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Black King Coal

Black King Coal

Allan Dale Sizemore, also known professionally as Black King Coal, has been writing songs for almost 30 years. He has fronted the first Americana Appalachian Stompgrass group Rust Kings, became a founding member of the Americana Music Association, had his songs featured as the national PBS Song Of The Week on All Songs Considered twice, scored a European Top 10 Bluegrass/Americana album (Rust Kings’ Hotel West Virginia) and been featured on the Merlefest Songwriters Stage. Not too bad for a boy from Trout Valley, WV.
Currently, Allan is the musical consultant/coordinator for the television show Barnwood Builders on DIY Network. He also is a member of The Wild Rumpus as well as Black King Coal, an Appalachian Soul group playing his compositions and songs he’s co-written with various songwriter friends, and he also keeps a pretty busy solo schedule. His songwriting is varied in subject matter as well as style, from fingerpicked stories to full blues and soul, and whatever comes, he keeps an open mind.

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Big Timber Brewing

Big Timber Brewing

Big Timber Brewing is a production microbrewery/taproom located in the heart of Appalachia, in beautiful Elkins, West Virginia. They host a variety of traditional music, including a weekly old-time jam every Thursday evening! Cheers!

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ArtSpring

ArtSpring

ArtSpring promotes and cultivates the arts in public life and presents a Memorial Day weekend festival of the arts in the highlands of Tucker County, WV.

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WV Music Hall of Fame Interactive Map

WV Music Hall of Fame Interactive Map

This county-by-county map of WV features 200 notable artists from all around the state. Take a musical tour of West Virginia that includes every imaginable music genre – and check out photos, bios, audio, and video files from all the artists.

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WV Division of Tourism

WV Division of Tourism

West Virginia Division of Tourism 1-800-CALL-WVA (800-225-5982) Facebook Twitter @gotowv Instagram #GoToWV YouTube

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West Virginia Humanities Council

West Virginia Humanities Council

West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization providing lifelong learning opportunities to the state’s citizens.  WVHC serves as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The humanities lead us to a deeper understanding of the human experience. They explore the story of our time and culture and that of others. […]

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West Virginia Department of Culture and History

West Virginia Department of Culture and History

The mission of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History is to identify, preserve, protect, promote and present the ideas, arts and artifacts of West Virginia’s heritage, building pride in our past accomplishments and confidence in our future.

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The Hammons Family

The Hammons Family

The Hammons Family: A Study of a West Virginia Family’s Traditions Edited by Carl Fleischhauer and Alan Jabbour Based on fieldwork by Dwight Diller, Alan Jabbour, and Carl Fleischhauer Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center Library of Congress

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FOOTMAD: Kanawha Valley Friends Of Old-Time Music And Dance

FOOTMAD: Kanawha Valley Friends Of Old-Time Music And Dance

Kanawha Valley Friends Of Old Time Music And Dance (FOOTMAD) is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to promote traditional music and dance in Charleston, West Virginia and the Greater Kanawha Valley.

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The Irish Pub on Washington Street

The Irish Pub on Washington Street

“One of the Top 100 Bars in the South”-Southern Living Magazine.
The Irish Pub on Washington Street, or “The Pub,” as it’s know to locals, opened in Nov. 2006 and since then it has become an integral part of the community. As well as being a music venue and a bar, it is a community gathering place for myriad events ranging from benefits and fundraisers to Mardi Gras parties, wedding receptions (and even a wedding, once) to Pub Quiz Trivia night, or just a nice place to go of an evening for friendly faces and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

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The Darden Mill – Appalachian Forest Heritage Area Discovery Center

The Darden Mill – Appalachian Forest Heritage Area Discovery Center

The Darden Mill is a historic industrial building just one block away from downtown Elkins which now hosts the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area Discovery Center and the West Virginia Railroad Museum.

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The Rail Yard Restaurant – Randolph County

The Rail Yard Restaurant – Randolph County

  You’re always welcome at the Rail Yard Restaurant. Home-cooked food and we do the dishes! Wholesome portions with good prices. Now housing the Greatest Show on Rails, Friday and Saturday nights! Besides good food, we also offer our guests other nice options like our Rail Trail Store, our Balcony Bistro and a great upstairs […]

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Hell for Certain String Band

Hell for Certain String Band

Hell for Certain String Band is an old-time Appalachian string band based in West Virginia’s stunning Greenbrier Valley. The band takes its name from Hell for Certain Branch, a stream within the Monongahela National Forest’s Cranberry Wilderness Area. Many of Hell for Certain’s tunes originated in the Monongahela region, and represent tough times for hard-working folks negotiating the rugged, high-elevation terrain of the mountains.

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Aurora Celtic

Aurora Celtic

From the hills of West Virginia, Aurora Celtic plays evocative, original and traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia.

