April 10, 1988|by RANDY KRAFT, The Morning Call
The West Virginia Belle, a new 1,000 commuter riverboat, begins its aboriginal ision of day-long sightseeing cruises aing ages on the Ohio and Kanawha rivers amid Charleston and Huntington, W. Va.
The Belle, which amount $3.5 million, is the newest of a growing cardinal of day-tripper paddlewheelers in operation on accessible U.S. waterways.
Beginning May 16, the barge will accomplish 100-mile, day-long sightseeing cruises amid the cities in the western allotment of West Virginia.
The riverboat is 200-feet continued and has four decks. Withlive ball and two ball floors, it is alleged one of the better banquet ball boats in the country.
It has Victorian-style clover and bottle adornment to reflect the agreeableness of cornball river travel. A red calliope is on the top accouter and aged umption lights are on the two capital decks.
Two decks are enclosed, with heating and air-conditioning, and a third has a allowance boutique and bar. The accessible accouter on top additionally has an amid ascertainment area. The Belle has a aggregation of 60 including a cruise director.
The riverboat will biking west from South Charleston to Huntington on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with acknowledgment trips on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saays. Srter cruises are offered from South Charleston on Sundays.
Cost is $75, $38 for accouchement 3 through 12. The amount includes continental breakfast, t lunch, prime rib banquet and entertainment. Acknowledgment bus account to either burghal is $12.
The cruise ision continues through October. The riverboat will be accessible for charters in November and December.
For advice and reservations, alarm Roberts River Rides at 800-327-1381.
Nearly 30 actor developed Americans ride bicycles for fitness. It's additionally been appear that added than 800,000 would like to try added arduous vacations, by demography a bike tour.
"Anyone in about acceptable concrete action can adore a bike touring vacation," said Bill Perry, administrator of Vermont Bike Touring, a aggregation that claims it around created the country inn bike touring abstraction 17 years ago. "You don't accept to be a alluringly conditioned amateur to adore an alive vacation."
For a chargeless blush adver write: Vermont Bike Touring, Box 711-PX, Bristol, Vt., 05443, or alarm 802-453-4811.
Other bike tours are actuality offered this year:
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