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Live Like a Local Part 2

Wave goodbye to the days of booking a shoddy hotel room and getting cookie cutter accommodations while taking a siesta – and say hello to local living! With companies like Airbnb offering furnished apartments, houses, and cottages on rent for cheap, travelers are moving away from the drab of a hotel room and trading in their plastic key cards for the keys to a home away from home – even if it’s just for the weekend.  Whether you’re looking for a place to set up basecamp for your ski trip or are thinking ahead for Spring, these spots are sure to please!

1. Grizz’s Cabin
2017-15-2--08-19-50Located on the banks of the Holly River, Grizz’s Cabin can comfortably accommodate up to five and comes fully loaded with furnishings and a large kitchen. The natural hardwood construction gives off a cozy, rustic feel while the covered deck overlooking the river offers a perfect setting for summer nights sitting out and taking in the evening air. Located in the Hacker Valley, this cabin is the perfect spot for hikers!  304-493-9412

2. Olde Lower Store Nook
Old charm with modern amenities – this cozy hole-in-the-wall has got character! This two-bedroom nook garners a full bodied kitchen and even offers cable TV and WIFI on site to cater to its guests. Located in downtown Webster Springs, visitors will be within walking distance of the town’s best shops, restaurants, and parks! Nightly or weekly stay available.
304-847-2667 

3. Canfield’s River Cottage
This cozy abode sits conveniently across the road from the Gauley River, plus a short walk will get you back to town from Webster Springs and Cowen. This cottage features a fully equipped kitchen, 3-bedrooms, 1 bath, washer & dryer, covered back porch with grill and fire pit, cable TV, WIFI, landline phone and heating/cooling. Don’t be fooled by its size, this pad can sleep up to eight! 304-644-2202 

4. Bend of the River Cottage
This inviting cabin is one mile south of Cleveland, situated along the Little Kanawha River and close to WV Route 20. The cabin is well constructed and has many amenities, including electric heating and A/C, fully equipped kitchen and furnishings. Sleeps 5 and can be rented out on a daily or weekly basis. Stop in and fall in love with this cute and quaint space! 304-493-4912 

5. Bear Necessity Retreat
2017-15-2--08-18-59Gorgeous! Secluded for guest comfort, the Bear Necessity Retreat is the ultimate vacation pad to get the band together for a weekend that is sure to be one for the books! Capable of sleeping up to 13 of your closest friends or family, you’ll find it hard to leave the comforts of these walls.  Adventure out onto the wrap-around deck or keep it cozy inside by the stone fire – the choice is yours!  304-493-6647

ICYMI, check out part one of Live Like A Local in Webster County here

Top 10 Places to Visit In Webster County

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time in Webster, chances are you’ve happened to stumble upon some of the area’s greatest places to see.  Whether you’re looking for a little adventure this weekend or you’re hard at work writing a bucket list for the Spring, you’ll want to make time for these iconic Webster spots!

1. Bakers IslandThe public park mecca of Webster!  Baker’s Island has got it all – sports fields, picnic areas, walking trails, playground, swimming pool, a grandstand and access to the river are just a few things you’ll find here. Although the island was badly damaged in the June 2016 flood, many of the park facilities have been or are in the process of being restored.

2016-25-4--13-41-002. Bergoo – Tucked far in the woods of Webster lies Bergoo: an off-road enthusiasts dream. Load up the quad on your trailer and set your sights towards Bergoo.  The area offers some of the greatest mudding tracks in the state. Get ready…to get dirty!

3. Big Ditch Lake The nearly 400-acre wildlife management area known as Big Ditch Lake offers a plethora of small game, waterfowl, and fishing opportunities.  In addition, scenic picnic areas can be accessed via the maintained walking path that outlines the edge of the water.

4. Holly River State ParkHiking, camping, backpacking; lace up your boots and hit the trails of Holly River State Park.  Nestled within West Virginia’s National Forest System, Holly River offers some of the best opportunities to witness the Webster’s natural spectacles.

5. Camp CaesarNestled beside the Monongahela National Forest, Camp Caesar, also known as Webster County 4-H Camp, has created generations of memories for youth and adults alike. Built during the 1920’s, this historical camp has been a mainstay for generations past and present.

6. Salt Sulphur WellIn the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, salt sulphur springs drew thousands of visitors to Webster Springs each year. The water, highly impregnated with hydrogen sulfide gas, were thought to be beneficial for ills of the liver, stomach, kidneys and bladder and were sought for both health and luxury.  While only one well remains, it has been set in the center of Webster Springs to serve as a Veteran’s Memorial.

