SENIORS TRAVEL THROUGH WEST VIRGINIA



Seniors Visit Some of West Virginia’s Best Small Towns

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My wife told me recently that we have not spent much time in West Virginia and that it was time for a blog. Senior friends, let’s investigate, starting with Google, the Best Small Towns in West Virginia.

There are literally dozens of wonderful little towns in West Virginia. DuckDuckGo  lists several choices of Best Small Towns. West Virginia Living Magazine highlights several that they consider among the best.

Seniors Discover Hinton

Hinton is a remarkable Victorian-era railroad town of 2,615 with stunning buildings and architecture. This historic rail town, nestled among three rivers is legendary for its fishing, kayaking and rafting.

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Situated along the New River in southern West Virginia, Hinton features dining, shopping, coal heritage tours, and charming B&B’s and hotels. Senior visitors will have convenient access to the New River Gorge National Park, Winterplace Ski Resort, and hunting and fishing at Bluestone National Park.

Two weekends a year, you can ride a train through the scenic mountains to Hinton’s Railroad Days celebration to explore the museum and train heritage. Much of Hinton’s downtown was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Part of Paramount’s 1994 film Lassie was shot in Hinton.

 Seniors Visit Lewisburg And Buckhannon

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Lewisburg’s picture-perfect Main Street could keep senior visitors occupied for days. Lewisburg has come a long way since its beginnings as a small outpost in the mountains of colonial Virginia. This town now has become a renowned haven for artists, and its many antebellum mansions.

In downtown Lewisburg, senior visitors soon realize they are stepping back in time to a simpler age. The National Trust for Historical Preservation named this stretch of boutique shops and small restaurants one of twelve “Distinctive Destinations” in the U.S. Don’t miss Lewisburg.

2347f6e49ace37d13138780c325f8d50Buckhannon may be small, but its arts scene is not. Located along the West Virginia Artist Gallery Trail, their Main Street Gallery houses 30 local artists. Film fans can catch rare showings at the Lascaux Theater that don’t screen in mainstream movie houses.

Buckhannon that was included in Norman Crampton’s book, “The Top 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Buckhannon’s antique mall is sprawling with artifacts from the old days, or you can satisfy all your modern geeky desires at Nerducopia. For a calm evening, seniors can enjoy a show and sky tour at the West Virginia Wesleyan Planetarium.

 Seniors, unplug your GPS and just drive along the myriad of country roads in West Virginia. You will discover one neat small town after another.  -jeb  Photos taken from Google search.

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