Celebrate that someone special with a private escape to Mountaineer country. Brilliant mountain landscapes and farm-to-table dining will leave lovers at a loss for words during a three-day getaway to the university city of Morgantown, W.Va.
Enjoy three-nights of luxury accommodations at the Scholar Hotel in the heart of downtown close to shopping, dining and riverside hiking trails. This newly renovated hotel features modern design (with a true Mountaineer touch) and an inviting bar to help you indulge in your time together.
Stroll through some of West Virginia University’s historic buildings, just blocks from your hotel. Then explore the compact downtown shopping area where you’ll find aisles of West Virginia souvenirs, shelves laden with handmade Appalachian treasures and timeless eateries with sidewalk chalkboards boasting menus from old-world family recipes. Feeling adventurous? Take a ride on the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), a sky-high people-mover that connects the three campuses of WVU and provides a panoramic view of the city.
Mountaineer Country is home to six locally-owned breweries, four wineries and a heritage soaked in moonshine. Quench your thirst and try a local brew during a private West Virginia craft beer tasting at Apothecary Ale House. Taste the time and dedication that went into each brew and come away with a new appreciation for the craft — and a new seasonal favorite.
In the evening you’ll dine in style with the best chef in Morgantown during a behind-the-scenes, one-on-one wild game cooking demonstration and dinner at Hill and Hollow. This alluring, upscale venue features all the comforts of home, including the walnut beams overhead. Book your table in the intimate dining room or eat under the stars in the cobblestone courtyard. Enjoy live music over charcuterie and libations before diving into a private cooking lesson with head chef and owner, Marion Ohlinger. As a 12th-generation West Virginia native, Marion has built his menu to be a reflection of Appalachia, finely-tuned with 30-years of experience and a passion for cooking locally-sourced dishes. You’ll learn a new cooking tip (or two) and taste the sophisticated pairings of a wild game dinner all alongside the chef himself. Then, finish off the night with a mountain-inspired cocktail or a whiskey from the restaurant’s extensive collection.
Begin your second day with a view of the waterfront and a hearty sampling of homemade muffins and pastries at Terra Cafe. The calories will come in handy as you embark on a peaceful river kayak tour. You’ll navigate the calm waters of the Monongahela River with your private guide while getting a colorful history of the area. From the kayak launch you can access the 13-mile rail trail — six miles of paved surface, perfect for rollerblading, walking and biking. You’ll work up an appetite just in time for drinks and dinner overlooking the river — and on the rail-trail — at Table 9, known for its devils on horseback, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with pepper jam.
Some of our picks for the adventuresome couples include zip-lining through the tree canopy at Adventure W.Va., whitewater rafting with Cheat River Outfitters, or getting in touch with your lumberjack side at Mountain Man Axe Throwing. On the relaxing side, we recommend a reserving a comfortable zero gravity chair at Himalayan Salt Spa and Cave or tasting the Forks-of-Cheat Winery’s prize-winning wines on the outdoor deck overlooking the vineyards.
Capture all of the memories you make throughout the weekend with the help of a new GoPro Camera, ready for your time on the river and walks on the trail. And, whenever you start to feel those country roads calling you back, grab the GoPro and jump in the car for your next adventure — big or small — and fall in love with Mountaineer Country all over again.
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