A couple of weeks ago Bernie and I decided to take a few days off and head to Asheville for the National Gingerbread House contest. When we travel we rarely make a beeline to where we’re going and as we were heading south onI-81 I noticed the sign for the Davis Valley Distillery . We pulled off the highway to check it out. They started out as a winery but now they also distill vodka, moonshine and bourbon. The wine was a bit sweet for my taste, but wow, loved the vodka and moonshine. Bought 2 jars of shine and 2 bottles of vodka. Their bourbon won’t be ready to bottle until April so we’ll have to go back. The next order of business was lunch so we stopped in Marion. It has a nice downtown with some cute shops, a couple of good restaurants and a merchantile store that has a tasting bar for Appalachian Mountain Spirits Distillery. Of course we had to try some Virginia Sweetwater “Shiner’s Gold” Moonshine and their award winning War Horn whiskey. The gentleman that poured recommended The Wooden Pickle restaurant for lunch. Always trust the locals. It was a very good.
OK back on the road. To our surprise the GPS took us briefly through Tennessee where I saw a sign for Historic Jonesborough. We didn’t stop on the way to Asheville but did stop on the way home and we’re glad we did. It’s another really cute little mountain town and they host a National Storytelling Festival every October. There are several antique shops, a quilt shop, a gift co-op in the old post office, a couple of clothing boutiques, an art glass gallery and several good restaurants. There’s also a brewery but we had done enough drinking so we skipped it and just popped into a place simply called The Dining Room. The atmosphere is intimate, the servers very attentive and the Cuban inspired food quite tasty.
Being just 2 miles of of I-81 and halfway between Washington DC and Asheville here at The Oaks Victorian Inn many one night guests are “On the Way To’ and now we have a few more hidden gems to recommend.
Hope to host you soon and Happy travels