I thankfully returned to DC yesterday after spending three days in the Blue Ridge mountains at an office “retreat.”

Now, some might consider this sort of trip a real perk of corporate life. But for me, an introvert who really has to put the charm on to get through work interaction, it was a draining experience.

(ok, ok, I did get to spend a glorious afternoon riding a galloping horse named Thunder through butterfly-strewn fields, but still! three whole days with your co-workers trapped on a mountain with no access to anything and a bar whose last call is 10:30pm??!!).

The mountains may be beautiful but it was so quiet at night there that I got insomnia. I became convinced that I was going to be killed by some roving band of mountain maniacs (cue banjos).

Funny, I never feel that way in the city. I can always sleep, lulled by sirens and other late-night sounds. I guess I’m just not cut out for the country.

However, if any of you country-hungry folk out there are looking for a mountain retreat some three hours from the city, this idyllic place might just be what you are after…

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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