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    Before Summer Ends… We still have a month of summer left, but the weather is already changing with cool morning & evenings.  ...

    Before Summer Ends…

    We still have a month of summer left, but the weather is already changing with cool morning & evenings.  Before jumping into Fall, we want to savor the last parts of summer in Buckhannon and Upshur County, so here’s some of our favorites:

    • Gather up Farm Fresh Tomatoes from Fish Hawk Market or the local Farmer’s Market. Getting fruit & veggies straight from the garden has so much more value than picking up a few from a big box store.  The smell is amazing, and taste oh so yummy!
    • Tent camping with your family – Audra State Park is rustic & a true authentic picture of West Virginia’s Wild and Wonderful.  September is the perfect month to have a weekend camping trip while the days are still warm enough to enjoy the river, and a camp fire roasting smores will warm up the cool nights.
    • Burgers on the grill (and maybe an ice cold beer) is probably the most iconic summer activity.  We like to get our burgers from A.F. Wendlings, where they’re made fresh!
    Top 4 Fall Activities You HAVE To Do Pumpkin Patch – Spooky Nights & Hayrides – Fall Drives – M2Bravo Zombies – Football Games With cooler, crisp ...

    Top 4 Fall Activities You HAVE To Do

    Pumpkin Patch – Spooky Nights & Hayrides – Fall Drives – M2Bravo Zombies – Football Games
    With cooler, crisp air, everyone is ready for the spectacular fall colors and cozy evenings enjoying the season.  We’ve put together the top 4 things you need to do this Fall:

    1. Pick your own pumpkin at Green Acres Farm in Rock Cave! Not only will you have the freshest pumpkin for your front porch, you can find your way through the Haunted Corn Maze, take a Hayride along the farm, and try some tasty fall treats.
    2. Go on a Hayride or a Spooky Night Tour of the WV Wildlife Center. There’s no better place to see West Virginia’s native animals, and things look a lot different at night
    3. Drive the country to see some of West Virginia’s best fall foliage.
    4. Nothing says Fall like a hometown Football Game! Cheer on the Buccaneers and the Wesleyan Bobcats when they play at home.
    3 Best Muskie Photos After working on a new website showing the great stuff you can do in Buckhannon, we realized we didn’t ...

    3 Best Muskie Photos

    After working on a new website showing the great stuff you can do in Buckhannon, we realized we didn’t have photos of people fishing. We had photos of fish, of the river, of really cool kayaks in the water, but no people.

    But ‘people’ is what we’re all about… We want people to enjoy Buckhannon, and we want to share their experiences with other people. So we set out on Facebook to ask for some killer muskie fishing photos (with people), and the result was amazing!

    Within a day, we saw that muskie fishing on the Buckhannon River really is for everyone – kids, women & men. Everyone had a smile on their face, a big muskie on the line, and was happy to share their story.

    The Buckhannon River has a 6-mile stretch of world-class muskie fishing. People travel from all over the country to fish for our muskie. Thanks to everyone who takes advantage of the Buckhannon River and all it has to offer! 

    Bryce Elmer
    Shawn Young
    Jennifer Lafferre
    If Buildings Could Talk Have you heard of the two brothers who lived in a sycamore tree for 3 years? That’s exactly how ...

    If Buildings Could Talk

    Have you heard of the two brothers who lived in a sycamore tree for 3 years? That’s exactly how Buckhannon got its start!

    From the Pringle Brothers creating the first permanent settlement along the Buckhannon River in 1764 to current day, Buckhannon has thrived the past 250+ years. A walk from one end of Main Street to the other, you’ll see 3 blocks of intricate structures built in the late 1800s, full of stories. Create Buckhannon – a local volunteer group – are working to revive those old stories, with historic plaques placed with some of the most notable buildings. Here are a few stories you’ll see along the way….

    One of the oldest on Buckhannon’s Main Street, the current Chamber & Visitor Center building was completed in 1891 and was home to a dry goods store and printing shop. During recent renovation, a brick with the date ‘1892’ was found decoratively carved beside a 2nd story window.

    The Reger Building, now home of Main Street Antiques, once was used as a boarding – house on the second story, and home of the popular Liberty Lunch in the 1940’s.

    There’s a total of 12+ historic markers throughout the Main Street area – if you’re willing to venture further out, you’ll find some remarkable sites like Fidler’s Mill, Civil War sites and more.

    Stars, Stripes and Strawberries Stars, Stripes & Strawberries is the theme for the 77th Annual WV Strawberry Festival. As Buckhannon gets ready with ...

    Stars, Stripes and Strawberries

    Stars, Stripes & Strawberries is the theme for the 77th Annual WV Strawberry Festival. As Buckhannon gets ready with strawberries in every window, fresh flowers being planted and strawberry treats being featured in local menus, we’ve stopped to reflect on the theme.

    Our small town loves our red, white and blue and this summer you will see flags waving on front porches, in front of our beautiful courthouse and along our streets. Those stars and stripes remind us of the real stars in our town, those who volunteer for military service, our fire department workers, and people with giving hearts who make things happen in our community. Hats off to all who serve in our churches, schools and with local activities! That’s part of what makes a BIG difference in our small town filled with flowers, delicious foods and welcoming hospitality.

    Won’t you come see us soon?

    Walking Dinner Tour What better way to experience some of Buckhannon’s best restaurants than taking a Walking Dinner Tour! Make plans to ...

    Walking Dinner Tour

    What better way to experience some of Buckhannon’s best restaurants than taking a Walking Dinner Tour!

    Make plans to walk Buckhannon’s Main Street on Saturday, September 29th for our debut Walking Dinner Tour! A group of food enthusiasts will begin the tour at 4:30 PM at Stone Tower Brews for some tortilla chips with guacamole & queso. Next, walk across the street for the entree served in the latest venue to open downtown, the Opera House. Not only will everyone get a taste of steak & shrimp, but will also get a sneak peak of this amazing building renovation! The next stop will be dessert at 3/4 Cafe, and finally wrap up with a drink at the 88 Restaurant & Lounge.

    Tickets are $35 per person, and MUST be purchased in advance at the Chamber & Visitors Center on Main Street. Contact us by emailing lmeadows@VisitBuckhannon.org or calling 304-473-1400.

     

     

    Cemetery Map of Upshur County Family heritage is deeply rooted here in Upshur County.  Tracing your origins back to the very beginning is an ...

    Cemetery Map of Upshur County

    Family heritage is deeply rooted here in Upshur County.  Tracing your origins back to the very beginning is an amazing and interesting experience.  We have created a map listing over 60 (and counting) cemetery locations throughout the county.  GPS coordinates are attached to each location so navigation will be made easy. We hope this allows you to further explore your ancestry line.

    Cemetery Map

    Christmas Events We’ve compiled the area’s best events & deals during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…Scroll & get busy! ...

    Christmas Events

    We’ve compiled the area’s best events & deals during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…Scroll & get busy!

    EVENTS
    Get some early shopping checked off your list during the Holly Jolly Christmas Craft Show.

    A fresh cut Christmas tree, hand-picked by your family, is one of the most charming Christmas traditions. The French Creek Christmas Tree Farm is open & ready, and host a special event with Santa on December 8th.

    With two Christmas Parades in the area, your kids will have tons of chances to see Santa Clause – stop by the Rock Cave Christmas Parade on December 1st, or the downtown Buckhannon Christmas Parade on December 7th.

    Festive Wagon Rides through downtown Buckhannon will leave you all smiles – perfect for a group of friends & families!

    Don’t be a Grinch… have a Brunch in Whoville at the 88 Restaurant & Lounge!

    Downtown’s Sweet-A-Licious has a month of events planned for the littles – a Mommy & Me Ornament activity, reading The Grinch & creating your own Grinch Slime to a Princess Party with the Ice Queen. Pick one, or do them all!

