~ Guest Comments ~
The following comments have been written by previous guests, in our Guest Journals, during their stay at The Golden Anchor. Please feel free to read & enjoy!
HILLSIDE & PONDVIEW CABINS
We had a very nice stay in your beautiful, comfortable and cozy cabin. Although the weather didn't cooperate, the hot tub more than made up for mother nature. Thanks again! ~ Jane, Chris, Michaela & Max
Since we stay at Canaan often, we already know what the area has to offer - snowboarding, skiing, "tubing", and even great mountain biking in the summer! Ron, your cabin allowed us to enjoy the things we love. It is close to the slopes and other areas of convenience. The cabin itself is warm and cozy, without being cluttered. You were more like a friend who offered us the use of your home while you were away, rather than one who rents a cabin! Best of luck. ~ Nathan, Cindy, Adam, Jenn, Jerret, Tara & Amanda (WV)
Great place! Really enjoyed our stay and hope to be back.
Your cabin was the best! Thanks for having faith in eight college students. We appreciate everything you did to make our stay more welcome. We LOVE the hot tub! Skiing was a blast even though it was freezing!! Thanks for everything. ~ Colin, Corey, Adam, Chris, Ryan, Greg, Macall & Micah
It's true what they say... "almost Heaven, West Virginia". The beautiful mountains, the snow, the gentle deer... and of course, the hot tub after a day of cross-country skiing. Ron, the cabin is most warm and welcoming. Thank you for being a gracious host. ~ Joanne & Hump
Nice, cozy place, the fireplace and coffee table provided refuge for our endless scrabble and trivial pursuit games (at least for us who do not ski) and for those who do, they couldn't ask for anything more. Ron, you're a great host.
Can't think of a better place to be snowed in! Have you even seen snow like this in your life? Wish we could have skied more, but overall, it was a great vacation - maybe we needed the rest - Ha! The hot tub kept us from feeling cooped up and the cabin was wonderfully cozy. Loved the restaurant too! The scallops Parisian and crab cakes were tasty - great wine too! Hope you get a break from the tractors and snow plows and hope to see you again next year. Thanks for everything. ~ Randy, Christy & Jordan (TN)
Thanks so much for caring enough to create a wonderful "experience-maker" - an absolutely exquisite log cabin built and decorated with much TLC. Really appreciate your hospitality - made the 7 hour drive from Dayton (OH) worthwhile. Be sure to advise future guests to X country or snowshoe at Canaan Valley State Park - ask where the deer hang out, and have a thrill of a lifetime. The fresh flowers were great too. ~ Jay & Betty
We simply loved the place and our short stay here in the Canaan Valley. Next time, we hope to come back and stay longer! You're the perfect distance from White Grass Ski Center which is an extra big plus. Thanks for the extra nice hospitality. We look forward to seeing you again next year! ~ David, AnnMarie, Summerset & Cecilia
Thank you for letting our families stay here during our time of loss. Your hospitality greatly comforted us. It is nice to know that there are people as nice as you. Your cabins are beautiful. Thanks again.
We really enjoyed our visit to Canaan Valley and our stay in your cabin. It's a very beautiful place! It was the perfect place for our 30th Wedding Anniversary. ~ Bob & Kathy (VA)
Thanks for everything Ron! We enjoyed the cabin immensely; it was so comfortable - a good thing since we spent more time here than we anticipated. It was lovely to come home to the hot tub after a cold, wet motorcycle ride. The food at The Golden Anchor was superb! Loved the smoked trout dip (thanks for the recipe, DJ!) and the shrimp and rainbow trout were as good as any I've had in DC or Baltimore. We hope to come back and enjoy your cabins and restaurant next winter with the whole family. Until then, thanks again and all the best. ` Martha & Ran (WV)
Had a great time. The view was spectacular and so was the restaurant. ~ Barb, Erin & Dave
The cabin is beautiful and felt just like home. We'll definitely be back. ~ Jack & Carole
The cabin is absolutely wonderful. It was a great place to be stuck during the snow storm. We also enjoyed The Golden Anchor Restaurant. The food was delicious. We'll definitely recommend your cabins as a great place to stay for Canaan Valley ski trips! ~ Patty & John (MD) and Ana & Milton (VA)
Your cabin is beautiful, your taste in decorating is wonderful! We had a great time and the view couldn't be nicer. We'll definitely be back and we'll pass the word. Thank you again, we really felt comfortable and at home. ~ Tom, Cathy & Family
The cabin was all I expected; truly beautiful and perfectly decorated. Our weekend get away was perfect! The unending hospitality was very much appreciated. All the "little things" made us feel like "special guests". We will definitely see you again! The food at the restaurant was fantastic too! ~ Denise & Bobby (VA)
The cabin was everything we could have hoped for. We are here for our 8th Anniversary and we have had a wonderful weekend. We toured the countryside and even took an adventure up to Spruce Knob. We ate at The Golden Anchor Restaurant and had a very nice evening. Thank you for your hospitality. ~ Stephen & Debbie (MD)
