Known as the “Gateway to the Southern Coalfields,” Bluefield, West Virginia has a long history of railroading and mining. The destination is also known as the Four Seasons Country for its mild climate, and the Chamber of Commerce is known for serving free lemonade on the rare occasion temperatures reach 90 and above. As for things to do, visitors have a variety of options whether it’s indulging in decadent barbecue, ATVing or checking out historic attractions, there is certainly something for all ages in this friendly town.

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1.Ridge Runner Train

Ridge Runner Train
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Situated in Lotito City Park, the Ridge Runner Train is a family-friendly attraction that runs from spring through early autumn. The locomotive has an interesting history, and first had its maiden trip atop East River Mountain in 1964 and survived plans to make it a static display downtown before hundreds of supporters intervened to help restore it and bring back to its former glory. Now the train is back on track for new generations. The train operates from 12 pm to 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays weather-permitting and tickets are $2 per person. Other nearby park attractions include walking and bike trails, Yakkity Yak playground, tennis courts and more.

1780 Stadium Drive, Bluefield, WV 24605, Phone: 304-327-2401

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2.Captain D’s

Captain D’s
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Seafood lovers head to this local favorite for memorable meals. The restaurant which saw the opening of its first location in Tennessee back in 1969 remains a go-to for good food. The eatery is best known for its Batter Dipped Fish as well as its Full Meal Deals whether it’s Shrimp Skewers, Battered Tilapia and the Supreme Sampler. As for the sides, there are hush puppies, loaded baked potato, mac and cheese, to name a few. Families in town on vacation will also enjoy the Family Meals and Kids Meals selections such as the Seafood Feast and Kids Popcorn Shrimp.

551 Bluefield Ave., Bluefield, WV 24701, Phone: 304-325-3125

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3.The Big Whiskey BBQ Co.

The Big Whiskey BBQ Co.
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Pitmaster Travis Harry founded The Big Whisky BBQ Co. in 2014 with the goal of transforming the food scene in Appalachia. Diners are in for a delicious experience with much dedication and care put into the culinary experience described as “the best damn barbecue you can find.” The menu features all sorts of Southern favorites such as burgers aged for 21 days, slow smoked pork, tender brisket, wings and signature specialties including Barbecue Cheese Fries. The restaurant regularly hosts fun events year-round.

610 Raleigh Street, Bluefield, WV 24701, Phone: 304-800-4547

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4.K&W Cafeteria

K&W Cafeteria
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The family-owned K&W Cafeteria has been around since 1937 and remains a popular destination for dining with all its locations including the one in Bluefield. Guests enjoy home-style food made from scratch and everything is served a la carte. Choices changes daily but typically feature tasty staples such as roast beef, chicken pan pie, fried white fish and classic sides including mac and cheese, creamed corn, fried okra, among others. The eatery is also known for its desserts from the Dutch Apple Pie to the Coconut Cream Pie and Vanilla Pudding.

261 Mercer Mall Road, Bluefield, WV 24701, Phone: 304-327-0251

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5.Buffalo Trail Cabins & Restaurant

Buffalo Trail Cabins & Restaurant
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From rustic treehouses to cottages and other accommodations, Buffalo Trail Cabins & Restaurant caters to ATV riders and their families in town visiting the Pocahontas Trail Road of the Hatfield/McCoy Trail System in the town of Bluewell. Just off Route 71, the site offers many amenities including free Wi-Fi, linens, and housekeeping, along with full hookup RV sites, parking and more in the peaceful wooded setting. The restaurant and bar are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and serves burgers, steaks and other savory dishes.

190 Buffalo Trail, Bluefield, WV 24701, Phone: 304-324-3204

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