Fairmont , nicknamed the
"Friendly City", is a city of 19,097 people (as of 2000) in West Virginia. It
was established in 1820 as Middletown, and changed in 1843 to
Fairmont, short for "Fair Mountain". Mary Lou Retton — a
gold-medalist gymnast in the 1984 Olympics, who was highly popular
around the country and particularly in West Virginia — is
originally from Fairmont.
Fairmont is part of the High-Technology Corridor along I-79,
home to companies such as Allegheny Energy, the FBI Identification
Facility, and numerous software-oriented businesses.
Fairmont is located at the intersection of
US-19, between Morgantown and Clarksburg, and
US-250, between Wheeling and Elkins. It's also adjacent to
I-79 (exits 132 through 139), which runs largely
parallel to US-19 in the region.
- Downtown Fairmont, 304-368-1123. Walking tours
available for the historic section of town.
- Nine of the seventeen covered bridges in West
Virginia are within easy access of Fairmont. Kathleen Panek, owner
of the Gillum House B&B in Shinnston, has route information if
you want to visit all of them.
- Barrackville Covered Bridge, junction of WV-21
and US-250. A 148-foot single-lane historic covered bridge.
- West Virginia Folklife Center, 1201 Locust
Avenue at Fairmont State, 304-367-4403 or 304-367-4286, .
Dedicated to the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of
the region's rich cultural heritage, through academic studies,
educational programs, festivals and performances, and
- Curtisville Lake, WV-7 (Curtisville Pike) past
Logansport, . 695 acres
and a 30-acre lake. Hiking trails, fishing.
- East Marion Park, State Street Extension, . 32 acres.
Tennis, basketball, softball, horseshoes, mini-golf, hiking and
jogging trails, playground, wave pool and waterslide. Mini-golf
open from 11AM to 8PM daily; admission $2.
- Mary Lou Retton Park, Mary Lou Retton Drive
and Old Monongah Road, . 25 acres.
Four baseball fields, one football field, tennis courts with
practice wall, playgrounds, West Virginia Miner's Memorial.
- Pricketts Fork State Park, WV-3 off I-79 (exit
139), 304-363-3030, . Features a
recreation of the rustic log Pickett's Fort from 1774. Guides in
period costume recreate late 18th-century life and demonstrate
colonial crafts. The park includes Pricketts Creek and Bay, the
Monongahela River, an interpretive nature trail, hiking, walking,
jogging, cycling, boating, fishing, and a 400-seat
- Valley Falls State Park, WV-310 off I-79 (exit
137), 304-367-2719. 1,145 acres for fishing, horseshoes, whitewater
rafting, 18 miles of hiking and biking trails. Foaming waterfalls
and the remains of a sawmill and grist mill.
- Worthington Park, US-19 in Worthington, . 10 acres.
Waterfall, softball, horsheshoes, fishing, West Fork River
- Coal Country Miniature Golf, 3 Hollen Circle,
304-366-9300, . Miniature golf and
batting cages with a coal-mining theme. 18 holes. $5 - $8.
- Valley World of Fun, 2017 Pleasant Valley
Road, 304-366-2500 or 877-366-2501, . Open 10AM to
10PM Sunday through Thursday, and 10AM to 11PM Friday and Saturday.
Miniature golf, 24 bowling lanes, lasertron, bumper cars, bumper
boats, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, 5,000-square-foot maze,
90-foot slide, indoor midway, Himalaya mini-coaster, gyro, whirly
bird, rock-n-roll cage, Twister, soft play area, arcade, snack bar
and cafe. Day passes $14 - $20.
- Fairmont (Downtown) Theatre, 416 Adams Street,
Open Friday through Sunday. 2 screens. Classic theatre in the
downtown area. $5. Currently Closed.
- Sunset Ellis Drive-in, south of Shinnston,
304-592-3909. Open Friday through Monday, May until Labor Day.
- Tygart Valley Cinemas, 7 Tygart Valley Mall,
9 screens. $4.50 - $6.
- West Virginia Day and Gazing Back in Time
Festival, 211 Adams Street, 304-367-5398. Held in late
June. Bake sale, Palace Restaurant fruit bowl and pecan roll
luncheon, activities, games and music.
- Mountain State Juried Art Exhibit, 830 Walnut
Avenue, 304-363-1769. Held in October. Juried, fine art exhibit of
paintings, photos and three-dimensional works of art.
- Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Event (Mother She Wrote (held at Christopher's)),
Street, ☎ 304-657-7113, . Dinner theater mystery event in Fairmont WV on
Friday May 16,2008 Ticket price included appetizers, salad, deluxe
buffet, dessert, beverages, gratuities and live show. (cash bar
available) This hilarious show is filled with clues to keep track
of! You might even be awarded the super sleuth award! Just in time
to give as a gift for Mother's Day or to enjoy during the WVU
commencement / graduation weekend. $38.95. edit
- Friendly Furniture Galleries, 205 Adams
Street, 304-366-9113, . Quality home
furnishings in a five-story historic building in downtown Fairmont.
