Getting back to the Road Trip; here is the review of our lodging. Lou did a fantastic job finding pet-friendly places to stay. There aren’t as many as you might think, and as it turns out, website info is often out of date. So best to confirm before booking.
There were very few options for the first night, after we left Kathy and Steve’s. We wanted a place near the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Ramada Inn was it. This was our first hotel with the dog. It wasn’t very pet-friendly, having to walk through the lobby to get outside and search for grass. Natasha did enjoy jumping from bed to bed. She could also hear everyone outside the room and thought she should warn us. Fortunately, we nipped that in the bark. Hmnnn – what were the next 5 nights going to be like?
Our options for the next night were even fewer. There’s not much commercial activity along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and we were stopping half way through. We were booked into the Country View Inn at Fancy Gap, VA.
This stop is worthy of a few more photos:
It was classic 60’s decor – took us back to visits to Springville. Except for the Chuckie dolls all over the room:
I was okay with the angels, but the one hiding behind the TV creeped me out a bit:
This was a great bargain at $40, and the people were friendly. Also a great place for the dog to run a bit. Dinner options were few. We opted for Pre-packaged ham & cheese sandwiches from the nearby gas station. Expiration date was July 17th. Pretty sure it was 2012. Todd says never to eat these, but we didn’t have a lot of choice. We survived. This was my favorite motel – it’s nice when your door opens directly to the outside when you need to take the dog out. Not positive Lou would agree with my assessment, but I think he got a kick out of the place.
Next up – Waynesboro, NC at the entrance to Skyline Drive. Our first stay at a Best Western Plus, and this turned out well. A nice room, lots of grassy area, and right next to a Cracker Barrel.
After Skyline Drive, we headed to Chambersburg, PA. The Sleep Inn was our destination. This was okay, relatively new, but crowded with lots of folks taking their kids on outings for the weekend. We should have tried Vince’s Pizza in Scotland (the town next to the hotel), but opted for a quick meal from McDonald’s.
Moving on to Saratoga Springs, NY. Another Best Western, and it was nice too. Right across the street was a popular bar-b-que joint with a live band and even an area where you could sit outside with your dog. The people running the hotel were a little weird, but still a good stop. Hotels are getting more expensive, since we are close to resort areas now.
We headed out for the White Mountains, but couldn’t stay at the Mountain View Resort this time. Can you believe they don’t allow dogs in their beautiful historic hotel? Lou had found another Best Western in Franconia, NH. It is in a beautiful setting, but the hotel is in the midst of renovations, so it might be better next trip. The town is pretty, and we found a very good pizza place. We drove around town and took some photos while waiting for the pizza. The town is very busy in the winter, since it’s next to the ski resorts.
This concludes our review – we really didn’t have it too bad. Things improved after the first night. The pup was well-behaved in all the hotels after the little barking spree the first night, and we batted 100% with respect to the whole potty issue (and yes, I’m talking about the dog). Finding dinner was sometimes a challenge, but we don’t usually go out for a big meal when traveling, unless there is a nice restaurant in the hotel.