West Virginia Journals

Mountain State Musings

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A September 2007 trip to West Virginia by BawBaw

View from Bolivar Heights Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia More Photos
Quote: West Virginia offers a rich cultural heritage and spectacular natural beauty. This journal provides glimpses into life in the Mountain State by a long-time resident.

Casa Gonzalez #2

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Restaurant | "The Chihuahuan Frontier Meets the West Virginia Panhandle"

Casa Gonzalez #2 Photo, Ranson, West Virginia
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Let's face it, good Mexican food isn’t easy to find here in my part of the United States. The usual offerings are either neuvo cuisined or TexMex'ed beyond recognition. Happily for me (and for my tastebuds), Casa Gonzalez #2 in Ranson, WV is an exception. This restaurant’s menu tends toward the Chihuahuan tradition, and in my view, that represents a vast improvement over the options more generally available.Casa Gonzalez #2 is part of a small family-owned chain consisting of three restaurants located in rural Virginia and West Virginia. The food is tasty, the hospitality is genuine, and the margaritas will improve your day--no matter the challenges life may have dealt! Other drinks, spiri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2009

Casa Gonzalez #2
611 North Mildred Street
Ranson, West Virginia
(304) 725-1032

Life with the Shenandoah

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The Shenandoah in Autumn Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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The very sound of the word "Shenandoah" is tinged with romance, and perhaps a bit of sadness. It is a beautiful word, evocative of haunting melodies, sumptuous natural landscapes, chivalrous warriors waging righteous battle, and the whoosh of pure water flowing from mountain streams to converge within a river touched by mystery and legend. One of those legends maintains that the Shenandoah was formed from the tears of an Indian maiden in mourning for her lost love. I like this particular legend. It suits the dramatic landscape of the river’s watershed, and it suits the region’s inherent nostalgia.The Shenandoah is part of my life. As the crow flies, it lies within 4 miles of my front ...Read More

Bavarian Inn

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Restaurant | "Dining with Pleasure at the Bavarian Inn"

Bavarian Inn Photo, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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Imagine a cluster of Alpine chalets positioned dramatically atop a bluff overlooking the bend of a famous river. Now imagine an elegant restaurant featuring German and American cuisine, all prepared in a kitchen supervised by world-class chefs. Add a casual Rathskeller serving good German beer on tap and accessing the same kitchen for meals. Put all this together, and where are you? Bavaria? Austria? The Swiss Alps? Guess again. You’re at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and the river you see below is the Potomac, just a few miles upstream and a world away from Washington, DC. The Bavarian Inn of Shepherdstown has been a fixture...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2009

Bavarian Inn
164 Shepherd Grade Rd
Shepherdstown 25443
(304) 876-2551

Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa

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Hotel | "Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa"

Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa Photo, Morgantown, West Virginia
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For a recent weekend of family events near Morgantown, Himself and Yours Truly broke with custom and booked a room in the lodge at Lakeview Resort instead of staying with relatives. Lakeview has a hoity-toity reputation as an event venue, having all the substance of an established golf resort. So the family gave us the la-tee-dah treatment as out-of-town kin lording fancy ways. Unfortunately, the lodge was a disappointment. The grounds were okay, offering sparse but well-maintained exterior landscaping and decent parking. But as a hot...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 10, 2007

Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa
One Lake View Drive
Morgantown, West Virginia 26508
(800) 624-8300

Home Sweet Home in Charles Town

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Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town Photo, Charles Town, West Virginia
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Tourists who make their way to our Eastern Panhandle community of Charles Town (not to be confused with the state capital of Charleston, thank you) are usually attracted to one of our two marvelous race tracks: horses run at the east end of town at the Charles Town Races and Slots, and automobiles race outside town to the west at Summit Point Raceway. The horse track in particular has seen many changes since its founding, b...Read More

Living History at Harpers Ferry

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Billy Yank Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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The small riverside town of Harpers Ferry is located a mere 6 miles down the road from my front door. In fact, I've been a frequent visitor to Harpers Ferry for a good deal longer than I've lived behind my front door. One would therefore think I'd be well qualified to write about this historic community. Indeed, the problem isn't finding something write. Rather it's a matter of deciding what to leave out. Harpers Ferry, of course, it best known for its role in John Brown's 1859 insurrection against slavery. Brown's attention was focused on the town's armories. With a successful raid, he hoped to reap a h...Read More