Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thomas, West Virginia

 The Canaan MTB Festival is based out of Blackwater Bikes in Davis.  We love that you can park your car in town , get on your bike and ride for hours.    And then come back to town and enjoy food and beer at the restaurants in town.

But, we also really love our "sister" town of Thomas. (unless we are talking about kickball, then it's Thomas our "rival")  The VIP Party is at Tip Top on Saturday June 20 at 7:30.  You can buy a ticket and get the tasty house made meal and then take a chance to win one of the many raffle prizes.

While you are in Thomas, you can also visit the many art galleries, including the extraordinary White Room,  the  cosmopolitan Lamplight Gallery and the Appalachian artist showcase, the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery.  Lamplight is featuring the work of artist Rebecca Wudarski who designed the poster for this 7th year.  You can also see the art that was the inspiration for the poster.

Of course, The Purple Fiddle is the place to be for live music. There is music there all weekend during the Festival.  Saturday night the hard driving, high energy Mo Mojo band is playing.  It's a perfect thing to do after the VIP party.

And if you get the munchies or miss the VIP party food at Tip Top, Salud is making delicious wood fired pizza until late night.  They serve super healthy smoothies all day and are an apothecary as well.  Check them out!

And don't think Thomas is just coffee, art and music...There are two incredible trails there!  The Thomas Trails is a city park that is built on a beautiful wooded hillside overlooking the North Fork of the Blackwater.  There are five miles of trail with signage.  There is a kiosk with a map.  The other jewel of  Thomas is the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail.  Park in Thomas and cruise on downstream for 10 miles to the tiny town of Hendricks.  Enjoy both nature and railroad history on this steep for a rail grade trail.  And think about learning more about the Friends of Blackwater Canyon who work to protect this unique area.

Hope to see you in Thomas for the Canaan MTB Festival!