Blenko Glass: Located at Blenko Glass Company off of James River Turnpike in Milton. Historic museum on second floor of the Visitors Center features extensive stained glass display, history of the family-owned glass company, Country Music Award and U.S. Capitol lighting globe on display. Tours also available. Admission is free. Hours are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 304-743-9081.
Mountaineer Opry House: Located a stone’s throw off of Milton Exit 28, the red-block building known as The Mountaineer Opry House, has been hosting national-act bluegrass most Saturday nights during most of the year. Everyone from the late, great Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” to Grammy Award-winning artist Alison Krauss has played The Opry House, a smoke-and-alcohol-free, all-ages venue. Concessions are available. Tickets can be bought the day of show. For more information, call Larry and Mary Stephens, who have been running the Opry House for 20 years, at 304-743-5749.
West Virginia Pumpkin Park: The park hosts two major events each year, the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival and the Cabell County Fair. The board of the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Inc., the park’s owners, is hoping to expand the park’s use beyond those two activities. The park has already added periodic horse shows and motocross events to its schedule. For more information, contact PO Box 358, Milton, WV 25541, or call 304-638-1633 or 304-634-5857.
April Dawn Park: Located at 855 Mason St., Milton, April Dawn Park offers a free spray ground during warmer months, along with a playground, open play space, grills, electrical outlets, parking, and picnic shelter with rest rooms. The large, attractive, well-covered picnic shelter seats 60 people at 9 tables. It has two grills, and two electrical outlets. Hours are 8 a.m. until dark. The shelter may be reserved for $45 per day, Monday through Thursday, and $70 on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. To make reservations, call 304-696-5954.
Fox Fire Resort: Fox Fire, at 660 Fox Fire Road, Milton, offers RV camping at its best (but spots fill up fast!) as well as a variety of day-use activities. The 45-acre resort has public picnicking, fishing, waterslide, spray ground, swimming pools, jacuzzi, paddle boats, kayaks, putt golf, tennis, basketball and volleyball. The resort has been in operation since 1978. Fox Fire also offers hot air balloon rides and is a great place for company picnics and parties, reunions, church socials and other catered affairs. Resort is closed on Mondays and Tuesday (except holidays). Resort gates open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission cost per person is $10.37 Wednesday - Friday (half price after 3 p.m.) and $12.73 Saturday and Sunday (half price after 5 p.m.). The weekday group rate for 25 or more is $8.49 each. For more information, call 304-743-4588 or visit www.foxfirewv.com.
Maylon House: This 1923 home now serves as a venue for weddings, celebrations and meetings. It sits along U.S. 60 west of the downtown intersection. It was once the home to the family of Dr. Lon Morrison, a physician with a successful practice in the region. He had an office in the house. It was home to his family for three generations, and the name “Maylon House” was the result of combining the middle name of his wife with his first name. For more information, visit www.themaylonhouse.com or call 304-390-0084.
BLENKO GLASS CO.: Fairgrounds road, 304-743-9081, www.blenkoglass.com. The 110-year-old hand-blown glass company offers tours and a gift shop at its factory.
KIPLING SHOE COMPANY: 1221 Main St, Milton, 304-743-5721. Name-brand shoes for the whole family, including hard-to-fit sizes.
KNIGHT TIME MUSIC: 109 Main St., 304-743-5100. This music shop offers sound systems, karaoke machines and records for businesses, DJs and private homes.
HALFWAY MARKET: Located along U.S. 60, adjacent to the Milton Flea Market. It offers a variety of produce, plants and Amish foods.
MILTON FLEA MARKET: 1215 U.S. 60, 304-743-1123. Offers a variety of goods from glass and leather to music and clothing and much more. Dozens of vendors set up at this massive, permanent flea market, much of which was rebuilt following a devastating fire in 2008.
BARBIE’S FORMALS: 998 E. Main St., Milton; 304-743-9431.
THE WILLOW TREE: 1508 W. Main St., Milton; 304-743-0304.
PERRY’S COIN & CURRENCY: 4 Perry Morris Square, Milton; 304-743-8654.
WEST VIRGINIA CANDLES & GIFTS: 1901 Martins Lane, Culloden; 304-743-9471.
AJ’s Pig Pickin’/Sundowner Key
Description: Lunch is served Thursdays through Saturdays. It features steak sandwiches, barbecue pork sandwiches and a third rack of ribs. The catering business takes orders on all business days.
Address: 2563 Yates Crossing Road, Ona/Milton
Description: Authentic Mexican cuisine.
Address: 1056 Main St.
Farley’s Famous Hot Dog’s Inc
Description: –––Get your dog the West Virginia way, with slaw and sauce, or any way you choose. Don’t forget to try the rootbeer.
Address: 1226 Main St., Milton
Gino’s Pizza & Spaghetti House
Description: Pizzas, pastas, pubwiches and salads, plus dozens of flavors of homemade gelato.
Address 1: 286 E. Main St., Milton; 304-743-9096.
Address 2: 327 Summers Addition # 1, Milton; 304-743-0880.
Description: Popular regional pizzeria
Address: 1208 Trenol Heights, Milton
Description: Country-style dishes include breakfast, mozzarella cheese sticks, battered mushrooms, salads, hamburgers, hot dogs, tuna plate, BLT and hot roast beef. Coconut cream, chocolate, lemon, butterscotch and peanut butter homemade pies.
Address: 500 Perry Morris Square, Milton.
Description: Classic desserts are sold, such as the soft-serve chocolate dip cone and the banana split. Newer additions to the menu include the strawberry shortcake sundae and the fudge brownie sundae. The signature item is The Twist, a mixture of softserve mixed with a choice of candy, fruit or cookies. Cheeseburgers, hot dogs and homemade soups are also available.
Address: 325 East Main St., Milton.
Tudor’s Biscuit World
Description: A West Virginia original, you can get almost anything you can imagine on a giant, flaky biscuit, or choose from a variety of country-style platters.
Address: 327 Summers Addition # 1, Milton