“Charming” is more than just quaint streets, brightly-colored buildings and flower boxes. It’s a sense you get when friendly smiles are the norm… and visitors fit right in like long-time neighbors. In the Greenbrier Valley, no one is a stranger for long, and if you want to know how to get from one place to another, just ask. Someone will point the way.
This city center of just a few thousand is making a name for itself. It pops up on must-do lists all across the country. Even recently cited by TravelAwaits.com for its “Quaint Towns of 2020 You Can Visit in 2021” and a call-out in Southern Living’s “Best Small Towns to Retire.” Take some time to poke through the antique shops, boutiques and galleries, and stop in a downtown café for coffee, lunch or an afternoon treat.
RELAXED LODGING. When planning a visit, it’s easy to drive into town one afternoon and not go near the car until it’s time to leave. As for a place to rest your head, Lewisburg is equipped with quiet loft retreats to finely-appointed suites for two…and just about everything in between.
Ease into vacation mode at The Historic General Lewis Inn. You’ll find the main residence of this beautifully appointed and preserved hotel dates back to the 1800s. The Escape was built by travelers for travelers. Your personalized code accesses the hotel and your room—kitchenettes, spacious showers and lounge areas ensure just the right amount of privacy and creature comforts.
WHERE THE ARTS THRIVE. It’s a wonder how such a small town can meld so much art and entertainment into just a few blocks. Carnegie Hall, only one of four still open in operation worldwide, showcases a wide-ranging repertoire of music from all over the globe. The Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, delivers exceptional main stage productions ranging from Shakespeare to Broadway musicals. The Lewis Theatre opened its doors in 1939 and continues to show new releases, foreign and indie films. It also hosts local talent showcases produced by the Trillium Performing Arts Collective, the community dance and theater company.
SHOPPING & DINING. The key to any fruitful downtown outing is the shopping and dining prospects. Within Lewisburg’s five-block district, stylish and independently owned shops are filled with one-of-a-kind works to the uniquely repurposed and re-treasured.
Museum-quality relics define Lewisburg’s “old hardware store,” now occupied by Under the Sign of the Golden Rabbit. The Proprietors at A New Chapter are always in search of the next page-turner and latest in current affairs, guaranteeing their corner of the world is up on its reading. Inside Aggie's Gift Shop, Vest is an oasis in functional fashion dedicated to all things, men.
You’ll quickly see the culinary collective possesses an unbridled spirit for food. There are a dozen or more restaurants, bakeries and cafés, each with its own flavorful style.
For breakfast, Corn + Flour serves on-the-go stacked bagel sandwiches and sweet-treat-pick-me-ups. For lunch, the Stardust Café takes an artisan approach to food that features locally-raised meats, fresh breads and seasonal produce. The menu of classic favorites at Food & Friends has made it a Greenbrier Valley mainstay where locals have been celebrating special occasions for generations.
It was June 2016 when the city of White Sulphur Springs was nearly lost to a 1,000-year flood. Today they have not only recovered, they’re flourishing, giving locals a sense of place they haven’t known in decades.
At the core of the metamorphosis is an energized group working to rebuild the downtown district. Some say it’s a “Carhartt meets Patagonia” kind of vibe—function, fashion and the foundation of a great day outside.
MAIN STREET REVIVAL. There are already a variety of shops and cafés that have popped up, even a microbrewery in the middle of downtown. Swing by Sweet Cedar Soap Company for handmade scents, soaps and scrubs. Road Hog’s Barbeque has secured its position as a dining staple. Pick up the aroma of smoking meats along Main Street and your mouth is sure to water! When you’re ready to dust the cobwebs from your bike or need a full upgrade, Hammer Cycles is your go-to. Max and his team are a wealth of information about all things bike-related, including the regional trail options. For those in need of a re-caffeination stop, Tootsie’s Place serves a variety of specialty drinks and tried-and-true basics. On-the-go muffins and other baked goods are a delightful complement.
SETTLE IN FOR A STAY. In White Sulphur Springs, the lodging accommodations pair perfectly with the relaxed, outdoor setting. On Main Street, Howard’s Creek Inn features comfortable, apartment-style living quarters. It adjoins 50 East, downtown’s bistro and sports bar. The Schoolhouse Hotel opened its doors this year. The building served as a community school for more than 100 years and has been transformed into a fully accessible, 30-room hotel with state-of-the-art amenities.