Travel Notes: April 14, 2013

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Reserve campsites onlineBARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- Many of Beech Fork State Park's 275 campground sites may now be reserved online."The campground rental guidelines haven't changed," said Matt Yeager, park superintendent. "This new [online] service gives campers an 'any time of the day' option to make campsite reservations for Memorial to Labor Day weekend dates."Reservations may be made for sites 1 through 136 at Old Orchard and Moxley Branch campgrounds. The other sites remain first-come, first-served options. To make a reservation, visit and click on the reservation button. There is a two-night minimum for reservations, and they must be made at least two days in advance.Beech Fork State Park has four distinct camping areas with about 80 sites as lakefront settings. Each of the four campground areas has full-service bathhouses and restroom facilities.Reservations are taken for dates from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. After Labor Day weekend, all campsite rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis until the next reservation season.
For events, activities, rates and camping reservations at Beech Fork State Park, visit For cabin reservations or campground reservation and information, the office phone is 304-528-5794.Music center's 40th seasonHOT SPRINGS, Va. -- Garth Newel Music Center presents its 40th season of concerts beginning May 3.The 2013 program offers music; chef-prepared, locally sourced meals; and a relaxed atmosphere set amid the Allegheny Mountains of western Virginia. The 10-week Summer Music Festival celebrates chamber music on weekends, June 29-Sept. 1) as well as cabaret, jazz, blues, Americana and bluegrass performances.Garth Newel concert tickets are available for purchase now. Group discounts for groups of 10 or more are available as are 10-concert passes. Full program and guest artist materials are available at make reservations by phone for events and meals at the music center, or for additional information about Garth Newel Music Center's 40th anniversary season, call 540-839-5018 or toll-free 877-558-1689 or via email at
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