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Smakula Fretted Instruments

Smakula Fretted Instruments

  http://www.smakula.com/ PO Box 882 Elkins, West Virginia 26241 304-636-6710 sfi@smakula.com   We invite you to view a 3 minute slide show and interview featuring Smakula Fretted Instruments, part of the West Virginia Uncovered series produced by the West Virginia University School of Journalism:     “Bob Smakula is a dangerous man. For one thing, […]

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The Elk River Ramblers

The Elk River Ramblers

The Elk River Ramblers are Terry Richardson on guitar, Galen Watts on bass and vocals, and Paul Marganian on fiddle, guitar, and vocals. With a foundation in old-time and celtic music, The Elk River Ramblers also branch out into bluegrass, klezmer, and contemporary pop. They are the house band at the Elk River Inn at Slatyfork, WV, and can be heard there most Thursday Nights.

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Marlinton Motor Inn

Marlinton Motor Inn

Located in beautiful Pocahontas County, “Nature’s Mountain Playground” and the “Birthplace of Rivers”, just 18 miles South of Snowshoe Mountain Resort! Our motel features large double rooms with AC, cable TV with free HBO, phone/voice mail, coffee pots, and more! Outdoor pool (in season)! Smoking or non-smoking rooms available, handicap-accessible rooms, and jacuzzi suites! Spacious dining area with family atmosphere and home-cooked meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served. Sixties Cafe’ Lounge & Game Room open daily, featuring live entertainment some weekends.

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Five River Campground

Five River Campground

Nestled in the scenic hills of West Virginia near the Monongahela National Forest, Five River Campground is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends or to meet new ones! Located on the beautiful and serene banks of the Shavers Fork River it is a prime area to relax or invigorate your spirit with activities centered on the outdoors. Five River Campground serves as a base camp for adventure. We are centrally located to many areas that offer exciting and exhilarating outdoor escapades for the novice or expert alike.

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Mountain Music Memorial Day Weekend

Mountain Music Memorial Day Weekend

Have Memorial Day plans yet? Follow our full weekend itinerary of live mountain music and dance! Enjoy dinner Friday while the Pretty Penny Pickers jam in Hillsboro, then head down to Lewisburg for Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
Saturday, catch the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys in the afternoon before heading down to Greenville for an old-fashioned square dance with the Hans Creek String Band!

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LBSpy

LBSpy

LBSPY is a free arts and entertainment tabloid dedicated to providing useful information in the areas of Greenbrier County, Pocahontas County, parts of Allegheny/Raleigh/Monroe County, and more. With an emphasis on elegance and creativity, we create a meaningful way for our readers to appreciate the arts and culture.

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Randolph County Community Arts Center

Randolph County Community Arts Center

The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. Our Mission is to enhance the cultural and economic life of our region by providing facilities and arts programming that will entertain, educate, and inspire all of our citizens.

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The Wild Bean

The Wild Bean

DARN GOOD COFFEE FOR DARN GOOD PEOPLE!
Come for the great Coffee, Food and Baked Goods. Stay for the comradery and conversation!

119 E. Washington Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901
Hours of operation: M-F 6:30 to 5 • Sat 7:30 to 5 • Sun 9 to 5
(304) 645-3738

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The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys

The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys

The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands. The group first organized in 1968, taking their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County. As with many bluegrass bands, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys have had changes in personnel over the years. Richard Hefner remains as the lone original member. Hefner’s traditional bluegrass banjo playing and tenor vocals have contributed both continuity and much of the “high lonesome” sound for which the band has become so well-known. He is joined by Chris Nickell (lead and rhythm guitar work as well as lead vocals), Rick Carpenter (mandolin and lead and baritone vocals), and Mike Smith (bass).

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Talking Across the Lines

Talking Across the Lines

Talking Across the Lines provides tailor-made folklife and arts-centered tours, oral history and music classes and live performances of “mountain music for these times” by Michael and Carrie Kline, music makers and folklorists. Call (304) 636-5444 or write klines@folktalk.org.

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Traveling 219

Traveling 219

Traveling 219 is a web-based multi-media project documenting stories from communities along US Route 219 in West Virginia and Maryland. Following the tradition of the Federal Writers’ Project from the 1930s, Traveling 219 collects stories and helps put more local voices from those communities on the radio, newspapers, and the web. The impetus behind Traveling […]

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Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation

Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation

The Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation assists the needs of the business community of Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas Counties, West Virginia. We provide a variety of services to new and existing businesses such as: business financing, general and technical assistance, site selection and most importantly, the highly skilled and loyal West Virginia Workforce. GVEDC, 804 […]

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CNN names the Mountain Music Trail in 50 States, 50 spots for 2014

CNN names the Mountain Music Trail in 50 States, 50 spots for 2014

“The Mountain Music Trail takes visitors on an exploration of the roots of the state’s strong music tradition, influenced by West Virginia’s Scottish and Irish ancestors and the Allegheny Mountains. The regional trail goes through five counties via U.S. Route 219, and there are festivals and workshops throughout the year.”

