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At nine years old, my blonde-haired
son showed three 40-somethings the
way to go on the water of Bluestone
Lake. This was our introduction to
Stand Up Paddle Boarding -or SUP-
with blow-up equipment from Otter
and Oak Outfitters and More (otterandoak.com) of Hinton, West Virginia.
I started by sitting and paddling. Then,
bravely, I graduated to a kneeling position and prayed - this was Sunday, after
all. Finally, I stood atop my board, still
paddling, but with shaky knees.
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I went down. But my son still paddled,
standing up, like he wanted to show us
older folks how this was done.
ploration that we do up here. Others
seem to prefer the constellation identification that we do outside."
Family could also, naturally, get
lost on the grounds at Primland. The
property extends across 12,000 acres-
roughly the size of Bermuda -and includes a wide range of lodging plus
Dine on scrumptious scallops at
the signature restaurant, Elements.
And savor specials, like a Virginia
farm egg, slow-cooked and paired
with stone-ground grits from North
Carolina's Byrd Mill and topped with
grilled ham and Shittake mushrooms.
Or visit the quaint pub overlooking
the golf course, the 19th Hole, serving
Carolina Catfish with grits and wilted
Primland fits any kind of getaway-
from reunions to romance, says Primland's vice president, Steve Helms.
"That seclusion is a big part of it. It's
just great views. And when you can sit
in your room and look over the great
vistas that Primland has, that certainly makes it special."
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