take me home, country roads

Okay, not home. Not my home, anyway. But to West Virginia nonetheless.

I have to admit that I never thought I’d consider West Virginia a prime vacation destination, but when I began searching for places less than three hours away, it quickly emerged as a strong candidate. And when we found a lovely little hotel, the deal was sealed. (Plus, there may have even been an outlet mall on the way, but shh! Andy doesn’t know the stop was premeditated.)

The lovely Hillbrook Inn. I've unfortunately become kind of a hotel snob as result of the five-star properties I stayed in for my last job at a travel company, but this is definitely up to par (and without the five-star prices). Highly recommended.
Like any good centuries-old mansion, it has nooks and crannies galore, including this tunnel that led to our room.
Tubing on the Shenandoah. "My kind of rafting," says Andy. "The kind where you sit around and do nothing."
Flea markets galore. No good finds, but plenty of good people watching.
Mmm. Fresh fruit.

We also explored Charles Town (founded by the lesser Washington brother), Harpers Ferry (meh… kind of reminded us of the Annapolis experience) and had a great dinner in the tiny dining room at our hotel (think high ceilings, dark wood, mismatched antiques, capacity of 15). Sadly our camera broke, so you don’t get to see any of that.

But you do get to see this, taken back at home with our other camera.

After two nights in jail (otherwise known as boarding), Abbey was thrilled to come home and reclaim her throne. She was also thrilled with her two new toys (otherwise known as apologies), both of which have been in her mouth ever since.

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2 Responses to take me home, country roads

  1. Megan says:

    So glad that you made it out here… good call on the “people watching”. Our state’s got a ton of character(s)! :o)

  2. rich kolker says:

    There is so much to see IN Washington that people don’t realize there is so much to see OUTSIDE Washington. Glad you’re looking around. Depending on what you like, I have suggestions.

    Andy – you didn’t get one of the tubes with the cooler in it?

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