The air is crisp and still, and I feel well-rested for the first time in months. Last night I enjoyed the company of old friends as we ate and drank with a backdrop of a live band playing classic rock. The evening closed with a predictable number — John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with the audience doing their part to sing along.
I plan to make up for the overabundance of cocktails and detoxify in natural warm springs. And later, before feasting on fresh pasta, a hot stone massage is on the agenda, and perhaps a manicure.
Although I’ve only traveled about 90 minutes outside of the city, leaving behind the cacophonous prattles of politicians, lobbyists, reporters and restaurateurs, the theoretical distance is immeasurable. Many travel across time zones to find this level of relaxation, yet with these nine weekend getaways in West Virginia, you can experience the secrets of the Mountain State yourself.