Can you see I'm developing a standard blogging M.O. after the weekends? Monday rolls around and I'm suddenly running around like mad, trying to catch up on all the stuff that got neglected over the weekend (thus the lack of Monday blog posts.) But the relaxing summer weekends are totally worth it.
Last weekend was exceptionally special, as Mike and I were celebrating anniversary #11 on Saturday. Since we were married up in the mountains (near Devil's Thumb Ranch) we decided a weekend getaway in the high country was in order. So on Friday and we headed up to to Vail for an adults-only weekend. We had booked the mini-trip online, and weren't sure what to expect since neither of us had been up there in the summer before. But when we pulled into Bachelor Gulch where the hotel was located, we were blown away by how beautiful it was. Seriously. And we both grew up in the mountains, so we're not easily impressed. But it was breathtakingly gorgeous:
The log-cabin inspired architecture with the huge wood beams and stonework blended seamlessly into the mountains surrounding the property. And the flowers beds on the property were A-MA-ZING. They were overflowing with colorful natives (I so want my yard to look like this!) and seeing them totally reminded me of the Tom Petty song Wildflowers, which was played at our wedding (awwww...) Yes, I'm being a cheesy, sentimental romantic. :)
The weekend package included breakfast in the room each morning (a delicious spread that was ALMOST to pretty to eat - almost - there was bacon that HAD to be consumed, people!) and a daily afternoon couples' massage, which left us too relaxed to do much of anything but lounge by the gorgeous pool (and keep the poolside waiters busy by ordering lots of adult beverages!)
Local micro-brews, anyone??
Every evening at dusk, the hotel starts a bonfire on the patio, and supplies huge baskets of marshmallows and roasting sticks. We grabbed our seats early and enjoyed the scene:
So here's to eleven wonderful years...and many, many years to come. So happy (and blessed!) to be on this journey with my best friend.
Wishing you all a fabulous week!