FAYETTEVILLE, West Virginia — Adventures on the Gorge (AOTG) has opened the Lookout Post, a boutique conference center perched on the rim of the New River Gorge.
The new conference center opens the door for business- and leisure-oriented groups that want to combine meetings with whitewater rafting, rock climbing, aerial adventures and other team-building activities.
“The Lookout Post is a key component in our master plan as we continue our efforts to become an unequaled adventure resort,” said Dave Hartvigsen, CEO of Adventures on the Gorge, which offers a combination of outdoor activities, accommodations and other guest services. “People talk about balancing work with pleasure, but we believe that an active lifestyle is not only good for the individual but is good for business. Healthy and engaged business owners and employees are more productive, respectful and caring of each other and their communities. And they’re just plain happier with their lives.”
Overlooking southern West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River, the Lookout Post, when combined with the AOTG’s existing restaurant and event facility, Smokey’s on the Gorge, creates more than 5,000 square feet of multi-use space. The conference center’s flexible design allows for up to five meeting rooms; it can accommodate a maximum of 200 people theater-style.
“The resort has also developed two outstanding and complementary venues as part of its master plan that altogether create an indoor/outdoor complex unmatched in West Virginia for the combination of scenery, facilities and services,” said Hartvigsen. “The resort’s pool directly overlooks the New River Gorge as does the new outdoor deck that is connected to the Lookout Post and Smokey’s through a series of interesting, linked walkways. It’s an incredible overall complex that is introducing countless people to wild and wonderful West Virginia.”
AOTG traces its history to multiple whitewater rafting outfitters that helped develop the industry in West Virginia. The company’s current iteration was created in 2008 when those outfitters combined operations and began expanding adventure options and building new facilities.
The resort offers a mix of accommodations and restaurants as well as numerous adventure experiences including whitewater rafting on two of the country’s most spectacular rivers, ziplining, an aerial adventure park, BridgeWalk, kayaking, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, caving and rock climbing. The resort also has shops that sell clothing, gifts and gear.