    Have an Evening in Whoville on Kanawha Street in Buckhannon. Complete with hot cocoa, cookies, Cindy Lou Who, Mr. & Mrs. Clause and The Grinch himself!

    Catch Miracle on 34th Street, performed by the Buckhannon Community Theatre on December 13 – 16. More details to come!

    DEALS & SPECIALS
    Bring the best of Fish Hawk Acres home with you! From their kitchen to your festive gathering, Fish Hawk Acres looks forward to making your holiday a special occasion. Order ahead of time for appetizers, fresh baked bread & rolls, cakes, side dishes and more!

    Shop one of Buckhannon’s cutest little shops, TATEEP Unique Boutique. With a Holiday Open House and special Black Friday & Small Saturday sales, you can start stocking up for the holidays!

    Olde Rustic Antiques is hosting their Annual Christmas in the Past Celebration on December 1st, with holiday sales, door prizes, drawings & refreshments!

     

     

    Spring Flowers We know it’s still dreary outside. And we get that all of West Virginia can still get a foot+ ...

    Spring Flowers

    We know it’s still dreary outside. And we get that all of West Virginia can still get a foot+ of snow in February & March. But we also know this…. Spring will be here soon.

    Birds chirping on a sunny morning, garden preparation, spring break trips, and flowers. So many flowers! People in Buckhannon get especially excited when the downtown flowers start blooming. Buckhannon’s own horticulturist and his team bring life to our small town. From the very minute the spring tulips bloom, colors pop along Main Street, the Riverwalk and flower beds scattered throughout town.

    We hope you travel the area, stop & appreciate Buckhannon’s flowers this Spring!

    Strawberry Festival never gets old Early Events | May 11th – May 14th Official Dates | May 15th – May 19th Now in the ...

    Strawberry Festival never gets old

    Early Events | May 11th – May 14th
    Official Dates | May 15th – May 19th

    Now in the 78th year, the West Virginia Strawberry Festival has proven itself worthy of recognition year after year. For people who have grown up in Buckhannon, and grown up going downtown for the Festival, they’ve never gotten tired of the events & exhibits, even if some of them are 78 years old! We dug around some articles to see just what the early Strawberry Festival was like, and compare it to what the Festival has transitioned to in 2019.

    What hasn’t changed….
    …is a desire for fresh, local West Virginia strawberries. If you’re a local, you’ve heard the debate that the annual event is too early (the 3rd week of May) for strawberries to be ripe. And to a point, that’s true…. But West Virginia farmers are utilizing high tunnels to start the Strawberry Season early. Be sure to stop by the Chamber & Visitors Center at 14 East Main Street on May 17th & 18th to get a pint of REAL West Virginia berries.

    …is the crowning of the Strawberry Queen. The Coronation is a ceremonial event for all Strawberry Festival royalty.

    …is the dedication of volunteers to make it all happen. We might overlook the minor (and major) details that is required to coordinate an event that spans from May 11th – May 19th, but it’s a tremendous time commitment from local folks who want to be part of continuing the Strawberry tradition in Buckhannon.

    What has changed…
    …are the entertainers brought to town each year for Friday & Saturday night’s Party Gras! Main Street clears the vehicles and opens for multiple stages of musical performances, entertainment and vendors.

    …are horses. Lots of horses. The 2013 premiere of the Horse & Carriage Parade became an immediately favorite for Strawberry Festival enthusiasts. This year will boast nearly 100 horses trotting down Strawberry Lane on May 11th.

    … is BBQ and Beer! Turn up the heat at the inaugural Strawberry BBQ Cook-Off! A new Beer Garden will be located across from the food vendors, too.

    That’s not everything – be sure to see the Full Schedule of Events for this exciting family tradition!

    Festival Fridays | 2019 Summer is finally ‘official’ with the kick-off of Festival Fridays in Buckhannon! Now in its 8th season, Festival Fridays ...

    Festival Fridays | 2019

    Summer is finally ‘official’ with the kick-off of Festival Fridays in Buckhannon! Now in its 8th season, Festival Fridays has become a much anticipated event to help jump start summer weekends.

    Festival Fridays will happen each & every Friday starting May 31st – August 23rd, from 5 PM – 8:30 PM. Locals and visitors come to Jawbone Park to pick their spot on the lawn with their chairs or blankets and listen to the live music, browse the vendor booths and enjoy the warm, community atmosphere. This has quickly become an all-time favorite of Buckhannon’s special events. Folks are always eager to see the band line-up (see below) while grabbing some fresh produce from local farmers. Artists and local businesses display and sell their craft. Lawn games are rolled out to keep the kids entertained. There’s always a variety of food options for dinner or snacks.

    But aside from all of the amazing things offered at Festival Fridays, the single most remarkable part of the weekly festival is community. People gather Friday evenings – getting away from their rushed lives and taking time to sit outdoors and talk with one another. It’s a special type of connection, and something that makes Buckhannon a special type of town.

    2019 Festival Fridays Band Schedule

    WV’s Largest Yard Sale | 2022 Official Dates | August 5th and 6th, 2022 Map Registered Yard Sales are listed on our ONLINE MAP! We’ll ...

    WV’s Largest Yard Sale | 2022

    Official Dates | August 5th and 6th, 2022

    Map
    Registered Yard Sales are listed on our ONLINE MAP! We’ll have printed maps, too!

    It’s officially summer when plans are underway for WV’s Largest Yard Sale in Buckhannon and Weston. The first weekend in August has become a HUGE annual event – folks start calling in January / February to confirm the dates and make their plans. Not only are people coming from all over West Virginia to bargain shop, but from surrounding states and as far as Florida to find a good deal. Find hundreds of Yard Sales scattered throughout 2 counties in the center of West Virginia and join us as we welcome visitors as they travel and discover our small town’s charm.

    That’s the goal of WV’s Largest Yard Sale…. for locals to have an opportunity to sell their unwanted items and clear out their garages while bargain hunters have the best experience shopping yard sales in our towns. Not only do folks stop by the Yard Sales, they are exploring all that Buchkannon and Weston have to offer. They get to see the historic buildings, drive some country roads, discover amazing food at local restaurants and enjoy a weekend with their friends and family.

    If Bargain Hunting, Be Prepared
    . Comfortable Walking Shoes – One of the great things about WV’s Largest Yard Sale is that you get to see our beautiful neighborhoods, and many times you’ll find a long stretch of Yard Sales along one street. But you do have to walk between Yard Sales, so plan to dress comfortably!
    . Water, Water and more Water – The weather is always spectacular and sunny during WV’s Largest Yard Sale, so stay hydrated & enjoy! Sunscreen, sunglasses & hats are a good idea, too.
    . Shopping Bags – Most of the individual Yard Sales will have bags available for you after you’ve purchased a few items; But it’s a good idea to bring a reusable bag, just in case.
    . Cash & Change – It sounds obvious, but remember to bring pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and plenty of ‘small’ bills to purchase your bargain!

    Questions?
    Email info@visitbuckhannon.com / 304-473-1400 or tour@stonewallcountry.com / 304-269-7328.

    Locals: if you’d like to register your Yard Sale, please register for free with our ONLINE FORM.

     

    A Photographer’s Dream If you are looking for some of the sweet spots in our area to test your photography skills, here ...

    A Photographer’s Dream

    If you are looking for some of the sweet spots in our area to test your photography skills, here are a few of our photo dream locations!

    West Virginia Wesleyan College
    Located right in the heart of our charming small town, WVWC boasts beautiful Georgian architecture with both historic and modern buildings. But the big fountain on Camden Avenue and the Wesley Chapel are the photo draws! The classic photo of the flowing fountain with the chapel in the backdrop is a must post for your Instagram account. The smaller fountain on College Avenue is lit with various colors at night. Most miss the small statuette of Katherine Johnson of “Hidden Figures” fame who studied at Wesleyan and achieved NASA success. Find that in front of the science hall. July is a great time to find those beautiful orange lilies blooming on campus to frame your perfect shot.

