West Virginia is the dream state for an outdoor lover’s vacation. From its wild green mountain ranges to its ski resorts, historic towns to epic rivers, there’s something to keep even the most active entertained.
Once overlooked as a holiday destination, the Mountain State is becoming increasingly popular with local tourists and foreign visitors alike, and accommodation to cater for every budget has popped up to meet this growing demand. From stylish luxury hotels to off-the-beaten-track hideaways and boutique offerings, there are so many great resorts to choose from.
Take a look at the best resorts in West Virginia:
1. The Greenbrier
If you choose to stay at The Greenbrier, your name will be added to an impressive guest list which includes royalty, celebrities and no less than 26 U.S. Presidents.
Opened in 1778, the luxury Greenbrier resort occupies 11,000 acres of beautiful mountain-side in West Virginia, and is considered one of the finest hotels in the world. Guests can choose from over 700 rooms, including 33 suites and 96 guest and estate homes.
If you can tear yourself away from your historic room, the resort also has a championship golf course, a world-renowned spa and designer boutique shopping.
2. Stonewall Resort
Luxury, nature and relaxation combine at the Stonewall Resort, located within the beautiful Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park. The views are breathtaking, whether you take them from the AAA Four Diamond Adirondack-style lodge, elegant cottages or get back to basics at the Stonewall campsite.
With over 1,900 acres to explore, choose from over 16 miles of incredible hiking trails, boating, fishing and kayaking on Jackson Lake or simply climb onboard Little Sorrel – the resort’s touring boat – to experience nature at a relaxing pace.
With three resort restaurants and poolside drinks, you don’t need to look far for great culinary and cocktail experiences.
3. Hillbrook Inn
In historic Charles Town, West Virginia, the Hillbrook Inn & Spa has been welcoming guests to their luxury range of accommodations for over two decades.
The Hillbrook is proud of its historic roots, and the Inn is situated on the first land purchased by George Washington back in 1750. The 18 elegant guest suites come with modern amenities -including luxurious baths, iPads and fluffy robes. If you prefer something a little more spacious, guests can also book into one of the companion properties, from picturesque cottages to the Hillbrook’s gatehouse. Don’t forget to visit the spa for one of the indulgent treatments and test one of the exquisite fine-dining menus at the Redbook Restaurant.
4. The Resort at Glade Springs
Just an hour outside of Charleston and set amid the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, The Resort at Glade Springs offers visitors a seemingly never-ending array of recreational activities. Whether you choose to golf, ride or fish, you know that your active days will end with the ultimate in comfortable, elegant accommodation.
Choose from 200 rooms and a range of stand-alone properties – from houses, lodges and villas to stylish suites. No matter where you end up staying, The Resort at Glade Springs provides a range of dining options to suit every taste. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Bunkers Bar, tuck into in fine-dining at the Glade’s Grill & Bar or grab a coffee at the Small Talk Café.
5. Mill Creek Luxury Cabins
Getting back to nature doesn’t always mean compromising on luxury, and Mill Creek Luxury Cabins offer guests the perfect combination of these two elements, in the heart of the New River Gorge.
Spend your days exploring the local area – whether you are hunting, fishing, cycling, rock-climbing or riding – and return to the cabins in the evening for a luxurious soak in the Mill Creek Hot Tub.
Each cabin comes with its own kitchen and living area, with unique artwork hand-selected by the owner.
6. Snowshoe Mountain
One for the skiers, Snowshoe Mountain Resort is located on the popular Snowshoe Mountain, next to Snowshoe Village and its range of shops, restaurants and ski-services.
The powdery slopes of Snowshoe have been drawing skiers and snowboarders for almost 40 years, and with the rise in popularity, Snowshoe Mountain Resort was created to satisfy all of the growing numbers of vacationers needs.
Aside from hitting the slopes, there are plenty of other activities to keep the whole family entertained. Set amongst 11,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness, summer and winter activities – from hiking and biking to yoga, Segway tours and more.
7. Wingate by Wyndham Vienna Parkersburg
Simple, elegant accommodation and quality amenities make this central Vienna resort the perfect base for both business and leisure travellers.
Positioned near all of the most popular visitor sites – from the Oil and Gas Museum to the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, the Blennerhassett Regional Museum and the Fenton Art Glass Museum, Wingate by Wyndham offers guests a place to relax at the end of a busy day exploring. Take a dip in the indoor pool, treat yourself to a spa package or enjoy the fitness centre.