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Stonewall Group

Stonewall Group

Stonewall provides marketing, advertising and public relations services to a range of clients in industries including consumer products and services, business-to-business and the nonprofit sector.

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Juanita Fireball & the Continental Drifters

Juanita Fireball & the Continental Drifters

Juanita Fireball & the Continental Drifters debuted at the Pocahontas County Opera House in 2008, although they have been making music together in one form or another for twenty-five years. They play Appalachian string band tunes, many of which they learned years ago from old-timers in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. They sing songs about animals, outlaws, fruit and love, with a few gospel numbers for balance. The high energy of their hard-driving music will have you dancing in the aisles.

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American Heritage Music Hall, Inc.

American Heritage Music Hall, Inc.

The American Heritage Music Hall, located in Ronceverte WV, promotes live music of all types to carry on music heritage. Music from country to rock, old time, bluegrass, folk and even storytelling can be heard on Tuesday nights weekly at 7:00 p.m. The AHMH offers a dance every 4th Saturday of each month as well.

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Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Snowshoe is a four-season mountain playground with 11,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness that offers countless opportunities for outdoor recreation, while our beautiful mountaintop Village offers the convenience and amenities you crave. In the winter months, Snowshoe is home to the best skiing and snowboarding in the Mid-Atlantic and southeast with an elevation of 4848’, 1500’ vertical drop and 255 skiable acres. The summer transforms the mountain to a world-class mountain biking destination, home to amazing summer events such as the Blues, Brews and BBQ festival and fun outdoor activities for the whole family. You Belong Up Here.

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Sugar Run

Sugar Run

Sugar Run began as the husband and wife team of Mike (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Bonnie Johnson (bass fiddle and vocals), and has grown to include Geoff White on fiddle and vocals, Rachel Johnson on Fiddle, and Stanley Asbury on the rhythm and flat-pickin’ style guitar and vocals.Our musical repertoire consists primarily of traditional music of the Southern Appalachian and Piedmont regions in the style of older (and some contemporary) Bluegrass, Old-Time, old “Country” music, a few Cajun tunes (in French, by Geoff) and some ancient ballads and tunes with roots back to the Scottish, Irish, and English lands. Our music includes songs of: love-gone-bad; train wrecks; bad-men and hangings; murders; ghosts and hauntings; moonshine whiskey; and death and Redemption. (Many, if not all those themes may occur in the same song!). We also include songs of humor as well as peppy fiddle tunes suitable for flat-footin’, square dancing, or just standing around and tapping your feet.

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Little Sparrow

Little Sparrow

Little Sparrow is a vibrant, versatile vocal duo combining well-crafted original songs with dynamically arranged traditional material accompanied by guitar, acoustic bass and percussion with acappella offerings as well. Mary Dailey and Jeanne Hoffman soar with voices that blend seamlessly through an eclectic mix – heartfelt, haunting, humorous and all things between. Complemented by a down home stage presence, Little Sparrow’s performance is like a rare front porch evening with friends.

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Augusta Heritage Center

Augusta Heritage Center

We are Davis & Elkins College’s program for the Heritage Arts. Augusta provides instruction and performances, folklife programs, and a home for significant collections of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments, and Appalachian art. We teach. We share. We celebrate the wonder and diversity of the heritage arts.

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Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op

Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op

The Poahontas County Artisan Co-op has more than 30 member artists and craftspeople working in two dozen mediums. The Co-op operates a year-round gallery, The 4th Avenue Gallery of Fine Arts & Crafts, in Marlinton, WV. May through November, The Co-op also operates The Shops at Leatherbark Ford, located adjacent to the Depot at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Throughout the year, the Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op works to advance awareness of our rich arts and crafts heritage through scholarships, workshops, art shows and special events. Come see us in Marlinton or Cass and find out more!

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Mountain State Brewing Company

Mountain State Brewing Company

Located in Thomas, WV, Mountain State Brewing Company is the largest full-scale microbrewery and distributor in the state of West Virginia. The brewery occasionally hosts live bands as well as the annual Brew Skies Festival.

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The Fiddlehead Restaurant & Bar

The Fiddlehead Restaurant & Bar

The Fiddlehead Restaurant & Bar, named for the common-to-the-region Fiddlehead fern, takes a basic menu to new heights, adding that extra touch to everyday foods! The Fiddlehead is also the place to go for entertainment that features regional Appalachian talent.
Live entertainment and Open mic each Wednesday.