     

    Waterfall on the Little Kanawha
    Located beside Fidler’s Mill in the southern end of Upshur County in the community of Arlington, this is one of our favorite spots to pull out the camera. Located at the bend in the river, the falls feed a favorite swimming spot between the rocks. Especially picturesque in the fall, both the Mill and the falls can be photographed from several angles. Find the little path down to the river just beside the mill wheel for river level shots. You will also find a path leading through the woods that will put you at river level. In the winter, downstream you will find a hill frozen with water cascades If you’ve gotten this far, you might as well keep traveling to Holly River State Park for more waterfall locations. Be sure to include family and friends for a neat Facebook post.

    Covered Bridges
    Upshur County is the perfect center location as a jumping point to four area covered bridges. In Lewis County near Walkersville, the Big Red Covered Bridge is often surrounded by summer wildflowers. One of the remaining 16 covered bridges in West Virginia, this one is especially pretty and there is plenty of space to pull off the road to get a photo from various angles. Also, the Simpson Creek and Fletcher Covered Bridges are located in neighboring Harrison County in close distance from major highways. Simpson Creek Bridge is surrounded by hundreds of buttercups in the spring. Another neighboring county, Barbour, boasts the Philippi Covered Bridge, a two laner still in operation. Go up stream to the modern bridge and shoot back toward the historic bridge. Reflections in the water will enhance your photo. Old fashioned charm will show through in each picture of these historic bridges!

    Summer Isn’t Over Before we all jump into the Fall Season with pumpkin spice *everything*, let’s savor the end of Summer! We’ve ...

    Summer Isn’t Over

    Before we all jump into the Fall Season with pumpkin spice *everything*, let’s savor the end of Summer! We’ve put together some local favorites of how to enjoy those long, hot days while they last!

    Nothing is more nostalgic of summer than a swim at the local river – Audra State Park is a Buckhannon favorite for the scenic beauty, natural swimming holes, plus a fantastic place to for families to camp. Reservations can be made online, too!

    Use the local trails! The Riverwalk is a popular spot since it’s a simple (and flat) 3 mile loop that has scenes of the Buckhannon River. You’ll always see people walking, running and riding bikes – and often see squirrels, ducks, and birds. For something a bit more strenuous, the Upshur County Trails network is quickly becoming a hot-spot for mountain biking and trail running! And don’t forget about the river trails, either! With multiple access points, the Buckhannon River is perfect for a calm paddle.

    A summer day isn’t complete without a meal, and Buckhannon is gaining alot of recognition for some fabulous local eats! Search local restaurants, and try a new place – you won’t be sorry! Events are still in full swing; check our Calendar of Events to find something!

    Enjoy Summer while it lasts! ☀️

    Walking Dinner Tour | 2019 What better way to experience some of Buckhannon’s best restaurants than taking a Walking Dinner Tour! Make plans to ...

    Walking Dinner Tour | 2019

    What better way to experience some of Buckhannon’s best restaurants than taking a Walking Dinner Tour!

    Make plans to walk Buckhannon’s Main Street on Thursday, September 26th for a Walking Dinner Tour! A group of food enthusiasts will begin the tour at 5:00 PM at Miss Piggies for an appetizer, the Opera House for the entree, Fish Hawk Market for dessert and then wrap the evening up with a drink & mini movie at 3/4 Cafe! The short movie selection (max 30 minutes) will be featured as Lascaux Micro-Theatre, next-door to 3/4 Cafe in Buckhannon’s Trader’s Alley.

    Walking Dinner Tour Menu
    Appetizer @ Miss Piggies, 5:00pm  |  ribs, deep fried mac n cheese balls and a melon, herb and cheese stick with a sweet balsamic vinegar drizzle
    Entree @ The Opera House, 5:30pm  |  roast beef, potatoes, green beans, salad & bread, with bacon wrapped shrimp
    Dessert @ Fish Hawk Market, 6:15pm  |  Teresa’s homemade apple dumplings with caramel sauce
    Drink & Mini Movie @ 3/4 Cafe, 6:45pm  |  drink of your choice, followed by a brief film inside Lascaux Micro-Theatre

    Tickets are $40 per person, and MUST be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets in advance ONLINE, email lmeadows@VisitBuckhannon.org or call 304-473-1400.

     

    Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Get an overview of what Buckhannon has to offer in 2020! Pick your season, then pack your bags for ...

    Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall

    Get an overview of what Buckhannon has to offer in 2020! Pick your season, then pack your bags for a weekend trip of creating memories and new experiences.

    WINTER
    Take part in special events like the annual Groundhog Festival in Rock Cave, an Adult Spelling Bee, the burning of Old Man Winter and more! We also suggest trying some of Buckhannon’s BEST local restaurants to keep warm – our downtown is known for a growing variety of food options!

    SPRING
    Warming weather will draw people outside for events like the Maple Syrup Festival or annual Ramp Dinners. Area artists demonstrate their work at the Spring Into Art show, while the 79th Annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival has bragging rights for being one of the oldest festivals in West Virginia!

    SUMMER
    Buckhannon kicks off summer (and each weekend of the summer) right with Festival Fridays – Live music, food, children’s activities, art & craft vendors and more.
    Camping season is in full swing at Audra State Park or James W. Curry Park and the Buckhannon River is busy with kayak paddlers. Everyone loves to stop by the pick-your-own Blueberry Farm in June, too.

    FALL
    The WV Wildlife Center will take you on a special tour to see the native West Virginia animals on their annual Fall Hayrides! There’s no better way to see the fall leaves than a drive through the West Virginia hills. Base a trip in Buckhannon, and drive around to see other cool towns like Webster Springs, Pickens, Philippi, Davis and more!

    Winter Walking Dinner Tour A cold night will warm up with a WINTER Walking Dinner Tour of downtown Buckhannon! On February 7th walk ...

    Winter Walking Dinner Tour

    A cold night will warm up with a WINTER Walking Dinner Tour of downtown Buckhannon! On February 7th walk beneath the street lights and past the stores to taste the cuisine at local favorites like 3/4 Cafe, 88 Restaurant & Lounge, Sweet-A-Licious and Stone Tower Brews. Tickets are limited, so please plan in advance!

    Walking Dinner Tour Menu:
    Appetizer at 3/4 CafeChoice of ARTISAN PLATE (Artisan bread slices with olives and sweet habanero cream cheese), STRAWBERRY TOAST (Focaccia with cream cheese and sliced strawberries), BRUSCHETTA (Fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil & parsley marinated in olive oil on our artisan bread, dressed with balsamic reduction, served with fresh mozzarella pearls) or a CHEESE PLATE (An international cheese paired with salami, dried fruits, WV honey, and artisan bread minis)
    Entree at 88 Restaurant & LoungeBacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin w/ Goat Cheese Polenta, Grilled Mushrooms and Cherry Bourbon Gastrique
    Dessert at Sweet-A-LiciousHot fudge brownie sundae or a Trubochki
    Drink at Stone Tower BrewsChoose a Pint ‘o Beer or a Specialty Latte

    Tickets are $35 per person, and MUST be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets in advance ONLINE by emailing lmeadows@VisitBuckhannon.org or call 304-473-1400.

    Distance Yourself The trending words are ‘social distancing’….. And that sounds nice until it’s Day #3 and you feel like you’re ...

    Distance Yourself

    The trending words are ‘social distancing’….. And that sounds nice until it’s Day #3 and you feel like you’re running out of things to do! Kids get restless, adults get impatient and everyone wants to do something. Thankfully we’re nearly into Spring and the temperatures are gradually warmer. We’ve compiled a list of ideas that adults & kids alike will enjoy!

