Lewisburg, WV, a Really Cool Town

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First stop? The Visitors Center, a beautiful new facility where you'll find everything you need to know about area shops, eateries & activities. The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center, located in downtown Lewisburg, has several seating area, a bank of computers, interactive displays, a wall of brochures, public restrooms & a help desk.
First stop? The Visitors Center, a beautiful new facility where you'll find everything you need to know about area shops, eateries & activities.
First stop? The Visitors Center, a beautiful new facility where you'll find everything you need to know about area shops, eateries & activities. | Source
The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center, located in downtown Lewisburg, has several seating area, a bank of computers, interactive displays, a wall of brochures, public restrooms & a help desk.
The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center, located in downtown Lewisburg, has several seating area, a bank of computers, interactive displays, a wall of brochures, public restrooms & a help desk.

Lewisburg, West Virginia--Fun, Friendly & Full of Life

Online voters at Budget Travel selected Lewisburg, West Virginia as the Coolest Small Town of 2011--and for good reason.

Lewisburg is a pretty little town with over 40 busy restaurants and shops and its own Carnegie Hall. It also hosts an annual chocolate festival and monthly downtown celebrations.

Visit Lewisburg for a weekend or a week. You won't run out of fun things to do.

Lewisburg is located near a variety of other tourist attractions, including the Greenbrier Resort, Lost World Caverns, Pipestem State Resort, Bluestone Lake, Summersville Lake, Cass Scenic Railroad and numerous outdoor activities for which West Virginia is renowned: whitewater rafting, mountain biking, fishing, hiking and more.

How to Get There from Here

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Lewisburg is near Pipestem, Bluestone Lake & Lost World Caverns, as well as the Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA Greenbrier Classic.

Fun Fridays in Lewisburg

On the first Friday of every month, Lewisburg hosts First Fridays After Five. It's a free celebration from 5 PM to 9 PM that includes live music, art, food and fun activities throughout the downtown area.

For specific details about the next First Fridays celebration, click here.

The Lewisburg Chocolate Festival

April 7-9 are the dates of the Fifth Annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival, which features chocolate-themed dinners, bake-offs, cooking demonstrations, a HospiceCare 10K Chocolate Chase, a chocolate mousse eating contest, musical performances and more.

On Saturday, April 9, downtown businesses host a Chocolate Tasting Extravaganza featuring local, state and national brands of chocolate treats.

To see a schedule of events and/or purchase tickets to the Fifth Annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival, click here.


Enjoy delicious Mexican food either on Del Sol's patio or in its comfortable indoor dining room.
Enjoy delicious Mexican food either on Del Sol's patio or in its comfortable indoor dining room. | Source

Where to Eat in Lewisburg

You won't go hungry in America's coolest small town. Lewisburg has a wide variety of eating establishments, from sandwich shops to fine restaurants.

Casual Feasts

Feeling informal? Try one of Lewisburg's barbecue joints. Our favorite is Wild Hog Bar-B-Que. The pulled pork platter with beans and coleslaw is delicious! Other great spots for an casual meal include The Wild Bean (a coffee shop with organic, vegetarian fare) and Jim's Drive Inn (located just outside town on U.S. Route 60). Jim's is an awesome spot for old-fashioned burgers and shakes delivered to your car.

Sit-Down Dinners

There's good reason the Food Network featured Food and Friends on one of its broadcasts--the food's delicious! Be sure to try the crab dip. Stardust Cafe is also definitely worth a visit. It serves fresh, eclectic fare and has a marvelous wait staff.

If Italian is your favorite, Bella Casa is also a good choice for a meal. Sit outside in the patio garden or eat in one of the restaurant's cozy dining rooms. An excellent Mexican restaurant, Del Sol, is right next door.

Looking for contemporary cuisine? Head to Julian's or Stella's Tea House, both on S. Lafayette Street, for an outstanding fine dining experience. (Better make reservations!)

The Coolest BBQ--Anywhere

Lewisburg has a variety of eating establishments, from roadside joints like Hog Wild Bar-B-Que to more formal restaurants like the popular Food & Friends.
Lewisburg has a variety of eating establishments, from roadside joints like Hog Wild Bar-B-Que to more formal restaurants like the popular Food & Friends. | Source

Cool Places to Stay in Lewisburg

Lewisburg is home to several comfortable inns and bed & breakfasts within walking distance of downtown. Perhaps the most well known is the historic Civil War General Lewis Inn and Restaurant, built circa 1834. Other good choices include the Lee Street Inn, Minnie Manor B & B and the Church Street B & B.

Lewisburg has the usual chain hotels as well--Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Marriott, Quality Inn and Super 8--for those who intend to spend most of their days out and about.

