Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spring Fever!

Spring is so close I can feel it!!! I am so excited because it seems like we had a long cold Winter with several snowfalls which is very unusual. A couple of weekends ago, my husband and I took our motorcycle out of hibernation and went on a little adventure to one of my favorite spots--Sulphur Well, Kentucky. There are two reasons I love this place, #1, The Lighthouse Restaurant--a delightful place that serves family style home cooked meals and #2, the Buela Villa Hotel. The Buela Villa Hotel was open from 1903 to 1969 as a Hotel then a Boarding House. The going rates were $5.00 per week back in the day. There is the main structure then there was a separate building that was on stilts and housed a bowling alley and dance hall. Sounds like a fun happening place in it's time. My source for most of the information is from the Metcalfe County Geneology Page. Visitors came to the area to drink the sulphur water believed to have medicinal properties. The water contains sulphur, magnesium, salt and iron--yummy! There is still a stream so next time I'm there, I'll try the water (maybe).

Remains of the gingerbread on the old dance hall/bowling alley.

The Buela Villa Hotel in it's present state. Just a little rickety.

Inside one of the rooms. They were fairly small with a little room between two big rooms (bathroom???). All of the wrap around porches have collapsed but I can imagine the guests sitting out there, drinking the water, taking it easy. . .

Rough River, Kentucky
Went on my annual retreat with several family members and friends of family. We had a weekend of quilting or whatever you wanted to do. I did a little quilting, a little painting. . . and a little bird watching! How often do you get to look at the lake/river and see an Eagle? What a beautiful sight.

Amelia was running around the cabin in her tutu so of course I had to paint her since I do love to paint ballerinas!

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Rhonda Hartis Smith