West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort Announces Lineup of Events during Thanksgiving Week
At Canaan Valley Resort in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains a proper Thanksgiving celebration goes well beyond roasted turkey and dressing. The four-season resort has announced a lineup of family-friendly events and activities taking place Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29.
The resort is situated in Canaan Valley Resort State Park within a short distance of the Canaan Valley Ski Resort and Canaan Valley Golf Course and just a few hours from major cities throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and South.
“I am thankful every day of the year for the beauty of this valley, and we’ve had many visitors tell us how much they appreciate it too,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager of the resort. “Thanksgiving is more than just the terrific feast. It’s about family time and family fun.”
The Thanksgiving Buffet featuring a traditional menu in the resort’s Hickory Dining Room is served from noon to 7 p.m. Reservations are suggested by calling 304-866-4121, ext. 2651. The buffet is priced at $24.95 for adults. Children five and younger eat free. The expansive menu includes traditional items as well as some culinary surprises including roasted turkey, herbed cornbread stuffing, oyster dressing, and mashed red-skinned potatoes, cherry butter glazed ham, caramelized shallot and mushroom spätzle, baked ginger-infused sweet potatoes and an array of holiday desserts.
Last year the resort welcomed some 400 diners, including lodge guests as well as residents of the region’s many mountain homes. The resort also traditionally hosts numerous multi-generational and multi-family groups. “We welcome many families each year who choose the resort because it is conveniently located for families who live throughout the region and because we have so much to offer to guests of every age and interest,” said Drumheller.
Turkey bowling anyone?
The events include drawing, coloring and pie-eating contests, outdoor activities such as ice skating and snow tubing, crafts, games and a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. One of the quirkier events is turkey bowling, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. Staged on the outdoor ice rink, players “bowl” a frozen turkey down the ice and try to reach the “fowl” line while avoiding throwing “Butterballs” (gutter balls). For more indoor fun, the resort also features an indoor pool, spa, arcade and fitness center.
Outdoor winter fun
Two popular and family-friendly winter-season attractions are scheduled to open the Friday after Thanksgiving Day (subject to weather). The resort is home to the longest tubing park in the Mid-Atlantic region, running 1,200 feet in length. A magic carpet takes tubers back up to the top. The park also includes a warming hut with a fireplace, outdoor fire ring and concessions with hot and cold drinks and snacks. Tubing is $18 per person for each two-hour session. Tubers must be at least four years old and 48 inches tall. The covered outdoor ice skating rink offers sweeping views of the valley and mountain range. Two-hour skating sessions are $10 for adults and $8 for children, and skate rentals are $3 per person.
Affordable getaway; special deals
The resort offers numerous lodging packages with discounts and deals. The Family Fall Escape is available through Dec. 17, and it includes a standard king or queen room and a large pepperoni pizza. There’s also a S’mores Fun Package that includes one night in a two-, three- or four-bedroom cabin or four-bedroom deluxe cottage, one large pepperoni pizza, S’mores fixings and roasting sticks for four people, one bundle of firewood and privileges in the Beech Club, the resort’s indoor pool and fitness center. The Savvy Senior package is available year-round and features special rates for travelers who are 60 or older. There’s also a Three for Two Package (stay three consecutive nights for price of two), Stays for A’s (each A on a child’s report card earns a $10 per night discount on rooms) and discounts for military and members of AAA and AARP.
“New” Canaan Valley Resort
The resort recently completed a massive two-year, $34 million renovation project that included renovation of all guest rooms as well as public areas including the main lodge, gift shop and grab-and-go-café. All rooms feature oversized bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and in-room refrigerators.