January 9, 2017
Having Fun in Canaan...When There's No Snow!
Posted by: Brent Markwood
Worried that your ski weekend may be a bust because of the flighty snow pack? Concerned about how you'll entertain your houseful of kids when the weather's bad? Don't be! There's plenty to do in our beautiful high country even when the snow fails us!
Here's some advice from the King of Fun, Chip Chase, at Whitegrass.
"Alternative Activities: What to do when you're wondering why you're here and the natural snow stinks or is non existent...besides an amazing free and welcome hike up our unbelievable trail system and mountain glades to scenic overlooks and shelters with wood stoves, birds feeding from your hands, or chaulk boards to get you on the website, then telemark ski, night ski, nordic ski on manmade snow, sniff out snow way up high, ice skate, sled run, tube hill, try snowshoeing, horseback ride, mountain bike, fat tire bike, hike, animal tracking, cave, rock climb, backcountry drive, paddle, visit nature centers and state park facilities, explore the tourist info office, trade and demo xc gear, climb olson tower, enjoy a cafe and shop a store, enjoy artist galleries, please stop in for ideas from some experts and enjoy a ski video and great music... many great indoor things that make getaways a good time. Experience the amazing Purple Fiddle, Front Street Grocery, Ben's Loom Barn, WV Highlands Gallery, Highland Farm and Food, Lamplight , White Room and Creature Galleries in Thomas and the entire Front Street shops, Tip Top Coffee, Billy Hotel Lounge, Stumptown Ales, Wild Ginger & Spice or Mountain State Brewing Company. Tucker Community Foundation would love to meet you. There are many other fine local establishments and they need your business. Be thankful we're in the mountains and go exploring, everybody's friendly and if not report back to us!"
At the Bright Morning Inn we suggest that guests check out the two fantastic underground caverns in our area: Smoke Hole Caverns and Seneca Caverns. They're about 40 minutes away, and about equidistant from the Inn and they're open every day except Christmas.
There's also fun at the Canaan National Wildlife Visitor Center, with hands-on activities for kids, interesting nature displays, and a few nature videos. The Visitor Center there is also a great choice for outdoor books and gifts including birding guides.
The Visitor Center at Seneca Rocks is also an interesting place to learn about nature. The weather is often warmer, drier and milder there and it's a beautiful drive over the Eastern Continental Divide. While you're there check out the Front Porch Restaurant above Harper's Old Country Store. In summer you can sit outside, but in winter it's a cozy spot too, and the people are exceptionally friendly.
The truth is that every season is lovely here, and even the worst conditions can make for beautiful memories.