What a beautiful and magical mountain hideaway. How welcoming it was after our late-night drive. We've had a great few days exploring Blackwater Falls (we recommend Lindy Point) and Dolly Sods. Each day's been different, with swirling mists and spectacular fall foliage, and today the bluest of skies. Thank you every so much! ~ John & Annie (DC)
Thank you so much for your hospitality you have shown us. The Honeymoon Cabin is the "perfect getaway". Every detail is super. We have stayed at different cabins throughout WV. I can honestly say none compare to this. We will be back and will recommend you to others. Your restaurant is superb; we had a great dining experience. Thanks again! ~ David & Carolyn (WV)
The Honeymoon Cabin is indeed a wonderful retreat from the hectic pace of our lives... you've though of everything to make it luxuriously comfortable, and mother nature helped in providing the perfect snowy backdrop. Our time here has been peaceful and rejuvenating. Thank you for such a special place! ~ Tony & MaryBeth (WV)
This is a great place to relax. Everything is so comfortable. We appreciated the little touches that made it feel like home. The weather was great and we enjoyed being able to get out and enjoy the area. The cabin is so convenient to everything. The restaurant was great. I'm sure everyone that stays here will enjoy themselves. Thanks for everything! ~ Ed & Shellie (WV)
This is a beautiful "Honeymoon Cabin". The little touches made it very nice. We are celebrating 32 years of marriage, and this put the icing on the cake. Thank you very much! ~ Charles & Deloies (WV)
We really enjoyed your beautiful Honeymoon Cabin. It has been a nice place to unwind and appreciate the little things in life. Sometimes people get so wrapped up in the world and the rat race and forget to really see what is important in life. It is nice to know that this little retreat is only a short drive from home. We hope to see you soon! ~ Scott & Jena (WV)
Great snow. Great cabin. Great hospitality. Thank you again for everything. ~ John
Thanks for a beautiful place to stay on our honeymoon. We loved every thing! The champagne, the shower, the hot tub... all were great! ~ Jesse & Sherry (WV)
Thanks again for everything that you did for us. Your hospitality is unmatched by anyone at any place we have ever been. We will definitely be back in the future and we will recommend your cabins as well as your food. Thanks to the staff at the restaurant also. ~ Chris & Becky (WV)
The Honeymoon Cabin was so much more than we imagined. The little things you do make it perfect. The hot tub felt great on our sore muscles after tubing all day. I especially want to thank you for the birthday cake; it made the occasion extra special. We'll try not to be selfish and will tell our family and friends about your cozy cabin. Thanks again for everything. ~ Lance & Heather
Although not "secluded", the Honeymoon Cabin offers a delightful sense of privacy - ideal for newlyweds, as well as those celebrating an Anniversary. We were celebrating our 23rd, and all the thoughtful touches our host Ron had appointed made the occasion extra special. The lovely furnishings, the gas fireplace, dimmer lights and luxurious bedding all made for a cozy and romantic getaway. Details like the super-soft pillows (many of them), extra thick towels and scented candles made us feel pampered. The hot tub (thoughtfully fenced for privacy) was a delight to experience as the snow whirled around us. The "couples" shower was something we've never encountered in the many cabins we've rented in the past. The vaulted ceilings and wide expanses of glass balance the coziness with a feeling of space. We kept most of the blinds open so we could ponder the mountain ridges' beloved backpacking and hiking destinations. This trip we hiked Red Creek and Blackwater Falls. The falls in winter, devoid of the typical summer tourists, were a spectacle of voluminous ice and rushing water - a "must see". We hate to leave! Thank you, Ron, for your hospitality. ~ Karen & Nick (PA)
We can feel the heart and love that you've poured into creating this "Honeymoon Cabin". Every accessory seems to give us a feeling of home. We awakened to the sound of rain on the roof and the out-of-doors poured through each window. What a calm, peaceful feeling and such a break from the daily rush of life. The view during breakfast from this height is wonderful. Ron, you have the imagination of a time and place that I thought was lost. You are a wonderful host. We have traveled and stayed in many cabins and hotels, but none have had the atmosphere that you have created in your cabins. In time, we're going to stay in each cabin. You've made us greedy and selfish. While we want everyone to know about the cabins; we want no one to know, for they too, will want to share and experience your hospitality. Thank you, for building a home away from home for us. You deserve the best in life for the pleasures you've availed to others. We don't want to leave without thanking Ruby and "D.J." for the wonderful meals. The trout dip deserves awards. We can hardly wait for July. Oh, I loved the bed, it is so inviting and the pillows added a wonderful touch. We've stayed in many cabins from New England to West Virginia and Virginia, yet a more wonderful host and excellent accommodations could never be found. We can hardly wait to return. ~ Howard & Valerie (MD)
