Be Led by Locals: Spend a Day in West Virginia’s Mid Ohio Valley

September 26, 2023

History, charm and heritage are just a few words to associate with Almost Heaven’s Mid Ohio Valley. With many of West Virginia’s historical sites nestled in these riverfront towns, this travel region is full of surprises.

Many Mid Ohio Valley towns are just over an hour’s drive away from Charleston and two hours away from Columbus – making this destination easily accessible to visitors from metropolis areas.

There is no shortage of hidden gems to explore in this travel region. From charming cafes to a historic mansion on an island, the Mid Ohio Valley is a destination for anyone who seeks to explore something different. Add a few chapters to your traveling history book with these unique locations as your setting.

Rise and Shine

Start your Mid Ohio Valley quest strong with a trip to Unity Cafe in Parkersburg. Visitors praise this hidden gem for its signature breakfast crepes, coffee and vegetarian menu options. Unity Cafe also specializes in tea, Belgian waffles, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.

A Rich History

Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History packages the remarkable history of Blennerhassett Island and the wealthy Irish aristocrats who settled there in 1789. In this three-story building, you can get a close look at many notable artifacts and documents that played significant roles during the early days of this beautiful estate. Learn how Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett fled political persecution and turned their dream estate into a permanent footnote in American history.

Local Lunch

Parkersburg is a small town that packs a big appetite. For some of the best authentic Middle Eastern food around, locals will point you to Chams Lebanese Cuisine. This laid back, family-owned restaurant is famous for its homemade pita wraps, grape leaves and hummus. A visit here will have you planning another trip back to the Mid Ohio Valley in no time.

A Trip Through Time

If you visited the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, keep the history facts fresh in your mind and purchase a ticket to the island itself. That’s right, West Virginia has an island! Today, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is a must-visit landmark – with the same look it carried more than two centuries ago. Today, guests can travel to the island via a 20-minute boat ride on a 19th-century-style sternwheeler. Activity options include tours of the mansion, horse-drawn carriage rides, scenic paths for hiking and biking, museums, shops and more.

A Table for You

A day full of exploring the Mid Ohio Valley calls for an evening full of exploring new flavors. Parkersburg Brewing Company has everything you could possibly crave, such as burgers, wings, pasta, salad and their “Quick Bites” lunch options. Split a flight with your friends to explore many different seasonal beers on tap, whether it’s for a special occasion or just a good time.

A Nostalgic Night

Originally built for the millionaires of its day, The Blennerhassett Hotel has been accommodating guests in Parkersburg since 1889. This historic, full-service hotel is located in the heart of Parkersburg – featuring boutique guest rooms and fine dining with an on-site Restaurant & Lounge. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, the Atrium, the fitness center and library. If you’re hoping to add some premium flare to your time in the Mid Ohio Valley, The Blennerhassett Hotel definitely has it.

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