A couple of weeks ago, my friends over at Fall Destination Unknown ran a contest where folks could enter to win a free weekend getaway. The catch? The destination would be a complete surprise! We all met in Downtown D.C. last Saturday morning, hopped on a bus, and our final destination was revealed…when we got there!
We ended up in the gorgeous Canaan Valley WV, and we had an absolute blast exploring all that this area has to offer. If you’re looking for a bit of outdoor adventure and incredible leaf-peeping, here’s why West Virginia is a fantastic weekend getaway destination!
Canaan Valley WV: Getting There & Getting Around
The Canaan Valley in West Virginia is only a 3-3.5 hour drive from Washington, D.C. The closest major airports to the Canaan Valley are Dulles International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport, which are both approximately 3 hours away. I would highly recommend bringing a car here. The Canaan Valley doesn’t have Uber/Lyft/Taxis, and it’s a lot easier to get around if you have your own ride! Parking is super easy here, and free.
Where to Stay in Canaan Valley WV
We stayed at the beautiful Canaan Valley Resort, located in Davis, West Virginia. It’s a charming property, and it’s minutes away from the best area attractions.
In all honesty, you could probably spend an entire weekend hanging out at the resort and never step foot off the property. At Canaan Valley Resort, you can go on a scenic chairlift ride or a guided hike to take advantage of the mountain views, get pampered at their spa, go on wagon rides, take yoga classes…the possibilities are endless! In the winter, you can also go skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and tubing at the resort as well.
Things to Do in Canaan Valley, West Virginia
West Virginia is the third most forested state in the U.S., and it’s perfect for any outdoor enthusiasts. October is a great month to visit and to soak up all of the incredible fall foliage. Here are some of the outdoor activities our group did:
- Visit Blackwater Falls State Park. There are plenty of things to do in Blackwater Falls State Park. We had a beautiful outdoor lunch here and stopped to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls on-site. However, the park offers lodging and many outdoor recreational opportunities. Outdoor activities include biking, boating, camping, hiking, hunting, and more!
- Go horseback riding with Mountain Trail Rides. This was probably my favorite activity of the weekend, hands down! I’m not an experienced rider, but the staff at Mountain Trail Rides is incredibly knowledgeable and made the experience super easy. All of our horses were very well behaved, and we had a very peaceful ride up the mountains!
- Hike the Seneca Rocks. Seneca Rocks is regarded as one of the best hikes in the country. Since I opted for the horseback ride I didn’t get the chance to explore this area, but next time it will definitely be on my list: the views looked stunning, and the folks in our group who went raved about it!
- Rock Climb with NROCKS Outdoor Adventure. NROCKS offers a variety of outdoor activities, including ziplining, climbing, and wild caving. They can also accommodate various skill levels, so don’t be too intimidated if you’re a beginner! If you have the opportunity to walk the bridge while rock climbing, go for it!
Dining & Nightlife in Canaan Valley West Virginia
- Hellbender Burritos: Need a hardy meal after a long day of outdoor activities? Hellbender Burritos offers some of the most delicious Tex-Mex in the area, and the portions are very generous here!
- Sirianni’s Café: Best pizza/pasta place in town, hands down! The atmosphere was lively here, and it was a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
- Stumptown Ales: If you want to sample some local WV beer, Stumptown Ales is the go-to spot in Canaan Valley! They brew highly-spirited, super-powered, hop-centric ales. Stumptown Ales offers small bites as well, but you are permitted to bring in outside food.
- The Purple Fiddle: Your best bet for nightlife. Here you can enjoy live, Appalachian-based acoustic music. Driftwood was playing when we visited, and they were a local favorite — we loved our experience here!
What about you? Have you ever visited Canaan Valley WV in the fall? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you to the West Virginia Tourism Office for partnering with me for today’s Canaan Valley WV post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photos by Tom McGovern