Wow! We have fallen in love with The Golden Anchor and its surroundings. The cabin is beautiful, much more than we expected. The time and details that you have worked at putting into this retreat have not gone unnoticed. The atmosphere is charming and so relaxing. We were looking for peace and time alone and we received it. Your staff has been wonderful. We spent Friday evening closing down your restaurant and they were so enjoyable to talk with and helpful. You don't find this in the everyday hustle and bustle. Dinner was delicious. The seafood and garlic bread are fantastic. We can't wait to come back this summer with friends or family and next winter alone, just the two of us. Thank you for being so accommodating, 2 days is not nearly enough time for a stay here. Good luck with your future plans, we enjoyed your conversation and retreat. ~ Tom & Amy (OH)
First, I would have to say that we were pleasantly surprised by the comfort and detail of the cabin. We expected a more rustic atmosphere. The trip here was most definitely worth it. We were looking for a special place to celebrate our 15th Anniversary and believe what you have created with these cabins is truly "special"! The privacy of the hot tub was perfect! We very much enjoyed our stay and appreciate your "little slice of heaven" here in the mountains. Thank you so very much!! Our meal was wonderful in every detail. A special thanks to Pam for such excellent service. ~ John & Tangee (WV)
Wow! Here we are - the first honeymoon couple to stay in the Honeymoon Cabin! We are actually just packing up to return home after a glorious weekend and I am filled with contentment, tinged with a little bit of sadness. How could we not be sad that such a beautiful time must come to an end, yet how could we not be thrilled with this perfect beginning to our marriage! We've had beautiful sunshine, freezing ice storms, tasty trout dip, hiking adventures and lots of special times here at "our honeymoon home". Thank you for everything! We hope everyone that stays here has as wonderful of a time as we did and is blessed enough to feel love like we share. Enjoy! ~ Jenny & Matt (WV)
This was our second trip to the cabin and it seems to get better each time. We had a wonderful meal Friday at The Golden Anchor and really enjoyed you & Rella having dinner with us. Looking forward to bringing my sons up when they return from Iraq. I'm sure they will enjoy this as much as we do. Well, we're packing to leave and I wish we could stay all week. Thanks for the tour of the other two cabins... they also reflect the effort you put into this project. See you again soon! ~ Dave & Carolyn
I am so glad you have a website!! Or else we would have never found this delightful getaway retreat cabin. The hospitality was just wonderful. It was so nice after our 4 hour drive here, mostly in the dark, arriving to find a cozy cabin with the fire going and the lights left on just as promised. The cabin is just gorgeous!! My husband, being a carpenter, really enjoyed the natural beauty of all the wood. All the special touches to make us feel welcome and comfortable were great!! Dinner SAturday night at your restaurant was delicious! Pam was great! And BJ was so friendly and helpful!! It was wonderful to get away from our hectic schedule and enjoy some quiet time together, and your "honeymoon cabin" made our celebration of our 15th Wedding Anniversary perfect!! Thanks so much for everything. ~ Dawna & Mike (PA)
From reading the previous notes of those who stayed here it looks like we have been married the longest... 40 years on May 4! Thank you for the wonderful hopsitality! We also echo the previous notes on the Honeymoon Cabin. We are sure those who will follow will fall in love with it too! The restaurant complimented the cabin very well and was so convenient. We love good seafood and everything we tried was soooo good!! Thank you for making our Anniversary so memorable... the Anniversary cake our kids had ordered for us, which you all had made, was terrific! The cabin is fabulous and Pam & BJ were very special and made our meals even more special! We plan to return! ~ Jim & Linda (OH)
We really enjoyed ourselves this weekend. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful cabin to spend our honeymoon in. We appreciate how wonderful everyone treated us. Our dinner at the restaurant was great. Thank you so much for everything. We hope to be back. ~ Shaylon & LeeAnn (WV)
It's nice to see that little slices of heaven still exist, and can be so affordable! We've been looking for an escape from the crowded DC Metro area, and now we've found our special little place in WV. We'll definitely be back! Thank you for such a beautiful and comfortable stay in your mountainous paradise! The food and service at the restaurant were also great! ~ Sean & Bianca
This was the perfect romantic getaway. We didn't realize how much we needed to get away from everything until we settled in here. It's the perfect environment to get to know each other all over again, and to remember all the reasons we fell in love with each other in the first place. We will be back again and again. Thank you for everything! ~ Melissa & John (VA)
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