Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekend Retreat in Monterey, VA

We wanted to get out of the city for the weekend, so we found an Air b&b near Monterey, VA.  Monterey is a small town (population 138) in the mountains near the Virginia and West Virginia border.  It is a beautiful area -- exactly what we were hoping for.

Our Airbnb is a 100+ year old house on 80 private acres that has been in the owners family that entire time.  It has ice cold water from a spring on the property.  It was a cozy relaxing escape from the city.

We went for a hike through the properly, played board games, and star gazed.  The night sky was crystal clear and full of stars that we didn't know existed.  The Milky Way was easily discernible.  We even saw shooting stars.

Behind us is the house with the blacksmith and wood shops, root cellar, milk and cheese and ham storage buildings, and an outhouse.

This is right out in front of the house, looking out over the valley. We had one close neighbor, but that was it; it was very secluded and quiet.

This was on our hike (above and below ^ V) and you can see I have a headscarf, only it is actually my fleece jacket wrapped around my head and neck. We should have brought more cold weather clothing and coats. The wind was super freezing and it was snowing. I finally warmed up by the exercise of hiking, and then gave my jacket to Savannah.

When I first walked in to the house, I said, "Oh! It's soooo old!!!" I thought it was great.

Upstairs, the rooms were very cozy, especially this one with the slanty roof. You can see an old vent pipe on the bricks in this room, every room has one covered up with a plate. Very old wood floors. This house was originally built to house work crew making hay in 1904. In the 1920s, the Wilson Family moved in and extra rooms were added.

We stopped at the Curly Maple, a general store in Monterey.  It was the nicest, friendliest little shop.  We had some lunch and bought a quart of some of the most delicious ice cream you can imagine.

This is your typical small-town general store that has a small restaurant in the back. We had some sandwiches and soup. They have home-baked goods and general grocery merchandise.

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