Where to Eat with a View of WV's Gorge Scenery
On Bridge Day afternoon, you can marvel at the mountains with a bird's eye view over lunch from local vendors. After the festival ends, you can still get dinner with a view, too.
Here are some places to enjoy both great food and scenery:
Smokey's on the Gorge
All-you-can eat gourmet mountain cuisine, with a deck that sits on the rim of the open gorge canyon and a perfect few of the bridge. Choose from a full buffet of upscale Southern foods, like citrus-spiked pork or balsamic brussels sprouts. Each day the offerings are different, but you can always expect several meat, veggie and pasta entrees and sides, plus a full salad and dessert bar.
Hawk's Nest Restaurant
The full-walled window at the Hawk's Nest Restaurant gives you a perfect panorama view of the parklands while eating. Chow down on some of your favorite homestyle dishes, with traditional sandwich fare for a bright mid-day meal and seafood and other specialties in the evening as the sun sets over the mountains. Sometimes, you can also catch live music, so you can have a taste-view-sound trifecta.
The Mountain House
When winter rolls around, you can catch the snowy scene on our rolling hills from the Mountain House at Winterplace Resort. The great room features a stone fireplace to keep you cozy as you sip hot chocolate and stare off over the landscape. Or, you can sit out on the deck for a full view of the surrounding winter wonderland.
Raft trip Lunches
Even on a half-day trip, rafting companies take coolers full of food out on their New River runs. Paddle the whitewater to work up an appetite, then feast on an array of sandwiches and sides. Sit atop the massive riverbed rocks (much less formidable when you're on land) and gaze out over the WV wilderness.
In the fall, on Gauley River release trips, stop offs alongside the river are fully equipped for hot-grilled meals to refuel from raging against the rapids. Grab a burger topped with all your favorite flavors, and enjoy the serenity of the remote forest. Sometimes, you can even stand over the roaring waves and cheer for other boaters as they paddle through.
Hike & Picnic
If all else fails, grab a bite from one of Fayetteville's best restaurants and hike out into the New River Gorge for a picnic. Long Point Trail is one of the most popular scenic hikes, as it will perch you atop the canyon with a clear view of the bridge. Sit on the giant rock and dig in as the colors retreat from the sky.
And don't forget Taste of Bridge Day's open-air sampling event the evening before the big day!
Where's your favorite place to eat with a view?