CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Canaan Valley Resort State Park's new $24 million, 168-room lodge officially opens Tuesday, providing guests of the Tucker County resort with nearly 95,000 square feet of space in which to stretch out after a day on the resort's golf course, ski slopes or hiking and biking trails.
The two new four-story wings offer sweeping views of Canaan Valley, and all come equipped with flat-screen televisions, wireless Internet access and individual climate control. Some guestrooms have fireplaces and balconies, and the two new wings include eight two-room suites.
The new South Wing of the resort opened at the end of August, while the North Wing began accommodating guests last weekend.
While a large central lodge building had been envisioned for the park since the early 1970s, delays in land acquisition inflated earlier cost estimates, and cost overruns encountered in developing other new state parks reduced the funds available to build the lodge.
A decision was made to open a ski area with an adjacent day lodge and café at Canaan before building a more cost-effective main lodge, which eventually opened in 1977. The park's first lodge complex was a cluster of five 50-room detached modular units accessed by outdoor walkways.
"They lasted almost 40 years, so they have more than served their purpose," said Rob Gilligan, the superintendent of Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks.
The old units -- which were still being used until the second wing of the new lodge was completed -- will be demolished, Gilligan said.