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Monday, July 8, 2013

A Day in Shatley Springs

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Shatley Springs for the first time. It was absolutely beautiful there. 


For those not in the know, Shatley Springs is in a town waaay up near the North Carolina/Virginia line called Crumpler. The land was originally purchased by a Mr. Martin Shatley in 1890, and it was in that year he discovered the spring. Supposedly, the water from the spring has natural healing qualities.
(Check out the History and Testimonial sections of the Shatley Springs website for more on all this. It's an interesting read, I promise!)

Roses at the door to the restaurant
Presently, Shatley Springs is an inn (they have cabins you can rent), and also restaurant. They serve family style breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also order individual plates, but really, the family style is the best bargain. And it's delicious
Family style breakfast was $10 a person, and included country ham, sausage, bacon, grits, eggs, biscuits, gravy, potatoes and cooked apples. (I think that was all, anyway.) And as long as you keep eating, it'll keep coming.
Seriously, you will not leave this place hungry, I promise. 

Anyway, I went to the Springs with some friends for the day, and took a few photos and such that I thought I'd share. Honestly, the photos don't do this place justice. It's so lovely and peaceful.

Duck friends at the pond


The cabins



The Spring that runs underneath the buildings
 The water at the Spring is served at the restaurant, and though I'm not entirely sure about it's so-called healing properties, it is really good water. There is also access to the actual Spring, and the water is free, so you can take some home with you, if you like! We saw several people doing just that. Water jugs are sold at the Inn, but you can bring your own instead.

Plaque at the Spring
You had to go down a couple steps to get to the Spring itself, as seen below.


The 'Spring' is basically just water flowing out of a pipe, ha!

Shatley Springs proper!
It's ice cold, and it doesn't take long to fill up a bottle or jug. Plus, it's free! :)


All in all, it was a great time and a fun day. I'm already making plans to go back!

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