Saturday, November 6, 2010

Charlottesville (Mountain Lumber) Day Three

Day Three (Tuesday) of our trip was a lazy day spent in and around Charlottesville.  We walked down to Albemarle Baking Company on Main St for breakfast pastries and coffee and then strolled down the rest of Main Street to UVA.  It was a beautiful brisk day!







The Lawn at UVA


Though I went into 15-20 shops on the way to campus, I only found one or two small stocking stuffers for Christmas.  ;(  After walking on campus and lunch at Bodo's bagels,  we caught the free trolley to the pedestrian mall.  I had high hopes of finding loads of Christmas gifts there.... but no luck!  It promises to be a difficult shopping year!

We retrieved the Xterra from the hotel parking lot and set out for Mountain Lumber north of town.  They deal in reclaimed antique lumber (mostly local) which they make into flooring.  I hadn't called first and so we we didn't expect anyone to be able to spend a lot of time with us.  However, sales associate Debra spent about an hour showing us all of their products and answering our laundry list of questions.  She was professional and helpful.... and I appreciated her followup "thank you" email which she sent the next day.   It was well worth the drive as they had rooms floored with their various products ..... much more helpful than seeing a small 2x3 sample board.

If we purchase from Mountain Lumber (and it might be way out of our price range) we like their Antique Red Oak or the mixed Antique White and Red Oak.  Mountain Lumber Antique Oak

Our next planned stop was Gaston-Wyatt which is a window and door company.  Since no one handles Loewen windows in Baton Rouge, this was a chance to see them in person.  Loved the windows... but again, it will probably be a question of price.  The salesperson was friendly and loaded us down with sample color chips and books.

There is a lot of traffic in Charlottesville!  When we finally made it back downtown, we were in need of a coffee fix.  We were the chaperones of the Starbucks near campus!!!  Old geezers in a young persons world!  

We parked back at the Omni and walked to a little Mexican restaurant called Mono Loco for a relaxing dinner.  Better than even Superior Grill though it was a hole in the wall.

All in all a fun day, but it dispelled any lingering questions I may have had about whether we should have bought land nearer to Charlottesville.  Too busy and impersonal (compared to Rockbridge County at least), too much traffic, a fairly large homeless population and a city feel to the place.  We made the right choice with Lexington.

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