8. Oglebay Resort
Once the summer estate of Earl Oglebay, the 258-room Wilson Lodge at Oglebay Resort gives guests the chance to enjoy over 1700 acres of natural beauty.
With a spa, indoor pool, jacuzzi and games room, there’s plenty to keep busy with should the weather be bad, but where the Oglebay excels is in its range of outdoor activities.
Oglebay is a golfer’s paradise, with four golf courses – including two championship courses at the Speidel Golf Club – and the 18-hole regulation Crispin Course. Younger visitors will enjoy a trip to the Good Zoo – the only accredited zoo in WV – whilst history buffs can learn more about Mr Oglebay at The Mansion Museum. Thrill-seekers will love the Aerial Adventure Course and for those who love being in nature, the resort has a wonderful selection of hiking and mountain biking trails.
9. Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
West Virginia’s only casino resort, the Mardi Gras gives those looking for a more glamorous stay – with a touch of New Orleans – somewhere to sleep, play and party.
The resort offers 150 luxury rooms, ranging from basic doubles to Presidential Suites – the ultimate in resort accommodation.
When you’re not trying your luck at the casino or placing a bet on the racing, grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cocktail at one of the resorts many dining options. Finish the evening with a trip to Louie’s – the Mardi Gras premier entertainment lounge.
10. The Blennerhassett
The Blennerhassett Hotel first opened its doors in 1889, and has been offering guests luxury accommodation in the heart of Parkersburg ever since. Featured on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel still retains much of its original charm, and features many antiques that have been part of the hotel from its beginning.
Despite its history, the hotel provides those staying with every modern convenience they would expect from a luxury hotel. Each suite has its own individual décor, and touches such as a newspaper and ice-service make every stay feel indulgent. With several great options for in-resort dining, and a beautiful library to relax in, you’ll need to drag yourself away from the Blennerhassett to enjoy Parkersburg’s sights.
11. ACE Adventure Resort
Get ready for adrenalin-packed adventure at the ACE Adventure Resort in West Virginia’s great outdoors. Since it opened in 1980, the ACE Adventure Resort has focused on providing guests with access to world-class whitewater rafting, outdoor sports and activities.
Accommodation comes in the shape of classic cabins, charming chalets and camping, with three onsite restaurants.
Situated on New River Gorge National, there are over 100 miles of rapids to enjoy within 30 minutes of the resort, or for those who prefer to stay dry, hiking and biking along the resorts 35 miles of trails are excellent ways to keep active on your vacation.
12. Canaan Valley Resort
Aptly called the “Four-season mountain destination”, Canaan Valley Resort boasts one of the most beautiful and tranquil locations in West Virginia. Perched on a plateau overlooking Canaan Valley – with stunning, uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountain peaks – the resort features an indoor heated pool, whirlpool & sauna, a clay shooting range, tennis court and miniature golf.
Outdoors, you’ll find miles of hiking and biking trails to explore, as well as skiing during the season. After busy adventures in nature, take comfort in returning to your luxury lodge room, rented cabin or campsite.
13. Bavarian Inn WV
For a unique resort experience in West Virginia, look no further than the Bavarian Inn, in Shepherdstown. Just an hour from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the award-winning Bavarian Inn brings a touch of European elegance – with charming chalets overlooking the Potomac River Bend and decadent suites and rooms.
Take a dip in the Inn’s stunning infinity pool, offering spectacular views of the local scenery, or order from the excellent “Infinity 101” Pool Bar and Restaurant’s menu for a sunset dinner with a difference.
14. Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa
Just 10 miles south of the Pennsylvania Border and surrounding by some of West Virginia’s most beautiful rolling hills, the Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa is one of the state’s best family resorts.
With over 500 acres of land, and two Championship golf courses to play with, the Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa offers a choice of recently renovated rooms and suites. With new flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and panoramic views of Cheat Lake, there’s plenty to keep you inside, but don’t forget to visit the resort’s luxury swimming pool, hot tub and spa for some serious pampering.
15. Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston
For those who prefer slick, city living, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston offers an unbeatable central location, with stylish and luxurious rooms.
Each suite features two-rooms, exquisitely decorated, and with amenities such as a refrigerator and microwave for dining in, and high-speed internet access for those who need to stay connected whilst they travel.
Perks include a free, made-to-order breakfast and complimentary drinks and snacks at the Evening Reception. If you’ve overindulged, enjoy some leisurely laps in the pool or work up a sweat in the fitness centre.