Shop Lewisburg

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Love kitchens, cooking & everything gourmet? Then be sure to visit Bella, a smart little kitchen store containing everything from wines to a teapot tree.If you drop into Serenity Now Outfitters, be sure to say hi to owner Craig Miller's dog Logan.Studio 40 is a trendy art boutique with clothes, paintings, pottery and more. It has a sister store by the same name, is at Greenbrier Resort.Brick House is one of several antique stores in Lewisburg.
Love kitchens, cooking & everything gourmet? Then be sure to visit Bella, a smart little kitchen store containing everything from wines to a teapot tree.
Love kitchens, cooking & everything gourmet? Then be sure to visit Bella, a smart little kitchen store containing everything from wines to a teapot tree. | Source
If you drop into Serenity Now Outfitters, be sure to say hi to owner Craig Miller's dog Logan.
If you drop into Serenity Now Outfitters, be sure to say hi to owner Craig Miller's dog Logan. | Source
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Studio 40 is a trendy art boutique with clothes, paintings, pottery and more. It has a sister store by the same name, is at Greenbrier Resort.
Studio 40 is a trendy art boutique with clothes, paintings, pottery and more. It has a sister store by the same name, is at Greenbrier Resort. | Source
Brick House is one of several antique stores in Lewisburg.
Brick House is one of several antique stores in Lewisburg. | Source

Super Cool Shopping in Lewisburg

Like to shop? You'll love Lewisburg. Its clean, colorful streets are filled with interesting boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and other fun stores. Here are a few you won't want to miss:

  • Bella, a sweet little kitchen/gourmet food shop with everything from racks of wine to teapot trees.
  • Serenity Now Outfitters, where you'll meet Logan, the coolest dog in Lewisburg--and find some neat outdoor gear.
  • Studio 40, a charming boutique with wearable art, handmade jewelry, and contemporary and regional artwork. (Studio 40 is also located at the Greenbrier Resort.)
  • Harmony Ridge Gallery, a large gallery filled with beautiful, fun creations. My favorite pieces? Quirky metal mooseheads for mounting on the wall.
  • Cooper Gallery, featuring traditional and contemporary sculpture and paintings. (When we were there, a pianist provided delightful background music as we browsed.)


Pretty Pics from Pipestem

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Hike, bike or horseback ride the numerous trails around Pipestem's Long Branch Lake.Pipestem's aerial tram passes over Mt. Creek.After dinner at Mountain Creek, diners often take a stroll along the riverbank.Butterflies flock to milkweed planted near the boat rentals at Long Branch Lake.
Hike, bike or horseback ride the numerous trails around Pipestem's Long Branch Lake.
Hike, bike or horseback ride the numerous trails around Pipestem's Long Branch Lake. | Source
Pipestem's aerial tram passes over Mt. Creek.
Pipestem's aerial tram passes over Mt. Creek. | Source
After dinner at Mountain Creek, diners often take a stroll along the riverbank.
After dinner at Mountain Creek, diners often take a stroll along the riverbank. | Source
Butterflies flock to milkweed planted near the boat rentals at Long Branch Lake.
Butterflies flock to milkweed planted near the boat rentals at Long Branch Lake.

Don't forget your camera!

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Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)

I love my Canon EOS Rebel! Taking great pictures (and movies) is easy with this awesome camera.

 

Other Attractions

If you're into fishing and/or boating, Lewisburg isn't far from two beautiful lakes, Bluestone Lake and Summersville Lake. For those who like hiking and biking, there are many trails nearby too. Our favorite is the Greenbrier River Trail, which we cycled two years ago from Marlinton, WV to Cass Scenic Railroad, another nearby attraction. As its name suggests, the Greenbrier River Trail parallels the Greenbrier River. It's a wide, well-maintained trail suitable for hikers, cyclists and equestrians.

Here are three more great places to visit in the Lewisburg area:

Lost World Caverns

Located down a country road just outside downtown Lewisburg, Lost World Caverns provides a great way to while away an afternoon. Take a Wild Cave Tour (reservations required) or drop in for a self-guided tour. No special equipment is needed, but you might want to bring a light sweater. The caves are a constant 52 degrees F year round. And don't forget your camera!

The Greenbrier Resort

Although it can be quite pricey to stay at The Greenbrier (even with a package deal, most rooms cost over $350 per night), visiting the historic resort is free. You can tour the grounds, which are beautifully landscaped; visit the Presidential Cottage; shop the resort's unique art galleries, clothing stores and gourmet shops; and dine in its excellent restaurants. You can also, of course, play golf. You can even hire a bicycle or a horsedrawn carriage. And be sure to visit the Greenbrier's Christmas store, located across the road from the resort at the train depot. A casino is also located on the premises, but it's for guests only. 

