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Virginia and North Carolina Vacation: Woodward House on Glade Manor B&B

Our first night accommodation was at Woodward House on Manor Glade B&B in Front Royal VA.  We arrived around 4:00 pm on August 20th. When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly giant — a Mastiff named Lucky.

Lucky

Lucky barked at us, as we approached the entrance door. Before we reached the door, Lucky lied down with back to us and could care less if we entered the house or not.

Our host, Joan, showed us to our room. On our way upstairs she pointed out the bowls of fresh fruit and chocolate candy in the common room and the beer on tap in the bar.

The Beautifully Decorated Julia’s Suite

In addition to the bedroom with a king-sized bed, there was a small sitting room.

Julia’s Suite Sitting Room

Joan explained that she had just replaced the flapper on the toilet, but it was not yet working properly.  Bob has plenty of experience with toilet maintenance and made the flapper work properly.  As Joan was showing us our room, she discovered that the TV remote was missing.  Apparently the previous guest accidentally took the remote home. The power button on the TV wasn’t obvious, but Bob found it. After turning on the TV, Bob programmed a universal remote to turn on / turn off the TV and to change channels.  Bob brings the universal remote with him, whenever we travel.  

After checking in, we drove to Castiglio’s Italian Restaurant for dinner.  The restaurant was a little over a mile from the B&B.  Bob ordered spaghetti and meatballs.  I ordered lasagna.  Our meals were accompanied by tossed salad and bread.  Our meals were delicious and filling.  Bob was able to finish his meal; I wasn’t.

When we returned to the B&B Joan gave us a breakfast menu from which we chose our main breakfast entree.  Bob chose an omelet.  I chose a waffle with blueberries. 

Joan offered us complimentary beverages — free beer on tap (Bob) and a soft drink for me, which we drank while sitting on the front porch. 

Complimentary Beer on Tap
Front Porch Sitting
The view from the Front Porch

Joan and her sister, Cathy, sat on the front porch with us.  The conversation was free flowing.  We talked about recent vacations, the B&B, Front Royal, restaurants and pets.   Joan and Cathy were friendly and engaging.

We sat on the porch for about an hour before retiring to our room for the night.  In our room we found freshly made cookies (delicious) and a small basket of snacks.

The next morning we were both up by 5:45 am.   Tea, hot chocolate and Keurig coffee was available in our room.  I made myself a cup of hot chocolate. 

Before breakfast, we sat on the front porch and watched the sun rise.  Our hosts, Joan and Cathy, joined us for a short time.

Front Porch Sitting at Sunrise
Front Porch Sitting at Sunrise

Breakfast was served from 7:30 am until 9:00 am. While our breakfasts were being made to order, we had the following available to us: Orange Juice, Fruit in Season, Hot and Box Cereals, Hot Spiced Apples, Tea, Coffee, Milk, Hot Chocolate, Sodas, and Water.

Our starter dish was fresh fruit —
pineapple, blueberries, strawberries
and a small orange portion.
Our next dish was an almond muffin,
hot from the oven. 

Then came our main entrees — an omelet for Bob and a waffle for me. 

My waffle was topped with blueberries,
banana slices and whipped cream.

I was only able to eat half of the waffle.

Breakfast was so very good!

I would LOVE to stay at Woodward House on Glade Manor B&B again. Joan and Cathy make you feel like family. The B&B feels like home too. Hey, Bob, when can we go back?????

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.

Memorial Day Weekend – Front Royal, VA

We spent the Memorial Day weekend in Virginia. During our vacation we drove the entire length of Skyline Drive from Front Royal, Virginia, to Waynesboro, Virginia. We spent two nights in Alexandria, VA. We visited with my cousins, Vernon and Wendy, and their 2-week-old son, Aiden, on Memorial Day.

We left home, en route Front Royal, Virginia, around 12:30 PM on Friday, May 27 . We reached the Quality Inn Skyline Drive approximately 6 hours later. The drive (yes, we drove the car; we did not ride the motorcycle) was uneventful, although we did run into a few heavy downpours. I am happy that we weren’t riding the motorcycle through those heavy downpours!

As soon as we checked into our hotel room, we went to dinner. The hotel clerk recommended the Main St. Mill Restaurant, which was within walking distance of the hotel.

The restaurant was located in a renovated feed mill.

Here’s a picture of me that Bob took inside the the Main St. Mill Restaurant.

Memorial Day Weekend - Front Royal, VA

I liked the restaurant’s tall ceilings, exposed wood posts, the wood floor and the wrap-around wall mural. Bob and I each ordered a grilled chicken breast dinner. The service was excellent, and the food was good.

Our hotel was located about 1 mile from the entrance to Skyline Drive. On Saturday, after breakfast at the hotel, we left for our all-day drive on Skyline Drive (the subject of my next Memorial Day weekend blog post). Before leaving Front Royal, though, I took a couple pictures of the court house.

Warren County Court House and Confederate Monument

The Warren County Court House was built in 1936.

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