Travel Notes: Aug. 18, 2013

By Staff reports
Stonewall Resort honoredWESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, given to hospitality establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.To qualify for the award, businesses must maintain for at least a year an overall rating of 4 or higher, on a scale of 5, as reviewed by travelers posting on TripAdvisor.Stonewall Resort is a 201-guestroom property with a lakeside lodge and lakeside cottages, a conference center, restaurants, complete fitness center and swimming pool, spa and an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. Located near Weston, Stonewall Resort is a joint private/public development between MHLP Inc. and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Benchmark Hospitality International operates Stonewall Resort.Appalachian FestivalBECKLEY, W.Va. -- The 17th annual Appalachian Festival will take place Aug. 24 and 25 in Beckley and throughout Raleigh County.More than 100 artisans will show and sell their creations at the arts and crafts fair. Entertainment, music, food, a classic car show and the Taste of Appalachia will also be part of the fun.For a complete schedule, including dates and times, visit or call 304-252-7328 or 877-987-3847.Sandstone jazz and bluesSANDSTONE, W.Va. -- The Simply Jazz and Blues Festival begins at 5 p.m. Aug. 23 and continues through Aug. 25 at the scenic Drift on the New River.
The Drift is located off exit 139 of Interstate 64 and offers more than a mile of direct access to the river.For a lineup of the jazz, blues and gospel bands performing, visit or call 304-222-2536.Logan hunting and fishingLOGAN, W.Va. -- The third annual Chief Logan Hunting and Fishing Expo will take place Aug. 24 and 25 at the lodge and conference center in Chief Logan State Park.Ron and Amy Shirley, of Lizard Lick Towing and Recovery Co., will headline the show. In addition to their reality TV show, the Shirleys are avid outdoorsmen and hunters.
The Logan County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a return appearance of Frank Addington Jr., known as "The Aspirin Buster," because he splits an aspirin in half with an arrow during his demonstrations of his bow and arrow skills.Kenny and Aharon Davis, of Appalachian Big Game TV and Tachycardia Outdoors, will present a program on hunting whitetails in the Appalachian region versus in the Midwest. And a National Wildlife and Turkey Federation-sanctioned turkey calling contest will take place at 2 p.m. Aug. 24 with registration at 10 a.m.Additional events include ATV safety demonstrations, air rifle range, Hawg Trough fishing pond, laser shot trailer, fishing demonstrations and bird dog demonstrations with Bob Fala.Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25. There will be parking onsite and admission is $5. For more information, call the Logan County Chamber of Commerce at 304-752-1324 or email or visit first 500 children ages 12 and under will receive free admission to the event, courtesy of Gatti's Pizza of Logan.
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