Due to some up and coming travel plans involving home exchanges (a.k.a. free accommodations), a Camp Davis update has become necessary. Everyone, please enjoy our continued story and to those who have been seeking open house (cabin party!) updates, please mark your calendars for June 7th and/or September 20th (yes either, or both)!
Camp Davis is a wonderful retreat year round.
The cabin sits on a secluded 20+ acre lot complete with all the modern home amenities. Although Camp Davis has been making memories for decades, it’s currently experiencing a modernization. As you can see, the furniture is begging for an update.
We’ve cozied the place up with fresh paint and new flooring. However, the unusually frequent snow storms this season have made it impossible to move furniture and such, which basically consists of all the final touches.
The original 70′s furniture will soon be replaced but the warm wood stove and beautiful mountain views will remain.
Above Molly is checking out the cabin’s northwest view of the orchard through the woods.
Looking west (above) the sun can be seen sinking behind the mountains.
The sunsets are gorgeous up here on the mountain.
The back deck (below) is also great for mountain views towards the west.
The common areas of the cabin consist of a spacious open floor plan housing a family-sized dining area, scenic sunroom and a cozy lounging space with large flat screen TV and extensive movie, book and board game libraries.
An open kitchen and laundry area are tucked off to the side.
The cabin sleeps 9 (3 fulls, a queen & a rollaway) with its 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Stay tuned for photos of the main floor Moose Master Suite coming soon!
Let’s head upstairs to check out the other sleeping quarters, which are also in the process of a spruce-up. Updated pictures coming soon!
Above is the beginning of the Blue Bear Suite and below will be the Autumn Suite.
Camp Davis is situated about an hour outside Washington, D.C. and just a few minutes off the major highway Route 66 that leads there.
There are many famous attractions right around the corner from the cabin like Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, Luray Caverns, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Manassas National Battlefield Park and more.
We’ll update the list as we experience all the area has to offer, so keep in touch! For now check out the day we toured northern Shenandoah Nation Park and it’s quaint eastern outskirts with our grandmother who grew up there in the 1930′s.
Just down the street from Camp Davis, the Shenandoah River provides a plethora of entertainment in itself.
The cabin offers a 3 person canoe (we are in the Canoe Capital after all!) paddles, life jackets and fishing poles (but no licenses).
Kayaks and tubes can be rented nearby.
Camp Davis is also situated in the midst of Virginia’s wine country, cheers!
Our piece of Blue Mountain (pictured above) is just a few minutes outside the booming little town of Front Royal, VA where there are many locally owned and chain restaurants alike.
Our favorite thus far is the good old Apple House, known for it’s scrumptious barbeque.
The mini city of Front Royal also offers a good selection of grocery, hardware and major discount department stores in addition to the usual staples like pharmacies, banks, etc.
There are several surrounding resort mountains too like Massanutten, Whitetail, Graves and Bryce, only about an hour away and easily day-trip drivable.
Never mind all the options nearby though, the Camp Davis grounds alone offer endless possibilities.
Although there are awesome hikes in the vicinity, some connecting to the world famous Appalachian Trail, my grandfather decided Camp Davis needed its own. The man had drive!
The trail head is found to the left of the cabin at the top of hand-placed stone stairs, which give way to more stairs heading up the side of Blue Mountain.
The trail can become quite overgrown in the summer if not maintained (above) but it’s always passable. Below is a view of the cabin from just a few hundred feet up the trail.
Although the property is quite secluded, there are also full-time neighbors who surround the premises so it’s not completely primitive. The best of both worlds!
The trail through the woods eventually gives way to a state maintained dirt road that loops back up and around Camp Davis.
This huge hunk of a rock marks our property line. Just up and across the street a quaint little waterfall can be found at the end of a beaten path.
For those who enjoy a slower pace, the Camp Davis Orchard can be a relaxing sanctuary.
Under the shade of an apple tree or basking in the sunlight, this secret garden surrounded by tall trees is a getaway all in itself.
Fruit bearing trees and grape vines grow in the orchard that were long ago planted by our relatives.
We hope to add a few other ingredients like berry bushes, more fruit trees and possibly a pumpkin patch eventually. So many ideas, so little time!
We share the property with a variety of wildlife including deer, squirrel, fox and many species of beautiful birds. Check out the wood pecker evidence below.
Meet Kristy & Kathy, the proud owners who inherited Camp Davis…
… the property managers and co-co owners, Kristy & Brian…
… and The Parents, Kay & Larry…
We look forward to sharing the amazing Blue Mountain experience.
If you have questions about Camp Davis or if you’re interested in renting or exchanging this retreat, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to join us in celebration of the Camp Davis grand reopening June 7th and/or September 20th, please RSVP at least two weeks prior for further details.