Download GPX file for this article
39.481389-80.143333Map mag.png


From Wikivoyage
Jump to: navigation, search

Fairmont, nicknamed the "Friendly City", is a city of 19,097 people (as of 2000) in West Virginia. It was established in 1820 as Middletown, and changed in 1843 to Fairmont, short for "Fair Mountain". Mary Lou Retton — a gold-medalist gymnast in the 1984 Olympics, who was highly popular around the country and particularly in West Virginia — is originally from Fairmont.

Fairmont is part of the High-Technology Corridor along I-79, home to companies such as Allegheny Energy, the FBI Identification Facility, and numerous software-oriented businesses.

Get in[edit]

Fairmont is located at the intersection of US-19, between Morgantown and Clarksburg, and US-250, between Wheeling and Elkins. It's also adjacent to I-79 (exits 132 through 139), which runs largely parallel to US-19 in the region.

Get around[edit]


  • Downtown Fairmont, +1 304-368-1123. Walking tours available for the historic section of town.
  • Nine of the seventeen covered bridges in West Virginia are within easy access of Fairmont. Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House B&B in Shinnston, has route information if you want to visit all of them.
  • Barrackville Covered Bridge, junction of WV-21 and US-250. A 148-foot single-lane historic covered bridge.


  • [dead link]East Marion Park. State Street Extension. 32 acres. Tennis, basketball, softball, horseshoes, mini-golf, hiking and jogging trails, playground, wave pool and waterslide. Mini-golf open from 11AM to 8PM daily; admission $2.
  • [dead link]Mary Lou Retton Park. Mary Lou Retton Drive and Old Monongah Road. 25 acres. Four baseball fields, one football field, tennis courts with practice wall, playgrounds, West Virginia Miner's Memorial.
  • Pricketts Fork State Park +1 304-363-3030. WV-3 off I-79 (exit 139). Features a recreation of the rustic log Pickett's Fort from 1774. Guides in period costume recreate late 18th-century life and demonstrate colonial crafts. The park includes Pricketts Creek and Bay, the Monongahela River, an interpretive nature trail, hiking, walking, jogging, cycling, boating, fishing, and a 400-seat amphitheatre.
  • Valley Falls State Park, WV-310 off I-79 (exit 137), 304-367-2719. 1,145 acres for fishing, horseshoes, whitewater rafting, 18 miles of hiking and biking trails. Foaming waterfalls and the remains of a sawmill and grist mill.


  • Valley World of Fun2017 Pleasant Valley Road +1 304-366-2500, toll-free: +1-877-366-2501. Open 10AM to 10PM Sunday through Thursday, and 10AM to 11PM Friday and Saturday. Miniature golf, 24 bowling lanes, lasertron, bumper cars, bumper boats, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, 5,000-square-foot maze, 90-foot slide, indoor midway, Himalaya mini-coaster, gyro, whirly bird, rock-n-roll cage, Twister, soft play area, arcade, snack bar and cafe. Day passes $14 - $20.


  • Fairmont (Downtown) Theatre416 Adams Street. Open Friday through Sunday. 2 screens. Classic theatre in the downtown area. $5. Currently Closed.
  • Sunset Ellis Drive-in, south of Shinnston, 304-592-3909. Open Friday through Monday, May until Labor Day. $6.


  • West Virginia Day and Gazing Back in Time Festival211 Adams Street +1 304-367-5398. Held in late June. Bake sale, Palace Restaurant fruit bowl and pecan roll luncheon, activities, games and music.
  • Mountain State Juried Art Exhibit830 Walnut Avenue +1 304-363-1769. Held in October. Juried, fine art exhibit of paintings, photos and three-dimensional works of art.


