Big Family Gathering in a Shenandoah Cabin
Our typical Thanksgiving involves either staying here in Alexandria or visiting relatives in North Carolina or Pennsylvania. But this year, we all decided to meet together as a group, and what better place to meet than in a log cabin in the Shenandoah Valley. Despite snowy road conditions, we all arrived in one piece to catch up on one another’s lives, eat a big feast, play pool and watch football, soak in the hot tub, visit area farm towns, and hold lively tournaments in Uno, Simon, poker, Scattergories, Scrabble, and my favorite, Celebrity.
In all, there were 19 of us in this spacious, rustic modern cabin we found on VRBO, which provided plenty of room for everyone — grandparents, cousins, even the newest member of our family, my grand-niece Marcie.
A big dining table sat in the far end of the cabin that we extended with a smaller foyer table to seat everyone for our Thanksgiving feast.
One family member arrived from D.C. just in time for dinner.
Between meals, the table became gathering place for everyone to hang out.
We also enjoyed spending time in the great room, where I sat for hours working on the yarn bomb donut project.
And where, every evening, we played raucous, hilarious rounds of Celebrity, a kind of charades game we love playing at parties.
One of my favorite things about traveling to the Shenandoah Valley for the long weekend was exploring the area. We drove over the Blue Ridge mountains to a tiny farm town called Sperryville. I soon realized it was the home of Heritage Hollow Farms, the farm I learned about when I took a photo workshop in D.C. with one of the farmers (and professional photographer), Mollie Peterson. So, we stopped by their farm store to say hello and buy some of their grass-fed meat…
And then, we visited a few of their adorable pigs at their nearby farm (most of the animals were grazing on their 600 acres, so we didn’t see the entire herd of cattle, sheep, and hogs).
After visiting the farm, I stopped by the Shenandoah National Park, wearing many layers, for a hike up Mary’s Rock Summit Trail with my father-in-law and brother-in-law. The hike was popular in spite of the snowfall, so the trail itself didn’t require snowboots, although crampons would have been handy. Needless to say, the views were gorgeous.
We were lucky to have a surprise snow fall for the Thanksgiving holiday, but more fortunate still that we could all be together and enjoy a holiday vacation in a beautiful setting.