Go Outside and Play Guide: St Paul, VA

first_imgSt. Paul, Virginia–a tiny town offering big adventures.  Head on over to the banks of the Clinch River where fishing, floating, and kayaking become your new way of life. You’re bound to be hooked.  Or start a thrill-seeking adventure on Spearhead Trails’ Mountain View ATV Trail System.When was the last time you played in the mud and loved it? DAY ONE Check the schedule in BackYard at the Western Front Hotel for live music, s’mores, and outdoor games such as cornhole and yard Jenga. You just might need a little trivia to help ponder the meaning of life. Grab a friend or two and head out back to wind down from your day of thrill seeking and high adventures. Relax around the fire pit while you take in the sounds of music, laughter, and a good time. MORNING And if at the end of the day, you find yourself just wanting more…  Plan another trip to St. Paul. Maybe the Coal Heritage Museum or the Wetlands of Estonia will be on your to do list. EVENING MORNING EVENING Grab coffee and a muffin at St. Paul’s Fourth Ave Baked Goods before heading over to the Clinch River. Didn’t bring fishing gear? No problem. Clinch Life Outfitters can fit you with all you need to bring home dinner. They’ll hook you up.  Not into fishing? Maybe you prefer to start your day with an early morning bike ride, run, or hike along the Clinch River. Bike rentals are available. Starting at Blue Bell Island, loop around Oxbow Lake and adventure off onto the Sugar Hill Loop Trail. You can explore approximately 13 miles and never leave town! Get checked in at the award-winning boutique hotel, The Western Front, located downtown in the center of it all. Plan on a special dinner at Ina + Forbes, St. Paul’s newest restaurant. Located inside the hotel, enjoy a great meal prepared by Hell’s Kitchen Celebrity Chef, Chef T, and her staff. If the hotel is booked, no worries. There are other places for you to stay. Book an ATV Excursion as part of your lodging choice with St. Paul Suites and Cottages. At Mountain View Lodge, you can schedule an exciting trip around the area to see what else Southwest Virginia has to offer. No matter where you stay, everything in town is just a few footsteps away. AFTERNOON Before hitting the trails, don’t miss the opportunity to rough it with a packed lunch from Fat Boys BBQ, known for their Heart Attack Baked Potatoes, to enjoy a picnic at any one of the mountain overlooks or waterfalls along the trails. Whether you are visiting a restaurant, the trails, the hotel, or the grocery store, stay on your ATV. The town of St. Paul is ATV friendly!  Refuel after a morning of adventures and take a break before your next one. Head over to any of the small-town restaurants, such as Giovanni’s pizza, a local favorite for over 40 years, or St. Paul’s award winning brewery, Sugar Hill Brewing Company, for lunch or late afternoon snack. DAY TWO AFTERNOON Grab your coffee and breakfast and get ready for some thrills. Whiz over the mountains on your ATV to the wide open spaces for some spectacular mountain views. Want to visit the nearby, trail-connected town of Coeburn, Virginia? You can— on your ATV. If you don’t have an ATV, don’t worry about that either, the Western Front Hotel has Polaris Rzrs, 4 seaters and 2 seaters ATVs, for rent.  last_img read more

Empire strikes back

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Joshua stops Takam in 10th to retain heavyweight crowns

first_imgCARDIFF (Reuters) – Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles when he stopped bloodied challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round in Cardiff on Saturday.Unbeaten champion Joshua opened up a dreadful cut above 36-year Takam’s right eye in the fourth round and although the durable France-based Cameroonian battled on the fight was halted after a series of heavy blows.It was far from a straightforward night for Joshua in the Principality Stadium, however, as the 28-year-old appeared to suffer a broken nose in the second round after an accidental clash of heads with his shorter and lighter opponent.Joshua’s victory in his first fight since his epic tussle with Wladimir Klitschko in April took his record to 20-0.last_img read more

Men’s basketball need to know: No. 5 Wisconsin at Maryland

first_imgWith every win — or double-digit win for that matter — in the Big Ten for the No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team, the goal of winning a conference regular season title gets that much closer.The Badgers (25-2, 13-1 Big Ten) can partially achieve that goal Tuesday night in College Park, Maryland, when they travel to take on No. 14 Maryland.With a win Tuesday over the Terrapins, the conference newcomer (22-5, 10-4 Big Ten), the Badgers will clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular season championship, which would be the first since 2008. It would be Wisconsin’s 18th regular season conference championship and fourth under head coach Bo Ryan.But a win won’t come easy against the second-best team in the Big Ten. Only twice this season has Wisconsin encountered a ranked Big Ten team — against No. 25 Iowa Jan. 20 and against No. 25 Indiana Feb. 3 — and won those two games only by a combined margin of 46 points. However, Maryland is Wisconsin’s highest ranked opponent since it squared off against No. 4 Duke Dec. 3. Maryland is also the highest ranked opponent in the Big Ten behind the Badgers.After being picked to finish eighth in the Big Ten preseason poll, Maryland started the season 14-1 and ascended as high as No. 11 in the AP rankings. Now, the Terrapins have begun to solidify themselves as the top team in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin and sit in a tie for second place with Michigan State and Purdue. Maryland has won its last three Big Ten games.Perhaps the largest reason for Maryland’s surprising success this season is due to the emergence of freshman Melo Trimble. The 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 16.1 points per game along with 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. Senior Dez Wells is second on the Terrapins in scoring, averaging 14.6 points per game, with 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Junior forward Jake Layman is averaging a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game, chipping in 13.6 points per game for Maryland as well.Meanwhile, Wisconsin is rolling through the Big Ten with 10 consecutive wins with eight of those wins coming by 10 or more points. The Badgers defeated Minnesota Saturday 63-53 behind 21 points from senior forward Frank Kaminsky and a career-high 17 from sophomore guard Bronson Koenig.After his career-high 17 points Saturday, Koenig is now averaging 12.6 points per game in his 10 starts this season. His 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio is third-best in the nation. Junior forward Sam Dekker had a career-high last week as well when he dropped in 22 points against Penn State last Wednesday. Dekker is now averaging 14 points and 5.9 rebounds in Big Ten play while shooting 52 percent.No. 5 Wisconsin (25-2, 13-1 Big Ten)Big Ten: 13-1, 1st place by three games over Maryland, Michigan State and PurdueLast Game: Defeated Minnesota at home, 63-53Probable Starters: G – Bronson Koenig (6-4, 7.7 ppg), G – Josh Gasser (6-4, 7.1 ppg), F – Sam Dekker (6-9, 13.1 ppg), F – Nigel Hayes (6-8, 12.1 ppg), F – Frank Kaminsky (7-0, 17.7 ppg)Key Reserves: G – Zak Showalter, F – Duje Dukan, F – Vitto BrownMaryland (22-5, 10-4 Big Ten)Big Ten: 10-4, tied for 2nd place with Michigan State and Purdue, three games behind WisconsinLast Game: Defeated Nebraska at home, 69-65Probable Starters: G – Melo Trimble (6-3, 16.1 pgg), G – Richaud Pack (6-4, 6.6 ppg), G/F – Dez Wells (6-5, 14.6 ppg), F – Damonte Dodd (6-11, 3.9 ppg), F – Jake Layman (6-9, 13.6 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Evan Smotrycz, G – Jared NickensGame VitalsWho – No. 5 Wisconsin at MarylandWhen – Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.Where – Xfinity Center (17,950); College Park, MarylandTV – ESPN (Mike Tirico, Jay Bilas, Quint Kessenich)last_img read more