Sunday, April 15, 2012

Newport Resort, Door County, WI

Mini road trip! This was another last mini get away! Daniel and I have talked about getting away again (despite just being away a few weeks ago) but have not had anything planned aside from our upcoming Texas trip later this summer. But wouldn't you know it, the perfect storm of events happened and we found ourselves up in beautiful Door County, WI this weekend! Door County is very special to me because that's where Daniel and I spent the majority of our honeymoon. :) So, lot's of sweet, happy and romantic memories!

Anyways.... hubby was talking to a friend at work who said what great prices there are up there during off season. When he got home we went online, checked out the place a bit and made reservations for the very next weekend! We stayed at the Newport Resort in Egg Harbor and it was perfect!

Everything was beautiful, inside and out!

This is the Lobby. You can't see it from this angle, but they have a whole pile of games and stuff you can borrow and use while you're there!

They sold sweaters and shirts. Rats! I meant to get one. Oh well, I guess we'll have to come back some time. :)

Of course, what else do you do after you check in? Why, rush up to your room (in a quite manner) and have a look around! Everything was a million times looking better than the photos. It was very "resort-ish" looking without being too stiff but comfortable enough where you felt at home.

This was the girl's room...

We rented a two bedroom room, and I'm so thankful we did! Even though I have been wanting to go back up to Door County, I was (all admit, somewhat guiltily) a bit put out we were bringing our two crazy toddlers with us. But, it went better than I imagined because they went to bed early (Score!!!!) They even stayed in their room without fighting or crying or wanting to go home!

We tucked them in, turned on a children's station (they had a tv in their room) and kept their door open a crack so they knew we were right there. They were fast asleep quickly and Daniel and I had all night to ourselves!

This is our room. I wanted to take all the blankets home with me! The sheets were soft cotton and they had a white crisp comforter under the blanket. I got out of bed just so I could get back in it again. Awesomness!

There were two bathrooms, the one off of Daniel's and my room had a huge Jacuzzi jet tub!

This is a picture of a mirror. I wore my Texas dress, it's one of my favorites :)

They had a kitchen stocked with not only an oven, stove, fridge, coffee maker, ect. But all the dishes that you could need to cook! It was so handy and very perfect.

An instant fireplace! This was hand's down a selling point when we made reservations. It was cool. Or hot? ;)

After looking around a bit and testing out all the couch cushions and the bouncy, comfortableness of the beds, we decided we were famished! We actually didn't bring much food to cook (that was my sweet hubby's idea, he wanted me to be able to relax too and not worry about cooking :) We had planned on calling for Pizza but no one delivered to where we were. The Resort is actually in the middle of almost nowhere. The town (Egg Harbor) is filled with quaint little shops and has a strong nature and art presence. Beautiful, but we still needed a place to eat! There were a few restaurants, but we didn't want to take the kids out and hubby and I wanted to hang out in our room. The nearest take out place was over 15 minutes away! Thankfully, we found a tiny little store called the Main Street Market just a stone's throw from where we were staying. We picked up a few things and headed back to our room!

When we got back the sun was setting and the view was breathtaking. We had our own little patio that looked out over the woods and the road in the distance. I would have taken more photos but we were just having to much fun all playing together!

After dinner the kids went to bed quickly (Thank you Lord!) and hubby and I had a good couple of hours to ourselves! We drank some locally made soda, cuddled up on the couch together and watched some tv shows from when were were young. Does anyone remember Tim Allan in Home Improvident? Neither of had seen that show in years. We laughed at the 90's fashion and the slapstick comedy and reveled in the pre-reality primetime.

Then we just talked, spent a ton of time in the hot tub (my poor muscles already miss it!) and then snuggled up in front of the fireplace before going to bed. The whole day went by to quickly!

We woke up early the next day and went down and had some breakfast. They served a variety of juices, coffee, cereal, bagels, and such. I thought that was especially nice considering that your room is set up to be able to cook yourself.

We checked out and were on our way back home! There were so many things Newport Resort had available that we never even got a chance to use. There was an indoor and outdoor pool, an arcade room, and play place for the kids! It was a great place to stay. I highly recommend the Newport Resort to anyone (kids or no kids!) who is planning a trip to Door County, WI!

So, we are back home and unpacked and ready to start another week. (Though I'm still missing that hot tub pretty bad :) Our mini trip was a big blessing and I'm so thankful that we got to go. Now here starts another week back in reality land!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Red River Gorge, KY

Road trip!!! We recently came back from a mini vacation / getaway / road trip to Kentucky. We weren't really planning on a big get away, Daniel and I had originally planned for just him and I to go for a night or two down to Louisville, KY. But, long story short, Daniel's oldest brother and his girlfriend (from Louisville) his older sister and her husband (from Virginia) and his younger brother (from Texas) and us all met up for about a week in Red River Gorge, KY for an almost week getaway in the mountains!

Since I don't have a ton of time, I'll share in pictures instead of words our trip. That's my favorite medium of retelling a story anyway......