What an incredibly relaxing and rewarding vacation we had at the chalet. From the moment we walked in and saw how beautiful both the inside views and outside views were to the moment we left, we had such an enjoyable time.
Words cannot describe the beauty and peacefulness of the chalet and surrounding area. We were joined by our two adult children for several days. We went horseback riding, fly fishing in the Potomac River, bowling, antiquing, and enjoying the local cuisine. Early mornings were spent on the deck watching the birds (favorites were the downy and pileated woodpeckers, American goldfinches, and indigo buntings) and other wildlife (deer, squirrels, rabbits, and groundhog).
The ping pong table and pool table provided great fun for everyone. The screened porch was perfect for an outdoor meal out of the direct sunlight during the day and away from bugs at night. An evening at the big fire pit or in the hot tub with the small fire pit going and the stars out was a perfect way to forget about work and other stresses.
It was a great way to decompress from the hectic world in which we normally live. Our children loved the place despite the challenge of no internet connectivity (they lived through it, though). Sometimes not being connected is a beautiful thing.
We also had a great trip down to Skyline Drive and then passed back through Star Tannery, VA for a tour and vertical wine tasting at Cedar Creek Winery - winner of numerous awards each year that they have been producing wine. If you don't mind an hour drive up the Shenandoah Valley, take the time to get a tour and do a vertical tasting. www.cedarcreekvineyard.com
Perhaps the highlight of the week was an evening thunderstorm that ended with a beautiful double rainbow across the Sleepy Creek valley.
We came back relaxed and refreshed ... and a desire to go back again in the future. Without doubt, we will be returning again and again.
Dave and Dawn Mulholland