Monday, November 10, 2014

Three Years {Anniversary Mountain Getaway}

Last year we celebrated our anniversary with a weekend trip to Blowing Rock and had such a great time that we decided to make a tradition out of it. As we began to plan our trip this year we tossed around the idea of whether or not to take the baby with us. The grandparents graciously offered to keep her but we ultimately decided just to bring her so we wouldn't spend the whole trip missing her. Hmm, we'll reconsider that decision for next year. Although we had a really fun time, the cabin and the views were phenomenal and we ate the most amazing meals, I wouldn't really use the words "relaxing" or "peaceful" to describe our getaway. Caroline has been battling her first cold and decided to pass it on to me {via snotsucker, perhaps?} during the second day of our trip. Womp, womp. We still had fun and made the most of our vacation though...
The cabin we stayed in was absolutely stunning. I really appreciated that it wasn't decorated with cheesy mountain things and had lots of nice amenities like a gorgeous, stocked kitchen, a beautiful master suite, a log fireplace, breathtaking long-range views and is conveniently located less than two miles from downtown Blowing Rock. It was perfect and we'll definitely be back.
We took off work on Friday to extend our vacation and arrived to the mountains just in time to grab a delicious lunch at Bistro Roca in downtown Blowing Rock.We were feeling brave so we ordered an appetizer, Prosciutto wrapped figs, before our meal. Thankfully, Caroline was distracted long enough {by the most amazing toys ever that suction to the table - thank you, Aunt Ann!} that we enjoyed our meal too.
After lunch we arrived to the cabin, played in leaves, took pictures, started a fire and jumped right into jammies for the rest of the day.
Since it was our anniversary I ordered a small cake from Harris Teeter to celebrate three years. It wasn't until we were unloading the truck that I realized Matt had thrown Charlie's bag of dog food on top of the cake, creating an avalanche of icing down the right side of the cake. Luckily I was able to crop out the disaster.
 
However, Matt redeemed himself from the cake incident when he surprised me with a special limited edition bottle of my favorite wine. I love Apothic Red wine and had no idea a special "dark" edition even existed! I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious this bottle was and am planning to stock up before it disappears from shelves.
I wish I could say we got lots of great sleep but by 11 pm Caroline decided she wanted to sleep with us instead of her pack n' play. And since we felt bad that she was feeling so crummy we let her. But then that opened a can of worms because Charlie wanted to join the Queen-sized bed party too. The next morning we got up bright and early and enjoyed the yummiest breakfast - Cheesy Bacon Biscuit Pull-Aparts and mimosas!
After a long morning nap we decided to venture out for a firewood run and accidentally ended up shopping at the outlets. To celebrate our successful shopping trip we grabbed lunch at my favorite BBQ restaurant of all time, Woodlands BBQ.

Once we arrived back at the cabin we threw a batch of spaghetti sauce on the stove and let it simmer until the Ohio State game. 
The weather was super cold {39 degrees} so we stayed inside cuddled up next to the fire for the remainder of the day.
Sunday morning we got up, made breakfast, soaked in the last of the mountain views before we headed home. This year our trip definitely looked a lot different but it was still nice to spend some time away as a family.
Excited to see what this next year of life together will look like!

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53 comments:

  1. The cabin looks beautiful! Happy anniversary!

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  2. Caroline is the sweetest, she looks happy to be with you both! Good for you guys to take her along with you, it'll be a sweet memory to share when she's older!

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  3. Sounds like a great weekend! What a beautiful cabin. We celebrated our second anniversary this weekend and I totally understand how it's completely different from before! Haha and what are the name of those toys!? I need to find them! I spend the entire meal trying to fight Avery off from throwing her toys everywhere! Lol

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  4. By the way, do you know the name of that suction toy? I'd love it for my next babe!

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  5. Happy Anniversary ! your baby girl is absolutely precious!! hope you both feel better soon :D

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  6. That cabin has THE views!! Sounds like fun, despite all the mishaps!! Hope Caroline feels better soon!!

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  7. Gorgeous cabin! sounds great sans the sickness...

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  8. Awww so sweet! Gorgeous cabin! Glad you had a nice time! :)

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  9. Happy Anniversary! I'm super impressed Caroline will drink from a sippy! Will you share HOW you got her to do that? My little one is two months older and she just cries whenever I try to get her to drink out of a sippy cup.

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  10. Happy Anniversary! Glad you guys were able to get away to celebrate, even if it wasn't quite as relaxing as you'd hoped! The cabin looked amazing though, and so did all the yummy food:)

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  11. Happy Anniversary!! Those views are stunning and your food looked delicious :) I'm sorry that you and Caroline got sick. Hope you recover quickly. I think you've established a great tradition already - couple's getaway one year and whole family trip the next. Alternating years might just be the perfect combination of family time and couple time.

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  12. Happy Anniversary!! Such a great tradition that you guys have started and the family photos are just so precious!

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  13. Wow, what a gorgeous cabin and views. I love Blowing Rock!! That picture of you and Caroline is just precious! Happy Anniversary!

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  14. What a beautiful cabin & views!! I can imagine it not being as relaxing having baby girl in tow but, good for y'all for still getting away & enjoying your time! Sounds like an amazing get away!!

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  15. Seriously what a perfect weekend. You look SO adorable In that first family photo, and I just adore the pic of you and Caroline and your pup on the couch. How lovely - congrats!!!!

