Bob and I were able to get a weekend away on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trip pictures below. From Winston-Salem we are only about an hour away from the Parkway entrance at Fancy Gap, VA. The Doe Run Lodge is only ten miles up from Fancy Gap once you get on the Parkway. However, as you can see from the very first picture we posted, it was raining and foggy. We missed the turn twice, the third time I was driving at 5 mph's with Bob sticking his head out the window so we could see the driveway.
The cabin was originally constructed on 1865 and moved to the Doe Run property. The outside logs are all from the original cabin and barn which it was attached to. The inside boards on the walls and ceiling are also from the barn. After Friday's rain and fog we had nice weather the remainder of the weekend.
The Lodge had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting in the cabin for our arrival. We ate dinner at the Lodge restaurant, an all you can eat seafood buffet. The steamed squash and zucchini casserole and the asparagus were delicious. I ate shrimp, scallops and tuna along with an assortment of cold salads that were delicious. I had an ice cream crepe for dessert.
We returned to the lodge, started a fire, and read while drinking our champagne and just relaxing. Saturday morning we slept in until about 8:15 then dressed and headed up to the lodge for breakfast. Bob had coffee and biscuits, and I ate buckwheat pancakes with syrup and bacon. Back to the cabin I sat on the porch and read then went in around noon and took a two hour nap. Afterward I took a hike to get some air and exercise than back to the cabin to read until dinner time. We ate at the lodge again. I ordered manicotti with marinara sauce which came with a side of those delicious steamed squash and rolls. Carrot cake for desert along with two glasses of wine. Bob had a salad. Back to the cabin to build a fire. The skies cleared briefly for a bit of moon viewing than clouded back over and it rained again during the night.
Sunday morning we slept in and read until we checked out around 10:00. Then we drove another twenty miles up the Parkway to the Chateau Morrisette Winery for lunch and a tour. After the tour we tasted twelve of their wines. I bought a few bottles for myself and as gifts for my dad and sister. We then drove back along the Parkway into North Carolina for another 80 miles or so before taking a winding back roads route back home arriving around 6:00.
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