Home from the Stead

The Homestead that is.


We started yesterday with a guided tour along rushing waterfalls and a lush forest. 



Isn’t he handsome??? 😉

The naturalist that was our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about nature. 

He taught us that very rare orchids can grow in this area of Virginia because the water is a constant 60 degrees all year round.  They only bloom every few years and keep their bloom for 3-7 days.  Look-y at what we saw!


We learned about Stitch Plants.  See how the leaves seem stitched together?


We also saw a snake!


Not only was our guide knowledgeable, but he was also very entertaining!



After our hike, I went to the spa. 🙂

homestead spa


It was the most luxurious spa experience I have ever had.  I showered, sat in the steam room, and lounged around for almost an hour before my facial even began.  I left feeling lighter and more relaxed than I have felt in a very long time.

After the spa, Larry and I went to the indoor pool and swam briefly before we discovered the sun deck.  We decided to lounge  in the sun for about 40 minutes before heading back to our room to get ready for dinner.

Dinner, like all things Homestead, was a grand affair.

We had cocktails in the empire room.



And at dinner, I sat down right next to this lovely lady.The boss’s wife also happens to be Leeane Morgan, the southern comedian who has appeared on Dr. Phil and Paula Dean.  She was definitely a southern belle and reminded me very much of Sandra Bullock’s character in The Blind Side.  She called everyone “dah-lin” and “sweethearrrrt.”  Doesn’t get more southern than that!  I loved her!

I’m so happy to see Larry recognized for his hard work!  He definitely deserves it and so much more 🙂



magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!



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2 responses to “Home from the Stead

  1. That’s a great photo of you and your husband! 🙂

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