Wedding Details:

Welcome to our wedding details page. We are happy to announce that we are getting married on July 3, 2005 in Canaan Valley, WV. The purpose of this page is to provide our guests with all the information they need about the area including: lodging, restaurants, activities etc. If you notice that we've missed something please drop us an email. THX!


*****NEWLY ADDED******** Wedding and Rehearsal Day Itinerary and Maps of the Area


Q: Why Canaan Valley West Virginia?

A: Windmills, waterfalls and mountains why else???

Q: Where is Canaan Valley?

Driving Distance from:
Baltimore, MD
4 1/2
Washington, DC
4 1/2
New York, NY
Pittsburgh International Airport
3 1/2
BWI Airport
4 1/2
Cumberland MD Amtrak Station

For step by step driving directions from your house click here.

BWI* Airport offers daily non-stop service from many cities such as:
Austin Southwest
Denver United, Frontier
NY (JFK) Delta
Orlando Southwest, AirTran, USAir
Richmond USAir
For driving directions from BWI to Canaan Valley click here
Pittsburgh also offers daily nonstop service from the following destinations:
Orlando USAir, Air Tran
Denver United, USAir
Dallas, TX American
For driving directions from Pittsburgh International to Canaan Valley click here
Amtrak also offers service from many major cities to Cumberland MD (the closest train station to Canaan). Once at the train station it is a 2 hour drive to the lodge.

If you plan to arrive into Baltimore and/or BWI airport and are interested in a GROUP RIDE please email us so that I can put a group travel list together.

Q: What are the ceremony and reception specifics?

A: Our wedding begins at 3:30 pm on Sunday July 3, 2005. A reception at the Bear Paw Lodge will immediately follow the wedding ceremony (our best guess for the start of the reception is 5:45pm). Dress is as casual or as dressy as you want although flat shoes are recommended because of the walk to the ceremony site....There are plenty of parking spaces available adjacent to the Bear Paw Lodge. There is also a complimentary shuttle for guests staying at the Canaan Valley Lodge to and from the reception site. The shuttle will start to pick up lodge guests around 3:00pm and will run continuously back and forth until 11:15 PM Children are invited to attend the ceremony and the reception. We recommend that you bring a blanket or an easy to carry folding chair as there may be some waiting around before the ceremony. Click here for our wedding itinerary and for details on the rehearsal supper and the Paul & Ali hosted cocktail party.

Q. Where can we stay?

A: There are several lodging options to choose from and are detailed below in order of proximity to the reception site

Option 1: Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center (the most convenient):

We have a variety of lodge rooms blocked at Canaan Valley Resort under the Kelly/Neff Wedding. All rooms include: in-room coffee makers, telephone, high speed Internet access, iron/ironing board, hairdryers, alarm clock and individual climate control. Canaan Resort requires a 2 night minimum stay because our wedding takes place on a holiday weekend (although some guests have reported being able to rent just a sunday night stayover if you don't mention our wedding) . There is an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool, hottub and hiking and biking on site.

Types of Lodge rooms and rates:

  1. Single occupancy standard room: $82.00 per night
  2. Double occupancy, standard room: $89.00 per night
  3. Efficiency (see pictures below), $149.00 per night
  4. Executive King (see pictures below), $105.00 per night

Option 2: Deer Field Village Townhouses: (approximately 3 miles from wedding site)

Choose from one ($184 per night), two ($208 per night), three ($243 per night), and four-bedroom ($288 per night) villas. Each villa includes a stone fireplace (firewood provided), balcony, private deck, grill, Jacuzzi (in most units), TV/VCR, towels, linens, telephone, and washer/dryer. Kitchens are equipped with microwave, coffeemaker, dishwasher, dinnerware and cookware.

Option 4: House rentals (distance Varies)

A variety of vacation homes, such as the one we rented, are available for rent in the canaan valley area from either Timberline Resort Realty or Canaan Realty.

Q: When are Josh and Sue arriving and departing?

A: Josh and Sue plan to arrive in the afternoon on Friday, July 1 and depart sometime Tuesday July 5, 2005.

Q: Speaking of activities what else is there to do in Canaan Valley?

A: mountain biking, swimming, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, eating, drinking, sleeping etc. Just check out the wicked time these ladies are having!

Q: What is there to eat in Canaan Valley? Are there vegetarian or atkins friendly places?

A: Here is a list of restaurants that we have either tried or have heard to be VERY good.

Q: Is there a spa nearby?

A: Yes, the Highland Inn and Spa offers spa services such as massages.

Q: Where are the nearest grocery stores, liquor stores, ATMs and gas stations?

A: The closet full service grocery store is the Davis Foodland which is about 20 minutes away from the lodge. You can buy alcohol and any other metropolitan grocery item at this store. Their hours are 8am to 9pm. There are also smaller stores in Canaan Valley (a 10 minute drive north from the lodge) that sell groceries, beer, wine, liquor, hunting and fishing licenses, sporting goods, clothing, t-shirts & hats, outdoor accessories, topo maps, souvenirs and an ATM. There is also an Exxon gas station near these stores as well.

Q: What kid friendly activities are available?

A: There are plenty of activities for kids in Canaan Valley. For example they can swim, hike, bike, horse back ride play miniature golf and/or take a hay ride. The Canaan Valley Resort also has a kids camp program so check with the front desk if you are staying in the lodge.

Q: What is the weather like in July?

A: Highs around 80 lows around 60.

For the 5 day weather forecast click here.

Q: Where have we registered for gifts?

A: We realize that we are asking a lot for people to travel such a long distance for our wedding. Therefore we consider your being there the best wedding gift we could receive! PLEASE don't feel compelled to give us an additional gift!

Some of our friends have asked us to register regardless. Click here for details.


Last updated: June 24, 2005


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