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Lewis County has something for all

December 31, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The winter doldrums need not set in for those traveling to Lewis County, as a variety of activities are such to suit every taste.

Stonewall Resort, the crown jewel of the region, offers a 208-room lodge and a lakeside campground for the more rugged of winter enthusiast. Even in the frosty months of winter, the resort is abuzz with activity. Stonewall Resort will offer its Ballroom Dancing Weekend Jan. 25-27, giving couples a chance to learn how to strut their stuff in a formal setting. You can finish the day in the heated indoor pool, a Jacuzzi or in the steam room.

There are a variety of spa packages available for those just wanting to kick back and relax. But when the desire to stretch those legs overtakes you, the Roanoke Activity Plaza offers an indoor climbing wall, indoor 9-hole miniature golf course, fitness trail and a snack bar. The resort also offers fishing, hiking and biking trails, and hunting is available in the nearby wildlife management area.

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If just cozying up to a warm fire with a glass of wine is more to your taste, then Lambert's Winery would be the place to be. Just off U.S. Route 33 near Weston, Lambert's Winery offers a tasting room complete with fireplace, rocking chairs and television.

A sampling of handcrafted West Virginia pottery is also available for sale. For more information, call 304-269-4903. The winery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For those having a more historical taste, Lewis County offers WVU Jackson's Mill, the boyhood home of Civil War General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The facility, located just off U.S. 19 north of Weston, features an historical area where visitors can learn of the daily lives of the Jackson family and see a working grist mill. The Mill will feature the Stonewall Jackson Birthday Buffet from 4:30-7 p.m., in the Mount Vernon Dining Hall on Jan. 20. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for those under the age of 12. Following the dinner, "The Boy Who Became Known as Stonewall," by historian Stephen Cassle will be held in the Greenbrier Room.

For those into military history of a more recent vintage, the Mountaineer Military Museum on Center Avenue in Weston is a must-see stop. The museum features uniforms and other aspects of military life dating back to World War I. Admission is by donation, and it is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment at 304-472-3943.

Weston was once home to a thriving glass industry, and visitors can visit Appalachian Glass on U.S. 33 in Weston is see hand-crafted items and other West Virginia products. Appalachian Glass is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 304-269-1030 for more information. Glass from the past can be viewed at the West Virginia Museum of American Glass on Main Avenue in Weston. Hours of operation are Noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Covered bridge enthusiasts can travel to the southern part of Lewis County to view and photograph the Walkersville Covered Bridge. The recently restored bridge is located about 12 miles south of Weston, just off of U.S. 19.

For those with an interest in things that go bump in the night, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is the place to be. The former state mental hospital is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of patients who once roamed the corridors of the century old building. Ghost hunts and historical tours are offered throughout the year. In the winter months, however, those tours are by appointment only. Groups of five or more can schedule a tour by calling 304-269-5070.



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