tour of the West Virginia Independence Hall, where the actual paperwork was signed and confirmed Wheeling as the first capital city of the state. Enjoy a playful afternoon at the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum. This nostalgic museum offers a fine assortment of vintage toys to pull you back to your childhood. If you prefer golfing, book a tee time at the Oglebay Resort and Oglebay Park Golf Club and hit the links. Figaretti’s Restaurant brims with ambiance and romance with its freshly made pasta, warm colors, and welcoming staff. Save room to share one of their amazing desserts.
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As a college town in the western part of the state, Huntington has a lot to offer for a weekend of fun, along with a trendy vibe. Heritage Farm Museum and Village is a living museum, letting you experience life on a farm in the 1900s. Staff members dress in period costume and provide demonstrations of the actual chores — sometimes, they even get visitors involved. Take a guided tour of the Museum of Radio and Technology, and see its selection of vintage radios. As evening arrives, stroll through the Ritter Park Historic District and check out the grand historic buildings and grab a bite to eat at the popular Fat Patty’s.
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A small town with a large military history, Martinsburg, sits on the eastern panhandle of the state. During the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War, this town and the surrounding area were a hotbed of battles and skirmishes. You can even see some military buildings that date back to these time periods. Featuring Greek Revival architecture, the Belle Boyd House offers tours and tells the story of her times as a Confederate spy during the Civil War. Start each morning with a hearty breakfast at the Blue White Grill, a local diner known for its great eats.
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In the southern section of West Virginia, Princeton is a small town that began as a mining town and had ties to the railroad that supported this industry. If you’re visiting in the late fall, check to see if the owners of the nearby Lake Shawnee Amusement Park are allowing visitors and photographers. This is the area’s local abandoned amusement park and is closed most of the year. Visit the Princeton Railroad Museum to learn more about the railroad trains that used to service the area and climb aboard a caboose.
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Soak up that college town vibe together as you explore the streets of Morgantown, home to West Virginia University. This town sits on the Monongahela River, making for a variety of outdoor activities, including the Cheat Lake Trail. This popular trail runs around the lake and is a haven for local wildlife, so keep an eye out for deer, raccoons, and other furry critters. Take an art class as a couple or attend one of the frequent performances at the Monongalia Arts Center. Skip the crowds and pick up Italian takeout from Puglioni’s Pasta and Pizza to enjoy back in the privacy of your vacation rental.
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Charleston is a capital city and the largest in the state that has kept its small-town vibe. It’s relatively small when you compare to other capital cities, such as Atlanta and Albany. Heat up your romance by cooking a meal together, and Capitol Market, a local farmer’s market, is the place to pick up all the locally-sourced ingredients you need. Browse the locals’ fruits, veggies, cheese, honey, and many other edible goodies. Located in the former Kanawha and Michigan Railroad yard, this farmer’s market is something special. After picking up your goodies, visit the West Virginia State Museum to learn more about the area’s history.
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Peace and quiet are exactly what you find in the small town of Parkersburg. The busiest area in town is the Parkersburg City Park with its walking and biking trails, basketball courts, and picnic areas. On a small island in the center of the river sits the Blennerhassett Island Historic Museum and an old plantation home. A brief boat ride brings you to the island, where you can learn more about local history and take a tour of this unique plantation home. One of the hotspots in town is Mary B’s Diner, where locals and visitors stop by for eggs, pancakes, and all your favorite diner foods.
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At the height of the mining industry, Bluefield was a thriving mining town, and it still celebrates its rich heritage. As you get close to town, keep an eye out for the East River Mountain Overlook. From here, you get your first look at your home away from home and the Appalachian Mountains that surround it. Over the weekend, get some alone time while hiking in the Pinnacle Rock State Park with its miles of trails and iconic rock.
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