Affordable gifts your friends will never forget

Memories make the best presents of all. This holiday season, surprise your loved one with romantic retreats and sky-high adventure.

1. Bridge Day VIP

Believe it or not, Bridge Day 2017 planning starts now. Give your loved one an edge to the world’s biggest BASE jumping event with a special shuttle ride into the New River Gorge.

These “Into the Gorge” buses take you to the bottom of the canyon, where you’ll sit near the landing zone. It’s one of the best spots during Bridge Day! Watch in amazement as BASE jumpers and rappellers fly right towards you.

Present a shuttle pass this Christmas, and your giftee will have something to look forward to for months. Guaranteed!

“Into the Gorge” tickets sell out quickly, so now’s the time to nab one. The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce has all-day passes for $25.

2. Zip into the Gorge

If you know someone who’s always wanted to “fly” at Bridge Day, there’s a way to make their dreams come true. How? A highline ride!

It’s not every day that you can descend 700 feet zooming from the bridge catwalk! If your beloved adventurer has been good this year, surprise ‘em with a highline pass. Folks snap up tickets months in advance.


Call 304-574-1037 by Dec. 31, and you’ll only have to pay $125 for a 2017 ride.

3. A trek to remember… and repeat

Step onto the catwalk under the iconic New River Gorge Bridge, 800+ feet above an untamed river on a Bridge Walk tour! These year-round hikes give you breathtaking canyon views.

For Christmas, reward your favorite elf with an annual Bridge Walk pass. Unlimited tours and shop discounts are just some of the perks. It’s literally a gift that keeps on giving!

4. B&B escape

The Historic Morris Harvey House is one of Fayetteville’s most charming buildings. There’s no mistaking the lacy trim, gables and turret!

Conveniently enough, it’s also a B&B. No room is alike, and the entire Victorian home is decorated in period antiques and furniture.

The Morris Harvey is also minutes away from Fayetteville’s dining scene. Pies & Pints, a modern pizzeria and pub, is just down the road. Plus, it’s within walking distance of Vandal’s Kitchen, Gumbo’s Cajun Restaurant and several unique shops.

You can’t fit all of this into a Christmas package, but a Morris Harvey gift certificate gets pretty close. Order one in any amount from the B&B’s website!

5. A cabin for Christmas

Softly falling snow, roasting chestnuts by the fire… it’s hard not to associate the holidays with a forest retreat.

This year, treat someone to that postcard experience at Opossum Creek Retreat. Each cabin comes with luxuries like a screened-in hot tub, gas fireplace, TV and plush bedrooms. Hike through the woods or spend time in Fayetteville. Or both!

Sound like an ideal Christmas present? Give the owners a call, and they’ll help you out with gift cards.

6. An epic challenge

Do you know someone who should have been a detective? See if they can solve these interactive “locked-room” stories!

Epic Escape Game: New River Gorge is one of the area’s newest attractions, but it’s already one of the most popular. Folks can play 3 different adventures, which involve dramatic plots, riddles and a ticking clock. If you’re a real Sherlock, you’ll figure out which clues lead to the exit.

Everyone on your list will enjoy this one, so pick up gift certificates for the whole crew!

This year, how will you surprise your New River Gorge fan?