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Meadow Lane Lodge & Cottages :: Part 3 :: The Rental Cottages [Warm Springs, VA]

In addition to the option of staying at the Lodge at Meadow Lane, they offer several fully equipped rental cottages scattered throughout the property. Below are photos of their rental units. The last one, the Jackson Cottage, is specifically for fly fishing guides.


To see Part 1 :: Meadow Lane Grounds & Lodge click here.

To see Part 2: The Jackson River click here.


The River House


View from the deck of the River House (below)


The Car Barn


The Granary


The Jackson Cottage


Interiors of Jackson Cottage (below)






Meadow Lane Lodge & Cottages :: Part 2 :: Jackson River Fly Fishing [Warm Springs, VA]

Nick introduced me to Meadow Lane shortly after we got married in 2010. He had stayed there with his family while in college and fell in love with the place. Not only was it an oasis outside of DC, but I couldn’t get over the beauty of the river and grounds. It probably helped that I kept crushing fish, and ended up catching the big fish of the trip. Sorry Nick! …wait, no I’m not! 🙂

So again, we were thrilled to be asked to take photos of the Jackson River & guests fly fishing.

And yes, you caught us ~ we did do a little fishing during our photo shoot at Meadow Lane. 🙂


To see Part 1 :: Meadow Lane Grounds & Lodge click here.

To see Part 3 :: Meadow Lane Rental Cottages click here.














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Meadow Lane Lodge & Cottages :: Part 1 :: The Grounds & Lodge [Warm Springs, VA]

Last Spring, Nick and I were hired by Meadow Lane Lodge & Natural Retreats for a hospitality shoot down in Warm Springs, VA. We couldn’t have been more excited. Not only is Meadow Lane one of our favorite vacation spots, but the shoot involved everything we love about photography: fly fishing, people, landscapes, and architecture. This couldn’t have been any more tailor made. Below you’ll find some of our favorite images from the weekend. I have to warn you though, this is just the first of 3 posts. Not only were we hired to photograph the grounds at Meadow Lane, but the exteriors for each of their rental cottages, the exterior and interior of their guiding cottage, their 2.5 mile private stretch of the Jackson River (stocked with large rainbow, brown and steelhead trout), and another 2 mile stretch of the Jackson River in Warm Springs.

Now ladies, if you aren’t into fly fishing don’t let that discourage you from visiting Meadow Lane. Staying at the Lodge is the way to go. The Lodge has 5 bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. In addition to the breakfast offered, there’s a full kitchen to use (minus an oven), a pool, tennis court, barnyard for the children, and some of the coziest rooms around (think fireplace, screened porch, living room, separate entrance, deck, etc.). Within a couple of miles of Meadow Lane there is a really cute wine and cheese shop (Milk House Market) and a fantastic/romantic restaurant to grab dinner in Warm Springs (Waterwheel Restaurant). They even let you down in the cellar to choose whatever wine you’d like for dinner (!).

So, go grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and see why we fell in love with Meadow Lane.


To see Part 2: The Jackson River click here.

To see Part 3 :: Meadow Lane Rental Cottages click here.






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Natural Retreats

(Natural Retreats now manages Meadow Lane Lodge & Cottages. Click on the image below to go to their website to learn more about staying at Meadow Lane.)


Click on the image below to see the gallery of photos from our Meadow Lane shoot.



Key West / General Motors Vintage Truck

I’m not sure if you all know, but my husband is also a photographer. There are so many reasons why I love shooting events with him, but one main one is how different his eye is from mine. Below are some shots he took of an old General Mortors truck in Key West. I love the grittiness of these images. It matches perfectly with the vintage feel of the car.

©kamiswingle [Florida Keys] [Key West]

Day trip to Key West

This past week my husband and I took a much needed vacation to the Florida Keys. We stayed with some friends in Marathon, but decided to drive down to Key West for the afternoon. There is a lot to see in Key West, like Hemingway’s home, Sloppy Joe’s Bar (where Hemingway use to frequent and helped name), but I think our favorite stop was Old Town Bakery. This old-world style bakery was several blocks off Duval street (the famous street that runs north and south through Key West from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean). This was our kind of shop. Not touristy, very quaint and had amazing sandwiches (and chocolate chip cookies!). Definitely worth checking out if you are ever in Key West.

Old Town Bakery | Key West, FL

Old Town Bakery | Key West, FL

Old Town Bakery | Key West, FL

Old Town Bakery | Key West, FL

Washington, DC | Waterfowl Sanctuary | Heron | Wildlife Photography | Kami Swingle

Fishing for Heron’s [Wildlife Photography]

This past Saturday we had beautiful weather and temperature for the beginning of January (low 60s). Since it was so nice outside my husband and I decided to take the kayak out for the afternoon. Usually we take our fishing gear, but this time we decided to take our cameras. We headed over to the waterfowl sanctuary by Reagan National Airport. This is a popular spot for observing wintering waterfowl in the area. We were hoping there would still be some wildlife to catch on camera and below you’ll see we lucked out.


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