The wait for winter is over! Old Man Winter has set his gaze upon the Mountain State, and early-season snowfalls have once again turned our mountain home of Canaan Valley into the premier winter wonderland of the mid-Atlantic region. The arrival of snow to our high-mountain paradise really opens up the valley for winter getaways. Book your stay in one of our cozy cabins and you’ll be rewarded with some of the region’s finest skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides through the center of our scenic valley, and comfy nights huddled by the fireplace. And yes, if you prefer, we’ve got hot tubs galore.
Catch Cabin Fever in a Winter Wonderland
Cabin fever can be a good thing. There’s nothing quite like winter in Canaan Valley, and there’s no better way to experience it all than a stay in one of our cozy cabins, humble mountain homes, or spectacular slopeside rentals. It doesn’t matter if you’re a mid-week snow chaser trying to beat the lift lines or a weekend warrior trying to escape the city life, our wide range of rentals and unbeatable rates mean we’ve got you and your needs covered. With plenty of sizing options, we’ve got the ideal home for a romantic getaway, a family trip, or a friendly reunion.
Because we offer rentals in a variety of locations in and around Canaan Valley, you’ll be able to find the perfect home base for your adventures. Whether you’re skiing at one of our three world-class downhill or cross-country resorts, exploring Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks, heading into the rugged Monongahela National Forest, or just heading into town for dinner, our properties are centrally located, meaning you’ll have less time to drive and more time to thrive.
Winter in Canaan Valley: The Best of the Best
Our area calls out to so many: mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, fishermen, white water enthusiasts, skiers, nature lovers, golfers, road trippers, or those who simply need to rest. Amoung Canaan Valley, the charming towns of Davis and Thomas, and the surrounding greater Tucker County region, there really is something of the best here for everyone. Come visit our winter wonderland, a place where you’ll be welcomed with a smile regardless of where you’re from.
At Best of Canaan, we pride ourselves on offering visitors and residents alike the highest possible level of service—no matter where you’re from or why you’re here. From our outstanding vacation rentals and guest services to our top-ranked realtors and top-notch property management services, we serve the best by continually striving to be the best.
Canaan Valley Winter Events
There’s always something going on during winter in Canaan Valley. And while a trip to the mountains should always include some valuable R&R, there are things you just can’t miss. Here are the best events happening this winter season.
There’s always music floating through the high-mountain air—so much that we can’t list it all here. Check out the following links and get tuned in on all the tunes happening in the area: Tucker County Event Caledar | The Purple Fiddle | Wicked Wilderness Pub | Mountain State Brewing Co.
Santa Fun Day at Blackwater Falls Lodge: December 23
It’s Santa Fun Day at Blackwater Falls Lodge. Make a holiday ornament and enjoy hot chocolate in the Music Room at the park lodge from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Santa will be visiting for a jolly photo op. Photos cost $5.
Christmas Day Buffet at Canaan Valley Resort: December 25
The Hickory Dining Room invites you to dinner on Christmas Day. Celebrate the season with a traditional buffet dinner. Serving hours are 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Plate fee is $28 for adults, $10 for juniors age 6-12. and kids 5 and under are free with dining parents (tax & gratuity additional).
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Canaan Valley Resort: December 31
Canaan Valley Resort invites you to ring in 2019 in the mountains. Ski by day, enjoy the evening buffet, and party by night. Gabe Dixon & The Whiskey River Band will provide live music in the Laurel Lounge. There is no cover charge—cash bar is available. A family party is available so parents can spend the evening with their children. Family party includes DJ entertainment, activities, and contest. Punch and party favors will be provided at midnight. See website for fee information.
New Year Snowshoe Discovery Tour at White Grass: January 1
Ring in the new year with a natural history snowshoe walk. Stroll through the woods while listening to local legend Chip Chase gab about the history of skiing, quirky climate facts, railroad history, and the environmental battle for Canaan Valley. Event starts at 10:00 a.m.
White Grass Winter Trails Day 2019: January 5
Free lessons, area use, and clinics to all first-time interested skiers or snowshoers. XC lessons every hour and a 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. clinic on types of snowshoes, clothing, basic techniques, and outdoor winter snow travel followed by a natural history tour on snowshoes into our neighboring National Wildlife Refuge.
Tracking and Woods-Lore Weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park: January 18-20
Take a step back in time and learn skills that were necessary for everyday life in the 18th century. Enjoy nature, drama, tracking, and history in outdoor and indoor settings. For participants enrolled in the Master Naturalist Program, this weekend may count toward class hours.
Blackwater Falls Winter Photo Workshop: February 1-3
A wild and wonderful winter workshop that covers Landscapes, exposure, wildlife, composition, macro, nature, and more, all set among the picturesque landscapes and features in Tucker County. FEE: $285 (fee does not include lodging, meals, local travel or taxes).
Winter in Canaan Valley is a truly magical time of year, and we invite you to visit our friendly wonderland. It’s a place where you’ll be welcomed with a smile regardless of where you’re from, a place where you’ll instantly feel like a local, and a place that will feel like home when you return. But be warned—once you catch cabin fever, you’ll never want to leave. Remember, for short or long-term rentals or purchases, our helpful staff at Best of Canaan are waiting to serve you.