    Geocaching for hidden treasures throughout Buckhannon & Upshur County is a great way to be outside, explore the area and see new sites!

    Not only can you see West Virginia’s native animals like mountain lions, coyotes and river otters along a paved path at the WV Wildlife Center, this site also has the Old Oak Trail for the pubic to enjoy the beauty of the woods. Other trails & walkways are open for all to use. Dress for the day’s weather and try the Riverwalk, Upshur County Trails, Alum Cave Trail at Audra State Park or even a walk through your backyard!

    Local Restaurants are offering pick-up orders and curb side pick-up, while downtown Shops largely remain open!

    For some added culture, a walk through Trader’s Alley will reveal a variety of pubic art displays! Trader’s Alley is right off Main Street in Buckhannon; Make a loop and see the Spring Flowers popping up along Main Street and throughout Jawbone Park.

    There’s even more… And our office is here to help! Reach out to our staff at any time for information or other ideas.

    ***This post will be modified should any business adjust their operations***

    We’re Open Now more than ever, let’s support our locals. Our restaurants flavor our towns, our shops brighten our world and ...

    We’re Open

    Now more than ever, let’s support our locals. Our restaurants flavor our towns, our shops brighten our world and our natural scenery gives us peace. Buckhannon and Upshur County want you to know *We’re Open* and are taking every measure possible to welcome you while keeping us all safe.

    RESTAURANTS

    88 Restaurant & Lounge:
    – Open Wednesdays – Saturdays 11 AM – 8 PM
    – Outdoor Dining Available at the Pavilion, or Carry-Out & Curb-Side options. A full bar is available for outdoor dining! The menu is currently limited and will be posted on Facebook daily.
    – Safety precautions are in place, with servers wearing masks. Payment for carry-out orders can be made over the phone to reduce contact.
    CJ Maggies:
    – Open daily for inside dining or carry-out.
    Country Time Cookin’:
    – Open Monday – Friday 8 AM – 9 PM
    – Carry-Out orders available. Ask about delivery, too!
    Don Paco’s Mexican Restaurant:
    – Open for inside dining & carry-out.
    – Tables have been spaced out more. Staff will wear face mask and kitchen staff will wear gloves.
    – The maximum number per table will be limited to 6.
    Fish Hawk Market:
    – Open for Carry-Out orders.
    – Shop at the NEW Grocer-Raunt, with fresh produce, cheeses, meats & more!
    – Extra sanitizing & cleaning happening!
    Hillbilly Grill:
    – Open Tuesday – Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm.
    – Outdoor Deck is open for outdoor dining or place a Carry-Out order.
    – Staff will be wearing masks. Disposable Paper Menus and disposable salt & pepper shakers are being used.
    Jaws BBQ:
    – Open EVERY Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm or until everything is sold out.
    – Jaws will be set-up at Racen’ Auto Sales at 53 North Locust Street.
    Las Trancas:
    – Open daily
    – Carry Out Orders available.
    Mama Roma:
    – Open for inside dining and carryout orders. Reservations are preferred for inside dining!
    Miss Piggies:
    – Open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 AM – 2 PM / 4 PM – 8 PM.
    – Carry Out available!
    Sam’s Pizza:
    – Open daily.
    – Order online or by phone for carry-out and delivery.
    Stone Tower Brews:
    – Open daily from 8 AM – 7 PM
    – Inside Dining and Carry-Out orders available. Please call in advance (304-306-9586).
    – Limit to 3 people inside, please. We’ll have a hand sanitizing station inside, and common touch-points are frequently cleaned.
    – Employees will be wearing masks & a shield is installed at the register.
    Sweet-A-Licious:
    – Open daily
    – Carry-Out orders and some delivery options.
    – Watch the Facebook Page for Ice-Cream Truck delivery routes!
    The Social:
    – Open Tuesday – Friday 11 AM – 8 PM
    – Inside Dining and Carry-Out orders, and ask for delivery options!
    Whistle Stop Bar & Grill:
    – Open Monday – Friday 11 AM – 5 PM
    – Carry Out Orders, Curbside Orders and Delivery options.
    Zick’s Restaurant:
    Open for Carry-Out orders. Please call in advance (304-472-3135).

    SHOPS

    Anita’s Flowers & Boutique:
    – Delivering flowers – call or see the Facebook Page for updates.
    Artistry on Main:
    – Opening on June 1st.
    Caroline’s Closet:
    – Shop in-store or online.
    Limited number of guests in the store, hand sanitizer will be available for shoppers, and social distancing will be in place. Any items that are ‘tried-on’ will be steam cleaned then set aside for 24 hours.
    Feola’s Flowers:
    – Open with hanging baskets & more.
    Merle Norman & The Pink Hydrangea
    – Open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am – 3 pm.
    – Call ahead for orders, or shop in-store (1 person at a time).
    Olde Rustic Antiques:
    – Open Thursday – Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
    – Shop in-store!
    – Social Distancing guidelines will be followed.
    The Wooden Hanger:
    – Open Tuesdays – Fridays from 12 – 4. An appointment is required, and a maximum of 3 people at a time! Masks are preferred.
    – Dressing rooms closed until further notice and we won’t be accepting ANY clothing for the foreseeable future.
    – We will sanitize door handles and other “touch” surfaces as often as we can.
    Vintage Rustic and More:

    – Open Thursday – Saturday.
    – Selling home-made masks! Watch the Facebook Page for monthly raffles, too!
    Sherri’s Decor & More:
    – Open Monday – Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM
    – Shop in-store & watch photos being posted on the Facebook Page!
    TATEEP Unique Boutique:
    – Watch the Facebook Page for items for sale, and arrange payment & pick-up.
    Main Street Antiques:
    – Open Monday – Saturday (closed Wednesdays) 10 AM – 3PM.

    ACTIVITIES & DESTINATIONS

    Outdoor Recreation:
    Check out our Explore page for trails, river access and more!
    Audra State Park:
    – Trails are open and overnight camping is available for in-state campers!
    Wild Vinyasa Yoga Studio:
    – Now open in the studio and Online Sessions via zoom.
    – Please assess your health before coming to the studio. In-studio sessions are limited to 8 attendees, and spaces will be marked for mat placement.
    – Pre-Registration is REQUIRED through the Vagaro App or Online.
    – Please bring your own mats and props. The boutique will have items available for purchase! The studio space will be thoroughly cleaned after each session.
    James W. Curry Public Library:
    The Library will open on May 26th while limiting the number of patrons inside to 8, max.
     Social Distancing will be followed and staff will wear masks & gloves, and patrons are asked to wear masks & gloves too. Temperature checks will be used to ensure safety.
    Day Trippin’ Adventures:
    – Schedule & rent kayaks for a paddle on our local rivers & lakes. Visit their website for more info.
    WV Wildlife Center:
    – Open daily from 9 AM – 3 PM.
    – The Gift Shop & Snack Bar is open; picnic facilities are closed.
    Jesterline Gaming Technologies:
    – Opening June 1st; Monday – Saturday from 12 PM – 9 PM
    – Monthly memberships are $100 for unlimited eSports game time, or $6 per hour without a membership.

