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winter wonderful

As the temperatures begin to drop and the snow starts to fall our region takes on the soft muted colors of winter and our scenic landscapes take on a new seasonal beauty. Cozy evenings are spent snuggled up next to warm fires. Small town events supporting local businesses fill the communities. Smiling faces greet you in the shops and in the restaurants. Winter is wonderful here in the mountains. 



Winter landscapes are breathtaking. Our favorites include the frozen edges of rivers, snow covered mountain views, quiet forest trails, and of course waterfalls both small and mighty. You can find our favorites, and more while visiting our parks and winding along our country roads. Take a drive through Bluestone and Pipestem State Parks, as well as the New River Gorge National Park to enjoy winter and all of its glory. Click below for the many trails in our region that are a delight in the winter.


Head to the Historic District for Small Business Saturday to delight in our local shops and find handmade items from local vendors. Spend a day filled with festive fun at Hinton's Hometown Christmas complete with carriage rides, parade, plenty of shopping, and the annual tree lighting. The Ritz is showing free Christmas movies throughout December. For a complete list of events click the button.



Nothing feels quite as nice after a day of trekking as curling up with a good book next to cozy fire in a little cabin. Our parks provide great cabins with wood fireplaces nested in a wooded atmosphere. Check out the retro 1970's style cabins at Pipestem or try a more traditional cabin at Bluestone. Click below for a list of other unique cabin options. 



Shopping small just got bigger in the Hinton Historic District. We've recently welcomed new businesses to the Historic District. Lucky Rivers Cafe serves up an amazing menu with locally sourced items. Otter Cafe moved in to bring us our morning coffees and lattes. The Hinton Hub has gathered vendors to create a nice source for local shopping. Our newest thrift store, J&L Community Thrift, has some great furniture finds, and the J&B General Store has a little bit of everything. Pair these with our already established shops and you'll cover your shopping gift list in no time.

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