Photos courtesy Morgantown CVB
Where is Morgantown, W.Va.?
Morgantown is in north central West Virginia, 70 minutes south of Pittsburgh, three hours west of Baltimore and Washington; five hours from Cleveland, Ohio; and six hours north of Charlotte, N.C. West Virginia University’s (WVU’s) 25,000 students boost the population to 60,000.
How do we get there?
Through Silver Airlines, United offers flights at the Morgantown airport. Pittsburgh International Airport is about an hour away. The Mountain Line city bus links the city to Pittsburgh.
What types of meetings best suit Morgantown?
Its central location, attractions and facilities appeal to government groups and associations. Being a college town adds to Morgantown’s energy.
• Two hotels will open this fall, and three to five more are planned. The 90-room Suburban Extended Stay is off Interstate 68. The boutique Chestnut Hotel, with about 50 rooms, will open downtown.
• A new minor-league ballpark, which will also be home to WVU baseball, will be built in the University Town Center area near Interstate 79. No opening date has been set.
Tell me about some sites to see.
• Snap photos of the Cheat River Gorge from overlooks at Coopers Rock State Park. Rustic picnic shelters were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are on the National Register of Historic Places.
• Stroll the sidewalks of WVU’s downtown campus. Look for the clock tower of Woodburn Hall, one of the campus’ oldest and most photographed buildings.
• Bring a bike and explore more than 50 miles of its rails-to-trails system.
Tell me about the city’s main meeting places.
The city’s main venue is the 205-room Waterfront Place Hotel and the attached Morgantown Event Center, where 30,000 square feet of meeting space includes event spaces of 318 square feet to more than 22,000 square feet. Terraces and prefunction spaces are popular for receptions.