Today finds me in southwestern
; not to be confused with southern Virginia . I'm here on a travel assignment for AAA. West Virginia
I flew into
yesterday afternoon where I was met by the team from Roanoke 's department of Tourism. These are the same folks I was with a year or so ago covering the Monticello Wine Trail. As soon as I saw them, I knew it was going to be a fun trip. Virginia
We struck out from the airport for our first stop on this four-day event around ; our destination: Primland Resort. It sits on about 12,000 acres in the hills south of
just off the Roanoke Blue Ridge Parkway.
I always judge a new location by whether or not I would spend my own money to return. In the case of Primland, I certainly would. In fact, I'm going to put together a proposal for my
gang to visit Primland as our outing next year. Wyoming
The main lodge looks like the hotel in The Shinning, except it's only a couple of years old.
My suite last night was larger than my home. The hallway from the front door to the seating area was about 30 feet. It actually had four lighted paintings hanging along one wall.
The suite was so big, it had a guest bathroom.
When the maid showed up for the turndown service, she rang the doorbell. It took me more than 30 seconds to get from the bedroom to the front door.
Did I mention it was big?
The view off the huge back deck was spectacular!
Dinner last night was in its elements restaurant. The "e" is intentionally lower case. Classy. The food was outstanding. My sirloin was perfectly seared and delicious. We had a couple of
wines that were also very good. Virginia
This morning three of us had a clay-shooting lesson. Never having even fired a shotgun before, I had some trepidation about my performance. Our shooting instructor, a very cute young expert named Lauren, talked me through it. I actually hit about 60 percent of the clays; better than I expected.
When I hit two clays in a row -- one coming at me and one going away -- I expected to hear Monty Python break out in the Lumberjack Song.
All three of us returned to the lodge for lunch, so I guess we can consider the outing successful.
Tonight we're heading out to hear some