Tamarack, on I-77/I-64 at Beckley, WV, is the state's premier showcase for fine arts, handcrafts, and Appalachian cuisine. Under the West Virginia Parkways Economic Development Authority, Governor Gaston Caperton commissioned the facility to promote the state's artists, crafts people, and the arts and crafts market. Opened in 1996, Tamarack includes demonstration areas for each art and craft type as well as galleries, sales space, and an auditorium that serves performance artists. The center also provides travelers with tourist information about the greater New River Gorge region. Tamarack takes its name from the Tamarack tree, a northern conifer that reaches its natural southern extent in West Virginia.
Tamarack Shopping: More than 59,000 square-feet of juried crafts and arts studios await guests at Tamarack. Over half a million visitors tour the complex annually, shopping through the largest West Virginia selection of quilts, pottery, furniture, ironwork, hand-blown glass, and hundreds of other lines of arts and handicrafts.
Tamarack Dining: Tamarack Food Court, managed by The Greenbrier, offers guests a delicious menu of gourmet and down-home foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The award winning culinary staff incorporates West Virginia jams and jellies, dressings and mustards, and locally grown trout and catfish into its daily menus.