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Travel Notes: Nov. 10, 2013

By Staff reports

Chief Logan discount

LOGAN, W.Va. -- Through Dec. 30, the lodge at Chief Logan State Park is offering a second-night-free package.

The offer for the consecutive second night applies to any room type, including suites. When calling to make reservations, use the code "AUTM" to get the discount. No other discounts apply.

North Bend package

CAIRO, W.Va. -- North Bend State Park has a "Relaxing Stay" package available through March 31.

For $125, guests may stay overnight at the lodge, enjoy dinner for two in the lodge's dining room and receive a $25 gift certificate at the park gift shop. The per-night rate is available any nights except Nov. 24-29, Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Feb. 14.

Package rates are subject to change without notice. The rate is based on double occupancy and cannot be combined with other specials or promotions. The "Relaxing Stay" rate includes taxes and gratuities on lodging and dinner. Call 304-643-2931 for reservations.

Blackwater adventures

DAVIS, W.Va. -- Blackwater Falls State Park is giving a 33 percent discount off its regular lodge rates for a minimum two-night stay Sundays through Thursdays through June 30.

Enjoy unique hiking, biking, shopping and dining opportunities in West Virginia's premier mountain vacationland.

Use promo code "BWFA" if making reservations online. When calling 304-259-5216 for reservations, request Outdoor Adventure Package. The offer is not valid with other discounts and excludes holidays and holiday weekends.

Stonewall Thanksgiving

WESTON, W.Va. -- Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 28-Dec. 1, at Stonewall Resort will offer a traditional Thanksgiving buffet Nov. 28 as well as some nontraditional holiday activities.

The weekend will have a full schedule of activities, including a model train show, fall harvest martini mixology demonstration, pumpkin spice spa treatments, and complimentary holiday snacks throughout the weekend.

For more information about the weekends, individual events or for reservations, contact Stonewall Resort at 304-269-7400 or visit www.stonewallresort.com.

State park gift cards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For every $100 purchase of a West Virginia State Park gift card before Dec. 17, something extra will be included.

The "Something Extra" cards will be mailed with the gift card, bringing the total value to about $155, depending on use dates and if redeemed. Unlike the gift card itself, which can be used any time for all purchases and services at all state parks, "Something Extra" cards have expiration dates.

The gift cards can be used on lodging, dining, gift shops or other activities for which fees are charged. For each gift card purchase of $100 made online or by telephone, you may order up to eight "extras" such as two-for-one offers and other discounts at West Virginia state parks and forests. To place an order, visit www.wvstateparks.com and click "Gift Card Purchase" or call 304-558-2764, ext. 51828.

Opera House concert

MARLINTON, W.Va. -- The Pocahontas County Opera House presents a two-part concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 with cellist and songwriter Ben Sollee and the multi-instrumentalist duo of Daniel Joseph Dorff and Ronnie Kuller.

Tickets are $8, and available in advance at pocahontasoperahouse.org. Children 17 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Sollee is known for his unique cello-playing mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B. Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, "Learning to Bend," which led NPR's "Morning Edition" to call him one of the "top 10 great unknown artists" of the year.

Around the same time, Sollee was touring the world with Abigail Washburn's Sparrow Quartet. In 2010, Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore released "Dear Companion," a collection of songs meant to inspire environmental stewardship. Sollee's fourth album is "Half-Made Man."

Dorff and Kuller came together in 2012 to record "The Quiltbox Sessions," a collection of their vignettes as well as themes from Bach, Mozart and Prokofiev reimagined through the lens of folk tradition.

Dorff is on the faculty at Northern Kentucky University, where he is professor of drum set in the jazz studies department. Ronnie Kuller is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, teaching artist and member of Mucca Pazza, a Chicago-based rock 'n' roll marching band.

Coalfields driving tour

OAK HILL, W.Va. -- A new coal heritage guide includes 33 sites in Southern West Virginia related to the state's coal history and offers four driving tours. The guide is produced by the National Coal Heritage Area in Oak Hill.

In addition, "Exploring the West Virginia Coalfields" offers maps and scannable Quick Response codes that allow people with smartphones to display information from the West Virginia Encyclopedia about the sites on the driving tours.

The routes are named "The Coal Heritage Trail," "The Road to Blair Mountain: The Struggle to Unionize the Southern West Virginia Coalfields," "Moving the Coal: Southern West Virginia Railroad History" and "The Country Roads Scenic Byway."

Copies of the guide are available at West Virginia welcome centers, West Virginia Turnpike visitors centers, convention and visitors bureaus in Southern West Virginia, and from the National Coal Heritage Area website at www.coalheritage.org or by email at info@coalheriatge.org and phone at 855-982-2625.

Lewisburg's a favorite

NEW YORK -- Travel Leisure magazine has named Lewisburg one of America's favorite towns.

The magazine surveyed its fans to nominate their favorite towns using social media. Lewisburg was one of 744 towns nominated in 55 categories, and 20 towns were named as winners.

To read more about Lewisburg and the other favorite-town winners, visit www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-favorite-towns-2013/7.

Tourism winners

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ken Caplinger and Alisa Bailey were the top winners in this year's Stars of the Industry awards, presented Oct. 29 at the 2013 West Virginia Governor's Conference on Tourism at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

Caplinger recently retired as superintendent of West Virginia State Parks, where he worked for 35 years. He was awarded the Division of Tourism's highest honor, the Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bailey is president of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau. She formerly served as state tourism director in West Virginia as well as tourism director in Virginia before returning to West Virginia to head the Charleston CVB.


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