Are you looking for a winter getaway ? West Virginia offers winter vacationers lots of opportunities. They don’t call it the Mountain State for nothing! Whether you choose to explore the Senca Rocks / Smokehole area , the Blackwater Falls area or the Canaan Valley area , you shouldn’t have a problem finding plenty of lodging in each area. Outdoor activities range from trout fishing and horseback riding to snowshoeing and skiing.
If you like Bluegrass / Americana music head on up to The Purple Fiddle in Thomas , West Virginia. You’ll have a chance to catch some of the best local and national acts on a regular basis. The Purple Fiddle also offers some nice cafe-style food alongside a nice selection of craft beers. It was nice to see a variety of Rogue Ales and other American craft brews along side of Samuel Smith’s. Needless to say, a welcome surprise.
The Seneca Rocks area offers the brand new Smokehole Lodge and cabins on rte. 28/55. Nestled in the valley below Dolly Sods Wilderness Area , within 100 yards of ‘The North Fork’…of the Shenandoah River , trout fishing is where you will find me. Harman’s Cottages rents cabins just by the river in a secluded little holler and when you’ve had enough fishing or whatever , you can grab a cold one and rest your bones in the hot tub , or by the fireplace. Depending on the snow levels…or the lack there of , you could also go horseback riding or hiking to enjoy some of that fresh air. After the sun goes down, go outside and look up and you’ll see more stars than after being beaned in the head with a baseball.
If you travel a little futher west you will cross The Eastern Continental Divide. You could either head to Blackwater Falls State Park or continue on to Canaan Valley. Blackwater Falls offers more modest lodging along with a sledding hill and rentals as well as snowshow rentals and snowshoe trails. Blackwater Falls is located near Davis, West Virginia ; the ‘highest incorporated town’ in the state. This tiny littl town might remind you of somewhere on the show Northern Exposure. A couple of small restaurants and a grocery store makes Davis very convenient if you watching your wallet. Davis is also just a stone’s through away from Thomas…and The Purple Fiddle.
The Canaan Valley Resort offers the areas best skiing possibilities. Plenty of groomed trails, lodging, shops and restaurants are located conveniently close by. This is the more touristy of the areas and great for the avid skiers. There are plenty of condo. / cabin rentals in the area. So , whether you like rustic or a little more refined you should be able to find something that suites your style.
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