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Quirky, under -the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
Beneath the canopy of this three-mile trail that skirts the northern section of the 1,900-acre Stonewall Resort State Park stands an unusual grouping of waist-high rock walls and piles, as well as a single giant flat-faced sandstone boulder with curious etchings. Scholars believe they may date back to the earliest Native Americans, perhaps to mark sun’s orientation in the sky at winter solstice.
Not much remains of the early pioneer town that was Roanoke (now submerged under the 60-foot-deep Stonewall Jackson Lake). So when Stonewall Resort came across this 1830 16- by 12-foot box of a cabin – one of the last original Roanoke structures – they enlisted the help of DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders to carefully relocate the structure (once home to 11 pioneer children!) to their property.
Tucked off the Great Hall is a quiet den that features a fireplace, leather chairs, and shelves of tomes of every type – including a 51-volume encyclopedia of West Virginia history by Jim Comstock, a larger-than-life homespun humorist who published the weekly West Virginia Hillbilly. Grab a scone and coffee from the resort coffee shop across the Great Hall, and bury your nose for a few hours.
The King’s Course
How often do you get to play an Arnold Palmer–designed course for only $25 in season? New in 2015, Stonewall Resort designed The King’s Course – essentially a course within the existing Palmer Course – allowing you to sample nine holes of one of the top public golf courses in West Virginia as ranked by Golf Magazine at a fraction of the price.
Cardboard Boat Race
Maine races lobster boats. Arizona races ostriches. And West Virginia races cardboard. The annual August Cardboard Boat Race brings locals from the surrounding towns to try to stay afloat during a 100-yard sprint on Stonewall Jackson Lake in boats made only from cardboard and duct tape. Not interested in participating? Come for the spectacle: a trophy is awarded to the most “spectacular sinking.”
How to spend 36 hours in Roanoke, with Stonewall Resort as your base camp.
5 p.m. | Cruise on Little Sorrel
After getting settled in, check to see when the complimentary evening cruise aboard Little Sorrel departs (summer only; departure time fluctuates, usually between 5 and 6 p.m.). Named for General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s favorite warhorse, the 70-foot-long, 16-foot-wide excursion boat explores the coves and bays of 2,650-acre Stonewall Jackson Lake in 45-minute tours.
8 p.m. | Dinner at TJ Muskies
A granite-topped bar with a backdrop of dry-stacked stone and a glass-enclosed fire pit greets you in this casual Adirondack-style lounge. The crab cake croissants (two jumbo lump cakes on mini-croissants) and half-pound burgers made from local farm-raised beef are the crowd favorites.
8 a.m. | In the Lap of the Lake
Don’t feel too envious as you stroll past the yachts docked in the 374 slips of the marina; you can rent a boat of your own to take in the 26 miles of shoreline. The resort’s pontoon boats are ideal for cruising in search of osprey, bald eagles, beaver, and otter; fishing boats let you pursue the lake’s legendary trophy bass.
1 p.m. | Lunch at Thyme Bistro
Head north on Route 19 to the historic Jackson’s Mill, but stop once you hit Weston (about 15 minutes) for lunch at this small bistro that lacks in curb appeal but not cuisine appeal. The menu features creative, beautifully prepared dishes, like crab cake meatballs, chicken lasagna with gouda, and coffee-rubbed filet.
2:30 p.m. | Jackson’s Mill Historic District
Just 10 minutes north of Weston, you’ll arrive at this state-owned museum property that was the childhood home of the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson (for which the neighboring resort and state park are named). Take a guided tour to hear what early Appalachian life was like, and see the grist mill – the centerpiece of the homestead – that Jackson operated from the ripe age of 12.
7 p.m. | Sunset Dinner at Lightburn’s Restaurant
Go ahead; ask for the best seat in the house at this steak and seafood restaurant. Thanks to its location atop the golf clubhouse surrounded with 365 degrees of glass windows that overlook the lake and mountains, there isn’t a bad seat to be had. After, treat yourself to dessert on the resort’s patio – a fire pit comes with all the accoutrements for roasting s’mores.
10 a.m. | Get Your Golf On
You can’t leave the resort without playing a round on the 7,149-yard course, molded into the natural ridges, swales, and twists of the land by Arnold Palmer. Challenge comes in the form of deep bunkers with heavy front lips, steep greens, and water features – all of which exist on Hole 6’s par-3.
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Lambert’s Vintage Wine
After rolling up a windy, narrow road tucked in the hills of Weston, you’ll arrive at this small Old World–inspired winery built from hand-cut stones gathered across the state. Daily tours are led by winemaker and owner Jim Lambert and end with a free tasting of their full roster of 20-something wines (!) in their antique-adorned tasting room.
Much of the meat at Stonewall’s restaurants come from the cattle that roam the 600 acres of this Jane Lew farm. While the farm isn’t open for tours, you can sample the food of their labor in Stillwater's popular Spike Beef Meatloaf – a twist on the staple that features the farm’s sirloin, veal, and pork, as well as house spices and blackberry barbecue sauce.
Bridgeport Farmers Market
Starting with just a handful vendors in a small parking lot of the local high school in 2009, this Sunday market has transformed into a standing weekly pilgrimage for the community. Now open year-round with its summer location at Charles Pointe and winter location inside the Bridgeport Conference Center, expect as many as 35 vendors, selling produce and meat, as well as handmade items.
Big Timber Brewing Company
You’ll see the owners either brewing or bartending when you visit this microbrewery and brewpub, so feel free to ask questions about their 10 beers on taps, from their lighter Big Timber Pale Ale to the darker Bourbon Barrel Porter. If you’re not up for the 50-minute drive to Elkins, Stonewall’s TJ Muskies serves a few of their seasonal varieties.
When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do
Feature Adventure: No Work, All Clay
You might worry that you’re in the wrong place, that you’ve stumbled upon someone’s private retreat in the woods. That’s just how homey A Mountain Clays feels, a skeet shooting facility nestled on 90 forested acres with a wood and stone cabin in Bridgeport. In addition to seven solar-powered RC launchers positioned for the five shooting spots on the attached deck and a room of guns and ammo available for rent and purchase, there’s a decorated living room complete with a fireplace, an attached kitchen, and a dining room. It’s so that when groups come to practice their shooting, they can make a whole day out of it. Think of it as renting a private hunting cabin.
Fishing on Stonewall Jackson Lake | Stonewall Resort
Top Water in West Virginia!
The 2,600-acre Stonewall Jackson Lake is listed as one of the top West Virginia waters for Muskellunge and Crappie, according to the Charleston Gazette. Also, the lake is one of the best bass fishing lakes in West Virginia.
Hiking Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park | Stonewall Resort
The Perfect Balance of Healthy & Fun!
Sixteen miles of wooded hiking trails weave around the resort, including the new nature trail that features a 60-foot bridge suspended at the water’s edge. Regardless of age, personality, or season, there’s something for you and your fellow travelers to see, love, and experience at Stonewall Resort.
Whitewater Rafting the Gauley River | Adventures on the Gorge
BIG WATER. BIG THRILLS.
The waters up at West Virginia's Gauley River guarantee an intense, exhilarating voyage through thrilling Class IV and V rapids. Take advantage of Stonewall Resort's summer packages, where you can have your rafting trip included in your stay.
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