Hello, Lovelies! I know I've been home for nearly a week and I've had a lot of folks ask about the log cabin in the woods so here it is. Truth be told, I could have easily taken 50 pics and posted every one. And, sadly I am between cameras so all of our pictures where taken on my Galaxy 6 phone. I have not edited one of them so sorry if they are a bit digital in spots, but do enjoy this amazing little gem in the Virginia mountains. I know we did!
Growing up in Georgia we didn't travel far to vacation. As a little one, it often meant heading to East Tennesee to visit family. We would begin our drive at the crack of dawn getting dumped into the back of the car where we would cozy up in pj's, enveloped by our blankies. There were no dvd players, no ipads. We were thrilled if the 18 wheeler driver honked his horn when we gave him the signal!
Certainly, I was not choosing whether to sit in the aisle seat or window seat. My oldest daughter has been to NYC, Miami, Hawaii, Vegas and Mexico. Where will she go for Spring Break? Australia???
Walking into this home, which was actually two 1880s log cabins restored and seamed together with a lovely great room as their glue, I felt like I was going back in time. Almost as soon as we got all of the luggage inside it began to shower outside, the way it does in the summertime on the east coast.
We all hurried in, some of us under the covered back porch, a couple snuggled on the couch to play tic-tac-toe...and me? I explored the entire house. Some things were not as magical I suppose because I grew up in the south with clawfoot tubs and cast iron and porches and quilts.
But that kitchen was breathtaking. In fact, I only provided two photos, but could have taken many more. Reclaimed wood and beams and the quaint way the table was centered in the middle of the room made me think of Little Women. I just love the creamy butter yellow of the cupboard.
And that stove! And the fridge! Dreamy.
My other favorite spot in the house was upstairs. It was a room with a tiny door tucked away, just for littles. Three beds, baby dolls, games, and colored pencils for Natalie's portraits of all of us. I kind of can't believe that my 6 year old had never played bingo until this trip, but watching the kids take turns calling "B13" and "G47" warmed my heart. We played other games too and did a scavenger hunt around the property. One of the nice things about these owners is that although we didn't have wifi (which was fine by me) they did provide us with satellite tv. That meant cartoons for the kiddos. I didn't expect them to adapt to life in the wilderness without a hiccup or two.
We were in the area for Colby's godfather's wedding so there were a few times we drove down the mountain to various activities and the kids enjoyed looking for deer jumping into the side of the hill and I enjoyed finding this little old cabin, not as lucky as the one we got to stay in. And of all the things we could have seen crossing the road on our way up the first day? A beaver! Yep, I'm convinced. A first for me and probably a last.
Our last night there we decided to try the only pizza spot for miles and were in luck to find that it was not just a legitimate restaurant, but the service, decor and menu were outstanding. See those magnet boards behind the booth seating? Genius! I highly recommend the Annie Oakley pizza. Delish! Check out the rest of their menu here.
Later, when we returned to "the great outdoors" as my son kept referring to it, I got it in my mind to make a fire so we could roast marshmallows. It wasn't easy, but I got the job done. The kids were grateful and the fire was pretty against all the green from "the great outdoors."
If you are staying in the Charlottesville area anytime soon and would like more info on this unique home let me know. I hope you are all enjoying your summer break. Let me know what kinds of fun places you visit.