7. Point Mountain – Settle in and enjoy the solitude or set out and explore, view wildlife, fish, and let nature take you over. An evening at Point Mountain Wilderness can be spectacular! Enjoy stunning sunsets, moon rises, and bright stars in the evening.

8. Jerry Run Summer TheatreOff the beaten path lies a stage with a storied past. The stage has been graced with some of the folk world’s greatest acts and shows. This venue has even been featured in a documentary about the folk legend, Iron & Wine.

mollohan mill ducks9. Mollohan’s Mill Featured as one of the attractions along the Mountain Parkway Byway and Backway in the northern part of Webster County, Mollohan’s Mill stands the test of time being the only remaining turbine driven grist mills in the United States.

10. Your Favorite River – While the last location on our list is a bit broad, to try to discern one river being better than another is out of the question.  Whether you are a seasoned fisherman, or you enjoy kayaking, boating, or swimming….Webster County’s waterways are a haven for fun and relaxation.  In no particular order, here are the rivers to check out in the Mountain Park:

  • Elk
  • Gauley
  • Birch
  • Williams
  • Cranberry
  • Little Kanawha
  • Back Fork of Elk

 

3 Spots to Find Sweets in Webster County

If the idea of food warms your soul as much as it fills your tummy, chances are, it’s the ONLY way to your heart.  Thankfully, the confectioners of Webster County have pulled out all the stops to make sure you don’t show up to your date empty handed.  Picking up something yummy from any one of these places is guaranteed to get you a whole lot of love back from your sweetheart!

2017-06-2--16-30-38Jacyanna’s
The lovely folks at Jacyanna’s are back at it again – this time, serving up some savory delights for the perfect Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of the holiday, hand-dipped, luscious chocolate covered strawberries will be offered $18/dozen for a select time! Get your hands on these delectable morsels and fast – they’re sure to go quickly!

Sugar Shack
The Sugar Shack is serving up a new treat in their lineup of sweet treats this year featuring handmade, jelly filled doughnuts! While they may not be a traditional V-Day gift, let’s be honest—who would turn them down? Get your hands on these sugary, little pillows of heaven NOW!

Custard Stand
Surprise your date with a bright pink, tutti fruitti soft serve cone from the Custard Stand and you’ll make Valentine’s Day a home run.  But Valentine’s Day flavors don’t end there – bubblegum and dark raspberry will give you some other playfully cute V-Day cones too!  Mix it up and order a chocolate covered cherry or strawberry milkshake, you won’t regret it!

 

Top 10 Events in Webster County for 2017

Webster County is home to some of the most pristine, rural landscape in the state; however, that doesn’t stop locals and visitors alike from making the most of the seasons with some events that are sure to be fun for the whole family!

2016-13-6--21-42-14Jerry Run Theater (April-October)
The hills of Webster are alive with the melodies of some of the greatest acoustic acts of the day!  Both big names and up-and-comers have graced this stage with their presence with the passion for sharing their art with the fanatics of the area.  Join us for an evening of music you’ll never forget!

Webster Wildwater Weekend (April 8-9)
The rivers are inviting as locals and visitors get together to paddle the local rivers and make memories. Pack your wetsuit and meet us at the river’s edge for some fun and camaraderie!

Webster County Nature Tour (May 12 – 14)
Experience the area’s pristine landscape in full grandeur on a two-night stay in rustic cabins of Camp Caesar.   Enjoy a weekend filled with walking and driving tours that encapsulate the very best sights of the area, you won’t regret it!

u-s-athlete-arden-cogar-jr-16-HRWoodchopping Festival (May 25 – 28)
Logging has become more than just a way of life for some of the area’s citizens; it’s become a family legacy. Generations of woodsman have passed down the axe in order to claim the glory of being the best of the best.

Bergoo Bash (September 2)
An ATV riders’ heaven!  Held the Saturday before Labor Day each year; a mud pit, poker run, horseshoe pitching contest, live entertainment, fireworks are just some of the events held at this community event.

Holly River Festival (September 2-3)
The Holly River Festival is held annually on Labor Day Weekend at Holly River State Park. It is a family-oriented festival featuring arts, crafts, cake walks, games, apple butter making, hay rides, music and more.

Webster County Fair (September 6-9)
Pageantry, Cornhole Contests, festival rides, and much more! Join us as we celebrate the first days of fall at the Webster County Fair.

Burgoo Cook-Off (October 7)
Located in the heart of Webster Springs, a test of culinary skills takes place once a year.  In addition, the park is filled with festivities and various events for the whole family to enjoy!

