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The Bavarian Inn's guest chalets overlook the Potomac. The view indoors isn't bad, either: a gas fireplace.
The Bavarian Inn's half-timber, nine-room guest chalets offer German charm on the outside, and sleek luxury within. (Zofia Smardz/The Washington Post)

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"Does anyone want to go surfing again?" shouted Daniel, our rat-tailed, bespectacled guide, over the roar of the waves. The vote was a unanimous "yes," and Daniel ordered us to paddle back into the raging foam breaking over the rocks. We put the nose of our inflatable raft right into the vortex o...

As West Virginia expands its casino gambling, a poker player seeks out the action at two vastly different venues.


On a recent evening at Snowshoe Mountain, I found myself hesitating slightly as I signed a waiver warning me that the night's activities could result in injury or death. Pretty standard stuff, right?

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Thanks to new ownership and deals on, the Greenbrier in West Virginia can be more affordable than you think.

This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, and the park has organized a program of special events to recognize the abolitionist, one of history's most controversial figures.

At Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in southeastern West Virginia, it doesn't take long to get derailed from the present. With few modern trappings in this historic railroad community, you feel as though you really have backtracked to the early 20th century.

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Lewisburg, W.Va., offers visitors early-20th century small town charm, about 70 historical sites dating back to colonial America, and plenty of lively boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and performance venues that stay open into the evening.

Recent West Virginia Travel Stories

Chat Plus: Fall Festivals in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania (Post, August 16, 2009)

Irish Aristocrat Made History on Ohio River Island, Now a W.Va. State Park (Post, August 5, 2009)

TRAVEL Q&A:  White-Water Rafting in W.Va. (Post, March 22, 2009)

The Sleepy Little Town That Woke Up (Post, March 15, 2009)

Sisters in Search of Pampering (Post, January 4, 2009)

Scanning the Universe:  Hear the Sounds Of the Universe At Observatory (Post, November 19, 2008)

Haunting History at an Old W.Va. Hospital (Post, October 5, 2008)

In W.Va., Unexpected Riches (Post, August 24, 2008)

In Elkins, W.Va., Stage Is Set for a Revival (Post, May 21, 2008)

Mommy, Where Did Mother's Day Come From? (Post, May 7, 2008)

Where Do I Sign? (Post, March 30, 2008)

W.Va. Yoga: Turns Out It Wasn't Such a Stretch (Post, February 20, 2008)

WEEKEND GETAWAYS:  20 Great Escapes: You Don't Have to Go Far to Have a Good Time (Post, February 3, 2008)

Silent Night:  At a Buddhist Retreat in W.Va., Finding Her (Inner) Voice (Post, December 16, 2007)

A B&B and a Tree:  One Man's Quest for Comfort and a Conifer Leads to the Evergreen Charms of Berkeley Springs (Post, December 12, 2007)

Here's the Party (Post, October 31, 2007)

ESCAPES:  Leaf the Driving to Us (Post, October 4, 2006)

The Town They Didn't Want Found:  Lewisburg, W.Va., Steps Out Of the Greenbrier's Shadow (Post, September 27, 2006)

FILE THIS:  Take Your Peak: A Guide to Fall Foliage on the East Coast (Post, September 24, 2006)

High Fidelity:  For more than 20 years, loyal listeners have headed to the hills of West Virginia to catch the radio show 'Mountain Stage.' (Post, September 13, 2006)

Straight to The Source:  At the Headwaters of Washington's River, a Very Different Potomac (Post, August 23, 2006)

TRAVEL Q&A:  A Raft of Ideas (Post, August 13, 2006)

Drive-In Nature:  Park Campgrounds Provide the Woods Without the Walk (Post, August 9, 2006)

Escapes:  Borderline Insanity (Post, July 26, 2006)

Afterlifers:  In a Former W.Va. Prison, Ghost-Hunters Want to Show You How Long-Dead Inmates Are Still Doing Time (Post, May 31, 2006)

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W. VA.:  Thank You For Soaking (Post, May 28, 2006)

3 Spiritual Retreats:  Holy Cross Abbey (Post, May 24, 2006)

Get Your Craft On:  A W. Va. Foundation Keeps Mountain Arts Alive (Post, March 1, 2006)

Hit the Slopes with an Airboard (Post, January 8, 2006)

ESCAPES:  A Bit of Bavaria (Post, December 14, 2005)

All Bogged Up:  High up in West Virginia, a soft spot for cranberries, flytraps and odd terrain (Post, October 12, 2005)

Almost Heaven:  In West Virginia, paragliding can send even beginners on an Appalachian high. (Post, June 8, 2005)

The Now River:  Paddle fast: The next few weeks offer the wildest waves on West Virginia's New River. (Post, April 27, 2005)

Raising Canaan:  In West Virginia, the East's highest valley lets you ski in the sky. (Post, February 16, 2005)

The Grass Is Always Bluer . . .:  . . . on the other side of the Alleghenies. At West Virginia's Purple Fiddle, at least, offbeat mountain music thrives. (Post, October 6, 2004)

The Last Resort:  When all else failed, they turned a flood-prone West Virginia town into a mountain-lake getaway. (Post, September 22, 2004)

Dam Nation:  In West Virginia each fall, floodgates open and paddlers gather from around the world. (Post, September 15, 2004)

The Capital of Cool?:  Tiny Bluefield, W.Va., guarantees a break from summer heat. Or the lemonade's on them. (Post, July 21, 2004)

Nag, Nag, Nag:  In West Virginia, three friends find an overnight way to get back on a horse. (Post, June 30, 2004)

Walk This Way:  In Still-Chilly West Virginia, If the Snowshoe Fits . . . . (Post, February 25, 2004)

Where the Wild Things Are:  For 100 years now, National Wildlife Refuges have been havens for traveling species -- not least, the Weekending Washingtonian. (Post, October 15, 2003)

The 'Take Me Home' Field Advantage:  On Game Days, Morgantown, W.Va., Is Mountain Mayhem (Post, September 17, 2003)

Girls Gone Mild:  This time, they did it the easy way. A set of hard-core outdoorswomen do a West Virginia trek -- from inn to inn. (Post, May 14, 2003)

Ka-Ching!:  That's the coins-and-cash soundtrack of West Virginia's Charles Town Races & Slots. Is this Maryland's future? Place your bets. (Post, February 5, 2003)

Escapes:  Shepherdstown's Hip Replacement (Post, June 19, 2002)

Playing House:  With a toddler and two 15-year-olds in tow, Bill Heavey decides to go camping the easy way in Harpers Ferry (Post, September 23, 2001)

A Four-Wheel Weekend:  In W. Va., for a Whole Lot of Money, You Get a Whole Lot of Stuck (Post, August 1, 2001)

I Thought You Brought the Tent:  Getting Into W.Va.'s Dolly Sods Wilderness Is Easy. But Getting Out . . . (Post, June 6, 2001)

H2Ohhhh . . .:  At West Virginia's Coolfont Resort, Tasting the World's Best Waters (Post, March 21, 2001)


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