This issue is gourd-geous! When I visited Cherry Brook Farm in Mount Storm, which is featured on the cover (see page 56), I was like a kid in a candy store. Perfectly proportioned pumpkins in shades of sunset, atypical blue-greenish gourds, bales of hay, and multicolored mums the size of pickup trucks formed a patchwork tapestry of autumnal enchantment. Sunflowers, grand heliotropic masterpieces, danced with the daylight. The scents of kettle corn and apple cider wafted through the air. This was my Narnia. I couldn’t wait to share this discovery with you.
Actually, I couldn’t wait to share this entire issue with you. This year we celebrate 10 years of honoring West Virginia’s Wonder Women. This 2023 class is amazing, and I hope you are as inspired as I am when you read about these newsmakers, rule-breakers, path-forgers, and changemakers. Their legacy is not just one of achievement but of awakening—a reminder that within every heart lies the potential to shape a brighter tomorrow. These women are advocates of understanding and pillars of strength who are navigating challenges with a grace that belies their tenacity. Their energy is electric, and I hope you join us at our annual West Virginia Wonder Woman luncheon on November 1 and experience it firsthand.
Something else you must experience firsthand are our critics’ picks of our 25 best restaurants in West Virginia. Our team of culinary experts has traveled the state with fork in hand looking for consistent creative cuisine, memorable dining experiences, and stellar service. From fine dining to homestyle Italian to flavorful burgers, add these 25 places (plus our runners up) to your must-eat list. And if you don’t agree with us, you have a chance to shine a spotlight on your favorite restaurants, food, shops, towns, and more in our annual Best of West Virginia competition that launches on September 25. So make sure you cast your vote once a day at wvliving.com. These are hugely competitive and highly coveted awards, and every vote counts. The winners will be announced in our upcoming Winter issue.
I hope you carve out time to embrace all the flavors of autumn. It’s a season of harvest not just for the fields, but for the soul.