While traveling, John and his co-owner happened upon the old DePollo General Store. Hardwood floors, an outside patio, and that penny candy feel sold him on the place. It seemed only natural to add music and food. Nowadays, a creative atmosphere permeates the old building. Guests can even take home a box of magnetic poetry sold at The Purple Fiddle for $10. The words prove helpful when guests want to write a few mountain melodies of their own.
The Purple Fiddle Coffeehouse and Mountain Market: 21 East Avenue, Thomas, WV 26292; www.purplefiddle.com or (304) 463-4040. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
The Purple Fiddle sits at the center of awesome outdoor vistas. While in the area, check out Blackwater Falls State Park, home to one of the most photographed waterfalls in the state. (304) 259-5216. Also visit Seneca Rocks―great for hiking, fly-fishing, rock climbing, and scenic views. (304) 567-2827.
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"Play It Again" is from the May 2008 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.