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There’s something so charming about Fayetteville, West Virginia, the small town that sits on the rim of the New River Gorge National Park. Sure, the forest that surrounds Fayetteville is enchanting, but the small town itself has a lot to offer. At its center is the historic Fayette County Courthouse, which is surrounded by great […]

The Hobbit Hole hidden in downtown Fayetteville, WV

Editor’s Note: Jessica Sands is the first of two 2021 New River Gorge Creatives in Residence at Lafayette Flats. Jessica was born in WV and raised in Southern Pennsylvania.  She received degrees from Bethany College and West Virginia University, and she is currently working as Senior Lecturer, Multilingual Writing at Cornell University.  This is Jessica’s […]

New River Gorge Bridge in Winter

Yearning for a fun getaway but 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. There is plenty […]

Sunrise at Grandview in NRG

We have a confession. One of the main reasons we invested in Fayetteville – buying and renovating the building that now houses Lafayette Flats Boutique Vacation Rentals – was because we loved the food. Seriously. We both have enthusiastic palates. A few of our favorite Fayetteville dishes include Brussel sprouts from Secret Sandwich Society, homemade […]

Secret Sandwich Society Burger and Fries in Fayetteville, WV

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

(Editor’s Note: Mary Ann Henry is the 2016 New River Gorge Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette Flats. This is her third contribution to this blog.) One of the unexpected bonuses of coming to Fayetteville – and I truly I did not expect this – was that I was surrounded by amazing people in a progressive community. These […]

Seasons change subtly in Fayetteville. Or perhaps we should say, people in Fayetteville change subtly with the seasons. From the windows of Lafayette Flats we have a unique perspective on these changes. We have a bird’s eye view of Waterstone Outdoors, New River Bikes, and a long view down Court Street to the visitor’s center. […]

Autumn view of the New River Gorge Bridge from the Long Point Trail.

We love art and we love Fayetteville, so we were doubly pleased when we learned of an influential stained glass artist who made her home here. Elizabeth Grafton died several years ago (at the age of 99) but left a legacy of influence far and wide; seemingly more well known elsewhere than in her home […]

The Tree of Life Stained Glass by Fayetteville Native, Elizabeth Grafton

Lafayette Flats’ official Historian, Carl McLaughlin, has been researching the history of our building and in this entry, he looks at the Bank of Fayette (for which our building was originally build to house) and one of its key employees. The Bank of Fayette moved into the Malcolm Building (today’s Lafayette Flats) in 1906.  Joseph […]

As you can imagine, we spend a lot of time at Lowe’s, because it is the only large home improvement store in Fayette County. Barely a day goes by that we are in Fayetteville that we don’t make at least one visit. We thought we would like to use a little bit of our blog […]


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