Supposed to Rain

Supposed to Rain

It was supposed to rain all day today, or so the weather report said.  It finally hit in the early evening hours.  Then, it really started to thunder and lightening and pouring.

Do you realize it is only 3 months until Hill Cumorah Pageant?

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Hill Cumorah Pageant

That’s right, it is only 3 months away.  And, if you’re not from around here, and you want to visit during pageant, you might think 2015.  You’ve got to plan for rooms about 6-9 months in advance.  Some people book 12 months in advance.

But, don’t let that stop you from visiting during non-pageant time.  We’ve got a LOT to do around here.  I know, you may have talked to someone who has told you Palmyra is this dinky town in the middle of nowhere.  Well, the first part, dinky, is right.  But, we’re only a short drive from Rochester.  (Airport code ROC.)

When you come to Palmyra, here is the shortest to-do list:

1)  Sacred Grove – Plan 1 hour for the tour of the log and frame homes and 2 hours for the Grove.  Bring insect repellent.  And, you’ll find once you get in the grove time will fly, and you may want to spend more time.  So, 3-4 hours.

2)  Hill Cumorah – Plan 1-2 hours.  You can drive to the top, but the walk up the north side is lovely and will give you an idea of what Joseph Smith might have seen.

3)  Alvin Smith’s Grave – 30 minutes.

4) Martin Harris Home – 30 minutes – it’s a stop and look – no tours

5)  E.B. Grandin Building (Book of Mormon Publication Site) – 2 hours.

6)  Palmyra Temple – 2-3 hours for a session

When you add all of those up, you’ll find it would be nuts to cram all that in to a single day.  Break it in to 2 or 3 days as you’ll want time to eat and visit some of the local shops in the village.

Lodging:  Of course there’s the Beckwith Mansions (we have 5 rooms and can accommodate up to 10 guests by law).    A few doors down from us is the Liberty House B&B.  I believe they have 3 rooms, hence about 6 guests.  There are a couple of other B&Bs, but I’m not familiar with their accommodations.  Finally, you have the Palmyra Inn.  They are a good sized hotel for this area.  Please note that you will spend more for lodging in this area as the taxes are quite high and it has nothing to do with LDS tourists or pageant.

Food:  We don’t have any fancy steakhouses in Palmyra, but we do have some of the best pizza in the world.  Nima’s and Mark’s are both great choices.  We also have three diners:  Athena’s, Acropolis, and Square 1 Diner.  And, you MUST go to Chill-n-Grill, if anything, for ice cream.  We have one Chinese take out – Happiness Garden.  You can get breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a variety.

Plan ahead, and I’d be glad to answer your questions.

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Writer, artist and professional photographer, this is D. Brent Walton's personal blog. If you would like to read about more about art and photography, visit his web site at www.dbwalton.com

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