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Monroe Arts Alliance

Monroe Arts Alliance

The Monroe Arts Alliance is committed to community service through the promotion of the arts in Monroe County and the surrounding area.  The Alliance’s purpose is exclusively charitable and for the enrichment of the general public.The Alliance engages the public and local community through scholarships, projects, workshops and events including Festival in the Hills festival, annual youth art show, holiday concert and other performances. Festival in the Hills focuses on old time and traditional Appalachian music.

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Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

Built in 1902, Carnegie Hall was incorporated in 1983 as a regional not-for-profit arts and education center. Today, the cultural center annually serves more than 75,000 patrons with live performances by outstanding companies and artists from around the world, award-winning arts in education programming, classes and workshops, fine art exhibits, an independent film series and more!

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Hefner Guitars – Bill Hefner

Hefner Guitars – Bill Hefner

Meet Bill Hefner: guitar builder, musician, and founding member of Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys. Bill plays finger style and flat picking guitar and mandolin in a variety of music styles with his family, The Hefner Family, including Gospel, Civil War-era music, Bluegrass, Chord Melody guitar, early Country, Irish, and Doo Wop. They play at churches, family reunions, local festivals, Allegheny Mountain Radio, the Pocahontas County Opera House, the guitar shop, or the back porch. In addition to being a musician, Bill is an accomplished guitar builder. He is a member of the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans and the Guild of American Luthiers.

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Mountain Dance Trail

Mountain Dance Trail

The Mountain Dance Trail project promotes coummunity square dances, shares the heritage of square dancing and perserves this unique art form. A statewide project of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College, the Mountain Dance Trail celebrates West Virginia as the only Appalachian state which maintains a strong community dance tradition.

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Brazenhead Inn – Randolph County – Close to Snowshoe

Brazenhead Inn – Randolph County – Close to Snowshoe

The Brazenhead Inn offers guests that Irish pub atmosphere in the mountains of West Virginia. The Inn owners, Will and Jill Fanning, hold tight to their roots and have created an Irish haven through the food, the hospitality and the music.

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Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Explore wild, wonderful West Virginia from an entirely new perspective — aboard any one of our four unique trains! From April to December, the surrounding mountains and valleys come alive with the welcoming wail of whistles from beautifully refurbished and historic locomotives that depart both Elkins and Durbin depots.

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Allegheny Echoes

Allegheny Echoes

Come join the 125-plus musicians, writers and singers for the week of June 21-26, 2015, at the Marlinton Motor Inn in the heart of Edray, WV, just minutes away from the picturesque town of Marlinton, the seat of Pocahontas Country.

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Carrie and Michael Kline: Talking Across the Lines

Carrie and Michael Kline: Talking Across the Lines

Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar. They live and breathe Appalachian music and culture. Their voices carry the songs with truth and authenticity. The Klines present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. Their high mountain harmonies meld with their intertwining bass lines on two guitars, with Michael’s melodic flat-picking and Carrie’s rhythmic backup.

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The Hans Creek String Band

The Hans Creek String Band

We’re the Hans Creek Band from Monroe County, West Virginia, the most southern tip of the Mountain Music Trail. We play bluegrass music, and are available for a variety of events such as Gospel shows, weddings, and good ole hoe-downs.

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Allegheny Mountain Radio

Allegheny Mountain Radio

Allegheny Mountain Radio is a network of community stations serving the two Virginias of the Allegheny Highlands, broadcasting on 1370 AM Frost, West Virginia; 88.5 FM WNMP Marlinton, West Virginia; 89.7 FM Monterey, Virginia; 91.9 FM Hillsboro, West Virginia, 103.5 FM Radio Durbin; and 107.1 FM WCHG Hot Springs, Virginia. Listeners can also hear Allegheny Mountain Radio streaming live, online at www.alleghenymountainradio.org.

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Monroe Tourism

Monroe Tourism

Monroe County, West Virginia, offers you a place to Get Real! This rural, agricultural community has retained and enhanced many of the characteristics of previous times. It is still possible to have an authentic and memorable experience in this scenic country county! Monroe County is where you’ll find: • Restored covered bridges, old grain and […]

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Greenbrier County CVB

Greenbrier County CVB

Located in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains, Greenbrier County offers visitors a true taste of the best of West Virginia. Conveniently located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population, Greenbrier County provides the necessities for a perfect getaway. World-famous resorts, quaint small towns, fabulous outdoor recreation and wonderful art and theatre […]

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Tucker County CVB

Tucker County CVB

Tucker County, WV – a place you can get tuckered!  Visit some of the East’s wildest areas in two Federal Wilderness Areas or the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Your family can play in our state parks with trails, golf, scenic lift rides, nature hikes, kids’ activities, swimming, and much more! Your family will enjoy […]

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