Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lunch in the Log House

There's been lots happening, so let's start getting caught up.  We headed out traveling for a while and stopped near Wytheville, Virginia for a rest.  When we went into town for lunch, the first restaurant we came upon was the Log House Restaurant. 
Log House Restaurant 
This started out as a very small settler's cabin around the time of the Revolutionary War, but was completed later. 
Over the 200 plus years, it has been added onto in a higgledy piggledy manner and is now an absolute warren of rooms and passageways and nooks and crannies.  And it's a fabulous place.  Most of the interior was such close quarters that I couldn't take any pictures with my lens.  There was an atrium, brick floors, woodwork and all manner of whimsical decor.  

The other end of this "booth" just inside the entrance faced a fireplace.  That makes sense since it would trap the heat and make the eating place warmer.  I'm sure there is a name for this arrangement, but I don't know what it is at the moment. 

And I was transfixed by the dried roses in the light fixture. 

As we were led to our table, I almost gasped.  We were seated directly in front of a log cabin quilt that had to be at least 100 years old and it was hanging on the wall as decoration!!  As a quilter, I was both pleased and appalled.  I was pleased to see such a treasure, but appalled that it was being displayed in a way that allowed it to get dirty and be exposed to rough treatment. 

After lunch, we were invited to wander the grounds and take as many pictures as we liked.   We explored the whole place and it was made up of many small rooms, hallways and niches.  

Then we went outside and I was in heaven.  The entire garden was bursting with shrubs, flowers and statuary of some sort. 
View of back door of restaurant and dovecote
The dovecote (just to the right of the blue door) had white doves inside.  Then brick paths wandered throughout the garden.  There was one surprise after the other.   

Grinder man in the rabbit pen 
Entrance to gift shop and bar area 
Its too bad that the gift shop was closed.  And, who wouldn't love to have a glass of something on this porch. 
Part of the outdoor bar area 
It was such a wonderful surprise to find all of this, because from the street you can only see the front of the building.  We had no idea how big it was and how it stretched and twisted, or what wonderful gardens were behind it. 

So, all I've got to say is that if you are ever near Wytheville, Virginia, go find the Log House Restaurant and see for yourself.

Y'all take care. 


  1. So glad you're having fun with your travels! What an amazing log cabin quilt in the log cabin.

  2. What a wonderful place! I don't know if we ever pass through Wythville when we travel down south, but I'm gonna check.

    Thanks for sharing your visit.

  3. The fun of traveling is coming across treasures such as this. Thanks for sharing with us. :)

  4. hat an awesome discovery!!
    almost like taking the road less traveled..
    thanks for sharing!

  5. Gosh, how fun to find such an incredible place! I do agree about the quilt, but it's great you got to see it! Hubby is from SJ, so one day we might just be able to go there!

  6. Wow, what a fabulous place to eat! I love Virginia anyway, but the next time I pass through Wytheville, I will definitely stop here.

  7. It IS a wonderful place to eat and roam. I've been there several times in the past and every time was a treat. So glad you enjoyed it, too!

  8. What a delight, and you took some beautiful pictures to share with us, and that is also a delight. It's wonderful to run across these treasures in our travels. Thanks for sharing. - Karen