Thursday, March 09, 2006

Roadside Dining

After leaving Asheville today, we decided to make the drive home part of our little vacation, so we took the Blue Ridge Parkway up over the Linn Cove Viaduct and around Boone, with a short stop in Blowing Rock to walk around a bit. What we didn't know was that most of the shops in Blowing Rock are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this time of year - perfectly reasonable but unexpected. But the walk was pleasant as always as was the drive. As we got close the the Triad, we realized that grabbing dinner in Greensboro might be problematic given the little basketball tournament that starts tomorrow, so we dropped off I-40 to Old Salem and had dinner at Salem Tavern, one of our favorite places. We've always enjoyed dinner there, maybe moreso after meeting the fascinating owner (Gayle Winston) a couple of years ago.

When we parked at the new Old Salem Visitor's Center to walk over to dinner, I noticed a huge number of BMWs, Mercedes and Lexuses (Lexes? Lexi?) in the parking lot - very odd for a place that should have been closed for the night. As we walked past, we saw a couple of bars set up inside the visitor's center along with a large number of dinner tables and a curtain covering the Krispy Kreme counter, so obviously there was some sort of posh tah going on in the theater. As we walked back to the car after a scrumptious dinner, Jeannette noticed that David McCullough was sitting at a table with his back to the window we were walking past, signing copies of his latest. Guess we'll have to read the Winston-Salem Journal tomorrow to find out what was going on. I'm not sure whether seeing David McCullough or Brad Daugherty today was cooler - I really enjoyed The Path Between the Seas, but I'm pretty sure McCullough couldn't stop Daugherty from dunking on him.

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