Finding a destination where the dining landscape is fresh,flavorful and just plain melt-in-your-mouth is fast becoming the reason to travel. Located in the rolling hills of southeastern West Virginia, not only does the Greenbrier Valley get fall foliage bonus points, dozens of independent restaurants, bistros, bakeries and cafés have set down roots to assemble a unique culinary collective.

Fodor’s, an 80-year authority on travel, recently selected downtown Lewisburg for its “America’s 25 Cutest Main Streets in Small(er) Towns” list. The valley’s city center is a four-block district that possesses an unbridled spirit and zest for food with anyone who sits down for a bite to eat.

When owners of The French Goat were selecting a location for their bistro-style restaurant, they knew they would fit right into the “foodie” vibe of the region. The Del Sol Cantina & Grille menu has been a 20-year evolutionary process. What hasn’t changed are the fresh, made-from-scratch ingredients infused with a signature Spanish style. Stardust Café has garnered many accolades for its commitment to “green” practices and artful dishes that feature locally-raised meats, artisan breads and seasonal produce. Thunderbird Taco pairs locally-sourced beef or chicken — tofu for vegetarians — with grilled veggies and inventive toppings, transforming the taco staple into a flavor-packed sensation. And just 15 minutes away, the luxurious Greenbrier resort is home to multiple restaurants, including the iconic Main Dining Room which has been serving guests for more than 100 years. With so much history to live up to, they focus on sophisticated creations, with a strong Southern flair.

If the “foodie” experience is your idea of the perfect fall getaway, then we suggest exploring the Greenbrier Valley’s vibrant culinary scene.

Taste of Our Towns. OCT 13. A 34-year tradition in downtown Lewisburg, local restaurants, shops and civic groups take to the streets to share their favorite seasonal delicacies from crab cakes and pot pies to pumpkin fudge and bread pudding.

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