Day Trip: National Road

J and I love to take day trips and explore nearby towns.  With such beautiful weather this weekend, we knew it would be a great time to take a drive.  We decided to head south and check out part of the National Road, the first federally funded, multi-state highway in the U.S. (source).  Last summer we drove along the road after visiting the Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville, PA, but we didn’t realize we were on it until afterwards.

Today, we picked up the National Road near Washington, PA and headed east to Scenery Hill, PA.  We were anxious to check out a few antiques shops as well a store selling artisanal cheeses.  Unfortunately, we were a little too early in the season — just about everything was still closed!  We did stumble into Jan’s Tea Shoppe where we picked up a bag of coconut creme coffee.  We also snapped a few photos of the Century Inn, an inn and restaurant established in 1794, and took in the beautiful views of the valley.

With no prospects for lunch in Scenery Hill, we continued east to Beallsville, PA where we had an incredibly regrettable meal in a small cafe — I swear my broccoli and cheese soup came from a Lipton box.  After lunch, we stayed on the National Road until Brownsville, then detoured off to search for some of the covered bridges of Washington County.  Intermittent cell signals hindered my navigation, but we eventually found the Wyit Sprowls, Sprowls and Plants bridges.

All in all, a good afternoon.  Since today was a fun day, I hope to get some productive work done in the garden tomorrow.

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