Webster County is a place of natural beauty, history and opportunity – It’s no wonder so many delightful people call this magical place home. Penny and Chris Graham were no strangers to Webster Springs before moving here permanently in 2016. Penny grew up in these mountains and visited frequently after venturing off to Glenville, WV to attend college. In Glenville she met her husband Chris, before moving to Winchester, VA where they lived for thirty years and raised their family. Moving home, however, was an easy decision and since that time it’s safe to say this active couple has been hard-at-work. Putting down roots on a gorgeous mountainside they’ve made a home in Webster while becoming interwoven into the community through their business ventures: Minnich’s Florist & Gift Shop, their up-and-coming event venue Pig Hill Farm & Vineyard, and their popular Airbnb rental apartment the Blue Iris Inn.
Chris and Penny took the time to discuss with us all things Webster County and spoke on their top places to see, meals to indulge in and where to stay the night. Keep reading for their input and prepare yourself to experience Webster County with a local’s perspective…
When you’re out and about in Webster Springs you’ll have to stop in at Minnich’s Flower Shop, but don’t be deceived by the name, it’s definitely more than a flower shop. You’ll find a myriad of unique West Virginia gifts and unique items to shop for if you have an upcoming birthday or baby shower. If you’re looking for some truly unique take-home gifts give Minnich’s a try or the Addison Visitor Center for local artisans’ latest creations.
Putting in the hard work themselves, they can guarantee an Instagram worthy stay at the Blue Iris Inn – You’re bound to be inspired to photograph your stay of this beautifully decorated apartment. You’ll feel right at home with all the amenities you need to make the stay comfortable and memorable. Booked solid on weekends in January and February, Blue Iris Inn is winning over visitors looking to stay local or hit the slopes at Snowshoe Mountain Resort – Check out the comfy space on Facebook or Airbnb. For outdoorsy types, nothing beats one of Webster’s camping locations – and you have quite the collection to choose from. Holly River State Park and Cowger’s Riverside Campground are both lovely places to stay for a grand outdoor experience.
Chow down on some home-cooked meals at the delightful Hometown Diner and you may just see the Grahams yourself at a table enjoying a bite to eat on Friday nights. Always up for something new, Penny recommends The Springs, the newest addition downtown. Craft beer, wine and tastefully crafted paninis, sandwiches await visiting foodies. The Springs has become quite famous for its chicken salad sandwich special on Fridays, so be sure to try it out if you make the stop. Really you can’t go wrong with any of their homestyle favorites which include, K & M, The Custard Stand, Vickie’s Restaurant and Debbie’s Main Street Café.
If you’re a returning visitor or new and haven’t yet taken a stroll down Lover’s Lane, a beautiful boardwalk that winds its way along the Back Fork of the Elk River, put this activity on your to-do list. Chris also suggests you take time to enjoy the outdoors, anglers come to Webster for some of the best trout fishing around, others choose to float down the Elk River on a sunny day. Down on the family farm, the Graham’s have spent countless days battling it out to see who can reel in the largest catfish.
Chris & Penny’s Perfect Day
The perfect day in Webster County in the Graham’s eyes is actually an upcoming one – Taking place in September 2019 on their own property at Pig Hill Farm & Vineyard will be the marriage of their daughter. Chris and Penny look forward to a crisp Fall day, the venue adorned with flowers and the works, family gathered together to celebrate this very special occasion.
For those coming to experience Webster County as a visitor, Penny recommends late summer and fall. Everything is green and gorgeous before changing colors – the mountain views turn vibrant and spectacular this time of the year.
“There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Webster County,” Chris says, “This community really has a lot to offer visitors and we look forward to welcoming them here for years to come.”