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Cuisine and Culture at theNew River Gorge

There are plenty of hidden gems in the New River Gorge area to satisfy your food cravings and introduce you to new cultures. From breweries and fine dining options to quick stops for a snack, these mountain towns will have you craving for more Appalachian flavor the next day. For the cherry on top, you can expect to see some of West Virginia’s unique melting pot of cultures through many different shops, entertainment and everything in between.

People eating in a restaurant

At the Table

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the New River Gorge area, each with their own unique twist on popular dishes. Savor some gourmet barbecue at Firecreek BBQ & Steaks or feel at home with the Appalachian-themed dinners at Our House Grill & Pub. Get in the Almost Heaven spirit and check out Cathedral Cafe for a classic breakfast and enjoy the open-air feeling of the old church. If you want your food to feel like you’re globe trotting, give Kobe Asian Fusion or Don Rizo Mexican Kitchen and Cantina a try. No matter if you’re solo, on a romantic getaway or bringing the whole family out, Fayetteville will keep your belly as full as your heart.

Pint of beer


The New River Gorge area is home to several crisp drinks and places to kick back. For refreshing, locally crafted beer, take a trip to The Freefolk Mission or Southside Junction Tap House. Choose from 20 different beers at Bridge Brew Works and learn more about where else in West Virginia you can purchase bottles of their craft. To get a feel for the West Virginia farm life, take a sip of the seven beers on tap, snag some of their famous fish tacos and enjoy the outside dining experience at The Handle Bar Kitchen. With these great options and more, Fayetteville will never leave you dry.

People shopping

Create Your Own Style

West Virginia is full of many creative entrepreneurs, and they make the New River Gorge community the perfect place to shop for a new look. Everything from vintage fits to modern pieces, Out of The Ashes caters to all the needs in women’s designer fashion. For those into vintage, extremely uncommon shirts and more, Very Rare Vintage will blow you away. To add to your casual wardrobe, dress up your home with high-quality quilts or find quirky knick knacks, check out Dove’s Outlet Grove. No matter what style you’re going for, Fayetteville has you covered. For outdoor gear and apparel, Water Stone Outdoors is a must-stop destination.

Flags on storefront

History and Culture

Nothing ties a Mountain town together quite like the history and the people. The Historic Fayette Theatre is a great location to catch a springtime musical, a summer play in July or August and other performances throughout the year. Take a stroll through the Historic District and walk past several houses that existed during the Civil War.