Drive through the rolling hills, race around a track in a go-kart, take a seat on a classic choo-choo or lace up some roller skates — there’s no limit to the type of adventure available in Mercer County if you got some a set of wheels.
What better way to start the weekend than with a pie or pasta from WV-based Gino’s Pizza & Spaghetti House and a double feature of popular new releases under the stars? At Pipestem Drive-In, you can park and set up your lawn chair or blanket in front of the screen or sit in your car and enjoy the films by tuning your radio to listen. The theatre also has a concession stand with all of your favorite snacks to munch on during the show.
Once the final credits roll, drive down US-20 towards Princeton, where you’ll find a number of hotel and motels with rooms for the weekend.
Since it’s Saturday, why not indulge with a fresh-baked cinnamon roll and flavorful beverage from Appalachian Coffee House in the Mercer Street Grassroots District.
Stroll down the street, popping in and out of the local shops as they open for the day and taking in the many of the murals located throughout the district, before reaching your destination — the Princeton Railroad Museum. Here, you’ll learn the history of the Virginian Railway, also known as the “Richest Little Railroad in the World,” and how it shaped the town through historical items, models, books, art and more. Make sure to see the VGN 308 caboose that has been restored before you leave.
Pop in to Coal Country Kandies and Cafe, also on Mercer Street, for a home-cooked lunch and sweet treat.
After your meal, hop in the car and head to Brushcreek Falls RV Resort for an afternoon of fun! 304 Speedway is located on-site, where you can watch regularly scheduled go-kart races (typically the first and third Saturday of the month). There’s also laser tag, arcade, playground, mini golf, gem mine and more to round out the afternoon.
Make your way back to the Mercer Street Grassroots District for the evening’s festivities. Visit Riff Raff Arts Collective and The Room Upstairs, Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Art Gallery or any of the other spots you might not have had a chance to check out. If you planned your trip for the third Saturday of the month, you’ll be able to check out classic cars and hot rods during Cool Cruisin’ Nights.
End the night with some local beers and Taproom pretzels with 1863 beer cheese at Sophisticated Hound Brewing Company.
Sundays are for sleeping in. If you’re in the mood for breakfast, you have a few options: Dolly’s Diner in Princeton, Valley Country Restaurant or Bakery on the Hill at Baker’s Hill Inn in Bluefield or Tudor’s Biscuit World. If it’s the first Sunday of the month, you can also add Blue Spoon Cafe to your list.
Around mid-day, visit Lotito City Park to ride the famous The Ridge Runner train (open April-September), before feeding into nostalgia with a trip to Lynn’s Drive-Inn for a hotdog and dipped soft-serve cone.