My husband is a Frederick, so we absolutely had to make a quick trip to Frederick, Maryland to check it out. Chock full of history, The National Road meets several north/south routes at the intersection of Patrick and Market Streets in what is now the historic district. The town has long been a crossroads of American history, playing important roles in the American Revolutionary War as well as the Civil War. No doubt the proximity to so many war-time battles has contributed to the town being considered the birthplace of battlefield medicine and home to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine Battlefield Medicine.
The historic district is nice with lots of shops and restaurants, but the star of the show is the lovely, picturesque Caroll Creek Linear Park, created as a flood control project. The 1.5-mile park is not only a beautiful walk but is a treat for any art and/or nature lover. It didn’t hurt that we picked an absolutely beautiful day to visit. We shared a charcuterie board at The Wine Kitchen and sat under a charming high-top umbrella made from plants. We had a cool breeze, great service, and a delicious lunch. We visited this spot early in the pandemic and this was the only time I ever saw cute little mask bags distributed, solving the problem of where to stash the mask while you eat.
Putting some miles on our car this pandemic year, we have discovered that truck stops often have the best restroom options along the way. But one recent truck stop was really exceptional. We had missed our attempt at a somewhat healthy fast-food lunch when the spot we picked was completely closed. So back on the road with limited options, my iExit app revealed our best bet seemed to be an exit not too far ahead with a bunch of fast-food outlets.
It was that and so much more. White’s Travel Center in Raphine, Virginia touts itself as the “East Coast’s Largest Travel Center” and has been in operation for more than 50 years. Located just off I-81 & I-64, or the more scenic U.S. Route 11. They have a huge travel store, urgent care center, pet grooming shop, dentist, chiropractor, dermatologist, pharmacy, business and mail center, fitness facilities, laundry, barber/beauty salon, movie theater, AND room for more than 750 big rigs. I needed a drone to get a good pic.
The food court had lots of options, but one was Popeye’s, so we figured it was karma that we abandon any healthy-lunch thoughts and go for their delicious chicken sandwich.
White’s is a member of the American Truck Historical Society (who knew?) and of course, offers the full spectrum of truck-related services. The place is so spread out, they even have a shuttle to get around when your long-hauler is parked.
Just another pandemic-year adventure.