Monday, March 29, 2010

Dining In Luray: German Cuisine at A Moment to Remember

Here's another great Luray restaurant we hope you will seek out and enjoy when visiting beautiful down-town Luray, VA.  Remember we are only 90 miles from the DC metro area, but a whole world away from the stress and demands of Beltway living!

There was a time not too long ago...when the wall was up...and our guards were up...and when Check Point Charlie was recognizable round the world...a time when rounding just about any corner in West Berlin meant encountering a wurst vendor's cart where the offering included, among other things, curry wurst:  a done-just-right sausage steeped in a curry sauce and then slathered with the sauce and add- your-own mustard to make a memorable sausage sandwich right there on the sidewalk.

Well, the wall is gone, our guards eye a different horizon and Charlie is hardly more memorable than the faint perfume of bygone years and us youngsters shagging into the wee hours to Beach and Motown music.  But for those who long for a-moment-in-time-rememberance of that strange concoction, melded together in an isolated-multicultural-city-caldron, there is curry wurst...and a lot more German fare to enjoy...only 90 minutes from the Beltway and one mile from world famous Luray Caverns...right here at A Moment to Remember, 55 Mains Street, Luray, VA.  22835.!!!

How strange as I sit down to write today that I feel the urge to stream my thoughts and talk about food through a looking glass of nostalgia, sensing the slow infusion of memories of Germany and the plates loaded with home-fries, with tight-bound  pork shoulder and hot, steaming wursts weeping hints of the taste delights to come.  Perhaps it is the thought of the connection between the buildings that are now home to A Moment to Remember and South Court Inn:  both built by the same man, both now re-purposed to other lives and views of different horizons.  Whatever it be, do plan on enjoying the years' ago decoration of this old building...the the pressed tin ceilings, the dark, oak, service counter of the 1880s, a counter which saw many a bag of nails and screws cross on their way to other habitats in Town...the large bank of drawers and cubbies that were the transient homes where nails and screws and hinges and clips and hardware rested until called to duty, waiting to be wrapped in newspaper or placed in bags to ease the transition.  Do plan a visit because you'll enjoy John and Elka Thomas' third-career adventure and good German fare to boot.  Do plan on having dinner at A Moment to Remember because the food is good!  Do plan on having dinner at A Moment to Remember because we need to reward folks who will come to Luray and offer good ethnic food to a meat and potatoes palate.  Do plan on dinner at A Moment to Remember! 

As usual, Anita and I have to head it two different directions.  She seems to always take the road opposite mine and enjoys one of the schnitzels...smokey mushrooms, tender pork, browned here and there...a slice of ham, perhaps...or a fried egg...all topped with brown gravy...and sidled up to by just cooked, blond spatzle and sweet-tart red cabbage.  I, on the other hand, have to ride hard on the right and chase memories of those bygone wursts from grill to platter to table.  Hard by I want strong mustard, dill-infused potato salad, red cabbage and reisling or Spaten, or Haker Pschoor or Grolsch even.  On other evenings, Elke makes it harder to choose our favorite, whether the schnitzel or wursts, by offerings of sauerbraten or rouladen.  Both are good; do plan on having dinner at A Moment to Remember.

And, then too, do plan on stopping with us here in Luray, VA, at South Court Inn.  We'll offer a quiet location for the two of you to burrow and enjoy memories of things past, of the sights and sounds that tip your automatic response recall into overdrive and release the mental flow of ease and joy.  Do plan to stay at South Court Inn and when you do and when you ask, we'll tell you that you do need to plan on having dinner at A Moment to Remember.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dining in Luray: Picnic Along the Luray Hawksbill Greenway Park

Today's discussion highlights one of Luray restaurants, or in this case a great full-service deli.

It is interesting answering the phone here at South Court Inn. I never know what to expect. I'm constantly amazed at how many callers are not aware that the Town of Luray even exists! Many years ago, the State built a 4-lane highway that by-passes downtown Luray and hundreds of thousands of people visit Luray Caverns each year without realizing that the Town is only a mile away. That's a real shame because they are missing the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Main that is becoming more attractive all the time. In particular, they are missing one of the prize-winning attributes of the Town...the Hawksbill Greenway.

The Greenway is a 3-mile walking path/park that meanders along the sides of the Hawksbill Creek, which bisects the Town. If you plan ahead a bit and pack a picnic and fishing equipment/license, you can spend part of your afternoon picnicing on the Hawksbill Greenway and fishing for trout in the Creek itself. You'll be surprised just how many citizens you encounter in the is a strong point of civic pride here in Luray and a fantastic place for the morning and evening constitutionals so many residents take.

