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American in Charleston

Bluegrass Kitchen

The West Virginia beers on tap pair well with just about anything on the menu at this welcoming spot, from the half-pound local beef burger topped with pimento cheese to the pickle-brined fried chicken to the organi…
Market in Charleston

Capitol Market

Shelves groan under regional jams and jellies, Holl’s Swiss Chocolates and a long row of local produce at this indoor-outdoor market on the site of the old railyard for the Kanawha and Michigan railroad. You'll also…
Museum in Charleston

West Virginia State Museum

The voice of billionaire governor Jim Justice welcomes guests to this engaging museum, where a path winds past exhibit areas spotlighting key moments and eras in the history of the Mountain State. Stop here for back…
Live Music in Charleston

Mountain Stage

This two-hour live NPR radio broadcast showcases a range of up-and-coming national talent, from folk and blues to indie to world music. Most shows are held at the performance hall at the West Virginia State Museum o…
Ice Cream in Charleston

Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream

Photos of kids adorn the walls at this bright ice-cream shop where the homemade flavors include Dutch chocolate, mocha almond and Oreo. Specialty flavors available daily. Lots of couches and chairs for relaxing.
Books in Charleston

Taylor Books

In the heart of the downtown shopping district, this bustling yet intimate gathering place rolls four elements into one: indie bookstore, coffee shop, music venue and art gallery. And it works.
Pizza in Charleston

Pies & Pints

The convivial patio is the place to be at this branch of the popular West Virginia pizza and beer chain. And to be precise, that's stone-hearth pizza and craft beer.
Historic Building in Charleston

State Capitol Building

The 293ft-tall dome of the state capitol building is coated in 23.5-karat gold leaf – and it sure does sparkle on a sunny day. Completed in 1932, the building was designed by architect Cass Gilbert, who also designe…
Mexican in Charleston

Black Sheep Burrito & Brews

The Flock of Tacos – your choice of three tacos – is the dish to order at this breezy craft beer pub and Mexican joint that's a favorite of lawyers, cool kids and; well, just about anyone. A margarita with your meal…
Clothing; Gifts & Souvenirs in Charleston

Kinship Goods

Head over to the emerging the Elk City Historic District for this hip purveyor of quirky and regionally inspired apparel. We’re looking at you 'Ten-Four Good Buddy' t-shirt.