So last Thursday night, Jack and I decided we should skip town for a night. Friday morning we packed up the Jetta and drove to Abingdon, VA. It's about 2 hours from here. It was really fun to spontaneously get away. We stayed the night at a B&B called The Shepherd's Joy.
Apparently, the lady "Joy" has lived here all her life and she and her husband "Jack" have turned it into a B&B. I think she channeled Mamaw in her decorating style.
The thing that we didn't like about it is that we had to eat breakfast with the other guests. At 8:30. Breakfast with people you will never see again is not our idea of a good time. But we obliged. Thankfully, one of the other guests was also a pastor and I don't think he wanted to eat breakfast with us either, so he and his group weren't too inquisitive. If you run a B&B, you have to give people the OPTION to eat alone or with people. Or in the company of others but not at the same table. There are lots of options. And lots of other times. Times that are double digits. And "Joy" really wanted us at 8:30, but I think we surprised "Jack" when we came down at that time. Oh well. At least it wasn't a hotel.
Our little room:
Does this not remind you of Etowah?
Jack looking over things:
We ate at Willa Jack's. Delish.
My dinner: grouper topped with crab and shrimp in a wine butter sauce. Ahhh-MAZE-ing.
Jack digging into his salmon. (Mine was better but he didn't admit to order envy.)
I was really proud to be staying at a mamaw's house:
The next day, Saturday, we went to play tourist. We visited an old mill in Abingdon. It was extremely crowded with an over 70 tourist group, as was every other infamous establishment in Abingdon. This is Jack at the mill. I asked him to stand in a certain place and he cooperated without really knowing why. Bwhaha.
We partook at the local winery and did a brief wine tasting. It was nothing like California, but it was nice.
Jack outside the winery. And the edge of my face.
And finally, us at the local Soda Shoppe in town. We had to get a coke float before we left!
It was a fun time to get away and a good end to the summer. Or start of the school year.
First day of class is Tuesday for me!