Monday, February 14, 2011

A HOT Weekend in Hot Springs

Saturday morning Chris and I woke up and headed off for our weekend getaway to Hot Springs Virginia. It's a 4 hour drive, and I took the first 3 hours while Chris studied. I kept myself entertained while jamming to the radio and practising for my future American Idol audition. When we hit the 3 hour mark Chris drove the 60 mile windy road to The Homestead 1776 hotel. I was very excited to get out of the car, since I get motion sickness.

We arrived at the hotel around 2pm, checked in, and then went to the Casino restaurant for lunch. We both had delicious pizza's, then went back to the hotel to walk around. I have never been to a nicer hotel in my life. It was like an old southern mansion, with marble floors, old paintings, old furniture, and my favorite part...3:00pm tea time. Every day from 3-4 they serve all the guests tea with cucumber sandwiches and bread. To us non-tea drinkers they served hot chocolate with marshmallows. It was the best hot chocolate we have ever tasted. After sipping our drinks we browsed through the shops and then took a long nap in our beds. Yes, we had 2 full size beds in our room. We were a bit disappointed that we reserved a room with a king sized bed, and ended up with 2 full. However, we moved both beds together and made it work.

After a wonderfully long nap we woke up and started getting showered and ready for our night out. We both dressed up in fancy clothes and walked around the hotel. We checked out the pool, bowling ally, spa, and all the other amazing things the hotel had to offer. At around 8:30pm we went to the main dining room for our candlelit dinner. Our appetizers were crab cakes and braised beef with cheese grits. Then for our main course we had trout and apple bourbon pork. The food was the best we have ever tasted. Everything was perfect! For dessert we had a flour less chocolate cake, a cherry cordial cake, and an orange rum cake(free from our waiter). After stuffing ourselves with dessert we hit the dance floor. We requested "Come Fly With Me", and danced to 3 other romantic songs. The band was incredible, and the dancing was amazing. Right when the last song of the night was ending, I looked over and there was this woman wearing the SAME DRESS I WAS! What are the chances of that happening?! After leaving the dining hall we sat by the fire in the great hall, and my dress twin walked past us. I was hoping that they didn't see me but to no avail the husband ran back over and said "Cute Dress!". We all had a great laugh over it. I should have requested that we get a picture!

After a wonderful evening we settled into our room and watched "Love and Other Drugs". We really enjoyed the movie, and thought it had a wonderful love story behind it. We exchanged gifts, and Chris loved what I got him. I had a beautiful statue made of our family. Chris gave me the new Katy Perry nail polish and a massage and body wrap! Waking up the next morning at 8:00am wasn't too much, but we had a fabulous breakfast put on by the hotel. It was huge with homemade donuts, and any breakfast food you could think of. Thinking about it makes me hungry!


From breakfast we went back to our room to pack up our things. After checking out we sat outside in the rocking chairs in the front of the hotel for awhile, then went bowling. I started out bowling really well, then Chris came from behind and bowled a turkey! He was very proud of his score!

After bowling we walked around the grounds of the hotel, watched ice skaters skate, sat by the outside fire, and played a few games of checkers.

Around 3:00pm we took a shuttle up to the horse ranch where we got suited up for our hour long ride. Chris is petrified of horses and watching him get on the horse was pure entertainment. I wish I could have taken a picture of his face. He was scared out of his mind. After about 10 minutes into our ride he finally realized enough to enjoy it. We rode through the beautiful mountains, with no problems what-so-ever. We had 2 very tame horses. Chris rode Lou, and I rode Rickey.

From horseback riding we started our long journey home. The first hour was pure hell. That windy road was a killer, and I ended up throwing up all the way home. It was awful! What a nasty way to end such a great weekend! To make matters worse I ended up dropping my bag of throw-up on my foot and all over the car floor. We also left a lovely bag of vomit on the driveway of someones house on accident when we did a quick "pull over I am going to throw up!". Sorry whoever you are!! When we finally arrived home the nausea subsided just from seeing our little Arista's face. She was so happy to see up and was talking up A storm about all her adventures.


Courtney said...

Looks like a such an awesome time. I loved the pic of Chris holding his pinkie out while sipping his drink LOL. So funny.

Glad you guys had fun!

Katie said...

sounds like such a fun time! love that dress, rylie! :)

Marianne & Clayton said...

What an awesome getaway! You need to post a close up of the statue.

Ann said...

WOW! I totally wish I could get a weekend away like that! Looks like you guys had an awesome time, you deserve it!! And might I add how skinny you are!!! You look great!

Janee said...

Ry! Amazing shrinking woman much?! You are skinny again! You look FABULOUS! Looks like you guys had an amazing weekend!