5 New Traditions to Start at Canaan Valley

Oct 7, 2019

9 to 5 jobs. Family commitments. Household chores. Errands. Who knows, maybe you even work a second job

For many of us, this is our daily reality. City life is endlessly busy. And amid all these responsibilities, it can be tough to slow down and see the people who matter to you. 

That’s why starting traditions is so important. Annual traditions are a great way to pencil in time and make absolutely sure that you take a few days to relax and reconnect with the people who mean the most to you. 

It’s never too early to start a new tradition — and Canaan Valley in West Virginia is the perfect setting for your latest one. So here are five activities in Canaan Valley that you’ll want to do year in and year out:

  • A hike with friends at Blackwater River Trail
    You and your friends have busy lives. You all have different responsibilities, different goals, and different sources of stress. And you don’t see each other as much as you’d like to. But you have so much history together so marking off a weekend every fall where you drop everything and go hiking on this scenic trail is a great way to maintain those bonds while enjoying tremendous views. Make sure someone brings a camera to catch all the foliage! Some friend groups even make entire Instagram accounts dedicated to their annual getaway, serving as a living scrapbook of this cherished tradition. 


  • Rent a cabin with your family each Thanksgiving
    Family time is one of the cornerstones of a happy, healthy life. And as children get older, quality time during the holidays becomes all the more important. Luckily there are plenty of gorgeous cabins to choose from featuring 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom configurations based on the size of your family. Make sure to scope out a rental cabin with a big kitchen so you can make a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with your family.  


  • A work retreat at Canaan Conference Center
    Spending your days behind a desk can get exhausting after a while. And seeing your co-workers in the same context every day — in the hallways, during meetings, and at rushed lunch hours means you see each other a lot but rarely get time to connect on a deeper level. That’s why many high-performing companies use work retreats to get their staff out of the office and into a new and exciting environment. They’re also a great de-stresser for sales teams after your “busy season.” Taking pictures of your team on hikes are great for year-end office slideshows and can also go on your company website as a recruiting tool — showing applicants load and clear that you’re an office that likes to have fun!


  • A couple’s getaway at a smaller cabin
    Every relationship needs a bit of excitement every now and again. This is doubly important if you’re busy with kids or demanding jobs (or both!). That’s why many couples like to call up a babysitter and get away from it all in Canaan Valley each year. There are plenty of cabins available that are specially designed for couples, featuring gorgeous brick-lined fireplaces and steamy hot tubs. These areas are quiet and right in the middle of nature, making it the perfect way to connect intimately with that special someone. 


  • An artistic retreat in a secluded cabin
    One of the most important parts of the artistic process involves clearing your mind and getting away from distractions. But this is a harder and harder thing to do thanks to the endless churn of emails, texts, and binge-worthy Netflix shows. Luckily, many artists have found their creative flow in Canaan Valley. Whether you’re a solitary writer looking for a much-needed change of scenery or a pair of writing partners looking to finish up your latest screenplay in a distraction-free zone, Canaan Valley can provide the idyllic setting you need to get the creative juices flowing. 


The picturesque beauty of Canaan Valley awaits you. It’s the perfect spot to make memories you’ll cherish and pass on for posterity. So which Canaan Valley tradition will you start with your friends and family?


Bear Brook Thumbnail Image      Starting at $165.00      

Bear Brook

By The Brook Thumbnail Image      Starting at $229.00      

By The Brook

Chalet Thumbnail Image      Starting at $165.00      


Evergreen Cabin Thumbnail Image      Starting at $229.00      

Evergreen Cabin

Lakeside Refuge Thumbnail Image      Starting at $550.00      

Lakeside Refuge

Mirror Lake Inn Thumbnail Image      Starting at $335.00      

Mirror Lake Inn

Mountainaire Thumbnail Image      Starting at $239.00      


Mountaineer Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      


Northwoods F8, Bear Foot Inn Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Northwoods F8, Bear Foot Inn

Orsinger's Barn Thumbnail Image      Starting at $349.00      

Orsinger's Barn

Silver Fox Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      

Silver Fox

Spruce Haven Thumbnail Image      Starting at $219.00      

Spruce Haven

Uncle Wade's Cabin Thumbnail Image      Starting at $265.00      

Uncle Wade's Cabin

Valley Splendor Thumbnail Image      Starting at $189.00      

Valley Splendor

Valley View Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      

Valley View

Cardinal Crest Thumbnail Image      Starting at $189.00      

Cardinal Crest

Cardinal Haus Thumbnail Image      Starting at $189.00      

Cardinal Haus

Winterset 19, Sara's Side Thumbnail Image      Starting at $229.00      

Winterset 19, Sara's Side

Aspen Knoll 6, Mountain Serenity Thumbnail Image      Starting at $299.00      

Aspen Knoll 6, Mountain Serenity

Deerfield Village 078, Mountaineers Thumbnail Image      Starting at $169.00      

Deerfield Village 078, Mountaineers

Deerfield Village 079, D'Bears Thumbnail Image      Starting at $169.00      

Deerfield Village 079, D'Bears

Northface 17, Abundant Blessings Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      

Northface 17, Abundant Blessings

Ole Fezziwig's Thumbnail Image      Starting at $220.00      

Ole Fezziwig's

Northface 35, Stowaway Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      

Northface 35, Stowaway

Northwoods B6, The Basebox Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Northwoods B6, The Basebox

SS16, Larkwood Lodge Thumbnail Image      Starting at $299.00      

SS16, Larkwood Lodge

Tiny Peace of Zen Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Tiny Peace of Zen

Winterhaven 69, Appause Wetu Thumbnail Image      Starting at $299.00      

Winterhaven 69, Appause Wetu

Wildlife Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      


WoodHaven Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      


Deerfield Village 41, Eagle's Retreat Thumbnail Image      Starting at $169.00      

Deerfield Village 41, Eagle's Retreat

Styxneste Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      


Deerfield Village 109, Red Spruce Retreat Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      

Deerfield Village 109, Red Spruce Retreat

Almost Heaven Thumbnail Image      Starting at $220.00      

Almost Heaven

Eagle's Nest Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Eagle's Nest

Blackwater Punch, Herzwood D204 Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Blackwater Punch, Herzwood D204

Timberbrook Thumbnail Image      Starting at $229.00      


Beaver's Den Thumbnail Image      Starting at $139.00      

Beaver's Den

Casa Sierra Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Casa Sierra

Das Marchenhaus Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Das Marchenhaus

Deer Creek Cottage Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Deer Creek Cottage

Red Door Roost Thumbnail Image      Starting at $169.00      

Red Door Roost

Snow Oaks Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      

Snow Oaks

THISISIT Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      


Zen Too Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Zen Too

Alpine Vista Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      

Alpine Vista

Happy Cow Hideaway Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Happy Cow Hideaway

Hickory House Thumbnail Image      Starting at $549.00      

Hickory House

Salty Peaks Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Salty Peaks

Birch Haven Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Birch Haven

Mountain Glory Cabin Thumbnail Image      Starting at $350.00      

Mountain Glory Cabin

Leaf Peeper's Chalet Thumbnail Image      Starting at $280.00      

Leaf Peeper's Chalet

Driftland Cabin Thumbnail Image      Starting at $250.00      

Driftland Cabin

Mountaineer Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      


Happy Cow Hideaway Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Happy Cow Hideaway

Snow Oaks Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      

Snow Oaks