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Christmas in West Virginia

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Christmas in West Virginia

I've lived in the US for ten years now (Orlando to be precise) as an ex-pat Aussie, and just once before I eventually return to my homeland I'd like to experience a white Christmas - I know our two kids would revel in the experience! I come from a a country that's had all the European traditions of Christmas thrust onto a landscape where Christmas temperatures are often in the 90's and up, where people ludicrously spray fake snow onto their windows in the midst of such blazing heat, and where incongruous plastic Santa's and reindeer sag softly on front lawns under the wilting ministrations of the summer sun. Not exactly conducive to getting into the spirit of all those European traditions of Christmas as a wintry celebration - try hard as we might!

So living in the States has presented us with an opportunity to finally get to see what it's like to celebrate Christmas in the snow, or even a cold winter for that matter - winter in Orlando doesn't really set the bells ringing as far as cold temperatures are concerned!

I've asked around, and a few friends have said that we'd stand a decent chance of snow in West Virginia's high country during Christmas, but the more I look into it the more it seems a hit and miss affair. We may stand a better chance statistically heading up to a place lie Vermont, but if there's a decent chance of snow closer to home it might be worth taking the chance. So what are the odds of snow in parts of WV at Christmas - better than 50/50?

Personally I'd love a little cabin in some out of the way spot, but my Ohio-born wife (she's lived in Florida since she was a kid though) says I'm deluding myself and that we'd probably find it hard to get into or out of such a place at that time of year. So maybe some kind of little inn or appropriate hotel might be in order? I don't know anything about the area, so any advice on the matter would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: Christmas in West Virginia

Here is a link that might help a little. Tucker County(The patch of grey/white in the state if you scroll down to the lower part of the link) (Canaan & Blackwater Falls area) has a pretty high percentage chance of snow on any given year. I have been at Canaan in mid-Oct and had 3 inches of snow, but have also been there mid-Oct in the 70's. I don't live in that area but someone who posts here might. And I think you could find a cabin in that area too, maybe not remote, but easy to get to.

erh.noaa.gov/er/rnk/news/white_christmas.html

http://www.canaanrealty.com/rentals.cfm

Here is a link to VRBO which offers cheaper rates...usually. You could ask the owners about location in an e-mail.

http://www.vrbo.com/search?q=canaan+valley%2cwv

And Deerfield Village is right along the main road, so once you get to Canaan Area, there are no hills, but this is a resort of condos...still nice.

http://www.deerfieldwv.com/

Good luck with finding your white Christmas!

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2. Re: Christmas in West Virginia

You are right....its hit amd miss...50/50. This past Christmas we had a doozy of a snow storm a week before....so plenty of snow!!

Snowshoe Ski Resort would be a very nice place to spend Christmas.

www.snowshoemtn.com There is plenty to do there even if you don't ski.

Also...you could look into staying at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV Gorgeous place. They may have some great rates for this Christmas...(new ownership, trying to lure customers in) And that place is beautiful at Christmas. They go all out on decorations.. Tasteful, not Tacky. http://www.greenbrier.com/site/

And....look at www.vrbo.com for cabins or condos in West Virginia. That would be a good idea too.

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3. Re: Christmas in West Virginia

Obviously, your best chance for snow would be near the ski resorts. But, if I was going to pick a place in West Virginia for Christmas, it would be Wheeling. They entire city gets involved in their Winter Festival of Lights. Oglebay Resort is the center (and it always snows there, as they have a ski area!). The entire city is beautiful at Christmas time as everyone decorates, including the historic Victorian homes downtown, where you can take a tour.

Here are a few links:

http://www.oglebay-resort.com/

http://www.oglebay-resort.com/fol.htm

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