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Fall Sternwheeler Cruises

September 27, 2018

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 paddlewheel cruises for the entire family. It’s an experience that is difficult to duplicate. October  18,…

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My Experience with Charcuterie at the Cook’s Shop

September 7, 2018

Take a class and learn something new. Wednesday evening I learned about, Charcuterie – the art of preparing and presenting a variety of cured and preserved meat products, from ham and bacon to sausages to pates. One of the great pleasures of working to promote tourism in our area is the opportunity I have to…

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WV Weekend: Mansions & Mystery

August 27, 2018

Once known as the “Island of Eden,” Blennerhassett Island Historical Park continues to be shrouded in mystery and romance after 200 years. This autumn the park will once again be transformed into a flame-lit world of the 18th-century when electricity is banished for the annual Mansion by Candlelight event on Oct. 11 and 12. Planning…

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11 Things You Don’t Know About Henderson Hall

August 24, 2018

Henderson Hall is a unique historic attraction that stands along the Ohio River in Williamstown, WV. The Henderson Family never threw anything away so nearly everything in their home is original to the family…therefore everything has a story. Here are 11 things you might not know and want to look for the next time you…

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August 22, 2018

You know it’s going to be a great day when you can slip out of the office and have a day of adventure in one of West Virginia’s State Parks! After our morning adventure of learning to rappel and rock climb (Click here to read Part One of my Quest Adventure), Jenna and I headed…

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WV Weekend: Blennerhassett Island

August 6, 2018

No visit to Parkersburg, W. Va. is complete without an island adventure. And although many islands dot the Ohio River, the most interesting one may be Blennerhassett Island, the home of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. Blennerhassett is a verdant spot in the middle of the Ohio River with an imposing mansion carved out of…

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My Quest Adventure – Part 1: Rock Climbing & Rappelling

July 16, 2018

You know it’s going to be a great day when you can slip out of the office and have a day of adventure in one of West Virginia’s State Parks! For several years now I have dreamed of trying my hand at rock climbing, it was literally the second thing on my Pinterest bucket list…

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North Bend: Not Just a State Park but a Gateway to Adventure

July 16, 2018

I experienced many new things at North Bend State Park. Learning to rappel, rock climb and hone my kayaking skills plus we met some extremely nice people, ate awesome food, and overall had a great day at the beautiful North Bend State Park. Hannah Duffield and I got to spend the whole day at North…

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Summer Kayaking Tours

June 20, 2018

Looking for a little summer adventure on the water? The Marietta Adventure Company (Marietta, Ohio) will offer seven seasonal guided kayaking tours. Backwater Tour (Full day trip/5-6 hrs.) This 6-10 mile guided trip offers exploration into three backwater areas along the Ohio River along with glimpses of the Wayne National Forest.  The group will paddle…

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