Dream Weekends: Canaan Valley Resort
Good deals, low rates, lots of fun
Davis, West Virginia
Few resorts at twice the price can match the variety of fun at Canaan Valley, a mountain playground on 6,000 acres.
Try hiking on 18 miles of trails, swimming, tennis, fishing, and an 18-hole golf course. Bring the kids for hayrides, campfires, and guided nature walks. Come winter you can ski, snowboard, or snow tube downhill, glide cross-country, snowshoe, ice-skate, go sleigh riding, and use the indoor pool, sauna, and fitness center.
Lodge rooms are basic motel-style, but they are comfortable and come with a TV. Pine-paneled cabins have a fireplace and kitchen.
The food may not be memorable in the Aspen dining room, but the mountain views are super, including some peaks over 4,000 feet. There's a snack bar and a lounge with big-screen TV.
Bottom line: A state park resort that gives you a lot for the money.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park, 800-622-4121; canaanresort.com. Rooms $66 to $149 a night for two; efficiencies, $160 to $179; cabins, $690 (two bedrooms) to $1,149 (four bedrooms) a week.