Getting Lost

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I understand people are disorientated after dark, and after a long drive to get here.

Last night our guests, bless their hearts, drove around the dark mountains trying to locate some place to eat. We are actually the county seat here, and this is a town. and, yes, they saw our restaurant list.  We have a country cookin' right next door, no kidding.  Three doors on our corner is a new restaurant, which we recommend, and the other end of our block a gourmet cafe. Directly behind us one block is an Italian restaurant and greasy diner.  Then...go down the hill and we have the chains.

They said they drove for an hour trying to find some place to eat.

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I'm the type that will NEVER stop and ask directions. If I can't find it, I don't need it. But when I travel I always ask at my lodging where to go eat. It's a no-brainer. I couldn't possibly know where to go and they certainly do. I've never failed to be pleased by an innkeeper's recommendations. Duh!

Then there are the guide books and TA reviews on restaurants. They're helpful, of course, but so many times I've mentioned them to the innkeeper only to be told that, yes, they're good, but there are other places closer, easier to find, cheaper and just as good or better. It's not just about the restaurant. It's also about being able to find the place!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

It's not just about the restaurant. It's also about being able to find the place!

and then you see my orig post and all of those you could walk to, easy, not up or down a big hill.  But they get in the car, have you ever noticed when you are in a car you seem to skip everything? Maybe it is due to all the gazillion stupid waste of money political placards blocking the view!

The fella I hired to lead the BRP More than a Road photography weekend wrote in his book "Slow Road Home" about his ex coworker visiting from a metropolis. When they got to his property and long gravel road into it (in Floyd VA) he slowed way down on the gravel.  and paraphrased I write:  

She finally said "How can you stand this! How can you drive down this gravel road so slow when you just want to get home!?!"  He replied, when I drive this gravel road it makes me drive slow, and when I drive slow I can see what is around me."

If you are interested in his front porch musings or books - click here (Tell Fred I sentchya)

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We live in a town with 10 restaurants that a 3 yo cold walk to without getting tired. 40% of our guests get in the car to drive what would take them 3 minutes to walk. And then they complain about no parking. Who walks? City people. People who rent a car to travel because they don't own one.

I have noticed that guests who arrive after dark always drive. They don't know where anything is, don't believe when I tell them that if 'that house' wasn't there they could see the whole downtown area. They don't believe when I say it is 'safe' to walk on the streets after dark.

Guests who arrive in the daylight and have had a chance to walk around are more likely to leave the car here.

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Ahh, the intrepid adventurers - the "we like to explore for the local flavor" people who then complain that they found nothing.

I must admit to driving around looking for a restaurant I KNEW was there but it was dark and we expected it to be on the highway. How did we find it? Why we called the number posted on the door of a B & B! Who else would we call?

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Because we travel in the off season, we always ask where to go. No sense taking ourselves all over in the dark for naught. Especially if I'm hungry!

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