Last week Tom and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary at Smith Mountain Lake....no, we actually didn't go fishing, but that sign seemed like the perfect graphic to use for this post seeing as we were lodged in the Fishing Room at the bed and breakfast where we stayed.
I've always wanted to run a B&B...probably good that it never worked out, but I do enjoy staying in them!
Bedford Landings was a delightful bed and breakfast run by Karen and Jack. We enjoyed their decorated themed rooms. Here's our Fishing Room, complete with a fish shaped basket on the trunk, a wooden box with a deck of fish cards, fish bedding, pictures, and a guest journal filled with rave reviews: Above the bed was an alcove with various fishing paraphernalia including a large metal fish with lights controlled by a remote...used for decoration and/or a night light...it was my favorite item in the room:
More fishing items on the dresser...the innkeeper must have thoroughly enjoyed furnishing their lodge. That RELAX rope on the wall doesn't quite apply to our times away, however. We try to fit as many things as we can into a quick getaway: Wall decor outside the bathroom door where you can spot another fishing basket filled with washcloths:
This unique fish bowl served as the bathroom sink. Even the Softsoap container had a fish on the label: Looking outside our room door towards the upstairs sitting area for guests...the quilt was made by the innkeeper's grandmother:
The below was an interesting write-up on the quilt found in a journal in our room:
Here's Bedford Landings and the scene as we drove up to check in: And the breakfast part of the Bed & Breakfast experience didn't disappoint! Fresh fruit, wild rice scrambled eggs, pecan encrusted bacon, and homemade cinnamon rolls. I want to make all of this when our missionary friends arrive for an overnight in a couple of weeks: And the reason we were at Smith Mountain Lake for our anniversary was for a cruise on the Virginia Dare:
We also toured Appalachian Power Company's Visitor Center and the Dam on Smith Mountain Lake. On the boat, we cruised up to the red barrier that you see there in the water. This is the dam seen from the other side of the lake at the Visitor Center. It was all very interesting, especially for the ol' retired power company guy above: That about wraps up another anniversary...and I didn't even mention the mini-golf, antique shops, and the inevitable ice cream stops. All in all, a wonderful getaway!