Canaan Valley, West Virginia is unique when it comes to short term rental properties. Not because the actual homes are one a kind or out of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural brilliance. Properties are unique because of the experience afforded when in the highest valley of its size east of the Mississippi River.
Views, peace and quiet, personal space, and the darkest of nights, alone, make for a true getaway from the realities of life. Edward Abby sums it up best with his quote “Freedom begins between the ears.” and Canaan Valley is a great start. Add in the unbound outdoor recreational opportunities and you have the making for an epic vacation rental opportunity.
Since the mid 1980’s development in Canaan Valley shifted from hunting and fishing cabins to vacation homes. Today you will find hundreds of accommodations throughout Canaan Valley in every conceivable configuration.
This day, I was given permission to visit a few homes in Old Timberline for the purpose of writing the Tucker County tourism blog. Exposing all that is great and distinctive to renting a vacation home in Canaan Valley.
How do you like your view?
From the hammock and horseshoe pit.
Ironically, the biggest complaint I have heard from visitors is that...IT’S TOO QUIET! Canaan Valley is where you are guaranteed an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
The picture window effect is a common theme in just about every location. Wide open floor plans make for the ultimate social setting, accompanying all those views to die for.
Can you see the making for a Weber Grill commercial? Well, this is our reality in Tucker County, West Virginia, and we are happy to share it with you. If this is your cup of tea for the ultimate mountain getaway, seven real estate agencies are located in and around Canaan Valley. Visit canaanvalley.org for the full listings and contact information. Make Tucker County yours for the week, you will not regret it!
A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. –Salvador Dali
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Seth Pitt, owner and sole resident artist of Creature art gallery, on East Avenue in the heart of Thomas, WV. In a modest 12 years as a resident of Thomas, WV, Seth has worked his way to becoming a pillar of the art community and prolific store front owner with the opening of Creature. Oh ya, and Thomas City Council member, now how about them apples!
We conversed for a solid hour about Creature and how Seth got to this point in a world full of possibilities. I came away realizing the story on Creature is a direct reflection of Seth, and Seth, a direct reflection of Creature. Everything about Creature has fallen in place because of Seth’s small successes, tenacity, genuine good will, and zest for life in a fabled Appalachian coal town.
Three distinct series frame in the arts of Seth Pitt. The original series is titled Creatures of the Heart. This series speaks to humanity on all the different levels found in the day in, day out of life. Very relatable, full of meaning.
Some World and Small Tales came in tandem with Creatures of the Heart as the flagship pieces that have propelled the birth of Creature art gallery. Between Some World and Creatures of the Heart, you will be amazed to find 200 original pieces on location.
Doing a 180 degree turn from drawing two years ago, Seth reverted back to what us Gen Xers grew up with. Crayons. He is doing what some of us mischievous types wished to do all along to the childhood hallmark, melt the sucker! A new platform is under development and under the radar. 23 galleries from Flagstaff, AZ to Fargo, ND showcase and sell Seth’s art work, only in Thomas, WV will you find “Crayon”.
The creative pipeline knows no end, kind of like the longevity being played out in new historic Thomas. With the larger space of Creature, opportunity came knocking, Seth can now play with large format pieces. “Put Together, Falling Apart” is the newest series jetting out from the walls of Creature. Some finished, some not so much, it is a work in progress that each and everyone one of us will watch grow in the coming years.
Creature is located inside one of the two dozen stoic brick store fronts along East Avenue in iconic Thomas. During the gallery’s hours, there is a high likely hood of chatting with Seth and fair chance of seeing him in his creative state, just do not ask him to melt crayons on canvas or pull a rabbit out of a hat. If there is one take away before visiting Creature, Seth makes every-single-thing in the gallery. Quite the insight into one individuals mind.
The Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge has recently completed an exciting project on their Blackwater View and Middle Valley Trail systems in the heart of Canaan Valley. What makes this project so significant is the private public partnership established between the CVWR, a pivotal private landowner, and Heart of the Highlands trail organization. The end result is a connector trail joining CVWR Blackwater View trail system to the CVWR Middle Ridge trail system and A-Frame road parking lot. Most significantly, a walking bridge spanning the Blackwater River was erected last summer, and final touches on the connector trail were finished in the fall of 2016.
The critical link between Beall Lane and A-Frame Road is a stout walking bridge spanning the Blackwater River headwaters.
The Blackwater View Trail is designated as a multi-use trail. Today I will be riding my bike with some friends, which is my preferred mode of travel. Plan your route at the Beall Lane trailhead kiosk, located off Cortland Rd. in Canaan Valley. Several trails are restricted to foot travel only in the Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge.
Riding the trail for the first time in early spring was a good call, letting us see through what typically is dense forest once the leaves have grown back in. If heights is not your thing, one may desire the foliage along the only single track of trail constructed atop the banks of the Blackwater River.
Bikes may be our preferred method of travel this day, however, I would have to say the entire trail system is more suited for foot travel. The majority of tread is based off of old logging roads that are in excellent shape and drain properly. The grass sucks away energy that goes to the wheel and the pitches can be a tad steep. Perfect for an in shape beginner/intermediate mountain biker, the key word is, In Shape! What is significant for adventure/destination riders is the connection to A-Frame road. You can now ride or hike 30 to 60 mile loops covering Canaan Valley, the Blackwater Canyon, Canaan Mountain Backcountry, and the towns of Davis and Thomas.
Other than airplane contrails and the occasional hiker, solitude is found at every corner of the revolving landscape. Bird lovers, bring those binoculars. Photographers, no need for imagination with an infinate scenery. First timers, you will leave invigorated.
Now head out there and #GetTuckered!