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Autumn Riverboat Cruises

October 2, 2019

The autumn months are the most magical to enjoy a riverboat cruise. The beautiful hues of red, green, and orange burst forth on every tree along the river banks. The Valley Gem Sternwheeler offers more than a dozen unique paddle-wheel cruises for the entire family. It’s an experience that is difficult to duplicate. October 10,…

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Amazing History in Parkersburg, West Virginia

July 2, 2019

Some gossip is so compelling that it still sparks conversation hundreds of years later. Parkersburg, West Virginia has several people worth talking about—and there’s no need to whisper. Greater Parkersburg is full of Amazing history. Cast of Characters A fascinating cast of characters awaits discovery in Parkersburg: Two families, the Hendersons and the Blennerhassetts, were…

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Get Outdoors in Greater Parkersburg, West Virginia

July 1, 2019

Nestled in the Ohio River Valley near the Appalachian Mountains, Greater Parkersburg, West Virginia has a lot to brag about: The nation’s largest colony of red-headed woodpeckers. The confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers. Protected habitats for endangered fanshell and pink mucket mussels. The horseshoe curve of the North Fork of the Hughes…

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Sternwheeler & Trolley Tours To Henderson Hall

June 13, 2019

The Valley Gem Sternwheeler of Marietta, Ohio will offer sightseeing trips to Henderson Hall June through October each Tuesday and Thursday. Guests will enjoy a sternwheel and trolley ride to the Hall grounds and tour the beautiful and well-preserved Henderson Family home. The trip begins at the Valley Gem Landing where guests will board the…

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Don’t Just Seize the Day. Grab it by the Handlebars

April 24, 2019

Greater Parkersburg is a fantastic hub for bike riders with its single track trails. Mountwood Park’s extensive network of mountain biking trails is perfect for those looking for a variety of ride options. The area, already nationally recognized for its off-road cycling opportunities, has at Mountwood Park its oldest and perhaps most-beloved trail system. The…

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5 Unconventional Destinations

April 24, 2019

Haunted happenings, quirky shops, and historic collections are all part of a visit to Greater Parkersburg, West Virginia. If you’re looking for an unconventional destination take a look at these five great stops. WEEPING LADY Visit the Weeping Lady, located in the Riverview Cemetery, who watches over the Jackson family plot. She is known to…

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Downtown Doin’s – An Afternoon in Downtown Parkersburg

March 29, 2019

Only have an hour or two in the area? Check out a few points of interest in downtown Parkersburg before getting back on the road! Take a self-guide walking tour through the historic homes district, see oddities such as “burning glass” at the Blennerhassett Museum, or appreciate the exquisite works of art at the Parkersburg…

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Partner Highlight: Philippines Best Food, LLC

March 14, 2019

Daniel and Elenita Lubuguin began their business five years ago with a food truck on Saturdays, then moving to a make-shift storage building just large enough for a few customers to place their orders for carry-out only. As their popularity grew, they decided to build a restaurant. Located at 1757c on 7th Street in Parkersburg,…

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Foodie Finds: Pasta, Chocolate & Wine – Oh, My!

March 4, 2019

Gourmet goodies including handmade pasta, chocolate and wine are among the best treasures you can carry home after a visit to Greater Parkersburg. The area is home to three locally owned businesses that have perfected their craft. Made locally but acclaimed worldwide, Holl’s Swiss Chocolatier offers a taste of Switzerland. Every piece is handcrafted using recipes…

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