Now, just suppose you don't pack a are in luck. Luray is adding more eateries all the time and has several that will be happy to pack sandwiches, salads, snacks...whatever...for you to take to the Greenway and enjoy while whiling away in the sun.

If you like a great Ruben sandwich, make sure you visit Bill at the West Main Market, 123 West Main Street, Luray, VA 22835. Add a pint of mustard potato salad and a bag of kettle potato chips and you'll be in for a real treat. Bill piles the corned beef high and heats the sandwich almost to boiling. The cheese oozes, the kraut sizzles and the aroma wafts! As I said, you are in for a treat...all because your decided to visit Downtown, Luray, VA!!!

And while you are at it, think about making your visit a getaway at South Court Inn B&B. You're stressed at work; you're maxed out with rush hour traffic; you're tired of having every minute scheduled or eaten up by something in the way. One of South Court Inn's claim to fame is that is provides elegant accommodations, a laid-back atmosphere and some knock-your-socks-off breakfasts.

You don't have to do anything...just make a reservation and plan on relaxing when you get here! Hope to hear from you soon!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Things to Do in Luray: Attend Luray's Festival of Spring 9 May 2010

Mark your calendars for 9 May 2010 and plan on giving Mom a day out of the house Saturday before Mother's Day.

Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of family fun, craft and food vendors, games for the kids, canine frisbee, a wine garden and a beer garden, plus outstanding live music all day long.

And, since yours truly heads up ticket sales for the Big Quack Duck Race, make sure to look for the air-blown duck balloon and buy your ticket for the winning duck. We'll also have a list of the prizes and race times, so stop by and say hello.

The 2010 Festival is the latest edition of what has become the first of our annual street fairs. We'll do it again on July 4th, when the bridge on Main Street and the Greenway walking path will sport large crowds from afternoon until the fireworks exhibition just after dark.

For the Festival of Spring and the Family Fun Day on July 4th, we seal off several blocks of Main Street and set up vendors, entertainers and educational activities on the street an along the Hawksbill Greenway, our creekside walking trail and park that bisects the Town. So, make plans now to attend the Festival of Spring and watch us grow!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Luray and Shenandoah Valley Triathlon Scheduled 5 June 2010

Two Triathlons this Year! OK, for all those folks who always wanted to compete/complete a triathlon, here's your chance...and it is only 90 miles but a whole world away from the metro buzz of life.

The Luray/Shenandoah Valley Triathlon scheduled for June 5, 2010 will cover the same route as the previous Fall races, but give participants a chance to see the Valley as it peaks from Spring growth. Get your application and information at the posted link and consider signing up for the Fall race...the Luray International Triathlon...scheduled for August 14, 2010. Keep in mind that the 2009 Fall race was oversubscribed and folks had to join the spectators along the route rather than run the race.

And, of course, if you plan on staying 2 nights the weekends of any of the Luray Triathlon events, we sure hope you will call us here at South Court Inn (888-749-8055) and reserve one or more of our rooms and cottage which have whirlpool tubs. We'll be happy to schedule massages for you as well.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Yea!!! Writer Describes South Court Inn as the "Ultimate Victorian Bed and Breakfast"

Yeaa, a story about us and we could not be happier!!! This will be good publicity, especially as Spring is just around the corner and our readers are looking for getaways to beautiful B&Bs such as ours. The daffodils are breaking ground and promise to fill the front yard with a sea of yellow in the next couple of weeks. Then, just in time for Mothers' Day, the irises will splash lots more colors across the whole landscape. It is a great time to be here and your's truly, seen here, tries to add more irises every year!

Now, about the story: We recently had a guest who, as it happened, is a travel writer. She spent the night with us and, shortly thereafter, posted a story about us on-line We hope you will enjoy the article as much as we did and that we'll see you in the near future to experience all the elegance of a great Victorian town house, but with a real down-home, casual welcome.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Great Celtic Music in Luray, VA on 13 Mar 2010

Back by popular demand, the Washington, D.C. based band, IONA will fill the BB&T Center for Performing Arts in Luray, VA with great Celtic beginning at 7:30PM, 13 Mar 2010.

Note this tip: Luray is only 90 miles from DC and the weather forecast is looking good so plan a weekend getaway now! Make sure to buy your tickets on-line at

before you leave home. You don't want to arrive for the weekend or evening only to find out the tickets are all gone!

IONA's performance last year treated the audience to high energy entertainment featuring Scottish fiddling, driving percussion, and strong vocals from all the Celtic nations, including America. Presenting the music and dance of all the Celtic countries--Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Asturies and Galicia--IONA emphasizes that America is not only the repository of all these cultural influences, but also the progenitor of many of its own. Audiences are encouraged to clog along, or dance Breton line dances, and join in singing.