Tuesday, July 25, 2017  

Getaway Around the Corner
A Weekend with a Writer -- Emyl Jenkins

How many times have you thought that you need a vacation, you just don’t have the time. You want to step away from the craziness of life and try something new, but you just can’t afford to take the time off from work and by the time you travel to and from your destination you have wasted away an entire day on travel, which leaves about 24 hours for relaxation, which just isn’t worth it.

Well, when this situation arises you may be able to find that perfect vacation getaway right around the corner. In our little region of the world we have so many great places within an hour drive, many times even less.

Say you crave something a little more exotic than just spending the weekend at a bed and Breakfast around the corner, what about spending the weekend with a famous author at a bed and breakfast right around the corner. This November the Essex Inn, in conjunction with the Essex County Library, in Tappahannock debuted their first Weekend with a Writer.

At this event Emyl Jenkins stayed at the Essex Inn and had two ticketed events to visit with the public; a dinner at Lowery’s in Tappahannock and an antiques appraisal at the library. The proceeds from both of these events went to the Essex County Friends of the Library.

Emyl Jenkins is a Virginia writer, originally from Danville; she now resides in Richmond, Virginia. She has written such books as Stealing With Style, Why You Are Richer Than You Think, and Southern Hospitality, to name a few.

Guests at the Essex Inn had an added treat and got to enjoy private breakfasts, Saturday and Sunday, and a three course dinner, Saturday, with Ms. Jenkins. “The breakfast with Emyl on Sunday was so enjoyable that I found myself and the guests sitting around the dining room table hours longer than usual just to share her company,” noted Melodie Pogue, Innkeeper at the Essex Inn. “We had such a great time all of the guests have asked to be notified when the next weekend is chosen.”

The Essex Inn and the Essex County Friends of the Library are working to find a date in the spring to bring another author to Tappahannock. Virginia writers such as David Baldacci, Lee Smith, and Adriana Trigiani have already expressed their interest in being involved.

“This weekend was something I had been dreaming of doing for nine years now,” remarked Pogue. “I am so please that we finally were able to make my little dream a reality and that it was so well received by all of the participants.”

Pogue, an avid reader herself, continued to explain how the idea originated. “My husband Reeves and I have been in the Bed & Breakfast business for twenty years now. Over this time we have noticed how dialogue blossoms between guests. I thought it would be a great idea to take this to a new level and have it be the focus of the weekend; but not only that, create a dialogue between a writer and readers.” Pogue continued that since she has a profound love of books, a weekend with a writer was a natural selection for her. She noted that, “this weekend would not have been possible without the hard work of Bess Haile and Hannah Overton from the Essex Library.”