Fairmont’s reputation precedes it. Known all over the US as the friendliest city in West Virginia, it has a lot to live up to. After just a couple of hours in this charming town, travelers will find that it doesn’t disappoint. Welcoming locals offer directions at the drop of a hat, enthusiastic baristas serve up delicious brews, and inn-keepers are eager to make visitors’ stays in Fairmont memorable.
Things to see
White Hall, an adjacent town, offers a nice selection of eateries and shops for visitors to enjoy. Its small population of less than 1,000 residents makes it a nice spot to soak in authentic West Virginia small town hospitality.
Ever wondered what colonial, and often war-time America, was like? Prikett’s Fort Park is a living museum of Colonial Virginia’s most famous war-time bunker, Prikett’s Fort. The replica is open to the public and is free to exploration.
Those who enjoy a little tipple on their vacation should head to the Heston Farm Winery is right on their doorstep. This 220-acre farm offers wine tastings, open-air concerts, and comforting home-style meals.
Fairmont doesn’t only dabble in the juice of the grape. The Pinchgut Hollow Distillery is a mouth-watering proposition if you’re looking to encounter whiskeys from several different regions of the globe. Tours and tastings are available daily.
Hotels in Fairmont
Fairmont is well-known for providing only the best when it comes to leisure accommodations. Whether a honeymoon, a romantic weekend away, or a family vacation, this little city has it covered.
Travelers will find everything from budget motels and mid-range converted inns to more tradition lodges and the quaintest of independently-run bed-and-breakfasts. There are also many splurge-worthy hotels offering everything from heated indoor pools to 24-hour room service to those who appreciate the finer things in life.
Where to stay
Enveloped by the Great Lakes region and home to some of Minnesota’s most fascinating historical sites, Fairmont is a great place to be based during your time in the area. Accommodation here is well-priced and known to be top-notch when it comes to quality.
Smaller than Fairmont but no less impressive, Morgantown offers visitors a quieter experience. The area is popular with families who prefer to make daytrips to surrounding areas.
A big city with small town charm – that’s Clarksburg. Only 30 minutes by road to Fairmont, the city is perfect for either a daytrip or even a weekend away. There is much accommodation here, ranging from mid-range to upscale.
How to get to Fairmont
The main airport in the city is Fairmont Municipal Airport. Although it is open for public use, it’s rarely used by commercial flights. Travelers coming from domestic and international destinations are more likely to land at Pittsburgh International Airport, less than a 2-hour drive north of Fairmont.
The local bus service operated by the Fairmont Marion County Transit Authority is a convenient way of getting around the city.
Making your way into the city is also possible with both bus and train services. Amtrak’s rail network extends all over the region, with a stop in Fairmont, while many public bus companies offer local and regional services.