“Staycation” at Luray
On the drive to the cabin (somewhere in VA on I-81)
I think I finally caught up with everyone’s Thanksgiving posts–dang, ya’ll, you cooked up some amazing meals! Hello UnTurkey Roast and brussels sprouts and THE most adorable pumpkin shaped rolls! My actual Tday dinner wasn’t so thrilling (or vegan)–simply a crockpot cooked pot roast (local, grassfed beef!) and twice baked potatoes–but in lieu of grand cooking schemes, G & I held down the lazy football-watching fort and drank and hot tubbed ourselves through the day.
<Dried out thistle on the cabin’s property
Am I allowed to be thankful for the birthday gift I gave G of a “staycation” a few hours over in Luray? That cabin was a godsend for my tired bones.
Photo from VRBO site listing
I didn’t take any photos of the cabin because, frankly, the VRBO site has them down pat. It’s a modern A-frame with one bedroom, a gas fireplace, a great kitchen, and a hot tub on the porch overlooking your own amazingly secluded mountain view. Is there anything more to ask for?
On the trail to Bird Knob
View from Bird Knob
We weren’t all lazy bums, though, and did drag ourselves on our first snow hike of the season up to Bird Knob on the Massanutten Trail. It was a short tromp, but a good one (with quite the steep change in elevation) with gorgeous views of the Shenandoah valley. We didn’t linger long at the top (hello sub-freezing temperatures and gusty wind!) but given that the Skyline Drive was closed due to ice (and therefore all my planned hikes were inaccessible), it turned out to be a perfect last-minute find.
Sculpture at River District Arts
Another day we spent trawling around neighboring towns for antiques and interesting finds. Sperryville, home to Copper Fox Distillery (no tastings allowed by the ABC so we skipped the tour) also holds quite a few cute (and rambling) shops like Copper Fox Antiques (in an old apple processing factory), Coterie, an artisans group shop, and the Heritage Hollows Farm store–a great little butcher shop selling all local beef, pork, chicken, and other primal foods (we picked up a hunk of brisket–can’t wait to cook it!). The above photo is from the River District Arts–a big warehouse space home to 15ish artists who display everything from pottery to paintings to nature photography. I, personally, loved this little sculpture. Alas, but it was already sold.
A view of the main gallery at Warehouse Art Center
Turns out that Luray was hiding some incredible art too over at the Luray Warehouse Art Center. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the gallery given that Luray is a little bit kitschy at best, but it turns out that some incredibly talented artists show their work there–and most on the more contemporary/experimental/i.e. the stuff I like side of things. Plus prices were really quite affordable! A wall piece by the same artist as this hanging torso sculpture was a mere $700, I believe, and it was so tough not to nab the guy on impulse. But I haven’t even come close to figuring out our walls and what I want where…so, yeah, I’ll be heading back to the Art Warehouse some other day to buy.
Sunset from the cabin’s front porch
Though our Thanksgiving “staycation” wasn’t exactly the traditional family-centered sort of holiday, we definitely enjoyed the peace and quiet and time to just be ourselves (albeit lazy selves) for a few days. Plus, it’s 100% impossible to get tired of sunsets like these. I may just be planning our next trip back.
/all photos taken on my iPhone 5, all edited with PS Express, some with VSCO Cam