Irish Road BowlingIrish Road Bowling Fall Challenge (October 7)
Join in the spirit of friendly competition in an age old sport known as Irish road bowling.  Never heard of it? No worries.  The seasoned pros will be on site to give you a couple pointers and there’s even a grand feast afterwards!

Hometown White Christmas (December 1-31)
Come and view the beautiful holiday decor, watch the Christmas Parade and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Many merchants offer extended store hours and other special events in house!

 

A Year in Review: Top 5 Stories

2016: what a wild ride, right? For better or worse, we’ve made it to the final days of this chapter in history. As we wave goodbye to this year and look ahead toward a new year filled with new surprises, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the biggest stories of 2k16.

2016-24-5--12-42-411. FOR THE LOVE OF WOODCHOPPING: A FESTIVAL IS BORN
The sport of woodchopping has become something of a serious test of skill and strength in Webster County. One such family – The Cogar’s – have passed the ax from generation to generation as then continue to swing for glory in annual competitions….
Read More at >>> http://bit.ly/2gGB4df

2. WEBSTER WILDWATER WEEKEND – GENERATIONS OF FUN
Every Spring, water sports enthusiasts flock to the Elk River in Webster County in order to tackle the rapids in friendly competition. Rapids junkies from across the state suit up in order to brave the river in hopes of bringing home some prizes and a couple stories….
Read More at >>> http://bit.ly/2gGED37

2016-25-4--13-41-003. SPRING & SUMMER WEBSTER COUNTY BUCKET LIST
Festivals, concerts, camping, cycling! The list goes on and on as the chill of winter recedes from the mountains and is replaced with a lush green! The possibilities are endless to discover in the hallowed woods of Webster County…
Read More at >>> http://bit.ly/2aAjPbm

4. 10 WAYS TO LOVE WEBSTER IN JUNE
You don’t have to look very hard to find reasons to fall in love with Summer in Webster. The dog days of June are alive with nightly movie in the park, pool openings, camp events, and a whole bunch of live music! The hills are alive with the sights and sounds of summer and Webster locals are taking full advantage of it….
Read More at >>> http://bit.ly/2gQzCbq

5. 6 THINGS TO DO ON A WEBSTER COUNTY SNOW DAY
Snowed in? Kids out of class? Does the possibility of trekking to work make more sense using a dog sled than in your car? Never fear, we’ve got the perfect remedy to your cabin fever….
Read More at >>> http://bit.ly/2gQQleO

Webster County Winter Bucket List

While the leaves have fallen from the trees and blown away by now, and the sun heads to bed earlier and earlier every day… it appears as if winter has finally made its way to our doors folks. Whether hiding under the safety of the covers until warmer weather returns is your winter ritual or you see the snow and wind as a direct challenge of your vigor and thus seek to face it head on, we’ve got the Bucket List to keep you busy for the long haul!

2016-24-2--14-06-571. Build a Snowman
Remember waking up as a kid and peeking out your window to the sight of snow? Your heart almost skipped a beat at the thought of a snow day! Relive some of your sweetest childhood memories by building a friendly snowman or flop over and attempt the perfect snow angel!
2. Go Ice Fishing
The rivers and streams have been stocked to the brim, teaming with life… just hiding out towards the bottom; protected by a thick sheet of ice. No need to let that stop you from your favorite sport. Try ice fishing!
3. Plunge Like a Polar Bear
Whether you’ve heard of it or seen videos on the internet, polar bear plunges have become a viral sensation across the globe. Gather up a group of friends, shed down to your swim gear and take the plunge in near freezing temperatures, then warm up with some cocoa and brag to everyone you see, you did it! BE SAFE!
4. Snowball Fight
Any time is the right time for an impromptu snowball fight… yes even catching a coworker off-guard in the parking lot is prime time for a showdown.
845. See The Lights
Load up the car with the kids, yeah, even the dog too, and go in search of Christmas lights! Displays are set up in town every year! Try the back roads too; you never know what Christmas elves live in these parts.
6. Day on the Mountain
Just miles away sits the South East’s best winter resort: Snowshoe! Check their website for deals and holiday specials, occasionally they hold WV Days when lift passes are COMPLETELY FREE to WV residents. Don’t. Miss. Out.
7. Snowshoe Hiking
The area is home to some of the best hiking trails in the state – so why limit that only to the warm months? Strap on some snowshoes (some old tennis rackets do the trick too) and take a hike… refuse to allow winter to force you inside!
8. Movie Marathon
The weather is so frightful, but the fire is so delightful… curl up with a warm blanket and binge watch all your favorite Critically-acclaimed movies! Don’t have any on hand? A Netflix subscription is super cheap and you get an archive worth of notable classics – watch for days on end.
9. Downtown Shopping
Webster happens to be home to a plethora of small businesses just teaming with one of kind goodies! Take the chance to browse the local shopping scene, you never know what treasures you might find…http://bit.ly/2ihYknd.

