Special Return Visitor to Luray Caverns

The first family returned to the Valley Thursday.

Courtesy: Bobbi Comer

The first family returned to the Valley Thursday.

First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters stopped at the A Moment to Remember restaurant in Luray for lunch.

Restaurant workers say she ate a cheeseburger and loved every bite. They also say she was very pleasant and down to earth.

Server Kate Raeburn says, "When she walked in, she was a normal person. It was kind of nice, she was really sweet and she just kind of interacted with me like a normal person."

"[The Secret Service was] here Saturday and Monday, and we did not know that," says restaurant owner John Thomas. "And the head of the Secret Service detachment who was with her said the food and the service was excellent and that's why they came back."

After lunch, the family visited Luray Caverns.

A caverns spokesperson says this second visit validates the attraction as "one of the nation's premier family destinations."

On Thursday afternoon, a motorcade took the family to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Albemarle County.

It is believed they toured the historic home before leaving around 5 p.m..

This is the second trip to Monticello and Luray for the Obama family, which followed a similar itinerary during a July 2009 trip.

White House sources say this is the only time the first family has made a repeat visit to a location.

No pictures were taken of the first family because the Secret Service confiscated cameras and cell phones.


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