Mary's Retreat Center (above Mary's Quilt Shop) was fully booked, so Mary recommended we stay at the Golden Eagle Inn overnight, just a block away. Thank you, Mary! It was wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed the Inn, the shopping, and Bonnie's Smith Mountain Morning workshop!
The historic Golden Eagle Inn, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Bedford, was built in 1794 and completely renovated in the early 1990s. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, and elegant floral wallpaper made me think I had stepped back in time as we walked up the plush carpeted grand staircase.
A full-length mirror, fresh flowers, and some modern conveniences (a television is hidden inside the furniture).
This antique wooden box at one time contained "5 SETS NEVERSLIP SHOES." When commerce and travel depended upon horses, these horseshoes provided steel-centered calks of various sizes and shapes. The calks could be adjusted with a screwdriver to the changing conditions of travel -- cobblestones, pavement, snow and ice, or pulling heavy loads. They saved a horse from sprains and bruises which would constantly result from insecure footing, and saved an owner the trouble and expense of replacing the shoe as often.
And start your day right with a hearty breakfast.There were lots of fresh raspberries in between those pancakes! Yum!
I am looking forward to our next visit to Bedford, and the Golden Eagle Inn. Now I am off to finish that quilt I started in Bonnie's workshop.
Barbara M. Burnham