Last weekend, Ben and I embarked on another random getaway, this time to the Shenandoah Valley.
The drive from Pittsburgh is about 4 hours. Fairly scenic. In the daylight. Not so much at around 8PM on a Friday night but such is life.
We stayed at the Stonewall Jackson Inn. Lightly civil war themed, this bed and breakfast was pretty nice. A big airy light filled room, good food, and a cool old house with interesting architecture.
When considering staying at a B&B, I always imagine myself conversing with the innkeeper and other guests and joining in the social scene of the B&B. But then I get there and remember sometimes I don’t like to be social. Oops. Everyone we came across was very friendly but we stuck mostly to our private room when we weren’t out and about.
Stonewall Jackson Inn did put together some pretty killer breakfasts. We had eggs benedict one morning and croissant french toast the next. I cleaned my plate both mornings.
Our main point of interest in the area was Shenandoah National Park. On Saturday, under a shockingly blue sky, we drove along Skyline Drive.
We stopped at overlooks, took lots of pictures, and hiked a very small part of the Appalachian Trail. Here is Ben posing enthusiastically next to a trail marker.
We have both recently read Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ – a book in which he chronicles his attempt to hike the enitre AT. The AT runs from Georgia to Maine. Based on Bryson’s trials and tribulation in the book, I think I saw plenty during our quick walk.
After beautiful Shenandoah, we made our way to CrossKeys Vineyards. In an ideal world, I would always schedule a wine tasting as a follow up to a nature based event. The winery and tasting room were very nice (bigger and more modern that I expected) and CrossKeys has an amazing patio overlooking the rolling hills of Virginia where you can sit and enjoy a bottle or glass of wine you have purchased inside. Loved this place.
During our weekend we also had dinner at the Joshua Wilton House and explored downtown Harrisonburg. All 3 blocks of it 😉
It was a lovely and relaxing weekend. Great thanks to my sweet Ben for planning it 🙂
On the drive back we passed Bedford Springs and I decided that is the location of our next random getaway…