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Friday, March 27, 2015

Highlands Festival (1)

For the third year in a row,  our trip to the Highlands town of Monterey Va. and county seat of Highland.
It's the Maple syrup festival where you can eat maple syrup donuts,  buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup,  and maple syrup candy.   
My favorite syrup is the dark amber as the flavor is stronger and I like making cakes and breakfast buns with it.  
  The  Highland nicknamed "Little Switzerland",  because of it's high altitude, was originally settled by Scots/Irish and German immigrants.   The  clean mountain air served us well as we gazed upon pastures and farmland with some beautiful fast moving brooks and streams along the way.

The drive started out a little rainy but cleared some on the way.

along the way

 Arriving at destination .
Main street 

   There are only two hotels here and we couldn't be picky with making reservations only three weeks ahead,  lucky we found a room, everything else was booked. 

This retro hotel  was built in the 1950's and not much change since then.
Wrought iron railing on second floor walkway.

Inside was very clean

I like staying in a place where I can open a window for breeze and I did at night here.

After settling in we took a walk around the area.

Had a bite to eat at the Highs restaurant.

We both had oven baked pork chops with gravy and mashed potatoes with Lima beans

After dinner; a walk across the street to look inside the Highland Inn .  We will hopefully be able to stay here in the fall.

stepping inside

I like the way the niche houses the phone.   My daughter lived in a home  in Big Rock Tennessee that had a niche carved out near her foyer for a telephone.

dining room which also serves as a information center with brochures about places to see and do.

stairs to rooms.

This picture hangs in dining room

The next day  a look out of the bathroom window in our hotel room ,  cars lined up as far as I could see for the festival.

Words getting out

more later


  1. i love this area of VA. their syrup is just delicious!! when my grandparents were still alive we would go there for the festival often. so so fun!! the hubby & i when we were 1st dating would go there on main street of lunch often. now wonder what the name of the restaurant was?? it was good. the folks were super friendly. ( :

  2. Hi Betsy,
    Sounds like you had a fun time at the festival, I was just reading a post from a Prince Edward Island blogger and she too was talking about a Maple Syrup Festival that she had been to. How cool.
    Sounds like you there at the right time, before all the traffic. That Highland Inn looks magnificent, all of that gingerbread trim on the front porches, LOVE IT! You really do need to stay there next time. Glad you got some inside pictures to show us.
    Have a great weekend,

  3. This festival sounds so fun! Hubby and I vacationed in the Carolina's and Virginia about 6 years ago and loved it. The inn looks fabulous! Hope you get to stay there in the Fall. Happy to be a new follower.

  4. I got a very nice comment from Mari and accidentally removed it and didn't mean too. So forgive me everyone I am moving to fast and not paying attention much to what I am doing lately. I need a rest for sure.

  5. I always enjoy your posts! Love the scenery and the detailed photos of your adventures, makes me feel like I'm right there with you.

  6. This is a very unusual place for me.If I 'm not afraid to fly before, I would definitely once in the 'Little Switzerland' come . The retro hotel like it very much . I think my translation program works poorly . Unfortunately I have forgotten so much of the English language but I can not find your blogtranslation ..
    many Greetings

  7. Hi Betsy, I love the looks of the Highland Inn, would love to stay there. Always so much fun to visit the little towns and see what is going on. Beautiful country and I would have enjoyed that meal, all except the Lima Beans!! But , my hubby would love them..Happy Monday..Judy


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