If you want to get the true “Charleston-experience” we recommend you visit Charleston’s charming and historic East End Neighborhood. The area is rich with culture, history, diversity and many unique restaurants and businesses that have been featured in publications around the country. Every member of your family will find something of interest in the East End; whether it be watching a Class A baseball game at West Virginia Power Park, exploring the exhibits at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, or taking garden tours around the lovely historic district.
Charleston’s East End is one of the oldest and most diverse neighborhoods in the city. Home to the West Virginia State Capitol, Appalachian Power Park and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, the area has undergone a fantastic cosmetic face-lift in the past few years thanks to the involved home and business-owners in the neighborhood. There is a self-guided walking tour for visitors to the area which features the area’s urban myths, unique history and architecture (the guide can be picked up at any of the participating East End Vendors or at the East End Main Street office at 1116 Smith Street).
Perhaps one of the East End’s most beautiful and sought-after attractions is the gardens which are meticulously maintained by the local homeowners. During June, the East End Garden Showcase takes interested viewers to over 25 gardens on a free, self-guided tour. Local homeowners and apartment dwellers have cultivated beautiful and unique green spaces in their gardens throughout the historic district, and they welcome guests in to see their work.
In addition to the annual East End Garden Showcase, there are many other events in the neighborhood. The East End Yard Sale is one of the largest attractions of the year, not only for locals but for bargain-hunters all across the state. Every year in May, the sale exhibits over two-hundred vendors offering all kinds different goods. The yard sale is not only a great place to find good bargains, but also an excellent way to tour the East End and get a feeling for the energetic vibe of the area.
The Vandalia Gathering is another popular East End event, held every Memorial Day weekend on the State Capitol grounds. The festival celebrates traditional West Virginia and Appalachian arts, crafts and history and brings live music, dancing, story-tellers and food from all over the state. The event is a great time to visit the State Capitol and grounds, especially for the first time.
There is always something to do at the Clay Center for the Performing Arts and Sciences. One of Charleston’s newest and most celebrated attractions, the Clay Center is constantly updating exhibits, offering new shows and performances and hosting educational events. From Broadway to the ElectricSky Theatre, from West Virginia Symphony Orchestra performances to the traveling art exhibits, visitors of all ages will find something amazing in the Clay Center.
Our Wingate by Wyndham is a five to ten minute drive away from the East End neighborhood, depending on traffic. In addition to brochures and information about the seasonal events and festivals in the East End, our staff can also help you with restaurant recommendations for the area. We encourage you to visit the East End during your stay with us; the dynamic and colorful neighborhood gives you a true feel for the Charleston spirit. We also recommend a visit to the East End’s official website: ( http://www.eastendmainstreet.com ). Click Here to make reservations at the Wingate by Wyndham.