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AP Travel News – We love to bring attention to great places that just beg to be noticed by travelers moving along in every direction of the compass on super highways. Most of these cities and places are just a few more minutes away from the highway than the usual fare of fast food, fast fuel and a quick hop, skip, and jump back onto the highway locations. This is one of those times of year that travelers, by vehicle or RV, whether they be Floridians, snowbirds or one-week tourists are on the move and quite familiar with I-95, I-75 and I-81 but quite unfamiliar with locales that these great routes let us speed-along by.
Most of us rush to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible, almost always driving along, above and beyond the posted speed limits in a pell mell rush to somehow (foolishly thinking we are saving time, that just cannot be saved) get somewhere quicker than anybody else.
So if you are that person who enjoys stopping to smell the proverbial roses. And if you believe the trip itself should be part of the overall adventure and vacation, then read on.
Just a couple of minutes from I 81, we decided to stay at The Hotel Roanoke, a Doubletree Hotel and & Conference Center. This fabulous hotel was a total treat in every way. The rooms are first-class. Comfort and then-some was the rule here. The hotel was designated a Historic Hotel of America in 2001. It originally opened in 1882. After a recent $42 million renovation the now, 332 luxuriously appointed guest rooms well compliments the new conference center. The service at the hotel was impeccable, I mean that you felt that every day the staff really appreciated their positions and whether they got a pep talk from management or not, they were there for you with style and caring service (they even won a national award for service). There is a plethora of amenities available at the hotel. Go: www.hotelroanoke.com for information about your potential visit. There is an excellent opera and symphony orchestra in Roanoke and even a museum of railroading among the other terrific exhibits.
A skyway from the Tudorean architectural style hotel over and across the railroad terminus and railway runs (what a treat for kids of any ages seeing the big trains rumble by right under your feet) to Market Square that offers a quaint and excellent farmers market stall-center for home-agricultural producers & distributors to show and sell their produce, plants and flowers. We found a vast selection plants to choose from and we did take some home to Tennessee for our gardens. We ate sumptuously in the famous Regency Dining Room and frankly it would be difficult to recommend any one menu item, as we found each of the dishes we tried to be plate-licking good but plate-licking with a jacket and tie somehow just didn’t fit (I snuck a last lick anyway). In any event, be prepared to be spoiled at the Regency Dining Room. The conference center and hotel employs more than 400 people. This means that if all rooms were taken by singles there is 1.4 employees to each registered guest.
If you like to golf, fish, eat at a different restaurant each night of the week, every day of the year, than Roanoke and sister city Salem can accommodate you. We spent just one evening and part of day in Roanoke and we are going back for at least a week to visit some of the fine museums and take in an opera too! See you there, huh?
Here’s how to get all the information from the friendly dedicated folks at the Convention and Visitors Bureau that you need to have a great heads-up on your Roanoke City adventure: 1-800-635-5535 or on the WWW. Go www.visitroanokeva.com
Ap travel news – Barb and I always enjoyed stopping at the New Perry Hotel in Perry, Georgia. We like stopping there to smell the roses, enjoy a good nights rest on our way to our farm in Tennessee after a great Southern comfort breakfast. Well, a few years back we stopped staying over because the place had become run-down and we opted for one of the ‘box motels’ just off the exit instead. We were not happy, but as a stopover before heading for the traffic of Atlanta, on our way to Tennessee the “box” worked.
Recently, we stopped their again after hearing that a nice family (the Johnsons) took it over, refurbished much of the hotel, and once again put this 1925 old- jewel of a hotel back on the register of great places to stop, going and coming from our place in Florida, to TN. Once again we got to enjoy the victuals, the pillows and the blooming roses-not to mention the great welcome that a family owned and run business should offer to prosper in any community. Kevin and Patty Johnson dreamt of running a B&B after Kevin retired from the Marines and ended up as Kevin explained falling in love with the old Perry Hotel. Love works in circuitous ways. Here in Perry Kevin would be able to bring the whole family together (7-family members) to asisit in remodeling, reworking and running a delightful hotel that they and the whole community could once again be proud of. They purchased the hotel last October and now have it up to speed and thensome. We loved it there and we can heartily recommend the Perry Hotel to everyone now! view the hotel on-line at www.perryhotel.com and also call for reservations for a “step back in “time” visit at 478-224-1000. Their address is 800 Main Street, Perry GA. 31069
James at the restaurant served us up the finest fresh cut porkschops and fixin’s ever.
AP Travel News – Bob Newhart knew a good thing when he found it. He made the Waybury Inn his choice for shooting his TV show at this early American institution. The Inn has been around from stagecoach days as early as 1810, and kept open continually through two centuries. Fully remodeled by current owners Tracy Getty and Joe Sutton, food and accomodations veterans, husband and wife team, the Inn for the last 13-years has especially excellent fare for Inn guests and locals too! We had a chance to try their trout almondine and a salmon entree’ and we were a whole lot more than pleased!
The immaculate grounds and the service from their friendly staff made us and as it shown through, other guests feel right at home. This great place is also pet friendly as it is people friendly. Located in East Middlebury, Vermont, we had our slice of excellent desserts and cool, refreshing air to forever remember our hosts great hospitality. While at the Waybury we visited the incredibly interesting Shelburne Museum and the Morgan Horse Farm. Together with a visit to a Teddy Bear Factory we had plenty to marvel over and do in the two days we spent at the Inn and surrounding areas.
The Inn serves dinner nightly and has a Pub too! Contact the Waybury Inn at 802-388-4015 or 800-348-1810 also check out their website at www.wayburyinn.com.
APtravelnews.com –May 15-Primland, Virginia–located atop one of the highest ridges in the southern Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains , this 12,000 acre resort has everything you’d want to get away to and enjoy your vacation. Whether you enjoy GEO-caching on two nature trails; mountain biking; hiking on a restored six-mile section of the Old Appalachian Trail; horseback and ATV riding, golf, tennis fishing, hunting and even tree-climbing, this is your place!
After a drive from our home in Crossville, TN. we really enjoyed Primlands’s indoor pool and hot tub with great outdoor views.
The restaurants use seasonal farm-fresh products that are locally grown. They work closely with purveyors to hand-select only the freshest, innovative organic and sustainable ingredients.