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Unread 06-29-2009, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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I second Deep Creek Lake.
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Unread 06-29-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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Tour Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Fallingwater
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OOOOOH!!! I'd LOVE to do that! Modern/contemporary architecture is a passion of mine. Looks like our summer is pretty much booked now. Thanks guys!!
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Unread 07-01-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I second Deep Creek Lake.
Deep Creek Lake sounds great. Tell me more!!!!

We want to go somewhere for several days. But I need to know a few things:

1. Is Deep Creek Lake the sort of place that you'd want to stay for a few days?

2. Does anyone have a recommendation for a place to stay?

3. Are there things to do at night?

4. How long would it take to drive there from Ashburn? There are two ways to get there, is one way better than the other? (One route is to drive up to MD and take 68 west. The other route is to drive west on 50 and then take 219 north. We want the safer, easier route, I'd rather avoid any route that has a dangerous mountain road.)

5. Can we take kayaks? In other words, is there a place to launch them? Or is the lake private and you have to pay for rentals up there?

finally....

6. We've never been to Smith Mountain Lake, either. That's our other possible choice. Any opinions on which one would be better for a 3 day trip?
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Unread 07-01-2009, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Deep Creek Lake sounds great. Tell me more!!!!

We want to go somewhere for several days. But I need to know a few things:

1. Is Deep Creek Lake the sort of place that you'd want to stay for a few days?

2. Does anyone have a recommendation for a place to stay?

3. Are there things to do at night?

4. How long would it take to drive there from Ashburn? There are two ways to get there, is one way better than the other? (One route is to drive up to MD and take 68 west. The other route is to drive west on 50 and then take 219 north. We want the safer, easier route, I'd rather avoid any route that has a dangerous mountain road.)

5. Can we take kayaks? In other words, is there a place to launch them? Or is the lake private and you have to pay for rentals up there?

finally....

6. We've never been to Smith Mountain Lake, either. That's our other possible choice. Any opinions on which one would be better for a 3 day trip?
1. Yes
2. I usually stay with friends or camp - so I'm of no help. There are a lot of cabin rental places.
3. I'm not sure as I usually just light a campfire and stare at it.
4. About 3 hours on the 68 route. Don't go the 50 route!!! It will take forever no matter what google maps says. Take 15 north to 70 West to 68 West.
5. Take your kayaks.
6. I've never been to Smith Mountain Lake.
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Unread 07-01-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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it looks like there's some nice b & bs up there.
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Unread 07-01-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC (formerly Vienna, VA)
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I've stayed at the Wisp resort. It's an okay place to stay. I've taken the 68 route and it's absolutely beautiful. It's not a scary mountain road or anything but there are definitely inclines that if you have a smallish car packed full with the air conditioning running you can feel it drag.
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Unread 01-19-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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What are those places like in the winter? Would it be a fun day trip to head up to Deep Creek Lake now? We're not skiers, just looking for something different to do.
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Unread 01-19-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: The OC to NOVA
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I logged on today to ask about day trips, I am so glad this was brought back up today!

I took the dog yesterday to go look at an old covered bridge called Meem's Bottom Bridge and it was lovely! I think it took about an hour and a half to drive there (I actually drove the speed limit the whole way) Historic Meems Bottom Covered Bridge - Virginia Is For Lovers
It was really pretty. Just at the base of some hills (I guess they are mountains even though they do not look very high.
After that I drove east to go into Luray which would have been ok to walk around for a few minutes to look at antiques and such but I did have my dog so I didnt. Luray is not necessarily a place I would go visit for the day, though. Driving though or stopping for lunch is fine.
After Luray I decided to go to Skyline Drive and head North to get back to the 66. (Or just 66 here --no 'the' before it!) It was really pretty! Stopped at a few overlooks and hiked just a bit (didnt really want to hike alone, even with my dog) and took a ton of photos. I got back to Arlington around 6pm after leaving home around 10:30 am. It was a perfect little day trip.
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Unread 01-19-2010, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Alexandria
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I like Meem's Bridge too. Driving along Rt 11 makes for a nice trip, especially in the late afternoon, early evening hours.

I once did a two-day trip down to Goshen Pass and Lexington. Lots of nice places in Virginia. I've never been to the parts near Kentucky.
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Unread 01-20-2010, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I like Meem's Bridge too. Driving along Rt 11 makes for a nice trip, especially in the late afternoon, early evening hours.

I once did a two-day trip down to Goshen Pass and Lexington. Lots of nice places in Virginia. I've never been to the parts near Kentucky.
You know, I'm a native Virginian and I've never been to Meem's Bridge. I'm definitely putting this on the calendar for a pretty spring day.
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