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  16. Happy Anniversary! What a great cabin! I need to look into this...we live in Tampa, and tend to vacation in tropical spots, but this looks so cozy, and perfect!

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  17. What a sweet weekend! So glad you got in this little getaway!

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  18. Happy Anniversary!! As usual, I love your pictures - that cabin is beautiful & you cannot even tell either of you felt bad, great family shots!! I will have to try out that red wine, love trying new ones!!

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  19. Cake or Wine? haha. Great photos of all of you! Happy Anniversary!

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  20. What a gorgeous cabin & views!! Happy Anniversary! Great pics!

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  21. Gorgeous!! Too bad you guys came down with something though =/ Happy Anniversary!

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  22. The mountains looked beautiful, seemed like a very nice getaway! Go Bucks!

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  23. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! All of it! Happy anniversary!!! xx

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  24. Happy Anniversary!!! I am a firm believer the best place to celebrate anything is in the mountains! Looks like you guys had an awesome time :)

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  25. Such a gorgeous place! Hope you are both feeling better!

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  26. That cabin looked devine. I know other people have asked about this in the comments, but I'd love to know the name/brand of those toys that suction to the table. Those are perfect for eating at restaurants for little ones!

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  27. I think these are the those suction toys! Genius.
    http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Brain-Toys-0182129001523-PipSquigz/dp/B00FEGB5NQ

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  28. Looks soo amazing!! I would love info about this cabin if you don't mind! Been looking for a cute cabin for our 1 year anni and it looks perfect!

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  29. What a special trip my friend - we often struggle with the decision of taking babies or leaving them behind. Always nice to have a family getaway all together and special to enjoy a romantic getaway for two too! Hope you are both on the mend my friend, nothing worse than you and baba being sick x

    P.S. Thank you for my thank you note - a special surprise in the mail today that made me smile :)

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  30. Happy Anniversary! I had no idea Apothic had a new red out, I'm going to have to hit up the liquor store ASAP to grab a bottle. So thanks to you (and Matt) for opening my eyes to that one!

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  31. happy anniversary! bummer that caroline was sick but i probably would have missed her too much to leave her at home too! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  32. Oh my goodness, that cabin is stunning!!! Happy 3 year anniversary!!

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  33. Happy Anniversary! That cabin looks gorgeous! Hope Miss Caroline is feeling better.
    Come link up with me today!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  34. What a beautiful cabin! It sounds like you had a great weekend (minus the colds!) Happy anniversary :)

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  35. Sounds like an amazing weekend. I love that even Charlie got to go! Hope you're all feeling better!

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  36. Your weekend looks incredible! We have a friend with a cabin in Blowing Rock and we try to go at least once a year, sometimes twice. It looks so similar to that and every time we have the most amazing weekend. Thanks for sharing... now I have no desire to finish out the week. All I want to do is spend the weekend in dreamy Blowing Rock...

    -Claire
    www.fashionandfeathers.com

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  37. Oh my gosh! That first picture of y'all is so perfect! Definitely a framer! Annnnd you look gorgeous - love that sweater. I'm just going to throw this out there - we need to all take a trip together. You always find the best places to stay. The views from that cabin are amaaaazing!

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  38. Even with a few hiccups (life with baby, right??), it looks like a great weekend away! Love the pics, especially the first one, that's fabulous! Self timer or remote? I can never do that well with either!! Cabin looks amazing, and this just sounds like our kind of trip too- we love a good mix of fun out and about, combined with some cozy time staying in. Happy anniversary!

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  39. Looks like you had an amazing weekend! I absolutely LOVE the Boone/ Blowing Rock area. I am super jealous of the Bistro Roca & Woodlands you had! Happy Anniversary!

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  40. Happy Anniversary!! Looks like it was a fun getaway. :) I'm curious where you got Caroline's coat? It's super cute. Our babies are 1 month apart and I'd love to get something like that for my little girl!

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  41. that looks amazing and such a great idea to celebrate the anniversary. i can't wait for our winter getaway. can you tell me more about those suction toys? what brand? thanks in advance!

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    1. scratch that. i googled suction toy and they came right up. :)

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  42. Hope C (and you!) are all better soon! The cabin looks AMAZING, as does all of y'alls wonderful food!!! Happy 3 years!

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  43. Happy Anniversary!! I went to college in Boone and we drove to Blowing Rock for the outlets and Woodlands pretty frequently - love them both!! Such a wonderful time of year up there :)

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  44. haha the cake story is so funny... I love the way it looks though, all white! :) I nominated your blog for the Lovely Blog award :)

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  45. Would you mind sharing where your sweater is from? It is beautiful! Happy Anniversary!!!

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  46. How sweet! I love the cabin y'all stayed in.. many of your Blowing Rock favorites are mine as well! Happy Anniversary!

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  47. Ah-mazing! Such a beautiful getaway and happy anniversary! Hoping everyone is feeling better! xoxo

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  48. Beautiful cabin and beautiful views! I love it! Reminds me of the place we stay in Lake Placid on our anniversary!

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  49. Happy Anniversary and can't wait to try those cheesy pull-apart biscuits. Yum!!

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  50. Love this!!! Such a great idea for our anniversary next year! Love her little brutus! Go buckeyes!!!

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