Monterey, Virginia

This past weekend several of my quilting buddies and I journeyed from hot and muggy Richmond to the cool mountain air of Montery, Virginia – barely three hours away! Lodging in the small town is limited and the Virgnia Consortium of Quilters meeting we were attending filled it all up. Fortunately, we made reservations in April and were thrilled to discovered the comfort and sheer mountain beauty of Laurel Point Retreat.  They have B&B rooms as well as a small one-room cabin and a second log cabin with fully equipped kitchen that sleeps six. 

We’d been to Monterey with VCQ a couple of years ago and love the small town, which welcomed us with open arms.  The class I took was on Barn Quilts – taught by Margie Boesch.  She started last October painting quilt blocks on plywood for display on local barns – click for a link to an article on her in the local newspaper.  We toured Highland County around Monterey to see 8 of the 14 listed in the Chamber of Commerce brochure.  If you’re in that area, it’s worth checking them out.

After our classes and meeting were over, we drove to Covington to see a new quilt shop that’s opened there called Sew Many Quilts.  Their web site will be up next month at  Pamela Mann has put her interior designer background to good use by filling her cheerful, spacious shop with a wide selection of bright, colorful fabric.

On the way there we spotted a waterfall off to the side of US Route 220, and on our way back we stopped.  It’s called Falling Spring Falls.  In Thomas Jefferson’s words: “The only remarkable cascade in this country is that of the Falling Spring in falls over a rock 200 feet into the valley below.” Due to mining operations from 1914 to 1941, the falls were relocated to their present location where they now plunge only 80 feet. Still impressive!

Monterey and the Virginia Alleghany Highlands – beautiful country, and easy to get to from the Richmond area: plan a trip!  For more photos, see

For a video taken at Laurel Point Retreat, see


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