Be Led by Locals: Spend a Day in Mountaineer Country

September 27, 2023

Mountaineer Country, widely-known as home to West Virginia University in Morgantown, is an adventure seeker’s paradise.

There are many small businesses, adrenaline-pumping recreational activities and relaxing adventures that also contribute greatly to the region’s charm.

With several of these destinations conveniently located just off I-79 and/or I-68, Mountaineer Country can easily be the agenda setter for your day in Almost Heaven.

Morning Caffeine and More

Before you set off for your day exploring Mountaineer Country, stop by The Grind in Morgantown. This trendy coffee shop features many different breakfast items, gourmet coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit smoothies and sandwiches. A local favorite is the Milky Joe, an iced Americano with cream and West Virginia maple syrup.

Just 25 minutes away from Morgantown in Fairmont, The Joe is a quirky coffee shop and fun hangout spot. Try the Whitewater Waffle with your cup of Joe for breakfast, and come back later to try out their paninis, tacos, wraps, salads and house queso. In addition to being an early riser’s espresso source, The Joe is a night owl’s go-to for a late dinner or drink.

A Journey on Two Wheels

Explore Mountaineer Country at a more intimate level by riding a bicycle from Wamsley Cycles in Morgantown. Bikes are available to rent or buy, and you can shop for any accessories you need for your two wheels. Opt for one of their “Comfort” or “Trailer” rentals or purchase from their wide selection of mountain, road, gravel, electric or hybrid bikes. You can also explore their six bike routes to add some structure to your expedition.

The Water Cycle

Have you ever thought about “biking” on the water? Now you can! Jazzy’s Hydrobikes in Morgantown provides a one-of-a-kind way to explore the city on the Monongahela River. The hydrobikes are pedal-powered water bikes that can handle up to 400 pounds, and they’re easy to operate for riders of all skill levels and ages. All safety equipment is included in the hydrobike rental.

A Quick Bite

To satisfy your mid-day appetite, try out the Terra Cafe in Morgantown. Enjoy many types of fresh sandwiches, salads and soups made from scratch. You can also order specialty drinks, such as gourmet coffee, espresso, tea and smoothies to accompany your lunch. Terra Cafe prides itself on always using fresh, locally sourced ingredients for all menu items.

To add some Mexican spice to your lunch menu, Black Bear Burritos in Morgantown is the way to go. The first time that you try their famous chips and guacamole will leave you wondering how you survived all these years on everybody else’s guacamole.

Lake Adventures

For all things water sports, Tygart Lake State Park in Grafton will check all of your boxes. At 10 miles long, or 1,750 acres large, Tygart Lake provides the ideal environment for water skiing, boating, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing and canoeing. Everywhere you turn, you will see the beautiful West Virginia mountains surrounding the shores for a stunning backdrop. For a unique, over-the-top activity to get the entire family involved, go for a swim on the adventure lake at Tygart Lake. You can bounce around on twenty five inflatable objects and relax on a sandy beach with lounge chairs.

A Mountaineer’s Dinner

In the heart of Clarksburg, The Wonder Bar Steakhouse is a must-visit for those who love steak and seafood. The Wonder Bar prides itself on preparing dishes with the finest ingredients on the market and has even received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence numerous times. Since first opening in 1946, The Wonder Bar also has a patio and fire pit – creating the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner date.

Catch Some Zs

For a modern, sophisticated stay, Hotel Morgan is a fine example of that in Morgantown on High Street. This hotel is a charming representation of the city’s history and culture as it has being serving guests since 1925. After being renovated in 2020, Hotel Morgan has the perfect balance of historic architecture and modern touches. A notable feature is the two-story, 3,200 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom with a fireplace.

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