Last Friday was our 10-year Anniversary. Whew! We made it! lol But seriously, have you ever felt that way? Now, don’t get me wrong I love my husband and I love our life together. But sometimes it’s just down right difficult. Whether because of my attitude (which can often stink) or circumstances beyond our control. Life and marriage are hard!!!
That’s why I insisted we take an overnight trip for our 10-year anniversary. An anniversary getaway was definitely overdue!! As I mentioned in last week’s post, we’ve never been anywhere just the two of us since having kids. It was a much needed break for us and a wonderful refresher for our marriage!! It’s necessary people!!!! There are so many benefits for investing in your marriage – so PLEASE take the time!!!
But, let’s get back to our little getaway. Our small town doesn’t have much to offer in the way of “romantic dining” so we drove the 35 minutes to a nearby town with many more choices. The Hubster made reservations (yes, we went all out – lol) at a nice restaraunt that offered…get this…PALEO options!!! It was absolutely PERFECT for my strict diet!! I did not have to worry about cross-contamination or anything that would upset my system. What a relief that was!! I could simply enjoy my meal, my husband and the conversation!!!
This was our dinner!! Doesn’t it look delicious?! Oh my…it was so yummy!! There’s just something about eating a well-cooked meal that’s still HOT and without the distraction of “Mommy…” that make it taste so much better!! Am I right?!?! Again, not that I mind my children, I don’t. It’s just nice to have a quiet meal every so often.
Appetizer: (top left) Cold Smoked Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio (a Paleo option), mixed greens, marinated artichokes, grilled asparagus feta cheese, cherry tomato vinaigrett
Main Dishes: (top right, mine) Grilled Atlantic Salmon (a Paleo option), spaghetti squash, roasted tomatoes, wilted spinach, white wine fumet; (bottom left, the Hubsters) 8 oz Filet, buttermilk breaded shallot rings, gorgonzola, sweet corn fines herb mashed potatoes, chef’s selection of seasonal vegetable
The bottom right picture was just part of the decor in the restaraunt and I liked it, so I took a picture! LOL
After dinner, we went to grab some Frozen Yogurt at Orange Leaf. This was the first time either of us had been to that particular establishment. We were pleasantly surprised!! Not only did they label all their flavors, they also listed whether each was Gluten-Free or not!!! And all but one of them was!! I have never had such a selection of great flavors in frozen yogurt before!! I was elated! I chose the White Chocolate Strawberry foyo and topped it with a few crushed peanuts, some white chocolate chips (I love white chocolate), fresh strawberries and some hot caramel sauce. OH. MY. YUM!!!! I was in heaven!! Of course, this is not something I would eat all the time, but it was so good to have this little treat!
Following dessert we decided to head out for our final destination, about 20 minutes away in a nearby town. The drive was nice, peaceful and full of God’s beautiful creation. I don’t know about you, but I just love scenic drives – especially with my husband. It was so nice to just be able to talk with each other without interruption. It was like we were dating again. I cherish those conversations with him.
We chose this quaint little town because of it’s charm and the memories it brought back. We honeymooned in a very similar town and we thought it would be a nice way to celebrate our 10-years together if we revisited that same type of atmosphere. Once we checked into our room (I’ll show you that in a moment), we decided to take a stroll around town. By the time we were out, many of the little shops were closed. But it was still fun to walk around and look at the old town, the town hall and the “Liars Bench” in front of the courthouse (I seriously got a kick of that!!). Although the town seems to be dwindling in commercial business, there was something so peaceful and beautiful about it. We loved seeing the old buildings and the original town pump (top right). It’s the little things that make it charming and inviting. And it was probably a good thing the shops were closed – or I would have bought an insane amount of Fudge just because it was there! lol
Now…back to our inn. We stayed at the Cornerstone Inn just off the main thoroughfair in the heart of Nashville. As we walked into the lobby, the Hubster was immediately drawn to these three framed pieces. These are pages from the Bishop’s Bible. They are written in Old English and he was completely fascinated with them. He insisted I take a picture of each one. So being the good, obedient and loving blogger wife that I am – I did. 🙂 I so wish I had a picture of the lobby as we checked in, but it was constantly full of other patrons. So alas, I do not have one.
After we checked in, we were given directions to our cottage. We stayed in the Goshen cottage at the back of their property. It’s not really that far, as everything was in walking distance, but the drive was still beautiful and serene. We were on the second floor in cottage #3 (the heart marks the spot). In the far bottom right photo, you can see the orange arrow pointing to our screened-in balcony.
As we walked into our room, I instantly felt like a QUEEN!!! We live modestly and most – if not all – of our furniture, clothing, home furnishings, etc. are hand-me-downs or bought at consignment shops. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t mind at all. In fact, the thrill of the hunt is quite fun for me!! But, there is something wonderful about sleeping on a nice, big, luxurious comfy bed with beautiful linens. There just is!
And this room did NOT disappoint!! It was absolutely beautiful!! Now call me crazy, but my favorite part of the room was the 2-person tub!!! Being almost 6’2″ tall, I don’t fit in many bathtubs!! So it is a rarity for me to take a bath – let alone a relaxing one!! It was so nice just to sit and relax for a while in a bubble bath. I think I could get used to that!!! The bed must have been extremely comfortable too, because we slept until nearly 9am!!! It was so nice to just wake up on our own and not by a crying baby or kids in our faces. Although…I did miss their smiling, happy faces!!!
The next morning, a large breakfast spread was available in the main house. There was literally something for everyone!!! Cereal, fruit, coffee, tea, juice, milk, eggs, sausage and the Hubsters favorite, blueberry french toast!! Although breakfast seems to be the most difficult meal for me, especially when eating away from home. But, I was able to find something not only substantial, but delicious. I was thrilled!!
We took our breakfast back to our room and ate outside on the screened-in porch. It was a beautiful, breezy 64 degrees outside on an August morning!! We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather!! It was so nice to sit outside and enjoy our breakfast overlooking the peaceful little gazebo on the grounds. It was a wonderful way to end our overnight trip.
After breakfast, we packed up and loaded the car to head back to town. We ate an early lunch at one of my favorite places before heading back to our blessings and reality. While I thoroughly enjoyed getting away with the Hubster for a night, I was so happy to see my kiddos. They had a blast with our friend who so graciously volunteered to stay at our house with them. (She’s a brave soul!!) It was wonderful to get away with no worries about my kids. What a blessing!!!
Do you and your spouse getaway regularly or just for special occasions? What’s your favorite getaway with your spouse? Please share in the comments!!