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Without a doubt, the best view of the New River Gorge Bridge is from the end of the Long Point Trail. While it is the Instagram-worthy spot at the trail’s terminus that gets most of the attention, the journey has other merits, and there are a few things you should know in preparation for this […]

The New and Gauley Rivers offer some of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the United States, if not the world. But the New River Gorge has many other adventure activities. In fact, the New River Gorge is also considered to be one of the premier rock climbing and mountain biking destinations. Even so, you […]

“Where I grew up, the only time you heard the word art was when you were talking about someone named Arthur,” Charley Harper told designer, Todd Oldham, in the short documentary, At Home with Charley Harper. Charley Harper, a beloved mid-century modernist artist, was born and raised in Frenchton, West Virginia. Yes, West Virginia. Frenchton […]

The New River Gorge may be best known for its world-class whitewater rafting, rock climbing and all of the other adventure activities it offers, but it’s the lush Appalachian forest that makes this place so magical. The New River Gorge National River encompasses more than 70,000 acres of land along one of the oldest rivers […]

There’s something so charming about Fayetteville, West Virginia, the small town that sits on the rim of the New River Gorge. Sure, the forest that surrounds Fayetteville is enchanting (so enchanting that the National Park Service purchased 70,000 acres in the 1980s to create a National River), but the small town itself has a lot […]

The Joy of Mushroom Hunting We spend a lot of time in the New River Gorge hunting for mushrooms. When we’re not hunting mushrooms we’re usually talking about hunting mushrooms, which often prompts people to ask us why we enjoy it so much. Sometimes, we fear, they soon regret asking because we can go on […]

The Endless Wall Trail is “The Best National Park Hike” for Many Reasons Of all the New River Gorge National River trails, The Endless Wall Trail has the most character and diversity. From the serenity of an ancient Hemlock forest to the pulse-quickening views from atop the cliffs overlooking the Gorge, it provides the casual […]

West Virginia Artists Featured in Tamarack’s Annual Juried Exhibition Tamarack currently has works from many exceptional West Virginia artists on display in the 11th annual Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition. The exhibit in the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery runs from June 15 – August 4, 2019. The show features the work of […]

Purchase a limited edition print. Promoting art and artists from our home state is not only our passion, it’s in our business plan. Each year we dedicate a portion of our vacation rental income to the purchase of West Virginia art to add to our collection at Lafayette Flats. For this year’s art purchase, we […]

One half of the duo that owns Happy Tree Coffee, Meghan McCool, is related to one half of the duo that owns Lafayette Flats, Amy McLaughlin. Meghan’s grandmother, Annabel Day, and Amy’s grandmother, Louise Johnson, are sisters. Both ladies know a thing or two about coffee. Annabel would happily start up her percolator when her […]


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