Spring Has Sprung In Marion

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It’s official: Spring has sprung!

The flowers haven’t quite sprung. Only a few bees have sprung. The temperature sprung, but then changed its mind. But none of that matters because it is the first official day of Spring 2019!

The world is springing as we speak (except for those countries that have their winter now).

Even if it doesn’t feel like spring, we all better start springing into action now to plan and prepare for the day when the sun is out and the birds are chirping.

It’s time to spring into Marion, and we’ll show you how with this handy dandy list…

Things to Do:

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Pricketts Fort is a unique place to visit namely because it’s a fort with living history interpreters that practically reside there once the sun decides to heat up West Virginia.

When it comes to this state park, there’s always more. Rent a bike (starting on April 22) and hit the trail with the wind in your hair and spring in your face!

Talking about trails. Pricketts Fort trail is just one of many ways to enter the rail trail system in Marion County. No matter what town you’re visiting, you’ve got access. So spring yourself outside (and see how close to Morgantown you can get).

Spring calls for sports. Try your hand at something new yet oddly familiar. Disc golf at Morris Park has become quite the popular spring hobby. Hike and disc golf your way through Morris Park on the Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Course.

Maybe you’re more of a traditionalist? Golf is always an option when the weather is nice. Get your practice in with the quintessential West Virginia view at Whitehall Driving Range. See how you fare at Fairmont Field Club Golf Course. And if you’re not doing so hot, you can work up to the big leagues with mini golf at Coal Country (starting the first week in April). Hate golf? Practice a different kind of swing at their batting cages!

Spring time doesn’t have to be so structured. Get outside at the parks and playgrounds! Need an example? Guyses Run Fishing Park (open April 21) has the perfect springtime fun: fishing! Fish for trout, catfish, largemouth bass and other fishy species.

Proper preparation requires a pedicure at Tuscan Sun Spa. Spring into skin safety here, too. Check out all their skincare lines to see what sunscreen is right for you.

Don’t just get outside. Stay outside!

Things to Eat:

Here’s a tip: Everything tastes better outside! So get some spring food and take a seat in the sun at…

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Dairy Creme Corner has officially sprung! The tallest cones in town are back with about a million flavors to choose from. Get a cone, an Avalanche, a sundae, some form of ice cream and spring your heart out.

The Poky Dot has the most shareable milkshakes and sundaes in town, you know, because they’re massive! Grab some friends, sit in the open air and eat your heart out.

Pufferbelly’s Ice Cream Station’s decadent ice cream and food options aren’t the only great thing about this place. Get some ice cream cake and get a tan on their patio.

A good pizza place is not to be forgotten even though it’s their homemade gelato we want! Colasessano’s berry cheesecake, cookies n’ coffee, vanilla with mint cookies, smores and tiramisu gelatos is how they’re springing into spring #getontheirlevel Flavors change so get ready for fruity fun like orange dreamsicle, raspberry and mixed berry gelatos.  

Mi Pueblo has that oh-so-necessary fried ice cream and more. More meaning margaritas and mixed drinks. Refresh yourself in the outdoor seating area with both ice cream and alcohol!

Street Food Kitchen and Short Story Brewing isn’t just a great one-two punch. It’s more like a one-two punch with a roundhouse kick. Swordfish tacos and a cold beer (or maybe a root beer float) make for a nice springy afternoon outside on the patio.

The Rambling Root is more than a brewery with great Root beer – get it?! Beer comes from all over West Virginia to be sold here alongside tacos (on Tuesdays), wings (on Wednesdays) and beer cheese and bacon fries (on Everyday). The Rambling Root also serves Mountain Dragon Mazery’s honey wine, so maybe try that  – after all, it is spring!

What’s your favorite thing about spring?


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