In search of a place to stay the night on our way to Atlanta, Georgia from Washington, DC we happened upon an advertisement in the Washington Post Magazine for Salisbury, North Carolina. The historic town, set in the North Carolina wine-country just off of interstate 85, turned out to be the perfect stop. The walk-able town is full of beautiful, well-preserved historic homes, some of which have been converted into bed and breakfasts, like Across the Pond.
Bed and Breakfast
Across the Pond
Staying in a bed and breakfast is not only the ideal way to have an impactful stay on your travels, but it allows you the opportunity to learn more about the community you are visiting from your hosts. Carrie conducted some research and found the ideal place to stay for our one night in Salisbury called Across the Pond. Across the Pond, a three room bed and breakfast set in a classic southern-style nationally registered historic home built in 1919, is run by Mary and Andy a charming and hospitable English couple. We were warmly greeted by Mary as soon as we pulled into the driveway.
The house was elegantly designed and we felt welcome as soon as we stepped inside. Many of the house’s original unique features were kept, such as the picture moulding, wood floors, and servants call button. Our spacious, bright, en suite room, the Presley, was decorated with modern furniture that blended perfectly with the classic feel of the home.
That evening before dinner Carrie and I were invited to have wine, cheese, and crackers in the sunroom with Mary. One of the pleasantries of staying in a bed and breakfast is the chance to get to know your hosts and vice versa. Mary talked at great length about the history of the house and how she and Andy came to live there, as well as the history of the town.
For breakfast the following morning we were served a traditional English Breakfast in the sunroom, which was an important initial selling point for staying at Across the Pond. The breakfast started with a cup of fresh fruit, followed by an appetising and plentiful array of fried mushrooms, tomatoes, eggs, sausages, bacon and homemade bread, and was concluded with homemade heath bars and chocolate chip cookies. The meal was the perfect start to our day and our journey to Atlanta. Following breakfast Mary and Andy joined us for chat and gave us a tour of the house.
Where to eat
Santos, a Brazilian chef who we had the pleasure of chatting with, cooks classic Italian dishes at one of Salisbury’s most popular restaurants, the aptly named Chef Santos. Chef Santos, within easy walking distance of Across the Pond also happened to be one of the few places open on a Sunday night. Carrie ordered one of the evening specials, the Chicken Frances and I had the Rigatoni Ravioli. Mary was kind enough to call and make a reservation for us, and this we were surprised to find at the end of the night resulted in a 10% discount! Mary had warned Carrie about the size of the house wine glass, which Carrie found is nearly half a bottle for $7.95.
What to do
Cauble Creek Winery
What initially drew us to staying in Salisbury was the selection of wineries. A short 15 minute drive from Across the Pond is Cauble Creek Winery. The winery set in the beautiful North Carolina countryside and has a friendly and knowledgable owner. North Carolina might not come to mind as a wine-producing state, but it is known for its muscadine wine, which is a very sweet wine.
We had a wonderful time in Salisbury and strongly recommend a visit to anyone passing through or looking for a nice weekend getaway. The next step on our road trip was Atlanta, Georgia.
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