  • Rider Pharmacy303 Merchant Street +1 304-366-2710. Open 8:30AM to 8PM Monday through Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturday; closed Sundays. Family-owned and -operated since 1967, offering floral arrangements, gift baskets, Boyds Bears, WVU souvenirs, Department 56 and other gifts.
  • Sew Chic. Old WV-73 off I-79 (exit 39), 304-366-4135 or 877-366-4135. Open 10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, and 10AM to 2PM on Saturday; closed Sundays. Fabrics, threads, books, repair service, heirloom supplies, cabinets, magazines, and sewing and quilting classes.
  • Squirrel Nutkin's Shoppe213 Morgantown Avenue +1 304-363-1122. Antiques, collectibles, pottery, candles, food, and products made in West Virginia.
  • The Tin Man235 Locust Avenue +1 304-367-0070. Open 10AM to 6PM Tuesday through Friday, and 10AM to 3PM on Saturday; closed Sundays and Mondays. Antiques, artistic, vintage and all-natural items, and fine gifts.
  • Tracy's Creations1547 Fairmont Avenue +1 304-366-4530. Open 10AM to 5:30PM Monday through Friday, and 10AM to 3PM on Saturday; closed Sundays. Wreaths, swags, floral arrangements, flags, candles, Boyds Bears, primitives and Victorian home décor, linens, heritage lace and braided rugs.
  • [dead link]Vittoria & Banks232 Adams Street +1 304-363-6955. Open 10AM to 6PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10AM to 1PM Wednesday and Saturday; closed Sundays. Fingerprint jewelry, school jewelry, name bracelets and fine jewelry. Classes offered.


  • Middletown Mall2500 Fairmont Avenue +1 304-363-3230. The first mall in West Virginia, opened in 1969. Over 30 shops and restaurants.


  • The local newspaper is the Times West Virginian, +1 304-367-2500, [1].
  • Fairmont State, 1201 Locust Avenue, +1 304-367-4892, [2]. Community and technical college founded in 1974, and state university founded in 1865, offering 90 baccalaureate and 50 associate degrees.


Fairmont is the "Home of the Original Pepperoni Roll". If you want to get them fresh, rather than pre-wrapped in a convenience mart, your best bets are the traditional variety at the Country Club Bakery, or the giant variety at Colasessano's.

  • Aquarium Lounge620 Gaston Avenue +1 304-366-1500. Open 11AM to 10PM Monday through Friday, and 5PM to 10PM on Saturday; closed Sundays. Salads, pasta, chicken, pork, seafood and hand-cut steaks.
  • Backwoods Grill1602 Locust Avenue +1 304-363-6533. Open 11AM to 10PM Monday through Thursday, 11AM to 11PM on Friday, and 4PM to 11PM on Saturday; closed Sundays. Soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and Cajun classics like jambalaya, gumbo, Louisiana dirty rice and lobster bisque.
  • Classics Cafe236 Adams Street +1 304-366-3979. Open 8AM to 3PM Monday through Friday. Homemade soups and sandwiches.
  • Colasessano's506 Pennsylvania Avenue +1 304-363-9713. Open 8AM to 8PM Tuesday through Thursday, and 8AM to 9PM Friday and Saturday; closed Sundays and Mondays. A local favorite for over 50 years, serving pizzas, salads, sandwiches, chicken wings, and large pepperoni rolls for $3.50. Freshly-baked bread and cookies daily. $2.50 - $10.50.
  • Country Club Bakery1211 Country Club Road +1 304-363-5690. Open 7AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, except Wednesday, and 7AM to 3PM on Saturday; closed Wednesdays and Sundays. Bakery supplying pepperoni rolls to grocery stores and convenience stores around Fairmont; try them hot and fresh for just $1. They also carry Italian breads, rolls and cookies.
  • Dairy Creme Corner187 Homewood Avenue +1 304-366-6809. Open 10AM to 10PM Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 10PM on Sunday. Self-proclaimed purveyors of "the biggest cones in town!" which, depending on your age or ego, may actually be bigger than your head. Along with their FlavorBurst ice cream (used for sundaes, shakes and malts), they offer fried appetizers, salads, sandwiches, barbecue, pepperoni rolls and funnel cakes. Try their peanut butter milkshakes. $1.37 - $2.59.
  • DJ's 50s & 60s Diner1181 Airport Road +1 304-366-8110. Open 7AM to 10PM Sunday through Thursday, and 7AM to 12AM Friday and Saturday. Fifties-style diner with waitresses in poodle skirts. Classic American favorites, milkshakes and ice cream floats.
  • Dutchman's Daughter Restaurant2612 Fairmont Avenue +1 304-367-1064. Open 11AM to 9PM Sunday through Thursday, and 11AM to 10PM Friday and Saturday. Home-cooked meals.
  • Jimmy's Diner1501 Hood Avenue +1 304-592-0745. In Shinnston. Open 8AM to 8PM Sunday through Thursday, and 8AM to 9PM Friday and Saturday. Italian-American food; Thursday nights are all-you-can-eat spaghetti nights for $5.
  • Mi Pueblo2500 Fairmont Avenue +1 304-363-9355. In Middletown Mall. Open daily 11AM to 12AM. Family-owned Mexican restaurant.
  • Muriales Italian Family Restaurant1742 Fairmont Avenue +1 304-363-3190. Open 11AM to 9PM Monday through Thursday, 11AM to 10PM Friday and Saturday, and 11AM to 8PM on Sunday. Fine Italian food and home-cooked meals.
  • The Poky Dot1111 Fairmont Avenue +1 304-366-3271. A nostalgic 1950s restaurant which began as a barbecue stand in the late 1940s and turned into a sit-down diner in the 1950s. Munchies, breakfast foods, soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, steak, chicken, cheesecake, pie, cobblers, milkshakes, malts, sundaes and ice cream floats. Try the appetizer-laden Dot Combo Platter.
  • Say-Boy Steak House Restaurant905 Country Club Road +1 304-366-7252. Open 8AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday, and 8AM to 8:30PM on Sunday. A local favorite for 45 years. Steaks, chicken and Italian specialties.
  • TJ's Sports Garden Restaurant2500 Fairmont Avenue.
  • USA Steak Buffet1017 Fairmont Avenue +1 304-363-6170. Open daily. All-you-can-eat steak and chicken. Currently Closed.
  • Village Bistro at Westchester Village1825 Locust Avenue +1 304-366-3711. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday. Gourmet dishes and an extensive wine list.
  • Wings Olé1486 Locust Avenue +1 304-363-5264. Open 11AM to 12AM Monday through Thursday, 11AM to 2AM Friday and Saturday, and 12PM to 12AM on Sunday. Chicken wings, salads, side dishes, sandwiches, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas.
  • Yann's Hotdogs300 Washington Street +1 304-366-8660. varied hours. A Fairmont tradition and proud of it. The best hotdogs in the state. No special order; comes with everything or plain only. Mr. Yann is the "hotdog Nazi" of WV but respected and loved by all.


