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Yearning for a fun getaway but still a little nervous about traveling? We get it, and we’re here to help. In this post, you’ll find a list of New River Gorge activities that get you outside in the fresh air and beautiful sunshine. No need to worry about group activities, close quarters, or social interactions. […]

Sunrise at Grandview in NRG

One of the positive responses that many people have felt as a result of this global pandemic is a stronger desire to check-in on people we care about. That’s why we sent a message to all the past New River Gorge Creatives-in-Residence to find out how they are doing and what they’ve been up to […]

New River Gorge Creatives

Editor’s Note: Matt Browning was the New River Gorge Creative-in-Residence at Lafayette Flats during December 2019. In this blog post, Matt reflects on his time in Fayetteville and the start of his career as a published author.  That Fayetteville magic. It’s a phrase that was said to me very early on during my New River […]

Matt Browning at the New River Gorge Bridge

Since 2015 the New River Gorge Creative Residency has afforded writers and artists the unique opportunity to live and work at Lafayette Flats Boutique Vacation Rentals in Fayetteville, WV. In years past, a singular resident has been chosen but this winter, THREE creatives have been awarded the residency. By tripling the number of residency recipients, […]

Matt Browning, Carly Thaw, Kimberly Trathen

It’s a special treat to give your friends and family presents from the Mountain State. Knowing that every gift you purchase supports a West Virginia artist, maker, or small business adds a whole nother layer of goodwill. But we understand – no one has time to travel around the state looking for the perfect West […]

The art-filled environment inside Lafayette Flats fosters creativity and inspires visionary thinking. Our guests have affectionately compared it to sleeping in an art museum. This comparison makes us very happy. And we know it makes our art benefactors, Mark Tobin Moore and Donna Whitten, happy too! When the director of Moment Makers, a series of […]

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 […]

Smiling faces on the overlook of the Long Point Trail

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 […]

Kayaking Adventure on the Scenic New River

“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 […]

Untitled Youtube Series: Charley Harper

The New River Gorge may be best known for its world-class whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and adventure activities but it’s the lush Appalachian forest that makes this place so enchanting. This hardwood forest is ecologically diverse, rich in cultural and natural history and packed full of recreational opportunities. The New River Gorge National River encompasses […]

Glade Creek is one of the most remote parts of the NRG.


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