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Old 08-03-2020, 09:31 PM
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Will be driving back to FL from NJ leaving Wed. Want to stop over at least 2 nights for trip home at places that will cheer her up. Need uplifting, great scenery, relaxing places. It's been a very rough three days, will leave it there.

Figuring on leaving Wednesday around 10am and driving for 6 hours or so. Guess that may put us in VA, or NC. 1st night. Then 6 hours the next day. There's a place in NC I think, near the Biltmore that has a great spa with a really unusual rock grotto I think, forget the name.

Thanks for any help and suggestions. And just to make it very clear......f_ _ k cancer.
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Have you thought about Williamsburg, VA? Not sure what it may be like after the storm goes through tonite (Wmsbrg. MIGHT be in the middle of it (path)?), but it may be relaxing for her? LOTS of places to eat, scenic area downtown (William & Mary College area), historic buildings, some tour buses (if they're operating now?), Yorktown/Jamestown nearby, and other stuff. Can't give you any ideas about a hotel there but there are several "nice" ones (maybe Google to see?).

It's only about a 40min. or so run off to the east of I-295 & I-64 intersection that you came up on.

I've never been to The Biltmore but have read some VERY nice reviews about it on THT.

Have a safe trip and CHEER the bride up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Regards,

EDIT: I wanted to update this! Thought about it late last nite. I think our Governor has INCREASED COVID restrictions in the area from (and including) Williamsburg, all the way down to and including Virginia Beach - basically ALL of Hampton Roads. Too many new outbreaks from folks not distancing. SO - I would avoid that area as far as a "break" on the way back to FL.

Sorry for the miss-info. Have a GREAT time no matter where you decide to stop!


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Perhaps you are talking about the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. I have never been there but I guess it has an unusual underground grotto as a part of the property. The Biltmore House itself is an amazing place. It will take a day to see everything and I believe the tickets have gotten ludicrously expensive but it is quite a tour. Maggie Valley is a little town we love. Not much there which is why we like it. The Smokies can be a beautiful and calming place. Sometimes just a drive through the mountains Is the best thing.

There are some really neat places along the Carolina coast. I always love the small coastal towns and there are lots of these along the coast. Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hill are all really cool little towns along the Outer Banks. Can’t really say how the storm will affect these areas. And it has been 30 years since I’ve been to the Outer Banks so I’m sure things change.

i hope y’all find some peaceful places on your trip back down. Y’all will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers as my head hits the pillow tonight.

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What is she interested in? I grew up in northern NJ and went to college in VA. Pretty familiar with the drive. If she likes history (doubtful), swing over to Lexington, VA. Should be out of the path of the hurricane and you can see the Virginia Military Institute barracks/museum, GEN. Robert E. Lee's tomb and the Stonewall Jackson house. There's also the natural arch in Rockbridge to check out. Best of luck to y'all.

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Drive thru shenandoah national park on skyline drive
it will cost you a few hrs. 100 miles ish @ reduced speed You can go to Harpers Ferry too if never been.

Shenandoah is good place to see wild bears.

You can see if any availability at a lodge in shenandoah....probably slim chance....but might be. Kind of close to ny/nj to spend night though
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There's a place in NC I think, near the Biltmore that has a great spa with a really unusual rock grotto I think, forget the name.
Like Gulfinguy said, you are probably referring to the Grove Park Inn. It's changed since Omni bought them but still a pretty cool place. The spa is very nice but it requires a thick credit card. It's a place everybody needs to go at least once. Ask to stay in the "old" part if this is your first stay. The 5th floor of the original hotel is haunted by the "pink lady". Biltmore House is about 15-20 minutes away and again, if you've never been there, it's worth it as well.

https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/as...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Might be a bit out of the way.
But if you take I-81 south from the D.C. area, it will bring you into my neck of the woods here in Johnson City, Tn. Pick up I-26 South toward Asheville eventually hitting I-95 near Charleston.
Once you climb the mountains near S.W Va. the views really pick up. I-26 going over Sams and Buckner Gaps are very impressive. Lots of scenery.

Or even pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway and follow it down to Asheville. Almost every turn is a picture taking spot. Stay the night up in Little Switzerland.

Many options.
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Assuming you would drive 95 south from NJ to FL. Edenton, NC is the definition of “quaint”. About as peaceful a place as there is. If your schedule permits, farther south is Savannah, GA. Lot’s of historical tours.

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Did roughly the same drive recently. Asheville and Gainesville (FL) are two good ones. A long drive the first day and a short one the second day. Both nice places with good covid protocols, and easily accessible.
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Assuming you would drive 95 south from NJ to FL. Edenton, NC is the definition of “quaint”. About as peaceful a place as there is. If your schedule permits, farther south is Savannah, GA. Lot’s of historical tours.
Avoid I-95 and take one of the more scenic routes.
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If you do go to the Biltmore, rent the headphones that tell you the history of what you are looking at. It's an absolutely beautiful place!
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Thank you all so very MUCH.

Park grove....that was it! So many great ideas, lots of waiting around today for me so I'll be able to keep my mind occupied with planning. Which will be wonderful, thank you all for the ideas and the diversion!
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Take Cape May ferry to Delmarva Peninsula. Bay bridge tunnel to Norfolk, then to Nags Head, Hatteras, Ocracoke. Take the ferry boats.
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Ferry boat as in...park the truck on said ferry???? That would be very cool, never did that before.

Just trying to decide which way to head back down. Way west and mountain driving, which would allow for peaceful stays in cabins with beautiful trees, mountains, and wildlife viewing.

OR.

Staying close to coast which will allow for historic sights, ferry mentioned, sea-side towns, more attractions.

Kinda leaning right now towards the peaceful journey back through mountains. I'll look into the Blue Ridge mountains, and see where to pick that up.

Will be leaving here very shortly, here being "Dana Farber"...heading to NJ for the night than leaving tomorrow. Only a 4.5 hour drive up here, but with storm hitting now drive back to NJ will most likely be 6+ easy.

Drive back home though should be glorious! Skies always severe clear after big storms roll through cleansing everything. Would love to stay someplace with "fire-flies" at night. Bride would love seeing them. I'll research that.

sorry bout the rambling....hate these places and like the diversion.

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Looks like I'll be taking rt 81 down. Suggestions on places to stay 5 -6 hours drive time.

Thanks.
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Front Royal should be in that drive time. You can do a little of skyline drive in Shenandoah NP.
Maybe take a stop a little further south New Market has some cool CW sites and Luray has a cool cave tour.
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make sure you make reservations for the Biltmore tour we were there last week and could not get in they are limiting the number of tickets
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Savanna GA is nice. If you don’t want to venture too far off of 95 on your way home you could spend a few nights at The Oriental Inn and Marina.
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You won't regret driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stay in Blowing Rock if the schedule works or even a cabin further down the Blue Ridge.
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The fasted way south would be I 95 and guess what you have there. South of the Border, it’s a cultural mecca with great food.

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