Elkins suggested as top weekend getaway location for D.C. residents by Washington Post

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ELKINS, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Randolph County recently got some attention from the national media.

The Washington Post included the city as one of three West Virginia getaway destinations for D.C. residents.

The article calls Elkins a charming town, just 200 miles outside the District.

It says the destination is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts.

"If you're looking for a place that's peaceful, quiet, and you can only be four miles away and get some of the city living, then this is the ideal place to be," said Elkins resident Russel Daniels, who spent his Wednesday fishing in Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.

The article comes as Elkins is preparing for a busy summer, aiming to attract tourists from West Virginia and beyond.

“It was great to see that Elkins made the list because we are a cool town. We're a good getaway," said Elkins-Randolph County Tourism CVB Marketing Director Taira Landavere. " It's easy to get to from D.C. As soon as you get out of the traffic, it's a straight drive."

She said the city is loading up its events calendar for the summer for anyone to enjoy, whether they're from D.C. or a neighboring county in West Virginia.

Bicyclists will find a welcome sight in Elkins in June, with the completion of the Allegheny Highlands Rail Trail expansion, connecting Elkins to Parsons.

The CVB recently launched a new website, complete with a schedule of Randolph County events, popular tourist destinations, and places to eat.

Wheeling and Berkeley Springs were the other two Destinations mentioned by the Washington Post