Monday, May 21, 2012

Fancy Gap UPDATE!!!

Our girls trip to Fancy Gap, Virginia was a blast!  So many great memories have been made, but....

Remember from my last post that I stated that when we usually get together, something odd generally happens?

Well, odd would be an understatement.  Get your banjo out, because after this one you'll know what song you'll want to play!

It's a seven hour drive from Northeast Ohio to Fancy Gap, Virginia.  Antsy from being cooped up in a vehicle for seven hours, we arrived at our hotel.  We decided we didn't need anything elaborate as we didn't plan on spending time in our room other than just a place to crash.  As we pulled into our hotel's parking lot, the first thing that came out of my mouth was, "There's nobody here!"  When I mean nobody, I mean it.  No customers, no cars, no employees.  I walk to the front desk to check in and ring the bell, ring the bell, ring the bell....there wasn't anyone there!  I won't bore you with the details as I left a serious thumbs-down review on TripAdvisor, but one thing to point out was that when I was on the phone with corporate customer care, I had a hard time getting across the fact that there were no employees at the hotel.  To make a super long story short; an hour an a half later I demanded in writing to someone who did finally show up at the hotel that I would be canceling our stay at Days Inn and I would not be charged.  We ended up at different hotel just north of Fancy Gap. 

To sum this mess up:

First Lesson: DO NOT STAY at the Days Inn in Fancy Gap, VA.
Second lesson:  Don't let Miss Lindsey book the hotel.
Third Lesson: Call your hotel prior to arrival to make sure someone is actually at the hotel.  Hey, you never know!

Once we settled that ordeal, we grabbed a bite to eat and crashed early Friday night so get well rested for our shopping expedition at the Fancy Gap Fabric and Pottery Outlet.  I must say, they have awesome varieties (an entire warehouse full!) of fabrics and their prices were excellent.  The other part of that same building had craft supplies at ridiculously low prices.  We checked out and walked across the parking lot to their pottery section.  They have a lovely shop full of creations, tons of silk flowers, grapevine wreaths galore, and a ton of other various supplies that I could have easily gone home absolutely broke if I didn't manage to put myself on a budget before hand.

Three hours later we decided to hit up a few more shops along the way and made a wrong turn.  I must say though, we took advantage of the views that Fancy Gap has to offer:

We were trying to find this little shop called Mountain Plain Fabrics.  It is easy to find, we just turned off on a road too soon.  I have to admit, it's a real gem once you walk inside.  They, like the outlet store, had a ton of fabric.  It is quaint, family owned, and the people in there offered their genuine southern hospitality.  It's the type of place where you can find that item you've been searching forever for, and then could just sit down down and talk with the folks that run the shop.  It's hard to find places like that anymore.  I could have spent the whole day there just looking through their stuff.  I'd like to offer a special thanks to the generosity of Mountain Plains Fabrics.  Please take a moment to look at their website: 

Those two places, have made Fancy Gap an annual (maybe more) destination. 

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