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Then we backtracked a bit to Forest, VA to visit Thomas Jefferson’s weekend retreat, Poplar Forest. Poplar Forest is where then second-term President Jefferson escaped from the British invasion on Monticello.
From there, we headed northwest to Warm Springs in Bath County. As the names indicate, warm mineral springs reportedly rejuvenate all who “take the baths.”
From Warm Springs, we headed north into Highland County and then through several counties in West Virginia before we headed east to Winchester, VA. There we spent the last night of our vacation at one of our favorite B&Bs, Long Hill (sadly, this B&B is no longer open).
We had a really wonderful trip. In most places, the fall foliage was still beautiful, with some trees still green, surprisingly.
Even in spots where most of the leaves were gone, one could see farther and the mountains and valleys were still beautiful. Oh, and of course, I ate naturally gluten-free meals along the way—some great meals, in fact!
But, where was I earlier this past week, before my gluten-free mini vacation? I was in Minneapolis, at General Mills (in the Betty Crocker Portrait Kitchen most of the time!) for the Gluten-Free Bloggers Summit.
Originally published November 8, 2010; updated September 14, 2018.