Pipestem Resort State Park

Pipestem isn't just a state park--it's a resort that offers horseback riding, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, archery and more. It also has cool accommodations, from small cottages in the woods to lodges that feature excellent dining opportunities. Take the aerial tram, which passes over charming Mountain Creek, down to Mountain Creek Restaurant. It has an extensive wine list and a menu that any gourmand would love. My favorite meal? Seared tuna on a bed of black-eyed peas dressed with sweet and sour chow-chow. Delicious!

Scenes from Greenbrier Resort

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The recently renovated Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV is a quick drive from Lewisburg. Past the Greenbrier's miniature rotunda are more shops, an elaborate swimming pool &bike rentals.Visitors may take a free self-guided tour of the President's Cottage while at the Greenbrier.A row of small art shops selling everything from pottery to oil paintings abuts the President's Cottage.
The recently renovated Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV is a quick drive from Lewisburg.
The recently renovated Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV is a quick drive from Lewisburg. | Source
Past the Greenbrier's miniature rotunda are more shops, an elaborate swimming pool &bike rentals.
Past the Greenbrier's miniature rotunda are more shops, an elaborate swimming pool &bike rentals. | Source
Visitors may take a free self-guided tour of the President's Cottage while at the Greenbrier.
Visitors may take a free self-guided tour of the President's Cottage while at the Greenbrier. | Source
A row of small art shops selling everything from pottery to oil paintings abuts the President's Cottage.
A row of small art shops selling everything from pottery to oil paintings abuts the President's Cottage. | Source

Souvenirs from the Mountain State

The Greenbrier Cookbook:  Favorite Recipes from America's Resort
The Greenbrier Cookbook: Favorite Recipes from America's Resort

One of several cookbooks that feature recipes from The Greenbrier's famous kitchens.

 
Better Golf the Sam Snead Way: The Lessons I'Ve Learned
Better Golf the Sam Snead Way: The Lessons I'Ve Learned

For years, Sam Snead was the golf pro at The Greenbrier. Amazon customers give his how-to gold book five stars.

 
Summers County in Vintage Postcards   (WV)  (Postcard History Series)
Summers County in Vintage Postcards (WV) (Postcard History Series)

Charming vintage pictures of the area and its people.

 
John Henry: The Legendary Folk Hero
John Henry: The Legendary Folk Hero

A statue of John Henry, the steel-driving man of legend, may be found in Talcott, WV, not far from Lewisburg.

 
Ghosts of Greenbrier County
Ghosts of Greenbrier County

Just about every historical area has a few ghost stories, and Greenbrier County, WV, is no exception. Boo!

 

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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States Author

You're fortunate to live in such a beautiful place, hpedneau! Thanks for reading. Take care, Jill


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hpedneau 5 years ago from Princeton, West Virginia

Great Hub! West Virginia is a great place, I live about 15 minutes from Pipestem Resort State Park and would highly recommend everyone come and visit!


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States Author

If you do, q, be sure to visit The Greenbrier too. It's quite a place! Thanks for reading! J


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quester.ltd 5 years ago

next time on the east coast - we might have to make a stop out of the way - really inviting article!

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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States Author

Hey, StitchesandScents! It's great to hear you speak so glowingly of the place where you were raised. Surely that's the best praise any place could get! Take care, Jill


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StitchesandScents 5 years ago from Denton Texas

I love that I ran across this article. I was born and raised in Greenbrier County West Virginia and I just posted a hub because we now live in a large city 1200 miles away from home. We spent the last 15 days back home and took the kids to the state fair. I can honestly tell you that there is no other place that I have found that is better fit for the title of Coolest Small Town......but I happen to think that it just isn't cool it is ALMOST HEAVEN!!!!!! Thanks for posting such a great article and you are right the people there are just so happy and friendly.

Great job on your hub post!

Take care,

Stitches and Scents


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, AC! Hope you do make it to Lewisburg some day. Thanks for reading! --Jill


A C Witschorik 5 years ago

I am going to put Lewisburg, WV. on my to see list. Fun hub


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States Author

Movie Master, thanks for commenting! Wouldn't it be great if every town had a fun Friday once in a while?


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Lewisburg sounds like a great place to visit, I love the idea of Fun Friday!

Many thanks for sharing, I have really enjoyed reading, maybe I will get there one day.


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, sillymjgirl! I think you'd like Lewisburg. We've visited the town twice and have had a great time on both occasions. The people are super friendly!


sillymjgirl 5 years ago from New Jersey

Great article!! Might have to go there!!

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