Ladies, looking for a short spring getaway? Perhaps you and a friend or two need a quick excursion to recharge yourselves before the crazy summer schedules take over. Look no further than the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia.
From Chester at the northern tip to Bethany, a quaint, historical town, the area has just what you are looking for in a quick trip. Take the road less traveled and discover the hidden gem tucked between Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Near the top of the Northern Panhandle, along the Ohio River, sits Newell, West Virginia. Since the 1840s, the area has been known for its pottery ware and is home to The Fiesta Tableware Company.
No trip to the area would be complete without visiting the outlet store or taking a factory tour. Fiesta’s long colorful history of vibrant art deco dinnerware has been a favorite of generations of homemakers, and Fiestaware continues to be the most collected dinnerware in history.
Continue six miles south to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort and try your luck at the slots or table games before stopping at the resort spa. Their exceptional services will make your worries disappear.
Then travel 13 miles south along the majestic Ohio River to the town of Weirton. This industrial town is home to charming shops, restaurants, and the Summit Art Gallery. Take a memory home by purchasing a unique handcrafted item at the gallery.
Weirton is also a fabulous place to get a bite to eat. A delicious change of pace from the chains, the Weirton restaurant scene is unique and diverse. For something exotic, there is Crazy Mexican and Theo Yianni’s Greek, and for the sweet tooth, a stop at Gus’s Goodies is a must.
The panhandle of West Virginia is also home to many lodging possibilities. Two delightful bed and breakfasts in Wellsburg, just 11 minutes south of Weirton, offer an inviting break from the usual hotel chains.
The Barn with Inn is an experience like no other. A working farm, the owners have created a tranquil place for animals and people alike. Your stay here is a treat for all the senses with gardens, wildlife, walking paths, ponds, an inground pool, and delicious farm-to-table meals. The warm, inviting accommodations are only part of the story as you will meet some permanent residents like Coop the Potbelly Pig or Martha, the Donkey. The Sarah Miller House, located in town, is a historic home from circa 1840. Situated along the Ohio River, the B&B guest rooms are decorated with historical furnishings. Two rooms offer views of the river.
While in Wellsburg, take time to visit Martha’s Gallery. An extension of The Barn with Inn, the gallery is a family venture honoring nature-themed pieces from various local artists.
The Northern Panhandle is a quick getaway set in the tranquil hills of West Virginia. It is a place where time stands still, and people remember how to say “hello.” Treat yourself and plan your trip today. Visit The Top of West Virginia CVB for more information.