This will be the second winter in the history of Tygart Lake State Park that the lodge and restaurant are open year-round. “Either good food with friends or some solitude is the beginning for a great night out or a weekend away,” says Brennon O’Sullivan, park superintendent.
Tygart Lake in Taylor County features West Virginia’s fourth-largest lake at 1,750 acres. The lake is at winter pool and the marina is winterized this time of the year, but the Boston Beanery Restaurant, located in the 20-room lodge, helps create some of West Virginia’s best getaway locations. Special weekends are packaged and several on-your-own rate packages are available.
Tygart weekends in autumn and early winter
The 5th annual Fall Festival at Tygart Lake is Oct. 20-21. An Appalachian flair features simpler activities to enjoy which include pumpkin decoration; hayrides; arts and crafts vendors and show; and glass blowing demonstrations. Live bluegrass music tops off a relaxing fall weekend. The weekend has no admission fees and for visitors looking for overnight accommodations, the lodge, park vacation cabins, and campground are open.
Quilter’s Getaway is a weekend devoted to the art of quilting. A weekend package is available that includes lodging and instruction from Nov. 2-4.
Thanksgiving Day will find the Boston Beanery lively with food and thanksgiving by park visitors. The restaurant at Tygart Lake Lodge, like the other nine state parks with lodge restaurants, will feature buffet or Thanksgiving meals on Thursday, Nov. 22. Other parks with restaurants are: Blackwater Falls, Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley Resort, Chief Logan Lodge, Hawks Nest, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Stonewall Resort, and Twin Falls Resort. State parks are featured on the website www.wvstateparks.com.
My Little Princess is for princesses out for an evening where they reign and are escorted by attendee fathers or mothers. The night-out pricing includes dinner for the “princess” and parent or guardian, activities, arts and crafts, chocolate tower, princess ball with music and a commemorative photo. The event can be an evening only or overnight. Reservations are recommended in advance. (North Bend State Park in Ritchie County also offers a Little Princess Ball, on Jan. 5-6, 2013.)
Breakfast with Santa finds the jolly ol’ elf at Tygart Lake on Dec. 15 from 8 to 11 a.m. Santa also pops in at North Bend State Park on Dec. 15, and he returns to Blackwater Falls State Park on Dec. 23 for brunch.
No park-planned entertainment needed
Outdoor types never claimed warmer weather as the only months for recreation and sports. Tygart Lake employees listened to and responded with some lodging price breaks for guests with a passion for golf or hunting or to simply get away from work and relax, no entertainment necessary.
Golf is a partnership with Bel Meadow Golf Club and Tygart Lake Public Golf Course, both near Tygart Lake State Park. The state park features golf packages year-round but these are more popular in warmer months. In November only, Tygart offers free golf at either course with the rental of a four- or six-person cottage for three consecutive nights, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The golf play includes shared cart and the packages is based on four adults. Reservations are required.
Hunting is not allowed in state parks, but with two wildlife management areas nearby, Pruntytown State Farm and Pleasant Creek WMA, hunters often turn to Tygart Lake for accommodations. Guests presenting a WV Hunting License will receive 50 percent off each consecutive night’s stay after their second night at regular rates in a four- or six-person cottage from Oct. 1 through Dec. 27. Hunters should consult www.wvdnr.gov for hunting dates for deer, turkey and other game, regulations, and sportsman laws.
Good Mornin’ Glory is a three-consecutive night lodging package at Tygart Lake Lodge. Mornin’ Glory includes breakfast each morning of the package, a gift voucher of $15 for use in Tygart Gift Shop and all applicable taxes and gratuities. The total cost is $273 and available through Dec. 29.
Tygart Lake State Park is located near Grafton in Taylor County. The park is approximately a 45-minute drive from Clarksburg, Fairmont or Morgantown. The park’s rural location with proximity to major populations in West Virginia make it an attractive option for great dining or an overnight stay.
The park posts special weekends, 2013 events and packages online at www.tygartlake.com. For more information, call 304-265-6144.
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