  • [dead link]Book-n-Bean Coffee House. Open 7AM to 10PM Monday through Wednesday, 7AM to 11PM on Thursday, 7AM to 12PM on Friday and Saturday, and 11AM to 6PM on Sunday. Coffee, tea, milkshakes, soups, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. New, used and antique books. Live music on Thursday through Saturday nights, art on display. $3 - $6.
  • Wright Dawgs540 East Park Avenue +1 304-368-0834. Great hotdogs (mild, medium, hot) and many other wonderful menu items. Low prices for exceptional food. A second location has now opened in Belleview.



  • Budget Motel & Apartments1101 Fairmont Avenue +1 304-366-1900.
  • Travelodge1117 Fairmont Avenue +1 304-363-0100. 49 rooms. Seasonal outdoor heated pool, hot tub. On-site 50s diner. Jacuzzi suites and in-room fireplace available. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. $35.


  • Comfort Inn and Suites1185 Airport Road +1 304-367-1370. 85 rooms. Fitness center, outdoor pool. Complimentary continental breakfast. $80 - $120.
  • Days Inn228 Middletown Road +1 304-366-5995. 46 rooms. On-site barber/beauty shop and restaurant. Free access to nearby fitness center. $74 - $90.
  • Holiday Inn. I-79 and 930 East Old Grafton Road, 304-366-5500. 106 rooms. Outdoor pool. On-site restaurant (Simmering Pot Family Restaurant) and bar (Franny's Lounge). Complimentary newspaper. $65 - $85.
  • Super 8 Motel2208 Pleasant Valley Road +1 304-363-1488, toll-free: +1-800-800-8000. 54 rooms. Whirlpool rooms available. Complimentary continental breakfast and newspaper. $77.


  • Fairfield Inn and Suites27 Southland Drive +1 304-367-9150, toll-free: +1-800-228-2800. 80 rooms. Exercise room, heated indoor pool, whirlpool. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. $139 - 179.

Bed and Breakfasts[edit]

  • Gillum House Bed & Breakfast35 Walnut Street, toll-free: +1-888-592-0177. In Shinnston. 3 rooms. Front porch, rail trail for walking or biking. Full breakfast with muffins, fruit, juices, entrees, fresh-roasted coffee (nightly) and a selection of over 100 teas. Breakfast served between 4AM-10AM Overnight stabling, off-street parking for motorcycles. Children welcome. Pet-free and smoke-free. $95 - $149.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Fairmont
WashingtonMorgantown  N I-79.svg S  BridgeportCharleston
WheelingMoundsville  N US 250.svg S  GraftonStaunton

This city travel guide to Fairmont is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.