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Travel notes: July 14, 2013

By Staff reports

Glass Fest

WESTON -- West Virginia's glass heritage will be celebrated at the Weston Glass Festival on Friday through July 21 at Appalachian Glass in Weston

Activities include glass blowing, etching and sand blasting, plus food vendors. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21. For additional information, visit http://www.appglass.com or call 304-269-1030.

Mountain Lakes Festival

SUTTON -- The 5th Annual Mountain Lakes Festival takes place Friday through July 19 at Sutton Lake in Braxton County.

Events include "That Dam Race" 5-K walk/run, water ski show, Sutton Dam tours and "Anything That Floats But A Boat" contest. There'll be music and food vendors

Visit http://www.mountainlakesfestial.com or call 304-765-6533 for more information.

Droop Mountain Hike

HILLSBORO -- The 150th anniversary of Battle of Droop Mountain Battlefield is being observed by a series of hikes on trails and paths taken by soldiers in 1863.

The next hike is Saturday and is 3 1/2 miles through fields and woodland, and an 800-foot elevation change with steep grades and obstructions.

Pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for additional information, call 304-653-4254 or visit http://www.droopmountainbattlefield.com/events/html.

Cycling race

MATHIAS -- The Lost River Classic on Saturday is an official USA Cycling Sanctioned Points Race for amateur and professionally ranked cyclists.

The challenging course is a 10.5-mile loop on West Virginia country roads with two significant climbs, two sweeping downhills, several rollers, and a steep climb to the finish at the Jenkins UM Church.

For race regulations, visit http://www.ncvc.net/lostriver/Wiki%20Pages/Home.aspx. For more information, call Audrey Kawano Taucher at 202-547-8884 or email lostriver@ncvc.net.

Farm life celebrated

POINT PLESANT -- Activities start at 8 a.m. Saturday at the West Virginia State Farm Museum's Tractor Show and Games in Point Pleasant.

Seven categories of rides and equipment used outside the farm home will be on exhibit.

Games include races, obstacle courses, egg game, golf ball game, and kiddie tractor pulls. The Country Store and Country Kitchen will be open with regular admission fee. Call 304-882-2422 or 304-675-5757 or visit http://www.wvfarmmuseum.org for more information.

Local food at Adaland

PHILLIPI -- Marion Ohlinger, the executive chef of the Richwood Grill in Morgantown, will be the second guest chef in Adaland Mansion's Celebrate Local! A Dinner Series on July 21 with seatings at 1 and 3 p.m.

At Richwood, Ohlinger has focused on creating dishes from around the world using locally grown West Virginia ingredients.

For reservations, call 304-457-2415 or 304-457-1587.

Contentment's summer hours

ANSTED -- The Civil War era Contentment complex on U.S. 60 (Main Street) in Ansted.

"Contentment," once the home of Confederate Col. George Imboden, is the headquarters of the Fayette Historical Society and is one of three Civil War Trail sites in Ansted. The other two are Tyree Tavern, a stagecoach stop, and Westlake Cemetery, the burial place of Stonewall Jackson's mother.

The house, a museum and a re-built one-room schoolhouse are all open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through August.

Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger. 

State Muesum honored

The West Virginia State Museum has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, which honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

"TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience," said Alison Copus, vice president of marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award provides top-performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most -- their customers."

With more than 6,000 artifacts on display and themes that focus on the state's lands, people and culture, the museum showcases the state's history from prehistoric times to today.

For more information, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, at 304-558-0220 or at Caryn.S.Gresham@wv.gov

The West Virginia State Museum, located in the Culture Center at the Capitol complex, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.


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