A Short Getaway Trip

Virginia

 

We get a weekly travel discount letter from Travelzoo.com and happened to come across an offering in Virginia not far from the Front Royal end of the Skyline Drive.  Vouchers were for the Marriott Ranch B&B.  The word "ranch" is for real as the B&B is situated on a 4200 acre working farm.  There was a herd of cows on the property and we even got to see them being rounded up by modern day cowboys.  Cowboys on 4-wheelers, not horses.


We purchased vouchers for two nights in the main house.  A two night stay gives us a full day to explore.  Besides lodging and breakfast, our vouchers included some wine and cheese upon arrival and box lunches to take along.  The ranch was an easy 3-1/2 hour drive from home.

 

Weather was generally very pleasant at 75-80 degrees however things were totally different for the day we spent up on Skyline Drive.  On the drive temperatures were in the 60's with rain and drizzle and fog that made it difficult to see the road at times.  Needless to say, once up on the drive a view of the valley was nonexistent.


Overall, this was a very worthwhile little get away......


Interiors of the Main House.....

As mentioned above, we stayed two nights in the main house.  We had the house to ourselves the first night and shared it with another couple the second night.  All of the rooms were large and had 12 foot ceilings.  Upon arrival we were taken on a tour of the house which included a well stocked pantry with complementary water, soda, tea, and snacks.  A group arrived on our first morning for some meetings so we had breakfast out on the front porch and took in the view while we ate.

                          


 

The Ranch.....

The house itself was surrounded with a fence to keep the cows from wandering in close otherwise they, and us, were free to roam around the property.  The cows didn't bother us but they tended to stand there giving us the evil eye and moo.  I think it unnerved us more than them.  There was a barn and some farm equipment which, after asking permission, we photographed.  Everyone we met was friendly and didn't mind us and our cameras.

                                                                                

 

The Stables.....

Marriott Ranch also has a stable where guests could arrange trail rides.  Not us, but we did wander over there to get some pictures.

                          

 

Skyline Drive.....

We spent our full day up on Skyline Drive which, in hindsight, was a mistake.  The weather didn't cooperate and we simply were not prepared to do any hiking in the drizzle, rain, fog, and cool temperatures.  But still, we forged ahead the 50 miles or so to Big Meadow in the hope things would clear up which they didn't.  At that point we decided to get off the drive at Swift Run Gap (mile 65) and head back to the ranch.  In the end we spent a long tiring day in the car.....

          


Little Grocery Store.....

We passed by this little store, The Blue Ridge Grocery Store, on the main road not far from the ranch and just had to stop and take a few pictures.  It wasn't open but the sign made us wonder if it ever is.

                       

 

Old Town Winchester Virginia.....

While at the ranch, we met some other guests who told us about Old Town Winchester Virginia and how they had a bunch of quaint shops along a street that is closed off to traffic.  We looked it up and realized that we drove right by Winchester on our way down so we might as well check it out on the way home.  Lots of interesting structures with much of the area steeped in Civil War history.  We walked around, checked out some shops, took some pictures and had lunch before leaving the area...

                                   


Thumper's Daylily Farm.....

While having lunch in Winchester, we noticed an ad for Thumper's Daylily Farm some 10 miles or so out of town.  The trip wouldn't have been a big deal except for the downpour we drove thou to get there.  The rain had pretty much subsided when we got there but we broke out an umbrella and took a look around.  There was an amazing number of varieties to choose from but Kathy eventually settled on one and bought it to take home.

                       



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