Destination Coffee: almost Heaven – West Virginia Coffee

We’ve been exploring West Virginia’s New River Gorge backcountry the past week on American Nomad – with all the ‘hiking,’ ‘winding roads,’ and scenic vistas I could use a coffee break.

The communities around New River Gorge National Park from Beckley to Fayetteville to Hinton and beyond, each provide their own flavor of West Virginia culture and history – and each community provides the java, tea and treats to get you through the daily grind of exploration.

Here are links to my favorite coffee spots in New River Gorge country:

Beckley – a college town whose coffee shops will leave you wanting mocha…

  • Chocolate Moose Coffee: miniature golf, rock climbing and coffee? It must be The Chocolate Moose, which features fun family recreation and lattes to love. Two of my favorites ‘The Mothman’ with a kick of pepper and The Coco Campfire – chocolate and toffee nut under whipped cream and cinnamon
  • Hebrews Coffee – I recommend The Dirty Chai
  • Coffee on Main – a great local coffee shop

Fayetteville: This historic outdoorsy town is the perfect blend of history, character and great java.

  • Cathedral Cafe: perfect blend of coffee shop and bookstore is housed in a beautiful old church. Enjoy good eats and hot or iced lattes
  • Aurora Coffee and More – campfire cold brew is heavenly; they also have delicious shaved ice
  • Range Finder: small, craft coffee bar in the back of Water Stone Outdoors – known for delicious lattes and teas. Coffee on tap: La Terza (from Cincinnati, OH and Passenger Coffee from Lancaster PA)

Hinton: (Near Sandstone Falls in southern section of New River Gorge NP)

Mountains and coffee – always the best combination

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