FOUR MUST-SEE DESTINATIONS IN MERCER COUNTY
1. Lake Shawnee Abandoned Amusement Park There’s something unnatural about this Mercer County attraction. A Native American burial ground. Violent deaths. Freak accidents. Who knew a simple amusement park could have such a dark past? Explore this creepy (maybe cursed?) land— ”one of the world’s most haunted places.” Arrange a private tour, join paranormal investigators to ghost hunt or brave the “Dark Carnival” in October. 2. Pipestem Drive-in The perfect summer night starts under the stars in Almost Heaven, West Virginia. In Athens, a small community in Mercer County the stars align every weekend at the Pipestem Drive-In Theater. Cars line the lot, families pull out lawn chairs and blankets and settle down for their favorite big screen flicks. The atmosphere – that combination of nostalgia and family time – is almost magical and hard to find. Open May- October, every weekend. 3. Bluefield’s historical inns Baker’s Hill Inn and the Bluefield Inn, historical B&B, makes an ideal weekend
retreat. Baker’s Hill Inn is a Victorian home with graceful touches: an attractive porch, period dining area, and generous amenities. Plush beds range from queen to king, and every room features a mini bar with free sodas. Like a chapter from “Gone with the Wind,” the Bluefield Inn evokes southern romance. Its past is almost as colorful, too. Built in 1904, the Bluefield Inn began life as a plantation manor. The elegant home boasted glittering chandeliers, grand chambers (including a billiards room), and a sweeping, dramatic staircase— gems you can admire today. 4. The Blue Ridge Bee Company One couple’s desire to save the honey bees in Appalachia has turned into a one-of-a kind store in the Grassroots District in downtown Princeton. Reminiscent of a general store, they sell honey, ice cream, local bread and meats, West Virginia maple syrup and more. Pick up a jar of honey and learn more about Will and Emily Lambert’s work with honey bees. While you are there, explore the Grassroots District’s stores and restaurants.
Dining worth the drive Even though you cannot ride your ATV directly to these spots, you won’t want to miss these local flavors when you come to Mercer County. Located in the heart of Blue- field’s historic Depot District, The Railyard serves up American bistro-style food for lunch and dinner. Enjoy a large selection of craft beer and Railyard's signa- ture handcrafted cocktails. Enjoy live music throughout the week. Famous for its mouth-water- ing garlic knots, Portabella’s Italian Restaurant in Bluefield serves homemade pizza, pasta, and more. Venture to Princeton to dis- cover the county’s only brewery, Sophisticated Hound Brewing Company . Located in the Grass Roots District, the pub features a great selection of craft beer, signature sandwiches, and per- sonal pizzas. If barbecue is your thing, the Taste of Memphis in Princeton slow cooks all of its barbecue on the smoker for up to 15 hours, resulting in a signature savory flavor. Enjoy delicious pulled pork, chicken, and mouth-watering ribs. A big Appalachian breakfast at Dolly’s Diner in Princeton is the best way to start the morning. Enjoy southern style hash browns, savory biscuits and gravy and hot coffee in a red, black and white retro diner.
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