    LODGING & HOTELS

    A Governor’s Inn:
    Opening May 21st for guests, while maintaining a 50% occupancy level until June.
    – Guest space cleaned with Clorox and other recommended cleaners, as has always been A Governor’s Inn standard. Hand sanitizer is available for guests, and common areas (door knobs, faucets, etc) are frequently sanitized. Indoor staff is limited and follow safety measures such as face masks, gloves and social distancing. Gloves are available to guests and all trash cans are touch-less.
    – Each room is sanitized as guests check out with a Room Sanitizing Machine (made in the USA). All bedding is washed on the sanitizing cycle.
    Breakfast will continue to be served in the dining room, but families will be seated at different tables. All cooking utensils, plates, cups and silverware will be washed on the sanitizing cycle. A Governor’s Inn breakfast continues to be the best on the East Coast with 4-5 courses!
    Baxa Inn:
    – Call for reservations!
    Bicentennial Inn:
    – Call or visit them online for reservations!
    Centennial Motel:
    – Call or visit them online for reservations!
    Colonial Motel:
    – Call or visit them online for reservations!

    Spend 2 – 3 Days in Buckhannon If you’re feeling like everyone else, you want a change of scenery. Taking a few days can be just ...

    Spend 2 – 3 Days in Buckhannon

    If you’re feeling like everyone else, you want a change of scenery. Taking a few days can be just what you need to redirect your energy and feel refreshed! Let us help you plan a quick getaway to small-town Buckhannon.

    Once you arrive & get settled, take it easy. Along our Main Street you can get a bite to eat at all-time favorite CJ Maggies or follow the smell of smoked meats to Miss PiggiesLocal shops & art displays are open. Take a self-guided walking tour by reading plaques that tell our history & stories. Or find the many forms of public art coordinated by ART26201.

    Get outdoors – the real heart of West Virginia! After a great breakfast at Stone Tower Brews, take a paddle with Day Trippin Adventures down the Buckhannon River. After the scenic river views, a trip to the WV Wildlife Center will wrap-up the day. Or find a trail to hike in the area!

    Buckhannon is within a 1-hour drive of some really amazing West Virginia destinations like Blackwater FallsLambert’s Winery and Mountain Rail passenger trains.

    6 Sweet Treats Summertime is the perfect time for cookouts in the back yard or late evening dinners at a local restaurant….plus ...

    6 Sweet Treats

    Summertime is the perfect time for cookouts in the back yard or late evening dinners at a local restaurant….plus it’s a great time for dessert!

    Buckhannon is the place to be when your sweet-tooth gets a craving! Here are our top SIX Sweet Treats:

    1 – Dairy Queen has the all-time favorite blizzard – but Buckhannon’s DQ has an extra layer of sweetness being one of the oldest walk-up style Dairy Queen’s in the country. It has kept an undeniable charm for the past 60+ years!
    2 – If soft-serve isn’t your style, then right across the street from Dairy Queen is Sweet-A-Licious. Featuring Hershey’s Scooped ice cream, simple lunch menu and specialty drinks, it’s a great place to try a new flavor. Eat inside or the sidewalk patio!
    3 – If you love a good ice cold lemonade, you won’t be disappointed by a Zul’s Frozen Lemonade! Watch for their food truck in local spots like Racen’ Auto, Lowes, or at Audra State Park.
    4 – For mouth watering goodies like cheesecake, scones, cupcakes and more….do yourself a favor and look no further than Dough Re Mi!
    5 – Brakes Dairy King is famous for big (HUGE) portions! Not only can you get great sundaes, ice-cream cakes and milkshakes, but you can also get lunch & dinner at affordable prices.
    6 – Get a summer-treat food truck style with Frostie Frigid Frog Shaved Ice where they feature 40 flavors!

    Keep Creativity Thriving As COVID-19 continues, Buckhannon locals & artists haven’t stopped keeping the funk alive. Restoration of the Colonial Theatre ...

    Keep Creativity Thriving

    As COVID-19 continues, Buckhannon locals & artists haven’t stopped keeping the funk alive. Restoration of the Colonial Theatre continues, where local art students recently displayed their work. Lascaux Micro-Theater shows films & documentaries each weekend. Efforts of local group ART26201 continue to highlight public art installations and overall momentum of our community’s art vibrancy.

    Ron Hinkle Glass is open for glass blowing demonstrations, and Artistry on Main is full of West Virgina crafted items to brighten your space.

    A day-visit to Buckhannon will show off the downtown atmosphere and how local shop owners & restaurants are all supporters of the arts. Plan a trip to show your support, too!

    Guys Trip Even men need a little break! We’ve put together a few trip ideas just for the guys. Hunting & ...

    Guys Trip

    Even men need a little break! We’ve put together a few trip ideas just for the guys.

    Hunting & Fishing
    West Virginia is called Wild & Wonderful for a reason – our natural resources! We have 2 public hunting locations, secluded trout streams, a nationally recognized muskie fishing hole and quiet scenic views of the rolling hills. If fishing, venture out on your own or schedule a guided trip with Day Trippin Adventures. The Upshur County Youth Camp is a favorite spot for hunters who want quick access to outdoor adventures.

    Cabins
    Sometimes the best trip is a simple trip. Find a secluded cabin, complete with a fire pit and outdoor grilling station. Whether it’s on the riverfront or tucked away in the woods, a private cabin is the perfect way to escape everyday stresses.

    Brews, BBQ, Wings & Burgers
    Kick back and relax with a craft beer from Stone Tower Brews, or try mouth-watering Miss Piggies BBQ. If you want to find a true hidden treaure, look no further than the WhistleStop Bar & Grill for out-of-this-world Wings & Burgers. Hillbilly Grill is an all-time favorite, too. There are plenty of other food options!

    Nearby
    Just 30 minutes from Buckhannon are spots like MannCave Distillery, Stonewall Sporting Clays or Big Timber Brewing. Take the Time for a Break. Get away from daily responsibilities and obligations with a Guys Trip.

    Best Drive There’s nothing more iconic and relaxing as a simple drive. And now, more than ever, we all need something ...

    Best Drive

    There’s nothing more iconic and relaxing as a simple drive. And now, more than ever, we all need something simple & relaxing! And BONUS – it’s a socially distanced activity to do solo or with your family.

    This drive has the best views in Upshur County, winding through the rural parts of our southern community. The rolling hills and fields along the way are beautiful in all seasons. So choose a podcast or family playlist, pack some snacks and hit the road! My family gets excited to choose their favorite junk-food snacks to eat along the way! Be sure your gas tank is full. This entire drive is about 1.5 – 2 hours long. Find a map of the drive, too!

    From Buckhannon, start driving on Route 20 South. Along Route 20, you’ll pass places like Sam’s Pizza and Ron Hinkle Glass. Keep your eyes open for signs for the WV Wildlife Center. You’ll turn left onto Alexander Road and drive for 9 – 10 miles until the next turn. This part of the drive takes you through places like ‘horse-shoe turn’ (you’ll know it once you see it!), West Virginia hills and old farms.

    After the Alexander Road, veer right onto Zion / Selbyville Road. You’ll transition onto a side county road. Watch the views to the right and left, as the elevation has been rising and you’ll see amazing sights of the mountains for miles. Once you reach Pleasant Dale Church & Cemetary, you’ll drop down the mountain to the tiny community of Selbyville; when you reach the bottom of the hill, cross the bridge and turn left. This area is the proud home of the Upshur County Youth Camp. If a private camp isn’t in session, you can drive into the Youth Camp to walk along the river. After you pass the Upshur County Youth Camp, the paved road ends and you’ll be on a gravel road, climbing the mountain. You might wonder if this part of the drive is the right way (it is) as you drive up the steep gravel road and go through several ‘kiss your @$$’ turns. Remember, it’s all part of the fun! Once at the top of the mountain, you’ll go through the Brooks Hill community with James W. Curry Park. This is a good spot for your kids to play on the playground or have a picnic lunch.

    At the end of the gravel road, you’ll come to a stop sign, where you’ll turn left and be back onto Alexander Road. Take the road back past the WV Wildlife Center, then turn right onto Route 20 South towards Buckhannon.

    Fall leaves are still hanging on to the trees, but we promise this drive has spectacular views year-round. Other than the sights, the time spent enjoying West Virginia’s Wild & Wonderful is well worth the drive.

