Learning About West Virginia

Alexandra Keleti

January 10, 2022

West Virginia is replete with beautiful nature and fascinating history. Zach and I drove across the verdant mountainous state to go skiing at Timberline while staying at a charming Elkins hotel. For wintertime, it was a warm day, but Timberline luckily was one of the few ski resorts that had remained open. I was given a few helpful lessons on skiing before I took to the slopes.

Alexandra ate at a small Mexican restaurant in Elkins. The interior of the restaurant was full of bright and colorful d├ęcor.

On her last day in Elkins, I explored the Davis & Elkins College despite the pouring rain. The campus had no students because it was Winter Break. The buildings had an old-fashioned, perhaps Victorian sophistication and the small campus seemed like a quaint place to attend school.

Alexandra Keleti visited the Davis & Elkins College.
The view from the top of the hill on the Davis & Elkins College campus.
An outdoor stage at the Davis & Elkins College.

While further exploring West Virginia, I visited the historic city of Charles Town, where John Brown was tried for treason and sentenced to death. This small city has a number of antique shops, quaint boutiques, small cafes, and impressive street art.

The Charles Town, West Virginia courthouse where John Brown was tried for treason and ultimately sentenced to death.
A mosaic street artwork visible in a quiet Charles Town street.

I went hiking in Blackwater Falls State Park and walked slowly on a beach surrounded by glorious mountains. The nature in West Virginia is some of the best in the country. Lakes, waterfalls, mountains, rolling hills, and tall trees make the state nothing less than breathtaking. On the drive through the state, there are plenty of stops with scenic views of the hilly green countryside dotted with charming houses. During the golden hour, shortly after sunrise or before sunset, these views are particularly stunning.