Overnight Trip to Staunton,
It’s simply too much fun to caravan together over great back roads, break for a nice lunch, and then continue on to a neat location where we can explore a little, enjoy a great dinner, and remain overnight at a comfortable hotel. That’s exactly what we plan to do this July 30th and 31st. We’ll be going to Staunton, VA which is a beautiful and interesting town south and west of the Blue Ridge.
We’ll meet at the Wendy’s in Manassas off I-66. Our departure time is 9 AM sharp on Tuesday, July 30th so please be there just a little early, especially if you want to have coffee before we start out. Our route will be on back roads for the most part – no interstates or four-lane highways. We’ll wind our way south to Orange, VA where we’ll have lunch at the Silk Mill Grille. We’ve been there before and it’s pretty good. Post lunch we’ll head west over the Blue Ridge Mountains and then south into Staunton. We should arrive there around mid to late afternoon and will be staying at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel – we were there about eight years ago and can guarantee you’ll enjoy it. They’ve given us a group rate of $156 that includes a super breakfast and covered parking.
Once settled into our rooms there will be ample time to explore the town given everything worth seeing is within five or six blocks of the hotel. Later we’ll have one of our impromptu Happy Hours and then we’ll head out to dinner. There are several great restaurants in town so you’ll definitely have options.
After breakfast on Wednesday, our return route will take us east towards Waynesboro and then north along Skyline Drive. Don’t forget your National Park Pass if you have one – if not you’ll have to pay for entry onto Skyline Drive. We plan to stop at the Skyland Lodge for lunch, then will proceed a little further north to Thoroughfare Gap where we’ll take Rt. 211 east towards Sperryville. Continuing on after that we’ll head towards Marshall, VA where our caravan will officially end. Altogether the drive will be just short of 300 miles – good exercise for your MG. You can plan to be home Wednesday before dinner time.
So, what do you need to do if you want to go? First, call the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton and reserve a room. The number is (540) 885-4848. Tell them you’re with the MG Car Club to secure your special rate. Second, let me know if you plan to go. My number is (703) 207-9048. Third, prep your MG for the trip. Check out such things as fluid levels, belts, hoses, tire pressure, etc.
Directions to starting point: Go west on I-66 towards Manassas and take exit 47 B. Immediately get into the left-hand lane and go left at the second traffic light. Then make your first right into the Wendy’s.
P.S. If your MG is out of commission, not to worry. You can still join us in your daily driver.