Photo courtesy W.Va. Tourism Office and W.Va. Governor's Office

New West Virginia Vacation Guide unveiled

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today unveiled the new West Virginia Vacation Guide, a travel inspiration magazine dedicated to promoting Almost Heaven, West Virginia. This year’s guide is a special edition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

“I’ve been saying it since the first day I took office: John Denver surely got it right when he coined ‘Almost Heaven, West Virginia.’ The song is a perfect love letter to our great state, and one that so many know by heart,” Gov. Justice said. “I’m so proud of this new guide. It showcases our four beautiful seasons, unmatched outdoor activities, and several of our incredible small mountain towns.”

Work on the 2021 Vacation Guide had already begun prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the guide’s focus shifted slightly as new travel trends emerged showing the post-COVID traveler’s strong desire for road trips, outdoor recreation, and crowd-free small towns.

These trends align with not only the experiences West Virginia has to offer visitors, but also the anniversary of Denver’s beloved tune. The new guide focuses heavily on road trips across the Mountain State.

“As soon as we saw the research on road trips, we knew we had the perfect pitch,” said Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby. “Summer road trips in West Virginia lead to destinations where folks can reconnect with what’s been missing over the past year. It’s the same sense of longing people feel each time they hear ‘Country Roads.’”

The 2021 Vacation Guide was produced in partnership with Meredith Travel Marketing, a leading publisher which produces Southern Living, Real Simple, and Parents. This spring, more than 100,000 West Virginia Vacation Guides will be included with subscriber copies of Southern Living, Real Simple, and Parents magazines to encourage summer road trips to the Mountain State.

The Vacation Guide also features interactive content with the use of QR codes throughout. When scanned, codes bring the guides to life in a digital format and unlock exclusive content such as new covers of “Country Roads” by West Virginia artists and travel inspiration from more than 50 tourism partners.

“Our goal was to create a new marketing piece that helps visitors plan their trip whenever they may be ready. Spring, summer, winter, or fall – you’ll find travel tips and ideas for all seasons,” Ruby said. “By adding interactive components, we will continue to update and share new content with prospective travelers all year long.”

To request a copy of the special edition West Virginia Vacation Guide, visit WVtourism.com.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on print
Share on email

SHOPS & SERVICES

Jess Scott holds her new book, ‘Miss Penelope Thundertoes Changes Her Mind.’ The book is geared for children aged 3 to 8 -- but it’s also for anyone who has a love for pigs.
Member Exclusive

Wesleyan professor pens children’s book, ‘Miss Penelope Thundertoes Changes Her Mind”

BUCKHANNON – Jess Scott, a professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College, has penned a children’s book she hopes will keep kids oinking with fun – but really ‘Miss Penelope Thundertoes Changes Her Mind’ is for swine enthusiasts of all ages. […]

Help us reinvent local journalism and unlock unlimited access to every story, every day. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below!

BUHS Sports

Raising the Jolly Roger With… Evan Coffman

TENNERTON — In continuing to bring you the best sports coverage in Upshur County, the My Buckhannon sports department is pleased to bring you another edition of our weekly exclusive — Raising the Jolly Roger

WVWC Sports

Wesleyan announces 2022 baseball schedule

BUCKHANNON, W.Va.– West Virginia Wesleyan baseball and head coach Lee Bradley released their 2022 schedule this weekend. The ‘Cats are scheduled for 14 home contests at Hank Ellis Field during the 2022 campaign. The Bobcats kick their season off

WVWC Sports

Tolbert scores 19 but Lady ‘Cats fall to D&E, 67-57

ELKINS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan (2-10, 1-9) women’s basketball team fell at Davis & Elkins (4-11, 1-9) on Saturday afternoon by a 67-57 score at the McDonnell Center in Elkins, W.Va.. WVWC LeadersCierra Tolbert netted 19

WVWC Sports

‘Cats fall by 11 on the road to Davis & Elkins

ELKINS, W.Va.– The West Virginia Wesleyan (2-16, 1-11) men’s basketball team fell to Davis & Elkins (6-9, 4-7) inside the McDonnell Center on Saturday. Braeden McGrew led the Bobcats with 17 points, but the Senators pulled away in

SHOPS & SERVICES

Cable Broadband

$17 million in broadband funding awarded

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice today announced the preliminary approval of over $17.4 million in Line Extension Advancement and Development (LEAD) program funds for

Thank you for reading this story. Our sponsors make My Buckhannon possible. Show 'em some love!