Last week, while making my way home from Detroit, MI to the Carolinas, I decided to stop by the “Tamarack” for some food and exercise.
The “Tamarack” is a tourist destination and rest area located at exit #45 above Beckley service area of the West Virginia Turnpike. You will find lots of truck parking and I find it good exercise to walk up to the facility as its sits on top of a hill. The short walk is worth it as you get to experience this special place and all it has to offer.
The site opened in 1996 and greets 500,000 visitors annually. You can’t miss the large red peaked roof and beautifully landscaped grounds. The large facility/store offers visitors an opportunity to purchase arts and crafts from local artists throughout the state. Craft products include wood, glass, textiles, pottery, metal, jewelry as well as specialty food items, fine art and West Virginia books and recordings. The large building houses five artisan studios which provide demonstrations on most weekends during spring through the fall months. Tamarack also holds food tastings, book signings and live entertainment. You’ll find many great items for purchase such as: local sauces, jellies, wine, candy etc…
In addition to the store, you’ll find art exhibits, a theater and a large food court which serves traditional West Virginia favorites. Apparently, the food court chefs are all trained at the world famous Greenbrier resort. I enjoyed a wonderful tasting meal and will plan to come back when passing through West Virginia.
Tamarack is open from 8am to 8pm. I would recommend this place for a great meal, shopping and viewing the local art/treasures from across the state.