Every once in awhile even a blind dog digs up the random bone. Such was the case this past weekend with my brilliant idea of taking Pam to the Martha Washington Hotel for Valentine's Day. Although the drive was long(a little over 4 hours)the hotel was beautiful and the town of Abingdon was enchanted. We took a long walk down Main street and saw scores of old homes and buildings built as far back as the late 1700's. After the walk we decided to go down to the salt water indoor pool and relax in the very warm water. Once there we noticed that there was a fabulous hot tub outside on the patio under two huge live oak trees. The 50 foot walk from the poolhouse across the cold tile patio in 25 mph winds on a cool February afternoon was half the fun and made the hot fresh water even more soothing.
Dinner was one of those 4 course affairs that usually drive me nuts because it takes forever to finish. But this one was incredible. The food was all delicious and served at a perfect pace. It was one of the best meals we've had in quite a while.
Then the best part of the night was ahead. The play at the Barter Theatre was worth the trip by itself. The actors were all multitalented singer/actors and the story that the play told was very moving. The theatre was very small so we were right on top of the stage and this particular play was perfect for such a small venue. Terrific acting, a fine story, and beautifully performed and arranged music. We couldn't have asked for much else.
Great 36 hour trip...one of my better ideas.