Cabins, comfort food and a dash of holiday cheer — enjoy quality time in Mercer County this season. 

Friday

Stay the weekend in one of Buffalo Trails cabins, cottages or treehouses and appreciate the peaceful wooded environment. Plus: it is conveniently located within 3.5 miles from the Pocahontas Trailhead of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails — if you want to take an ATV ride — and there is a full-service restaurant and bar (open Thursday–Saturday evening) on-site serving pizzas, steaks, burgers, wings and other classic American dishes. 

Saturday 

In the morning, head down Rt. 52 to reach Bluewell, where you can enjoy a West Virginia-style biscuit at Tudor’s Biscuit World. Then, drive into Bramwell for a self-guided walk through the Town of Millionaires. Maps are available in town at both the Coal Heritage Trail Interpretation Center and The Corner Shop (where you can also order a crave-worthy milkshake).

Get some more fresh air with a hike through Pinnacle Rock State Park. If you hike to the top of the rock formation, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views in Mercer County — particularly in the fall. And, if you’d like to explore further, there are more than 10 miles of other trails to tackle. 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite again, sit down for a family meal at Patty Joe’s Restaurant in Bluefield. The house-made soups will warm you up, and if you’re looking for a taste of the holidays, try the Hot Turkey Dinner with gravy, homemade stuffing and two sides. The crab cakes, baked seafood specials and country fried chicken also come highly recommended. 

End the day with an evening visit to Lotito City Park for the spectacular Holiday of Lights (running Thursday–Sunday, Thanksgiving–New Year’s Eve).