Local Holiday Treasures

The winter season is well upon us which means one thing is certain, holiday shopping.  While you may feel compelled to spend your days trekking to the mall or surfing the internet while the hours fly by, consider an alternative from your yearly shopping habits by shopping locally! This year, we’ve assembled a list of a few of our favorite places in Webster County that are sure to have a little something for everyone on your holiday shopping list:

For The Outdoorsman:
If you have a mountain man/woman in the family or a seasoned hunter in the wolf pack, look no further! Trapper’s Den Sporting Goods offers enough hunting and fishing clothing and supplies, camping equipment and boating accessories to hit the wilderness fully prepared for the elements; while Pap’s Sports Shop carries a full range of Parker Bows for the hunter in need of a new tool. In addition, secondhand retailers like Hillbilly Gun & Pawn can offer a varied selection of sporting rifles and guns at a reduced rate.

Addison Center items (12)For The Arts Collector:
Webster County is home to a fairly lengthy “short list” of craftsmen, artists, and creatives, and that’s a plus for you, or should we say… the lucky folks on your shopping list. Often times, the best gifts are those that are not only a surprise but also offer a unique and one of a kind twist to gift-giving. The Addison Visitor Center houses all kinds of local artisans and crafters wares for sale. Another great one-stop-shop is The Olde Lower Store in Webster Springs as well as Country Charm in Cowen, where local entrepreneurs can display their craft items and sundries. Looking for something a little more? Check out some of our local artist’s galleries:

For “Mr. Fix-It”:
For the man who finds comfort in slowly collecting a menagerie of hand tools, drills, buzz saws, you name it… take it from the professionals at your local hardware store to know the difference between a tack hammer and a claw hammer. Some of our go to’s are Casey’s Hometown Hardware & Lumber, Country Hardware, and Ace!

For more information on the local businesses highlighted in this article, visit our website at www.visitwebsterwv.com for store locations, phone numbers, and hours of operation!  Good luck and Happy Hunting!

 

2016 Holiday Events Guide

With our bellies full after a hearty Thanksgiving, we’re rolling into the holiday season at full speed! If you’re as excited as us, chances are you’ve already hung the stockings with care, strung the lights and maybe dusted off the fake tree from your basement. While you may be starting to look the part of Holiday Cheermeister, we’ve got a full schedule of events and activities in our 2016 Webster Holiday Guide to get you into the holiday spirit!

841. Hometown White Christmas – December 1-December 31, 2016
Downtown streets, buildings and the Baker’s Island Recreation Area are decorated with thousands of lights and dozens of interesting Christmas displays. Many merchants offer extended store hours and other special events.

2. Magic On Main Street – December 2, 2016, 6-8PM
Get out and enjoy the start of the holiday season in downtown Webster Springs. Various businesses will be singing Christmas Carols, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ readings, Letters to Santa, ornament decorating, face painting, door prizes, magic show, hot chocolate and much, much more! Plus, a special visit from the man in red himself! Bring the family and enjoy a night of winter wonder in Webster.

2016-02-12-14-37-053. Choose & Cut Your Own Christmas Trees
Take your family to pick out your own tree this year at Lake’s Tree Farm! Offering an array of different evergreens to choose from – saws and tie down string offered on site. Offering full grown trees and bows to decorate and add holiday warmth to your home this year.  Call for appointment, open all day Saturday & Sunday after 1pm.
109 Alpine Drive, Hacker Valley, WV 26222
304-493-6473

4. Catholic Charities – Webster Cares Christmas Gifts for Children
We all know Christmas isn’t just about presents – but for a parent in need, having a gift for their child under the Christmas Tree is a precious way of sharing the holiday spirit. Please join us in helping to provide children with a special gift in Webster County. Food and Christmas gifts are greatly appreciated to aid those in need. Drop off donations at 113 North Main Street Monday – Friday, 9 – 5pm. If you’d like to sponsor a family, or you have any questions, call Tina at 304-847-7416.

Be sure to check out our Events Calendar to experience the holidays in Webster County this year!

5 Benefits to You and Your Community When You Shop Local

In recent years, a retail movement has occurred – “Shop Local”.  The steady migration from big-box retailers has taken the nation by storm as people are becoming reintroduced to the craftsman, farmers, and providers of the area. When a consumer supports their local business owner, they enjoy benefits they can’t possibly get from shopping at national chains. But just how big of an impact can supporting the little guy really have in your area?  Here are some of the top reasons to support your local entrepreneur in Webster County.

quarter-store1. Improve Your Local Economy
When you buy local, significantly more money stays in the community. Even more interestingly, local business owners often have an incentive to support other small business, utilizing others services; while chains tend to stock themselves from a corporate supplier.

