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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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Jill Hartley

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

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

Life as a Mrs.

Wednesday 19th of November 2014

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

Amber Parker Collins

Friday 14th of November 2014

Oh that view! stunning!


Friday 14th of November 2014

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

Jessi @ Jessi's Design

Thursday 13th of November 2014

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