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Reasons to Visit Downtown Lewisburg, WV

Here are reasons to visit charming downtown Lewisburg, WV, a delightful Appalachian Mountain town with friendly locals and upscale businesses.

(UPDATED JUNE 2022) 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 or take a scenic road trip to. Here are the reasons to visit Downtown Lewisburg that I can think of, and I’m going to leave out the Barnwood Builders fame. It may only be four square blocks in size, but still one of the coolest small towns in the country.  

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Lewisburg 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. 

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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). 

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Lewisburg also has a handful of antique shops and a beloved farmers market that is open Wednesdays from 8 AM to 3 PM and the last Saturday of the month.

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Special Events in Lewisburg

The Greenbrier Historical Society (the gorgeous red brick building on Washington Street) offers self-guided free events from time to time and many virtual exhibits you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch. If you are in town on a Friday, First Fridays at 5 from 5 to 9 PM, the downtown comes alive with art, live music, and food offerings.

Possibly the biggest event, the State Fair of West Virginia is also held each August in Lewisburg. The Lewisburg Chocolate Festival, usually held in April, is my favorite event and a good time for the whole family. And lastly, a really popular event is the Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour in June, running for 36 years now.

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The State Fair of WV takes place in August on the outskirts of town in Fairlea. There is typically big-name entertainment. For 2022, look for Foreigner, Flo Rida, and Walker Hayes. There are all sorts of fun carnival rides, which are just part of the numerous attractions. Other big draws include delicious concessions and home, garden, art equine, and livestock competitions. Try the roasted corn-on-the-cob, fried green tomato sandwich, and West Virginia’s specialty pepperoni rolls. 

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Delightful Lewisburg Dining Options

Downtown Lewisburg is a haven for really good restaurants. A few dining options I love are Food and Friends, Stardust Cafe, and the Wild Bean.

Food and Friends is a great place for casual dining with a big menu. I love the French Onion Soup and the complimentary bread is delectable! Del Sol Cantina and Grille is your stop for Latin cuisine and The Wild Bean is perfect coffees (the best coffee shop in the area), smoothies, and vegetarian fare. My Wild Bean favorites are the Avocado Melt and Grilled Cheese (Cheddar, muenster and mozzarella) on ciabatta bread.

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Stardust Cafe is my favorite place to eat in Lewisburg. Stardust’s vibe is cool casual, and the food is absolutely wonderful. 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. Both are family-friendly restaurants.

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A Noteworthy Gem 

Seeing Carnegie Hall is a must in Lewisburg, West Virginia. This historic building (circa 1902) is one of four Carnegie Hall’s in the nation named for the steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie. You can see live performances and exhibits at this impressive address, which is every bit as gorgeous inside as it is out. This performance venue offers exhibits, educational classes, workshops, and galleries, plus a few special events.

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If you are interested in more historic buildings in Lewisburg, here is an online guide to take your own walking tour of the area. You can also schedule a guided tour at the North House Museum, which also offers cemetery walks and black history options. Must-sees are the Old Stone Presbyterian Church and cemetery, the Barracks, Jesse B. Bowlin House, and Greenbrier Military School, the oldest privately-owned military school in the nation.

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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.

Each room is individually decorated and have noteworthy special touches. The brass keys are an interesting feature of the gorgeous hotel.

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All rooms at the General Lewis 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. 

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Outdoor Activities

Lewisburg is a town where you will see people outside taking advantage of the gorgeous scenery, and many are fit and very active. Lewisburg is on the Greenbrier River Trail, a 63-mile moderate trail ride (or walk), a point to point route. The trail is accessible year-round and many people come here to ride this raved about stretch of bike trails.

If golf is your passion, there are seven courses near Lewisburg, with one being the Greenbrier Golf Club, a bucket list course for many around the country.

The Greenbrier River, one of the most attractive waterways in the state is great for fishing, kayaking, and tubing, a popular activity in this part of the state. Or, you can hop on your ATV (or rent one) and explore Greenbrier Off-Road Adventures in a Jeep Wrangler, roadster Slingshot, or even a Segway, which is my favorite way to get around.

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Nearby Attractions

if you are on your way to do the Cass Scenic Railroad Train at the State Park, Lewisburg is about 90 minutes away and would be a good add-on stop. The same with Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia’s favorite ski resort.

Lost World Caverns is another fun thing to do in Lewisburg and one your family will really like. The cave sits 120 feet below the ground and is the best in West Virginia. With temperatures at 52 degrees, you may want to bring a jacket.

Lewisburg is one of the wonderful towns in Greenbrier County, Southern West Virginia, minutes from White Sulphur Springs, best known as the home of the world-famous Greenbrier Resort and Hotel, America’s Resort.

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Photo from The Greenbrier.

Downtown Lewisburg: Worth a Stop

If you haven’t discovered the historic town and charms 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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