Students are heading back to school, and downtown Elkins offers several Wi-Fi "hot spots" for going online, writing term papers and finding that perfect spot for work and caffeine.
A hot spot is any location where Wi-Fi network access to the Internet is publicly available. Hot spots are usually found in airports, coffee shops, hotels and other places where people tend to gather.
"I'm working on a project and it's a good meeting spot," Rachel Montgomery of Elkins said while relaxing at the Kissel Stop Cafe this week.
"I've been here three times already this week. Wi-Fi has helped tremendously."
Using a smartphone or tablet you should be able to find wireless hotspots using a service such as WeFi, which automatically connects you to the best available Wi-Fi network. WeFi apps are available for Android and iPhone.
Elkins businesses offering free Wi-Fi include the following:
- Applebee's, 789 Beverly Pike, 304-637-0680
- Bagel Bites, coming Sept. 20, 121 3rd St.
- Beander's, 314 Davis Ave., 304-636-6000
- El Gran Sabor (in the front of the restaurant), 413 Kerens Ave., 304-636-8200
- Elkins-Randolph County Public Library, 416 Davis Ave., 304-637-0287
- Henry G's Cafe, 110 Third St., 304-636-1570
- Holiday Inn Express, Martin St. (for guests), 304-630-2266
- Jabberwock Bar & Grill, 122 Davis Ave., 304-637-2302
- Kissel Stop Cafe, 23 Thir d St., 304-636-8810
- McDonald's, 446 S Randolph Ave, 304-636-8568
- Mee Mee'z Cafe and Cakes, 213 Henry Ave., 304-636-3390
- Mingo Room Restaurant at Graceland Inn, 100 Campus Drive, 304-637-1600
- Railyard Restaurant, 200 Depot St., 304-635-0108
- Wendy's, 1507 Harrison Ave., 304-636-9596