Consultation, design, accessories, giftware, fine coffee and
- Rider Pharmacy, 303 Merchant Street,
304-366-2710, . Open 8:30AM to 8PM
Monday through Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturday; closed Sundays.
Family-owned and -operated since 1967, offering floral
arrangements, gift baskets, Boyds Bears, WVU souvenirs, Department
56 and other gifts.
- Sew Chic, Old WV-73 off I-79 (exit 39),
304-366-4135 or 877-366-4135, . Open 10AM to 6PM Monday
through Friday, and 10AM to 2PM on Saturday; closed Sundays.
Fabrics, threads, books, repair service, heirloom supplies,
cabinets, magazines, and sewing and quilting classes.
- Squirrel Nutkin's Shoppe, 213 Morgantown
Avenue, 304-363-1122. Antiques, collectibles, pottery, candles,
food, and products made in West Virginia.
- The Tin Man, 235 Locust Avenue, 304-367-0070,
. Open 10AM to 6PM
Tuesday through Friday, and 10AM to 3PM on Saturday; closed Sundays
and Mondays. Antiques, artistic, vintage and all-natural items, and
- Tracy's Creations, 1547 Fairmont Avenue,
304-366-4530, . Open 10AM to
5:30PM Monday through Friday, and 10AM to 3PM on Saturday; closed
Sundays. Wreaths, swags, floral arrangements, flags, candles, Boyds
Bears, primitives and Victorian home decor, linens, heritage lace
and braided rugs.
- Vittoria & Banks, 232 Adams Street,
304-363-6955, . Open 10AM to 6PM
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10AM to 1PM Wednesday and
Saturday; closed Sundays. Fingerprint jewelry, school jewelry, name
bracelets and fine jewelry. Classes offered.
- The Wright Stuff Works, 215 Pike Street in
Shinnston, 304-592-1763, . A
family-based business of wood, glass and metal artisans. Classes
offered in stained glass, pen turning and basic woodwork.
- Middletown Mall, 2500 Fairmont Avenue,
304-363-3230. The first mall in West Virginia, opened in 1969. Over
30 shops and restaurants.
- The local newspaper is the Times West
Virginian, 304-367-2500, .
- Fairmont State, 1201 Locust Avenue,
304-367-4892, . Community and
technical college founded in 1974, and state university founded in
1865, offering 90 baccalaureate and 50 associate degrees.
Fairmont is the "Home of the Original Pepperoni
Roll". If you want to get them fresh, rather than
pre-wrapped in a convenience mart, your best bets are the
traditional variety at the Country Club Bakery, or the giant
variety at Colasessano's.
- Aquarium Lounge, 620 Gaston Avenue,
304-366-1500. Open 11AM to 10PM Monday through Friday, and 5PM to
10PM on Saturday; closed Sundays. Salads, pasta, chicken, pork,
seafood and hand-cut steaks.
- Backwoods Grill, 1602 Locust Avenue,
304-363-6533. Open 11AM to 10PM Monday through Thursday, 11AM to
11PM on Friday, and 4PM to 11PM on Saturday; closed Sundays. Soups,
salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and Cajun classics like
jambalaya, gumbo, Louisiana dirty rice and lobster bisque.
- Classics Cafe, 236 Adams Street, 304-366-3979.
Open 8AM to 3PM Monday through Friday. Homemade soups and
- Colasessano's, 506 Pennsylvania Avenue,
304-363-9713, . Open 8AM to 8PM
Tuesday through Thursday, and 8AM to 9PM Friday and Saturday;
closed Sundays and Mondays. A local favorite for over 50 years,
serving pizzas, salads, sandwiches, chicken wings, and large
pepperoni rolls for $3.50. Freshly-baked bread and cookies daily.
$2.50 - $10.50.
- Country Club Bakery, 1211 Country Club Road,
304-363-5690. Open 7AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, except
Wednesday, and 7AM to 3PM on Saturday; closed Wednesdays and
Sundays. Bakery supplying pepperoni rolls to grocery stores and
convenience stores around Fairmont; try them hot and fresh for just
$1. They also carry Italian breads, rolls and cookies.
- Dairy Creme Corner, 187 Homewood Avenue,
304-366-6809. Open 10AM to 10PM Monday through Saturday, and 1 to
10PM on Sunday. Self-proclaimed purveyors of "the biggest cones in
town!" which, depending on your age or ego, may actually be bigger
than your head. Along with their FlavorBurst ice cream (used for
sundaes, shakes and malts), they offer fried appetizers, salads,
sandwiches, barbecue, pepperoni rolls and funnel cakes. Try their
peanut butter milkshakes. $1.37 - $2.59.