    Dining Guide Our town prides itself for local restaurants – You won’t find many chains around Buckhannon! Find a fresh flavor ...

    Dining Guide

    Our town prides itself for local restaurants – You won’t find many chains around Buckhannon! Find a fresh flavor next time you eat out. Food enthusiasts won’t be disappointed with mouth watering choices like sushi, gigantic burgers and sweets.

    88’s Lounge | while we miss the full-scale 88 Restaurant & Lounge, we’ll settle for specialty drinks and select appetizers!

    Alfredo’s | get a taste of Italy with hot and delicious Italian food served by caring hands only at Alferedo’s.

    Brake’s Dairy King | not JUST ice cream! Get a wrap, fresh pepperoni rolls & bread, or cinnamon rolls!

    Butera’s Italian Grill | delivery or take-out only, these pasta dishes are delicious!

    China Wok | on Main Street, find every staple Chinese menu item. Egg rolls, cheese wontons and fried rice.

    CJ Maggie’s | a downtown Buckhannon staple; you can’t go wrong with burgers, pizza, pastas, salads and just about anything else!

    Don Paco Mexican Restaurant | authentic! Mr. Fig is always a friendly smile and the food is tasty.

    Dough Re Mi | completely mouthwatering desserts, plus other baked goods. Watch their lunch specials for soups & paninis, too. Within walking distance to Wesleyan!

    Hillbilly Grill | burgers, fries and classic comfort food. Tucked away close to Stonecoal Lake, this spot has a fun atmosphere.

    Legend’s Family Grill | reminiscent of the old Stardust from the 60’s & 70’s.

    The Links Restaurant | a great drink & dessert menu, along with amazing steaks and seafood!

    Fish Hawk Acres | totally fresh and local ingredients. Choose from a daily special, something in the grab ‘n’ go freezer, or find unique ingredients for your next home-cooked meal!

    Mama Roma | fresh, homemade food made with Italian love! Tortellini soup, pastas, chicken masala and other classics!

    Oink’s BBQ | BBQ that’s smoked low and slow for that perfect flavor that pairs wonderfully with our homemade sides.

    Sam’s Pizza | one of Buckhannon’s favorites. The BEST ranch, amazing cheese sticks and a huge selection of pizza and subs. Order online, too!

    T & L Hotdogs | load your hotdog however you like it. Choose waffle fries or homemade fudge to go along with it, too!

    The Donut Shop | award winning donuts. Award winning pepperoni rolls. 24-hour drive through. You can’t stop through Buckhannon without this.

    Sweet-A-Licious | Hershey’s ice cream, cupcakes and much more! It’s a great sweet-stop on Main Street.

    Stone Tower Brews | coffee & craft beer. Tacos & queso. Specialty waffles on the weekends, too! Order ahead & pick-up or eat on the outside patio!

    Whistle Stop Bar & Grill | hands down some of the best burgers in Buckhannon! Eat inside the small dining area along the train-tracks or order take-out!

    The World’s End | a vast range of flavors, specializing in Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Sushi, Southern Americana and a few culinary surprises thrown in. This is a carry-out restaurant, so be sure to call ahead as the menu items go quickly!

    Summer Flavor Summer Flavor Cook-outs and BBQ’s are starting to pop up, and we’re ready to celebrate the tastes of summer ...

    Summer Flavor

    Summer Flavor

    Cook-outs and BBQ’s are starting to pop up, and we’re ready to celebrate the tastes of summer in Buckhannon!

    Floral Acres in French Creek (just 10 minutes from downtown Buckhannon) is the largest pick-your-own Blueberry Farm in West Virginia. Providing cold water & buckets for the berries, this farm is happy to share their passion with visitors!

    Farm Dinners with Fish Hawk Acres welcomes visitors to the farm, full of culinary delights. These are only held once a month, so reserve tickets soon!

    Buckhannon – Upshur Farmer’s Market’s efforts bring the freshest produce and juiciest tomatoes for summer recipes! Catch them a couple times a week.

    Buckhannon restaurants serve up the summer flavor too – like the honey chipolte chicken taco special from Stone Tower Brews.

    A Summer Tradition No summer is complete without a camping trip – from sipping coffee outside to roasting ‘smores by the fire. ...

    A Summer Tradition

    No summer is complete without a camping trip – from sipping coffee outside to roasting ‘smores by the fire. Settle into a campsite for a full outdoor getaway, or choose to swing by downtown Buckhannon for local food & shopping. Either way – we’ve got your next camping trip taken care of!

    James W. Curry Campground & Library | A secluded 18-site campground, the Curry Campground sits atop a mountain in southern Upshur County. A playground and pavilion is on-site, as well as a full library. If your vision of a perfect camping trip is immersed in the quiet landscape, this is the perfect spot!

    Audra State Park | Known for the Middle Fork River and its large rocks scattered throughout, Audra is a local favorite. Swim in the natural river-pool, book a site along the river or hike the Alum Cave Trail for spectacular river views. Camp in tents or a camper, shower houses are available, plus other on-site amenities.

    Cabin Rentals | If you’re not ready to ‘rough it’ in a tent or camper, Buckhannon & the surrounding area has plenty of great cabins & homes listed on popular Vacation Rental sites like airbnb and VRBO.

    Festival Fridays Festival Fridays in Buckhannon Buckhannon really knows how to throw a party every Friday night during the Summer! Live ...

    Festival Fridays

    Festival Fridays in Buckhannon
    Buckhannon really knows how to throw a party every Friday night during the Summer! Live music rocks Jawbone Park, along with food, fresh produce, games for the kids and vendor booths. See the full music line-up for Festival Fridays.

    Catch locals like Oinks BBQ, Sweet-A-Licious, and farmers with the Buckhannon-Upshur Farmers Market, too.

    Kick off the weekend right – start with Festival Fridays then explore the rest of Buckhannon!

    Want to know what else is happening in Buckhannon? Sign up for our E-Newsletter!

    Upshur County Trails 7+ miles of wooded trails made for mountain bikers, hikers and nature-lovers, the Upshur County Trails have ...

    Upshur County Trails

    7+ miles of wooded trails made for mountain bikers, hikers and nature-lovers, the Upshur County Trails have been gaining attention from all of West Virginia.

    The trails are user-rated from ‘Easy’ to ‘Intermediate-Difficult’ with jumps and drops, along with rolling routes that follow a lush natural landscape. Volunteers maintain the trails and continually add new features.

    With summer ending and fall approaching, a trip to the area and exploring the Upshur Count Trails and the rest of Buckhannon is a top-notch weekend destination.

    Drive Fall seems to be the season to drive West Virginia. With the weather still warm enough to enjoy being ...

    Drive

    Fall seems to be the season to drive West Virginia. With the weather still warm enough to enjoy being outdoors but becoming crisp & cool, visitors find true relaxation during long weekend drives in the mountains. They’re in search of the colors of the autumn leaves, visiting another State Park to check off their list, or trying out that restaurant they keep hearing people talk about.

