I fell in love with historic downtown Lewisburg, West Virginia the very first time I visited. From the Appalachian Mountains traditions, to the friendly locals and town that mesh cohesively, Lewisburg is a place you should definitely explore. Here is what I recommend seeing and doing on your visit to downtown Lewisburg, West Virginia. It may only be four square blocks in size, but still one of the coolest small towns in the country.
Downtown Lewisburg, West Virginia Shopping
For such a small area, the shopping opportunities in downtown Lewisburg are quite massive. I remember walking into High Country (a ladies boutique) and seeing impressive names like Eileen Fisher and Johnny Was as the main clothing brands. Other stores worth browsing are Wolf Creek, Studio 40, and Yarid’s Shoes, with the finest footwear and accessories in all of West Virginia.
To admire or shop local artisans and artworks, check out Wandering Bird Gallery, Harmony Ridge, and WV Fine Artisans Gallery. See art and antiques, plus shop for gourmet cheeses and wine at Robert’s Antiques & Wine Shop, a place you can certainly get lost in for hours.
Bella the Corner Gourmet has an awesome mix of kitchen accessories, artisan cheeses, specialty foods, wine, and things you have to have just because they are adorable. A few other noteworthy shops in downtown Lewisburg include Love Child (everything for the little ones), Show Your Colors (collegiate gear), and Edith’s Health & Speciality Store (supplements, green household cleaners, natural products, and health foods).
Delightful Lewisburg Dining
Food and Friends is a delicious restaurant for casual dining with a big menu. I love the French Onion Soup and the complimentary bread is delectable! Stardust Cafe is my favorite place to eat in Lewisburg. Casual cool is the vibe and absolutely delicious is the taste. For a scrumptious sandwich, try the Gullino Gooleenoh: chicken breast on ciabatta with tomato, onion, melted asiago, and pesto mayo. It pairs nicely with a side of pasta salad.
Del Sol Cantina and Grille is your stop for Latin cuisine and The Wild Bean is perfect coffees, smoothies, and vegetarian fare. My Wild Bean favorites are the Avocado Melt and Grilled Cheese (Cheddar, muenster and mozzarella) on ciabatta bread.
A Noteworthy Gem
Seeing Carnegie Hall is a must in Lewisburg, West Virginia. This historic building is one of four Carnegie Hall’s in the nation. You can see live performances and exhibits at this impressive venue, which is every bit as gorgeous inside as it is out.
Staying in Downtown Lewisburg
Offering 24 luxury boutique style rooms, the historic General Lewis Inn is worth the visit alone. I stayed in the Pearl S. Buck Room, which features a nice mix of antiques, vibrant prints, lovely queen canopy bed, and Far East Asia accent pieces.
All rooms at the inn include high-speed Wifi, WV Spring Water, cotton robes and slippers, and complimentary organic Counter Culture coffee from 6 to 9 AM. You can enjoy craft cocktails on the patio or front porch from Thistle Lounge and dine at the Jefferson Dining Room, offering a weekend brunch.
Special Events in Lewisburg
- T.O.O.T. (Taste of the Town) (second week in April)
- Lewisburg Chocolate Festival (second week in April)
- Home & Garden Tour (second week in June)
- Lewisburg Literary Festival (first week in August)
- Holiday Festival (last week in November)
- Girl’s Day Out (second week in December)
Downtown Lewisburg: Worth a Stop
If you haven’t discovered the historic town of Lewisburg, you need to factor it into your travel plans. With an arsenal of local shopping, delicious restaurants, and a delightful hotel, Lewisburg is definitely worth a visit. It truly is “almost heaven” tucked away in the pristine Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.
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