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Warren, PA to Front Royal, VA

We spent the week of May 14th on vacation in Virginia and North Carolina.

We departed Warren PA on Sunday, May 14 at approximately 6:45 am, en route Front Royal VA.   Around 7:30 am we stopped for breakfast at Joey’s Bakery in Ridgway, PA. We ate from the Mothers Day brunch, which included scrambled eggs, ham and pineapple slices, hash brown potatoes, fried potatoes, Italian hot sausage and peppers, beef brisket, cut-up fruit (strawberries, pineapple and blueberries) and various donuts. Food was good, as was the service.  We were back on the road around 8:00 am.

We arrived and checked in at Quality Inn Scenic Drive in Front Royal around 12:30 pm. Normal check in time is 3:00 pm; however, the front desk clerk was able to accommodate us early.  Our hotel room was on the second floor, room 206. It was an average size room, nothing extraordinary about its furnishings. The room was somewhat shabby, but clean.  The view from our hotel room included the swimming pool and office.

The view from our room at Quality Inn Skyline Drive

About an hour after checking in to the hotel, we went in search of lunch.  Front Royal’s main commercial thoroughfare, East Main Street, was located across U.S. Route 522 from our hotel.  Located on East Main Street is  Main Street Mill, where we decided to have lunch.

E. Main Street
see the red checkered sign on the right?
That is Market Street Mill.
The restaurant is located in a renovated feed mill.


The restaurant has tall ceilings, exposed wood posts, a wood floor and a wrap-around wall mural. Very nice ambiance. Bob ordered a Cobb Salad; I ordered a Taco Salad. Our salads were delicious, and service was good.

After lunch we walked to the Warren County Courthouse.

On the way to the courthouse we walked through the Front Royal Town Square.

Front Royal Town Square Gazebo
The Front Royal Town Tourism Office is located inside a historic train station.
The tourism office lies adjacent to the town square.
This caboose Is located in the town square.

The caboose was given to Front Royal in 1989 by the Norfolk and Southern Railway Company.
It sits on original tracks.

The Millennium Sundial was located in the town square.

The sundial was dedicated on December 31, 1999 to commemorate the end of the 20th century and to celebrate the beginning of the 21st century.

We saw this beautiful Irish Wolfhound,
while walking to the courthouse.

I think it was a 5 block walk to the courthouse.

Warren County Courthouse
and Confederate Monument
the courthouse was built in 1936.

From the courthouse we walked back to our hotel.  We spent rest of the afternoon / evening in our room.  We ate a picnic-style dinner in our room.  Later in the evening we watched the movie “Night at the Museum“. Bob downloaded this movie and its two sequels before leaving home. He thought we would watch all three movies during vacation.  We ended up watching the last two movies, after returning home from vacation.

Stay tuned.  In my next vacation blog post (which may take a few days to prepare), I will share details and photographs of our drive on Skyline Drive.

5 Responses to “Warren, PA to Front Royal, VA”

  1. DeniseinVA

    Great post Linda! I enjoyed the tour around Front Royal. Coincidentally it is one of the places we are thinking of taking a ride to as we haven’t stopped in the town, heading straight to the Skyline Drive entrance. After seeing these lovely photos I am even more eager now. Very nice photo of you in the restaurant.

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  2. Eileen

    Hello, I have been thru Front Royal many times to get to Shenandoah Nat’l Park and the Skyline Drive. I just never visited the town, maybe a few restaurants on the way home. The Wolfhound is beautiful. Great collection of photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  3. seniorhiker

    It looks as if you got your week off to a great start. We’ve been through Front Royal, but didn’t have any time to explore. We’ll have to do something about that next time.

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  4. Betsy

    Love your Pocono trip –and hope to go there sometime… Now–I’m going to enjoy your Maggie Valley trip. Wish we could have caught up with you all on the 18th… Dang!!!

    Front Royal is a pretty place… I just love all of the Shenandoah area.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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