    With a trip centered in Buckhannon, you’ll find these six drives & stops (plus more) along the way:

    1. From Buckhannon, drive Rt. 20 South. Connect onto Route 4 West in Rock Cave and go towards Walkersville (Walkersville has an historic covered bridge) and Stonewall Jackson Lake for some fishing and golfing.
    2. From Buckhannon, drive Route 20 North and connect onto Route 119, towards Philippi to see one of the Civil War’s historic covered bridges. Stop by Adaland Mansion for a tour, special event, or a sip of their famous peach ice tea.
    3. From Buckhannon, drive US 33 East to Elkins. Take US 219 North and travel through Parson towards Thomas. Connect to Route 32 South and drive through Davis to Canaan Valley. You’ll see Black Water Falls along the way!
    4. From Buckhannon, drive Route 20 South and connect onto Route 11 by the WV Wildlife Center and through Alexander, Helvetia and Pickens. Experience a hidden Swiss Village & stop to eat at the authentic Hutte Restaurant.
    5. From Buckhannon, drive Route 20 South and connect onto Route 4 West in Rock Cave, then Route 5 North towards Ireland and Glenville. Have fun at the Irish Spring Festival and go Road Bowling in March!
    6. From Buckhannon, drive Route 20 South to Webster Springs and enjoy unexplored territory. Don’t miss the Woodchopping Festival held here during Memorial Day weekend every year.
    What better way to experience some of Buckhannon’s best restaurants than taking a Walking Dinner Tour! Make plans to ...

    What better way to experience some of Buckhannon’s best restaurants than taking a Walking Dinner Tour!

    Make plans to walk Buckhannon’s Main Street on Friday, September 24th for a Walking Dinner Tour. A group of food enthusiasts will begin the tour at 5:30 PM at Oinks BBQ for an appetizer, the Opera House for the entree, Sweet-A-Licious for dessert and then wrap the evening up with a drink at the 88 Lounge.

    Walking Dinner Tour Menu
    Appetizer @ Oinks BBQ, 5:30pm  |  smoked mini corn dog
    Entree @ The Opera House, 6:00pm  |  honey & lemon roasted pork tenderloin, crab stuffed shrimp, roasted potatoes and creamed corn
    Dessert @ Sweet-A-Licious, 6:45pm  |  apple crisp with apple ice cream OR pumpkin crunch cake with pumpkin ice cream
    Drink @ 88 Lounge, 7:15pm  |  choose between 4 drinks featured on a special menu

    Tickets are $35 per person, and MUST be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets in advance ONLINE, email lmeadows@VisitBuckhannon.org or call 304-473-1400.

    Buckhannon Trips From our friends at My Buckhannon….. Here are three delightful trips in Buckhannon! Nestled in the heart of West ...

    Buckhannon Trips

    From our friends at My Buckhannon….. Here are three delightful trips in Buckhannon!

    Nestled in the heart of West Virginia, Upshur County is the perfect place to explore the Mountain State’s renowned fall foliage.

    Experience Upshur County this fall as the gently rolling hills explode into everyone’s favorite fall colors. You do not want to miss this opportunity to get outside in the crisp, mountain air around Buckhannon.

    Here are three day-trip ideas to add to your travel wish-list:

    Experience natural beauty on the Upshur County Trails
    Experience natural beauty on the Upshur County Trails

    Trip 1: Hear the leaves crunch underneath your hiking boots at the Upshur County Recreation Park’s extensive trails system, but be sure to keep an eye out for mountain bikers who are also enjoying the outdoors! Several miles of trails wind through a compact area that surrounds the recreation park and Buckhannon-Upshur High school. After a hike in the crisp air, stop by Stone Tower Brews on Main Street in Buckhannon for a warm Campfire Mocha or a refreshing West Virginia craft beer.

    Buckhannon Riverwalk Trail
    Flowers on the Buckhannon River Walk Trail

    Trip 2: Take a relaxing stroll at the Buckhannon River Walk with your friends, family or your furry friend! Your pup may want to stop by the adjacent Buckhannon Dog Park for a game of fetch and fun with fellow pups. Located adjacent to the beautiful West Virginia Wesleyan College campus, the River Walk meanders in a 1.5 mile loop along the Buckhannon River. After your stroll, order a mouth-watering calzone at the delicious C.J. Maggie’s Restaurant before heading home.

    Kayaking on Stonecoal Lake
    Kayaking on Stonecoal Lake

    Trip 3: As cooler days are upon us, bundle up and head to Stonecoal Lake for a picnic, kayaking or fishing! The Stonecoal Lake Wildlife Management Area boasts 2,985 total acres of forests and a serene 550 acre lake (no power boats). You will probably work up an appetite after a day on the water, so stop by Hillbilly Grill for dinner on your way back to town.

    If your quick day-trip turns into an all-day excursion, that’s okay! Buckhannon has a variety of places for you to rest your head. Check out our tourism website for a full list of hotels, motels, inns and cabins for you and your travel companions to relax for the evening. We hope you stay around Buckhannon for a while because there’s so much to see and do here this fall!

    Visit the Upshur County Visitors Center Facebook page to follow the fall foliage travel across the county. Post a photo on Facebook with #BuckhannonFall in the caption. Also, be sure to include the date and location of the photo so viewers can track the changes of the leaves.

    Download the WV Tourism Digital Fall Inspiration Guide and Fall Foliage Map to track the change of the leaves across the Mountain State. While you’re there, don’t forget to sign-up for weekly updates about the fall foliage via email!

    Happy fall, y’all!

    Life As a Wesleyan Student My name is Brooke Hamrick and I am a current Sophomore Service Scholar at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and ...

    Life As a Wesleyan Student

    My name is Brooke Hamrick and I am a current Sophomore Service Scholar at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and my service site is the Upshur County Visitors Center. WVWC has felt like home to me since I first visited the campus. I truly felt welcomed home by this community and still do to this day. One of my favorite things about Wesleyan is how pretty the campus looks when the seasons change.

    West Virginia Wesleyan College is one of Upshur County’s biggest attractions. Students from all over the world have come to further their education at WVWC over the years. Bobcat Entertainment is always planning fun activities for their students to do. From things like the famous Big Bingo Event to Tye Dying T-shirts in the Oval, WVWC will have something fun for everyone to be a part of!

    One of my favorite events I have attended is bowling with my friends at Woody’s Bowling Center. Whenever the weather is warm, I love bringing a blanket and some snacks and sitting on the Chapel Lawn with my friends while talking or doing homework. Wesleyan has a beautiful campus with benches and tables for students to sit at and take in all the pretty views while eating with friends or catching up on homework.

    Wesleyan opens their doors to everyone and allows a safe and comfortable environment for their students. My college experience here to this point has been exciting, adventurous, and challenging. Wesleyan has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and focus on my personal growth. The professors have the student’s best interest at heart and will always be around to help you with any decision you face. West Virginia Wesleyan College shows me every day why I chose to be a Bobcat.

     

    Warming Up With Food This holiday season warm up with some of Buckhannon’s favorite foods! From things to warm burgers to loaded nachos ...

    Warming Up With Food

    This holiday season warm up with some of Buckhannon’s favorite foods! From things to warm burgers to loaded nachos there will be something yummy for everyone to eat!

    Whistle Stop Bar & Grill

    Nothing warms our hearts like a big, juicy whistle stop burger! Our Bloody Mary burger isn’t your basic bacon cheese burger. It brings the heat with pepper Jack cheese and our house made spicy Mayo and packs a flavorful punch with our original Bloody Mary ketchup along with all the fixings!

    Cold weather calls for loaded fries! From the basic; bacon cheddar, all the way to Philly cheesesteak fries, or pulled pork fries we’ve got you covered. Or should we say smothered bc these fries aren’t for the faint of heart.

    Oinks BBQ

    Loaded Nachos – a generous helping of nachos loaded with our smoked pulled pork, nacho cheese, lettuce, our signature BBQ sauce, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and jalapenos.

    Pulled pork Sandwich – Smoked pulled pork piled high on grilled Texas toast

    Winter in Buckhannon With the holidays behind us, we can all take a collective sigh. Start 2022 off with ...

    Winter in Buckhannon
    With the holidays behind us, we can all take a collective sigh. Start 2022 off with some of these great hot-spots in Buckhannon!

     

     

     

     

     

    Wild Vinyasa Yoga Studio
    Peaceful, mindful and invigorating, Buckhannon’s yoga studio is a great way to connect with yourself and stay active even during the Winter.

