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Travel Notes: Nov. 18, 2012

By Staff reports

Holiday open house

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- The shops of Lewisburg will hold their annual Holiday Open House from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 18.

The town's more than 50 antique and specialty shops will be open to display new holiday items. Santa arrives at 12:30 p.m. and carriage rides will be available throughout the day for $10 per person.

Child care will be provided by the Greenbrier Episcopal School for shoppers for potty-trained children for $5 an hour from noon to 3 p.m. The Greenbrier Valley Chorale will perform at 1:30 p.m. at the Greenbrier Valley Visitor Center. The stars of Greenbrier Valley Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" will gather outside the theater at 2:30 p.m. to perform selections from their show and serve up complimentary spiced cider to listeners.

Del Sol Cantina and Grille will offer children a complimentary s'more roasted over a fire pit. A Captain Morgan's Steamy Apple Cider Toddy will be available for adults.

For adults, Harmony Ridge Gallery will serve a complimentary glass of Santa's Spiced Sangria, and Bella will host a wine tasting from 1 to 4 p.m.

At 2 p.m. an American Indian ceremony will take place in the Corner Green Space. Those attending are asked to bring a gift for a woman or child to present on the gift blanket that will go to the Family Refuge Center, which serves Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas counties.

Stonewall Thanksgiving

WESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort begins the holiday season with a traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet Nov. 22 and a weekend full of holiday activities that include holiday-themed movies, storytelling, culinary and craft demonstrations and recreation.

"Our Thanksgiving activities were designed to give people the opportunity to spend time together in a relaxing and fun way without all the hustle and bustle normally associated with Thanksgiving Weekend, like preparing meals, Black Friday shopping and cleaning for relatives," said Steve Ludwig, director of sales and marketing at Stonewall Resort.

The Thanksgiving buffet will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and costs $35 for adults, $16 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and younger. Each family will also receive a pumpkin pie to take home. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 304-269-8880.

For larger groups or those who desire a more intimate dining experience, the resort offers private rooms and family-style food service.

For additional information, contact Stonewall Resort at 304-269-7400 or visit www.stonewallresort.com.

Statewide ski pass

West Virginia's ski resorts again are offering the Mountain Pass, which allows purchasers to enjoy skiing and snowboarding at all of the state's ski resorts.

The West Virginia Ski Areas Association Mountain Pass is a booklet of tickets that includes 30 vouchers for skiing or snowboarding at Timberline, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley and Winterplace and 10 vouchers at the state's Nordic areas. Each voucher (140 total) is for one visit/lift ticket and can be used anytime during the 2012-13 season.

The Mountain Pass costs $2,400. "The pass provides a family or company a chance to enjoy the whole state during the winter season," says Winterplace Ski Resort President Terry Pfeiffer, president of the ski areas association. "It really is perfect for a company to use as an incentive for its employees to enjoy fun in the outdoors during winter."

To buy a Mountain Pass, call the association at 304-720-5471. For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia, visit goskiwv.com.

Landau Murphy to sing

MARLINTON, W.Va. -- "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will perform in a special Christmas benefit concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Pocahontas County Opera House.

Accompanied by his jazz band, Murphy will fill the Opera House with the tunes of Frank Sinatra and the Great American Songbook.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youths 10 to 17, and are available online at pocahontasoperahouse.org.

Modern Woodmen of America's Greenbrier County chapter has pledged to match up to $2,500 of the proceeds raised from the concert.


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