Four Best Spots for Art-Inspired Instagram Posts 

Last updated: March 25, 2022

When scrolling on social media, you may notice certain trends when it comes to curated travel content – murals filled with striking colors, picture-perfect scenery and exquisite architecture, to name a few. 

In recent years, daydreaming of travel has drastically increased searches for “Instagrammable spots” across the world. Luckily, Mercer County is full of places that look right at home on social media feeds. Here are the best spots for art-inspired Instagram posts that will not only impress your followers, but highlight your best travel memories. 

Under the Lights at the Granada

The whole world’s a stage, or at least that’s true at The Granada Theater. This historic theater opened its doors on January 2, 1928,  and was visited by well-known celebrities including Bing Crosby, Marian Anderson, Frank Sinatra and Greer Garson. The Granada was modernized in 1949 by the popular architect E.H. Geissler. By 2012, a new restoration process had begun which included replacing the roof and marquee, cleaning the theater’s exterior, replacing and re-glazing the windows and replicating the original carpet in the theater. There is no shortage of beautiful backgrounds and historic charm at The Granada Theater. Stop by for a movie, concert or theatrical performance and snap a few photos for your feed. 

Location: The Granada Theater, 537 Commerce Street, Bluefield, West Virginia

The Grassroots District 

Colorful, eccentric, and located in the heart of Mercer County, Artists’ Alley is the perfect place to visit for unique Instagram backdrops. Located in the Mercer Street Grassroots District, Artists’ Alley is home to 22 vibrant murals, all painted by local artists. A wrought-iron archway marks the entrance of the bright alley, which used to be a nondescript passageway. The murals range from realistic landscapes to playful, funky designs. Don’t forget the butterfly mural too!

Location: Mercer Street, Princeton, West Virginia.

In Front of a Victorian Mansion in Historic Bramwell 

These days, buildings are being designed to specifically include Instagrammable spaces. Fortunately, the historic town of Bramwell was already ahead of the curve. To the outside world, the town of Bramwell may appear to be straight out of an illustrated children’s book with enormous Victorian mansions, boxwood shrubs, iron fences and copper roofs. For an unparalleled Instagram background, walk down the brick streets lined with blooming gardens and elaborate mansions built during the early 1900s by wealthy coal owners and operators. From the Jairus Collins house (painted purple with rose patterned stained glass windows) to Curtis Bishop’s house (a yellow house featuring a beautiful garden), every house on Millionaire Row is eye-catching. 

Location: Main Street, Bramwell, West Virginia 

Artist Lacey Vilandry’s Mural in the Appalachian Coffee House

There are very few things more aesthetically pleasing than latte art and colorful murals. Discover the best background for your next post at the Appalachian Coffee House. The vibrant mural, painted by local artist Lacey Vilandry, is a captivating painting of the rolling hills and outdoor beauty of Mercer County. The mural also serves as the entrance to The Pigment Sanctuary, a new artistic experience! 

Location: Appalachian Coffee House, 860 Mercer Street, Princeton, West Virginia 

Refresh your feed this spring in Mercer County! Follow us on Instagram to find more special places in our area for your next photoshoot and don’t forget to share your photos on social media with #visitmercerwv