A while ago my mom loaned me a book called The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap. A memoir, it sat on my bookshelf for a while before I read it and discovered it was so much better than I ever expected. I fell in love with the quirky used bookstore in Big Stone Gap, and suggested to my parents (who both enjoyed the book, too) that we go there.
Big Stone Gap is waaaaayyyy down in the deep southwest of the state. It took us a while to get there. On the way we stopped at a farm to table restaurant in Meadowview called Harvest Table where I got the best grilled chicken sandwich ever. I never even knew chicken could taste like that. On homemade focaccia with a remoulade sauce, it was the most tender, most flavorful chicken in existence. If you are ever out that way (and you probably won't be), be sure to stop in.
Eventually, we made it to Big Stone Gap, deep in the Appalachian mountains. The bookstore didn't disappoint. The boys had a blast exploring all the rooms and carrying around the six (!) foster kittens in residence. We all found a few books we needed.
It was a lot of driving for one day, but included unique experiences, and I got to see some beautiful areas of the state I had never seen before. Plus, that chicken sandwich? Totally worth seven hours of driving.
Readers - have you ever gone out of your way to see a place from a book or a movie?