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Another warm weekend?  You betcha.  With friends in to visit and spoil for a few days with Virginia sublime, we ventured out into it.  It would be foolish not to. 

Our destination ~ the Highland County Maple Festival.  First Town: Monterey, VA.

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Wandering through wares …

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would, without question, take us to waiting in line for the kettle corn whose sweetness wafted in and out of other tempting confectionsP1030115

All the gems and jewels of a small Virginia town have to be enjoyed in full.  Old homes and buildings are a thrill to seek out.

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But to find a beaut like this?  Pure joy.  And a double score!

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Stepping into creaky, hinged doors produces further fun finds.

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On to the town of McDowell’s own country store…

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For more photos of the country store click on the photo.

where an enchanting step back in time perks up the senses.

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Highland County’s Mansion House museum is free (donations appreciated) to investigate. 

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During the festival, period interpreters wandered about the front lawn.

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Next year we are considering overnight accommodations in the area in order to to make a full day or weekend of festival stops.  I know there is plenty more of interesting places and towns in Highland County we will be checking out.

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