Hip small towns where you can enjoy everything from live music to limoncello and moonshine in West Virginia.

Heading to West Virginia to enjoy the great outdoors? Don’t leave out these hip stops where you can enjoy everything from live music to moonshine.

Thomas, WV

Take a walk down East Avenue in Thomas, West Virginia and you’ll find art galleries mixed with antique stores, locally owned restaurants and even a longtime live music venue. A lot of people come to this area for outdoor adventures and then at the end of the day, when they’re done, they want to have a good meal and enjoy some entertainment, so they come into the mountain towns of Thomas and Davis and they come to places like the Purple Fiddle.

Live music at The Purple Fiddle in West Virginia
Live music at The Purple Fiddle in West Virginia

Since 2001, the Purple Fiddle has been welcoming live acts, like the Italian rock band playing on my visit. And the town’s shops and entertainment venues aren’t the only amusing attractions, the Cooper House Bed & Cocktail is a cute B&B where you may be welcomed by a four legged friend and each room is unique.

Fayetteville, WV

Fayetteville is another small town that’s big on adventure and big on restaurants. Local Kenny Parker, who moved here for the rock climbing and opened up a climbing retail store, fills me in on the local scene.

Fall colors and a display in Fayetteville, WV
Fall colors and a display in Fayetteville, WV

Charles Town, WV

You can head to Charles Town for more than just the races. Make a stop at Bloomery Distillery, a family run business where you can buy homemade cordials and spirits include inventive and surprising flavors like black walnut, peach, pumpkin spice and limoncello. While the distillery recently closed for tastings, this is a fun place to pick up a locally made product for later drinking or as a gift.

Darley tries limoncello at Bloomery Distillery
Darley tries limoncello at Bloomery Distillery

Best of all, each of these stops is close to lots of outdoor recreation activities, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds in West Virginia.

Watch this Travels with Darley West Virginia Adventures episode on Amazon Prime and PBS.