Eat Play Stay: Morgantown

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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Tune into our episode of “Eat Play Stay” on Morgantown, West Virginia, to get a taste of home away from home just 90 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh.

Terra Cafe

Terra Cafe is located in Star City just a short bike ride north from downtown Morgantown. Terra Cafe sources everything locally and makes all their food from scratch. The Caperton Trail runs directly beside the cafe, which even has a trailside pickup window—just be sure to take a break from rollerblading if you’re picking up one of the cafe’s puffy pepperoni rolls.

Paddling the Cheat River

Morgantown sits on the Monongahela near the scenic Cheat River. Padlz Canoe and Kayak Rentals in Bruceton Mills is a great launch point for a day on the Cheat. This family-friendly, kid-friendly, dog-friendly rental is located on a quiet stretch of scenic flat water, making it approachable for beginning paddlers.

Big Sandy Brewing

Bruceton Mills is also home to Big Sandy Brewing. Big Sandy Brewing’s beers are brewed with 100% local grain. This recently opened outfit slings light and dark brews and also has homemade sodas on tap.

Modern Homestead

About 25 minutes from Morgantown in Reedsville is Modern Homestead. Far more than a B&B, Modern Homestead features a greenhouse, garden center, guesthouse, and cafe. The cafe features coffee, cocktails, and homemade fare with, you guessed it, local ingredients. Guests at Modern Homestead stay in unique themed rooms just minutes from several state parks and trails.

River Birch Cafe

For visitors sampling Morgantown’s many coffee shops, River Birch Cafe is a highlight. Also located next to the rail trail, River Birch features locally roasted coffee drinks, signature smoothie bowls, and handcrafted healthy bites.

Metropolitan Billiard Parlor

Dating back to 1924, the Metropolitan Billiard Parlor features antique pool tables and cold beer, including local craft brews. “The Met” is located beneath a historic theater and is great for a date night.

Aerial Adventures

Aerial Adventures is a ziplining and ropes course located in WVU’s research forest within Cooper’s Rock State Forest. This is the world’s only university-owned canopy tour. Get out and do some teambuilding while you sail through the trees.

Coopers Rock State Forest

When you’re not ziplining, Coopers Rock State Forest itself is a beautiful place to hike and enjoy West Virginia’s lush forests. Book a glamping spot through Tentrr for a comfortable evening in the hills.

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