We went to Abingon, Va., last Saturday to walk the Virginia Creeper Trail. While we were there, we also checked out Main Street and some local businesses.
First off, we ate a quick lunch at the famous Martha Washington Hotel and Spa’s Market Deli (there’s two links: hotel and the deli). This hotel is gorgeously decorated and would be a very pleasant place to stay. I’d love to check out a cabaret and get a massage at the spa.
Chris had a reuben with chips and I had 1/2 a turkey sandwich with Italian Wedding soup and chips. Very delicious.
After the walk, we stopped by A Likely Yarn, a local yarn shop on Pecan Street just below the Creeper’s trail head.
The business is one of the largest, locally-owned stores I’d been in. A knitting class was taking place in a small room to the left as we walked in and several ladies were browsing books and yarn in the large shop area to the right.
There was a large collection of books, a lot separated by category, such as socks, crochet or knitting. There was also a rack that had “Handknit Heros,” a comic book of needle welding crime fighters.
|I was very impressed with the large selection of crochet and knitting books at A Likely Yarn.|
|I think I just about picked up every skein of yarn along this wall.|
I signed up for the shop’s e-newsletters and the lady tending the shop told me about an upcoming retreat in February.
Next we walked around Main Street and stopped in several antique shops, including Abingdon Mercantile and Frames. We were on the hunt for Rookwood Pottery (Chris’ parents collect it) and a dress form (I want one so much!).
We also stopped at The Arts Depot to check out some artists’ studios. I really liked some fabric hats and paintings, such as those by Jackie Dolpp and Joyce Samuel. The artists’ collaborative is a one block off Main Street on Depot Square.
Before heading home, we grabbed coffee at Zazzy’z Coffee House.
This weekend was absolutely lovely! If you were in the N.C./Va. area, I hope you got outside to enjoy the sunny, warm days.
|This is the trail head off of Pecan Street, Abingdon, Va.|
Chris and I had visited Abingdon together before, but it was just a quick evening trip. I’d also been with friends to see “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Barter Theater and to the federal court house to cover a drug trial for work.
So this trip was a special treat.
The Virginia Creeper is off of Pecan Street, which is just down the street from the Martha Washington Hotel and Spa.
The 33-plus mile trail starts (or ends) in Abingdon and heads south to Whitetop, Va., which is in Grayson County and is the state’s highest peak. Lots of people ride bikes from Whitetop to Damascus — all straight down hill. A shuttle in Damascus will carry you up the mountain so you can ride back down.
In Abingdon, the trail is pretty much flat and goes by cow pastures and suburbia, including a large golf course community.
Here’s some shots:
|Lots of people were out on the muddy trail Saturday.|
This end of the trail is perfect for a good, simple hike, bike ride or stroll. I was glad to see so many people using it.
I’ll write about the businesses in a future post.