    Lascaux Micro Theater
    Yep… in downtown Buckhannon you’ll find an intimate, underground venue for international and independent cinema. Catch a show on the weekends!

    Woody’s Bowling Center
    Bowling is a classic, fun experience – from cosmic bowling, bowling leagues, or general open play. Plan to grab a bite to eat here, too!

    Trivia Nights
    Catch a night of Trivia each Wednesday night at the Opera House. Groups of friends compete for the title of person with the most random knowledge!

    Infamous Art Collective
    Dive into a a group of artists for artists, contemplating and visually interpreting the elements of life. Open mic nights and monthly shows are happening with this group in Buckhannon!

    The Food
    Of course – it’s all about the food, no matter what you do. And Buckhannon is proud to have local places….. with true, local flavors. Try a new restaurant next time you’re out.

    Colder weather doesn’t mean you have to put a pause on weekend getaways…. Buckhannon is a great destination close to ski resorts, trails and scenic beauty.Book a hotel room or rent a cabin for your next visit.

    2022 West Virginia Strawberry Festival The aniticipation is growing in Buckhannon to once again celebrate the much loved strawberry! After the cancellation of the ...

    2022 West Virginia Strawberry Festival

    The aniticipation is growing in Buckhannon to once again celebrate the much loved strawberry! After the cancellation of the 2020 festival, and a mini-festival in 2021, we can’t wait for the full Strawberry Festival experience with parades, a carnival, special exhibits and the best selection of strawberry foods.

    Parades | Strawberry Lane begins at the intersection of Camden Avenue and Marion Street, then flows to Main Street, ending at the Charles Gibson Library. Strawberry Festival attendees line the streets with chairs to watch 4 different parades. Kicking off the Strawberry Festival on May 14th is the Horse & Carriage Parade where you can catch antique horse-drawn carriages, horse teams and riders. A hometown favorite, the Junior Royalty Parade is a fun parade full of floats and community groups and will be held on May 19th. The Fireman’s Parade might be noisy, but is a fun way to recognize our firefighters and first responders who serve Upshur County, as well as our neighboring areas. Wrapping up the festivities on May 21st is the Grand Feature Parade that boasts bands, entertainment groups, extravagent floats and our Strawberry Festival Royalty.

    Strawberries & Food | You can’t celebrate the WV Strawberry Festival without eating all the food. Like, all the food. Find food vendors set up at Jawbone Park serving up corndogs, funnel cakes, gyros, french fries, and other carnival styled treats. Local restaurants join the fun by featuring special strawberry dishes and drinks all week long, too! And if you’re looking for West Virginia grown strawberries, stop by the Chamber & Visitors Center on Main Street for the Strawberry Market where you can buy pints of fresh strawberries.

    Exhibits & Activities | One of the best parts of the WV Strawberry Festival are the traditions that bring people together. Events like the Strawberry Blonde, the Photography Exhibit, Party Gras, Irish Road Bowling, the Strawberry Mile and more bring so much joy and excitement. Each year feels like a party with a busy week of fun. You can be a part of the contests & exhibits – just find your favorite event and get registered!

    There’s so much to love about the West Virginia Strawberry Festival – Buckhannon’s door is always open!

    Upcoming Events for March Upcoming Spring Events March is here which means Spring is just around the corner and the Buckhannon community is ...

    Upcoming Events for March

    Upcoming Spring Events
    March is here which means Spring is just around the corner and the Buckhannon community is ready! Check out these events coming up throughout the month of March!

    Maple Syrup Festival March 19th & 20th in Pickens. Join them for a full weekend of actives celebrating this tradition each year!

    Maple Syrup Festival – Visit Upshur County

    Youth Art Exhibit March 18th-26th. March is National Youth Art Month; we are inviting our community to celebrate and support these young artists!

    Youth Art Exhibit

    Seat Weaving Class March 26th. Learning to weave a chair bottom with Shaker tape is fun and rewarding!

    Seat Weaving Class
    Intro to Fly Tying March 30th. Participants will learn basic techniques and patterns to tie successful, artistic, fishing lures.

    Intro to Fly Tying

    Dog Friendly Places in Buckhannon   The Buckhannon Dog Park is at 20 Randolph Street located at the River Walk trail near the boat ramp. ...

    Dog Friendly Places in Buckhannon

     

    The Buckhannon Dog Park is at 20 Randolph Street located at the River Walk trail near the boat ramp. This dog park is a public, non leash park for healthy and vaccinated dogs to exercise and play!

     

     

     

    Cool your furry friends down on at hot day at Dairy Queen! Dairy Queen is located at 58 E Main Street and is open Monday through Friday 11-9PM. Dairy Queen offers a Pup Cup that includes a dog treat in the middle of the vanilla ice cream!

     

    Take your furry friends on a shopping trip at Tractor Supply! It is located at 120 Garden Fresh Plaza and allows you to take your pets in and pick out a new toys!

     

     

     

     

    Welcome Wesleyan Bobcats! Even if summertime is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean the fun ends. All of Buckhannon starts looking ...

    Welcome Wesleyan Bobcats!

    Even if summertime is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean the fun ends. All of Buckhannon starts looking ahead to cooler weather and the return of WV Wesleyan College students.

    There’s an undeniable change in Buckhannon’s atmosphere when the students are back on campus. The Riverwalk Park is full of students taking a breather to walk along the river. The patio at Stone Tower Brews is full with people grabbing lunch or a coffee. Students go out to explore Audra State Park’s swimming holes and trails. Everyone stops by the walk-up Dairy Queen before it closes for the winter months. Downtown businesses hang their Orange & Black to welcome Wesleyan’s students and families. All of this signals a new year as we welcome all Wesleyan Bobcats!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Buckhannon is a vibrant town that shapes student’s experiences into impactful and memorable years. Students can connect to our growing Arts District on Main Street, get outside to paddle the Buckhannon River or bike the Upshur County Trails, or stroll up & down Main Street shops and restaurants. 

    Go out and find your place in the world – we’re glad you chose WV Wesleyan College!

    A Dickens Christmas Fair Following the theme of the classic tale ‘A Christmas Carol’, A Dicken’s Christmas Fair will bring simple joys to ...

    A Dickens Christmas Fair

    Following the theme of the classic tale ‘A Christmas Carol’, A Dicken’s Christmas Fair will bring simple joys to Buckhannon’s Main Street! This event will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 2 PM – 7 PM.

    Main Street will step back in time with late 1800’s-era vendors and carolers, popcorn and cranberry stringing, music, hot cider, black-smith demonstrations, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Food vendors will be serving turkey legs, roasted chestnuts and more. See the famous characters from the classic story, like Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come, and Tiny Tim.

    The Fezziwig Ball will be held at The Opera House on Main Street from 7 PM – 11 PM on Saturday December 3rd. Please order tickets in advance!

     


    To participate in A Dickens Christmas Fair, please find resources below:

    Vendor Application
    Entertainment Application
    Costume Ideas & Suggestions

     

    Date/Time Event
    Saturday, April 22, 2023 - Sunday, April 23, 2023
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    Artistry on Main, Buckhannon WV
    Saturday, May 13, 2023 - Sunday, May 21, 2023
    All Day
    West Virginia Strawberry Festival
    Downtown Buckhannon, Buckhannon West Virginia
    Friday, June 2, 2023
    12:00 am
    Festival Fridays
    Jawbone Park, Buckhannon West Virginia
    Friday, June 16, 2023 - Saturday, June 17, 2023
    12:00 am
    Almost Heaven BBQ Bash
    Jawbone Park, Buckhannon West Virginia
    Monday, July 17, 2023 - Monday, July 24, 2023
    12:00 am
    World Association of Marching Show Bands
    Downtown Buckhannon, Buckhannon West Virginia
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