We visited Highland County in far western Virginia this past weekend. The county seat for Highland County is Monterey, but unlike the famous Monterey, this one is a small sleepy town, with absolutely very little going on. Some statistics, it is supposed to be the highest (in average elevation) county in the eastern U.S. It is cool in summer and in winter outright cold.
Highland County is known locally for it's Maple Festival and the Mountain Mama (a 100 mile bike ride through the mountains. One year we did a shortened ride of 25 miles and that kicked our old low country butts. The Bluegrass Valley (the valley west of Monterey, is the location where both the Potomac River and one of the tributaries of the James River (Jackson River) originate (less than 30 feet apart).
The photo below was taken at our favorite Bed and Breakfast, the Laurel Point Inn and Retreat. Inn keepers Lorraine and Jim are amazing people and make you feel welcome. They are pioneers, having a great Inn and a farm. The photo below was taken of their Highland Cows (what else would you raise in Highland). Absolutely a great place to visit.