Hit the road this three-day weekend
The three-day Martin Luther King Weekend approaches and it's prime time for loading up the wagon and heading out with the family or friends for a great cabin-fever-busting road trip to the wilds of Ohio, Kentucky or West Virginia.
Here's a look at a few cool road-trip ideas for this weekend.
Move it on up to the Valley
It's the biggest ski weekend of year and you can find it all down inside the highest valley east of the Mississippi -- Canaan Valley.
Sitting up at 3,200 feet, the Valley is home to the family-owned Timberline Four Seasons Resort, which has 40 trails including 25 kilometers of backcountry skiing. Next door at Canaan Valley, check out the brand new tubing park, as well as the cross country skiing that (weather permitting) will be available at White Grass.
Check out live music at Timberline's Timber's Pub, as well as in Thomas at the almost famous Purple Fiddle.
Beasts of the Beckley wild
Go and enjoy a weekend of wild rides around Beckley. First off, stop by the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center where they are opening the chutes for Extreme Bull Riding at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19.
Doors will open at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets by calling 877-772-5425 or visiting www.beckleyconventioncenter.com.
And you can get in on the wild ride action, by heading just south of Beckley down I-77 to Ghent or Flat Top, W.Va., home to Winterplace, the ski resort that also happens to have one of the region's largest snowtubing parks in addition to 27 ski and snowboard trails.
Go online at www.winterplace.com for more information and for hot deals.
A winter wonder weekend
Get the family out and enjoy a bevy of seasonal sports as North Bend State Park in Cairo, (just east of Parkersburg), hosts its annual Winter Wonder Weekend that runs Friday through Sunday, Jan. 18-20.
Old-timey activities will include crafts, games, pie auction and a carnival. Outdoor winter sports will include sleigh riding (weather permitting), hikes and other activities that will create a fun family weekend.
The weekend package is $138 per person based on double occupancy. Single reservations will be accepted at a cost of $163. The package includes two nights lodging in the lodge or a cabin, five full meals and registration fee that includes a craft, door prizes and all weekend activities. Lodging for children under age 12 is free. Cabins are available and the rates are according to cabin size and occupancy. Cabins make a great family weekend option with multiple bedrooms, kitchens, televisions, telephones and fireplace to enjoy.
To participate in Nature Wonder Weekend and to register, call 304-558-2754 or visit www.northbendsp.com and click events/deals to download a reservation form and to learn more about events and activities at North Bend State Park.
Party like it's 1799
Drive south and you'll find yourself back in time at Twin Falls Resort State Park where you can party like it's 1799 as it has a pioneer weekend called the Tracking and Wood Lore weekend with workshops Friday through Sunday featuring edible and medicinal plants, Native American stories and an 18th century trading camp.
Trails, Inc., instructors and guides for the weekend are Doug Wood, Dianne Anestis, Mike Little, Sue Little and Tiffany Little. Activities will begin on Friday night with an introduction to the weekend activities, games and a night hike. Saturday features an 18th century-style dinner.
Overnight accommodations are available for Twin Falls Lodge or cabins. Package prices include two nights lodging, Saturday dinner, break refreshments and all event activities. The total cost for two people is $215.
Advance reservations are required in order to plan for outdoor and indoor activities, the special Saturday meal and interactive programs. For more information call 304-294-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Workshop agenda is posted on www.twinfallsresort.com.
The great indoors
Everything you ever wanted to know about the outdoors and adventure in West Virginia, you can learn about this weekend with a trip over to The Charleston Civic Center where they'll be hosting the 27th annual West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show from Jan. 18-20.
West Virginia's premiere hunting and fishing show features dozens of booths for all things outdoors as well as an auction of the hunting and fishing trip and related items at 5 p.m. Saturday. Hours are Friday: Noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $8, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, and under age 6 are admitted free. Contact Michael Green at 304-757-7240 or email email@example.com for additional information.
Take a roadtrip to Morgantown this weekend and you can catch a killer country and bluegrass-flavored Mountain Stage show set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown featuring Robert Earl Keen, Shelby Lynne, Rhett Miller and Black Prairie.
Check out veterans like Texas-carved songwriter Robert Earl Keen and Grammy winner, Shelby Lynne as well as Old 97's frontman, Rhett Miller and Black Prarie, a bluegrass-influenced band from Portland that features three of the five original members of the popular indie rock band The Decemberists. Advance tickets are available. To purchase tickets, call 304-293-SHOW or visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.mountainstage.org.
Take a hike at Hocking
Located an hour and a half north of Huntington, Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio will be clothed in its seasonal beauty for the 48th Annual Winter Hike, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19.
The hike is one of Ohio's most popular wintertime activities, drawing hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts each year. The hike takes place regardless of the weather.
Hikers should arrive at the Old Man's Cave parking lot no later than 10:30 a.m. and preferably before 9 a.m. Layered clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended. Groups of hikers will start down the six-mile trail to Ash Cave at regular intervals until 11 a.m. The hike is expected to take about five hours.
A hearty lunch will be served at Cedar Falls, mid-way point of the hike.
Pre-hike activities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Hocking Hills State Park Dining Lodge.
The event is free to the public. Donations are encouraged for refreshments. Winter hike souvenir patches and hiking stick medallions will be available for purchase.
Hocking Hills State Park is located on State Route 664 in Hocking County, about 12 miles southwest of Logan. For further information about the hike, call the park office at 740-385-6841.