Hey...I've been meaning to tell you all about a weekend Dave and I spent in Bedford PA last fall. (See what happens when you don't write in your blog for a long time? You forget the good stuff you've done!)
You might remember that I told you my husband recently started working as a floating pharmacist for a Very Big Chain Store, and sometimes they get into dire straits and need someone to work in a store rather far away from us. Meaning that it requires a hotel stay for a night or two. So in the fall, they asked Dave to work in Bedford PA. He agreed to go, and then we Googled the town and decided to make a getaway of it.
I dropped Dave off early on Saturday morning and then spent the day wandering around downtown Bedford, where I was SO pleasantly surprised to find lots of great antique shops and small boutiques and cafes. Now ladies, if you know me in person, you know that I am NOT a shopper. I'll do anything to avoid going shopping, (unless it's for needlework supplies, then lock me in and throw away the key). So when I tell you that I spent hours in Founders Crossing...you know it had to be good!
I was delighted to find a bunch of paper needle books - My dad used to keep one with his Navy uniform and bag for when he'd go away on his trip with the Reserves each year. His had airplanes on it. Anyways - I gave all the needle books away as gifts, but I kept one for myself.
I also found a handful of glass "frogs" and a couple pretty teacups to set them in to make a lovely scissor display (I gave all those away, too). I also found some Jewel Tea pieces...they always remind me of my mother-in-law so I keep my eyes open for nice pieces to add to the small collection I inherited from her. I found a couple Jewel Tea custard cups, and I was so pleased to see how my scissor frog nestled in. It makes me happy just to look at it!
Then I wound my way to one of the two quilt shops on the same street. Unique Stitches Quilt Shop is a very nice, very new little shop, with everything you'd expect to find in such a place. And about three blocks away, there is another very interesting shop called Mary's Quilt Shop, home to Mary Koval's Antique Quilts. What a very cool place! If you're looking for antique fabrics, it's THE place to go.
And not only that...Mary's Quilt Shop also has a wonderful retreat center just above the shop...perfect of quilters or stitchers or knitters. One of the ladies took me upstairs to view the space and let me tell you...it was wonderful. The bedrooms were lovely, most having twin beds. (So ladies...you don't have to share beds) The living area was cozy and the kitchen/dining area was bright and beautiful. And the lower level had one of those rooms with a huge table for pressing or assembling quilts of any size. The rates were reasonable. I think it was $75 per bed per night. So if anyone is thinking of planning a stitching retreat - Mary's is an excellent option to keep in mind.
Bedford is home of the Omni Bedford Springs Resort , and it's gorgeous and fascinating and historic and way beyond our budget for a one night stay..but it costs nothing to go there and wander around.
Which we did.
Instead, we stayed in a wonderful little Bed and Breakfast in the heart of town, The Golden Eagle Inn. Our host was wonderful, our room was warm and cozy and the breakfast was perfect!
|The owner has great photos of the interior on his website, so visit there if you want to know more!|
We also had a great meal across the street at a tiny little bistro-style restaurant called 10/09 Kitchen, because we had read great reviews on Yelp and Urban Spoon. I'll tell you...If I could have given it 6 stars instead of 5, I would have. Excellent and fun.
So there you have it...our weekend in Bedford PA. I hope we get to go back soon!
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