From ball practice to rehearsal, evenings and weekends fill up fast, making it hard to find the time to spend with loved ones. A getaway to the Greenbrier Valley is an opportunity to disconnect from the world and reconnect with family. Need ideas? We’ve got a few for you.
WHERE TO STAY. All the comforts of home are found at The Manse. Located in White Sulphur Springs, the five-bedroom house is equipped with a full kitchen for guest use. Is a pool a must have? Check into the Hampton Inn just outside of historic downtown Lewisburg. The indoor pool allows kids to take a dip year-round. Not to mention, a full breakfast is included.
Rent a two bedroom cabin at Greenbrier State Forest to have hiking and biking trails, fishing and a heated outdoor pool in your “backyard.” Spend summer evenings by the campfire, making s’mores and taking in the peaceful sounds of Mother Nature. For generations, families have been taking their vacations at The Greenbrier. The resort boasts of more than 55 activities, indoor and out, so it’s easy to find entertainment for a tyke or a teenager.
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WHERE TO PLAY. Finding an activity to pull kids away from a screen is always a challenge. No matter what season you’re planning to visit, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. Start with a tour of Lost World Caverns—fans of fossils will be impressed with the collection of prehistoric fragments. Then descend 120 feet below the earth’s surface to walk through the 1,000-foot room. Just remember to bring a jacket, caverns are a constant 52 degrees.
If you’re looking for ways to stay cool, check out the locals’ favorite swimming holes. Or hop on the Greenbrier River Trail in Caldwell, just a couple of miles east of downtown Lewisburg. Once a railroad bed for the C&O, the trail is virtually level with a wide, gravel path that makes it easy to navigate for kids. And with numerous access points, you choose how far you want to bike or hike.
If it's time for a picnic break between activities, plan a stop at Brad Paisley Community Park in White Sulphur Springs. It has a grassy, open area and picnic pavilion along with benches for the adults to supervise and playground equipment for the kids to run, play and expel a little of that youthful energy.
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WHERE TO EAT. No need to worry about the picky eater in your family, dining options in the valley will satisfy even the most “discerning” of palates. If you’re looking to indulge first thing in the morning, head to Retro Donuts and More. Flavors range from tried and true favorites to far out combinations. For a more protein-focused meal, the ‘60s-themed diner serves breakfast sandwiches and bowls.
A cool stop for lunch is right along Route 60 at Jim’s Drive-In. Pull in and have your order taken curbside, select from all the drive-in favorites, hamburgers, hot dogs...just don’t forget the milkshake.
No matter what age you are, pizza is always a winning choice for dinner. Hill and Holler’s wood-fired specialty pizzas are a great way to refuel after a day of play. With unique, specialty combinations and build-your-own pie options, everyone can enjoy a personalized pizza complete with their favorite toppings. If you’re passing through White Sulphur Springs, stop by April’s Pizza. Known for their generous portions, you can feed the whole family and even leave with leftovers.
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