Lots of antiques and old stuff nicely displayed. Two rooms with rows of vendor booths.
Junction Antique Mall
5447 S. U.S. 59
This was one of those shops you drive by and decide it is worth turning around to go back to. The outside of this antique mall gave off the “vibe” that it would an interesting shop. So turn around we did.
We usually don’t have specific items we are hunting for at this stage in life. It is more the oddball or unusual item that may “speak” to us and get bought. I am on the look out for interesting cookbooks so I can find recipes to share with you. Two “new to me“ but older cookbooks are in my read pile. As I quickly paged through them, I found numerous recipes that were interesting. You’ll be seeing more from these cookbooks. Check out the post, “Fresh Baked Goods . . .. Oh My!” for one recipe already shared.
Venue: Antique Mall
Atmosphere: Clean shopping environment. Two rooms with the side room 1/3 the size of the main room. Rows of vendor booths.
Offerings: Lots of antiques and old stuff nicely displayed. One booth had a large variety of Tupperware. Another had lids for glass or metal cookware. Two booths had a number of cookbooks. A number of cast iron selections at reasonable prices. There was also a room full of Pyrex.
Recommendations: Stop by and allow plenty of time to browse as there is lots to look at. As is often the case, some vendors are more reasonably priced than others.
Service: The lady we talked with at checkout was friendly and is a dog person. A good sized shepherd and little poodle were manning the counter with her. Both dogs were extremely friendly BUT don’t mess with Mama. A price tag had fallen off one of the cookbooks I was buying. She joined Pete and I in the search to find it.
Return Rating: Definitely
Lots of amenities to choose from at this beautiful country inn, but read our review to decide if it might be for you.
Pine Creek Country Inn
341 Pine Creek Road
Venue: True to its name, Pine Creek Country Inn is located in a country setting. The grounds are beautiful, wooded, and hilly with a small meandering creek.
Atmosphere: We lodged in a beautifully decorated, charming room in the Creek House complete with a refrigerator. A microwave was added at our inquiry at no additional charge.
Amenities: Lots to choose from and too many to list here. Two outdoor hot tubs (one of which is semi-private with a partition surrounding it) and an outdoor pool. The pool and large hot tub are open 24 hours.
Continental breakfast is offered weekdays in your room with a Country Breakfast offered on Saturday and Sunday in the Creekside Café. Both are complimentary. While there is wifi, it did not work well in our room. We didn’t eat at the Creekside Café but it is open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and you can BYOB. A variety of outdoor games are available such as horseshoes, badminton and volleyball.
Recommendations: If you are not a cat person, do not stay here. Upon walking up to the lodge, there were at least 10 cats lounging near the front entryway.
Service: Verify your room charges upon check in. We had 2 reservations 1 week apart and they were mixed up. The second, longer stay, was charged for the first, shorter visit. A mistake for which they refunded the difference. However, the manager assisting the front desk attendant was short and terse with the attendant during the correction process. Do note, it is less expensive to book reservations online.
Return Rating: Never. While the grounds were beautiful and the room was comfortable, we won’t return. We cancelled the second reservation. The manger’s demeanor and too many lounging cats at the entry are inhospitable to us.