- DJ's 50s & 60s Diner, 1181 Airport Road,
304-366-8110. Open 7AM to 10PM Sunday through Thursday, and 7AM to
12AM Friday and Saturday. Fifties-style diner with waitresses in
poodle skirts. Classic American favorites, milkshakes and ice cream
- Dutchman's Daughter Restaurant, 2612 Fairmont
Avenue, 304-367-1064. Open 11AM to 9PM Sunday through Thursday, and
11AM to 10PM Friday and Saturday. Home-cooked meals.
- Jimmy's Diner, 1501 Hood Avenue in Shinnston,
304-592-0745. Open 8AM to 8PM Sunday through Thursday, and 8AM to
9PM Friday and Saturday. Italian-American food; Thursday nights are
all-you-can-eat spaghetti nights for $5.
- Mi Pueblo, 2500 Fairmont Avenue in Middletown
Mall, 304-363-9355. Open daily 11AM to 12AM. Family-owned Mexican
- Muriales Italian Family Restaurant, 1742
Fairmont Avenue, 304-363-3190. Open 11AM to 9PM Monday through
Thursday, 11AM to 10PM Friday and Saturday, and 11AM to 8PM on
Sunday. Fine Italian food and home-cooked meals.
- The Poky Dot, 1111 Fairmont Avenue,
304-366-3271. A nostalgic 1950s restaurant which began as a
barbecue stand in the late 1940s and turned into a sit-down diner
in the 1950s. Munchies, breakfast foods, soups, salads, wraps,
sandwiches, steak, chicken, cheesecake, pie, cobblers, milkshakes,
malts, sundaes and ice cream floats. Try the appetizer-laden Dot
- Say-Boy Steak House Restaurant, 905 Country
Club Road, 304-366-7252. Open 8AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday,
and 8AM to 8:30PM on Sunday. A local favorite for 45 years. Steaks,
chicken and Italian specialties.
- TJ's Sports Garden Restaurant, 2500 Fairmont
- USA Steak Buffet, 1017 Fairmont Avenue,
304-363-6170. Open daily. All-you-can-eat steak and chicken.
- Village Bistro at Westchester Village, 1825
Locust Avenue, 304-366-3711. Open for dinner Monday through
Saturday. Gourmet dishes and an extensive wine list.
- Wings Olé, 1486 Locust Avenue, 304-363-5264,
. Open 11AM to 12AM Monday
through Thursday, 11AM to 2AM Friday and Saturday, and 12PM to 12AM
on Sunday. Chicken wings, salads, side dishes, sandwiches, tacos,
burritos, enchiladas, fajitas.
- Book-n-Bean Coffee House, . Open 7AM to 10PM
Monday through Wednesday, 7AM to 11PM on Thursday, 7AM to 12PM on
Friday and Saturday, and 11AM to 6PM on Sunday. Coffee, tea,
milkshakes, soups, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. New, used and
antique books. Live music on Thursday through Saturday nights, art
on display. $3 - $6.
- Avenue Motel, 816 Fairmont Avenue,
- Budget Motel & Apartments, 1101 Fairmont
- Country Club Motor Lodge, US-19 and Country
Club Road, 304-366-4141 or 800-728-0809, . 30 rooms.
Fitness center, health spa, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, methol
inhalation room, personal trainers, tanning, aerobics classes. $31
- Travelodge, 1117 Fairmont Avenue,
304-363-0100. 49 rooms. Seasonal outdoor heated pool, hot tub.
On-site 50s diner. Jacuzzi suites and in-room fireplace available.
Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. $35.
- Comfort Inn and Suites, 1185 Airport Road,
304-367-1370. 85 rooms. Fitness center, outdoor pool. Complimentary
continental breakfast. $80 - $120.
- Days Inn, 228 Middletown Road, 304-366-5995.
46 rooms. On-site barber/beauty shop and restaurant. Free access to
nearby fitness center. $74 - $90.
- Holiday Inn, I-79 and 930 East Old Grafton
Road, 304-366-5500, . 106 rooms.
Outdoor pool. On-site restaurant (Simmering Pot Family Restaurant)
and bar (Franny's Lounge). Complimentary newspaper. $65 - $85.
- Red Roof Inn, 50 Middletown Road, 304-366-6800
or 800-733-7663. 108 rooms. Complimentary newspaper. $55 -
- Super 8 Motel, 2208 Pleasant Valley Road,
304-363-1488 or 800-800-8000. 54 rooms. Whirlpool rooms available.
Complimentary continental breakfast and newspaper. $77.
- Fairfield Inn and Suites, 27 Southland Drive,
304-367-9150 or 800-228-2800. 80 rooms. Exercise room, heated
indoor pool, whirlpool. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast.
$139 - 179.
- Acacia House Bed & Breakfast, 158 Locust
- Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, 35 Walnut
Street in Shinnston, 888-592-0177, . 3 rooms. Front porch,
rail trail for walking or biking. Full breakfast with muffins,
entrees, coffee and a selection of over 75 teas. $80 - $99.
- Grafton is about 30
minutes southeast on I-79 and US-250.
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