While it can be a challenge to be away from home for several weekends in a row, the benefits include the opportunity to visit with family and friends. Two weeks ago I was in Williamsburg celebrating my mother’s birthday. Last weekend, for a mix of meetings and fun, I rode the bike from Blacksburg to Fredericksburg to King George to Richmond and back home. The weather was bright and beautiful and I enjoyed 600 miles of happy!
My meeting was in Fredericksburg, an historic town that I had not visited in decades. Sadly, I wasn’t able to do much exploring since I arrived late on Friday and had to be in meetings first thing the next morning. I did stay in a hotel that I now hear is haunted, although I saw no sign of ghosts. The Inn at Old Silk Mill was built in the 1930s and was one of the largest motor lodges on the east coast.
The Silk Mill was built in 1889 and was a factory that employed over 200 women. The women spun silk that was imported from Italy to go around spools for sewing. Originally the C.W Tholtz Throwing Company, The Mill has been recently renovated to host weddings and events.
All the meeting attendees were able to attend Senator Mark Warner‘s annual BBQ. Located in King George, Senator Warner’s home is located right on the Rappahanock River.
The Senator, and Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, and current candidate for Governor, Ralph Northam, and Attorney General Mark Herring stood in line for hours greeting the many hundreds of people in attendance.
What a wonderful way to say thanks to the many people who have worked to keep Virginia blue.
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WOW 600 miles on your bike thats a lot Laurie 😀 Well at least you mixed business with pleasure and got a chance to ride your bike to your meeting. The inn looks like a place Terry would love (haunted). I hope Senator Warner had some craft beers available at his BBQ.
Brings back many wonderful memories of our treks that direction (unfortunately, the last few were in the car)!! Gorgeous photos………………….
The outside of the old mill looks beautiful and the interior isn’t too shabby either!!
Beautiful shots–they look so “southern” to me. Keep Virginia blue!!
Nice gallery, esp. the photo of the stairs. 🙂
Looks like a fun trip!
Love the shots of the inn – especially that gorgeous interior!