Surprise Summer Trip || Fiesta Factory Outlet

What a little dream come true for this Fiesta dish lover!
When we talked about this trip, I thought about little Newell, WV
and my heart skipped a beat....but I knew it was too far out of the way on our Saturday drive to Cincinnati.
But, DH surprised me saying if we were to drive there Friday night after Hershey, it might work!
And sure enough, it did work!
So, we cancelled our room and found a room in Newell and rerouted our GPS
 for a surprise stop for mama!

My heart skipped a beat when I saw they were open until 7pm, it was likely
we would make it before they closed on Friday night.
We rolled in at 6:05, a full 55 minutes!
The area of West Virginia is right along the river and very industrial.
We had stopped here on our East trip in 02 and knew it was rough.
The factory has not seen any improvements since then, but they sure make beautiful dishes.

My favorite is the seconds room.  
It did not disappoint with choices and prices.
So hard to make decisions, if I could just choose one of each item!

And this in one corner, I could take these cuties with me to rescue them.
And my boys came in to see what the hype was about.
I don't think I convinced them to love dishes yet.
I did not like the new skull and vines pattern.
I am not a fan of anything with skulls.

I made a few choices and we headed out at 7 sharp.
I was so very happy!

We hung out at the hotel pool, the boys cracking me up
by pumping themselves up for swim races with one another.
Doing push ups and pounding their chests,ha.
Good thing we had the whole pool to ourselves.

And we looked up exactly where we were...way up there in the tip top of WV.
Cool Geography lesson (that was apparently found on a Geology website, ha)

Newell is actually a very small town, much smaller that Loogootee!
Famous for Fiesta as it seems!

And there is this {gasp}
The field of broken dreams
I mean, I could surely give some of this a home!
Fiesta fans call it the graveyard!

The factory has random pieces sitting outside in doorways, etc.

A Saturday morning selfie, same cashier was working
said I was last out last night and first in this morning.
It is common she remarked.  She knows that people come from far away!

And this toll bridge was one lane and pretty rickety.  But, it was our way into Ohio!
There were two men working the tiny booth and it only cost 75 cents!