Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Valley Camp & The Homestead

We spent the night in a Forest Service camp in VA called Happy Valley. It was off the beaten path a little and we had the entire camp to ourselves again. I don't know if it's the time of year or the price of fuel, maybe some a both. We lucked out and got to stay for free cause it was National Land Use Day and the forest waived all fees for the day including camping, sweet!

In the morning we went back to Warm Springs for a visit to Jefferson Pools, a mineral spa since 1761. It was old and in need of restoration badly, which is supposed to start next year, I hope it can make it till then. 100_5059


This is the Men's Bath House.




People were still visitin' fer a soak in the 98 degree healing spring water. Our next stop was Hot Springs, VA right down the road, for a visit to "The Homestead" a ritzy resort we were told that rivaled the "Greenbrier Resort in WV. After visiting both I'd have to say the woman who informed us of the "Homestead" was a trifle prejudice, to say the least.



This is the back lawn. 




This is the front view. 







The Homestead's Lobby.




Let's compare some shots of the Greenbrier and the Homestead.



The Greenbrier Lobby.






The entrance to the theater at Greenbrier.








Sitting room at the Greenbrier.



The Homestead was very nice , but as you can see the Greenbrier was explosive in color and decor! So if your ever in the area they're both worth a look see as they're only about 30 miles apart. Then you can judge for yourself.

That's all for today. Hope to see ya' down the road as we're,

Dancin' on the Wind.

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