2. Better Customer Service
If you’ve ever dealt in an obstacle course that is “returning an item,” you find that getting the help you hoped for can be a nightmare. Often times if you are even able to dodge an automated call screening, you are met with a customer service representative who is far from within their power to help you.

When you shop local, the business owner is often directly involved with every employee, and thus, every transaction within the store. This leads to a personal approach to every situation that presents itself and every handled with care.

3. Keeping the Flavor
Small businesses allow for unique shopping opportunities that only your area gets! While a grand majority of towns across the nation have similar chain stores and restaurants, the hole in the wall place you get your tools or go to for your weekend breakfast is one-of-a-kind. Embrace your town’s business flavor, and take pride in knowing all the best-kept secrets and local hangouts.

Trappers Den4. Greater Personal Service
If you happen to be a long time veteran of the area, chances are you, and many others, have become regular faces. If you find yourself spending more time conversing with people you run into at the store than actually shopping, you may not consider the benefits of cozy town living. Chances are, your neighbors and friends are some of the same people you call neighbors, fellow church goers, or even the coaches and mentors to your children.  What does that mean for you? The point is, when business owners know you on a personal level, they stand to be able to better tailor their services to meet your needs!

5. Improving Your Family’s Health
Buying home grown foods and produce is noted to have a wealth of underlying health benefits! When you buy from local providers, you reap the benefits of chemical-free, grass fed meats, fresh eggs, and dairy that’s devoid of questionable hormones and antibiotics.  In addition, there are also seasonal allergy benefits to eating local honey—who knew?

10 Things to Do for $10 or Less

Too often we’ve fallen victim to the “rainy day” fund running a little shallow.  Luckily, you can still enjoy some pretty great afternoons out without emptying your pockets in Webster County!  We’ve collected a list of some penny-pincher activities that are sure to please without ever coming close to breaking the bank this fall!

  1. 2016-12-7-16-05-20Take A Hike – With thousands of acres of national forest tucked within the counties limits, the dizzying number of trails in the area are enough to keep your feet scuttling along for days at a time! Try the Cranberry Wilderness or Holly River areas! FREE
  2. Go Cruisin’ – It’s not too late to go leaf peeping in these parts just yet! Take a trip along the Mountain Parkway and take the time to stop and take in the views of the valley while following a number of historic markers and signs, unraveling history the whole way. FREE
  3. Pack A Picnic – Roll up a big blanket and pack a lunch for two and head to the park for a cool, fall picnic setting. Baker’s Island, Big Ditch Lake, and the Holly River State Park all offer easily accessible areas for picnicking, benches for seating and of course some killer views. FREE
  4. Fishing Featured ImageThrow Out A Line – Boasting several rivers and streams, Webster County is home to some of North America’s finest angling. The waters are often brimming with trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass and catfish. Listed among the WV DNR’s “Favorite fishing waters” are the Elk, Cranberry, and Williams Rivers. FREE
  5. Biking –– Cyclists looking for anything from a mountain biking adventure to an exhilarating road biking challenge can find something to suit their tastes in Webster County. Many trails in the Holly River State Park and the Monongahela National Forest are suited for mountain biking enthusiasts, while the Williams River Road, Highland Scenic Highway and many other paved rural roads appeal to those looking for a “paved” outing. FREE
  6. 2016-18-3--18-17-55Canoe/Kayak – Big Ditch Lake serves as an excellent spot to unload the canoe or kayak and hit the water. As only electric motors are allowed on the lake, the water remains calm year-round, perfect for teaming up and rowing around the lake! FREE
  7. Thrifty Thrift Shopping – Go on a fashion shopping montage with a friend without ever feeling the sting from an ugly price tag! Country Thrift and the Quarter Store offer mega selections of quality second-hand items for cheap and the inventory is never the same twice!  $1-$10
  8. Take In The Art – Take a trip to the Visitors Center and view a plethora of handmade and homegrown artisan works ranging from functional pottery to quilting and everywhere in between! FREE
  9. Grab A Dog – A hotdog that is… and throw a little chili on it at the Custard Stand! With a load of toppings to choose from, there’s something for everyone and it won’t cost you much either!  $3-$7
  10. Have A Slice – Sit down at the Addison Café and enjoy a hearty slice of homemade pie – even throw in a cup of coffee if you like! They’ve always got a flavor sure to please.  $5-$9