Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Our 18th anniversary get-away

Our tradition for anniversaries is to stay a night at a fancy hotel with our Hilton honor points that we acquire throughout the year. The trick is finding a place to go that's not too far away and yet far enough that you feel you are getting away!

This year we stumbled upon a perfect hotel about 45 minutes away in Rockwall, Texas. What is special about this hotel is that it is on Lake Ray Hubbard.

Here is a picture of the back of the hotel where the pool is. We were on the 2nd floor and had a balcony off our room that overlooked the pool and lake.

This was our view at sunset. Isn't is gorgeous!

Ok, these fun blown glass decorations were hanging from the ceiling in the lobby right as you walked through the front door. I couldn't get enough of them. Rich made fun of me as I was drawn to them every time we walked past them. The rectangular shaped glass to the left of them was a waterfall type thing. There was water in-between two pieces of glass that flowed down the glass. Very peaceful!

Here is a closer look at what I called life sized earrings hanging from the ceiling.
I tried to convince Rich that we needed these in our home but I couldn't get past how impractical they would be with boys in the house!

View from our room

The lobby. I really wanted to curl up in a pair of sweats in one of those red velour chairs back there with a book, but there were too many other things to do and not enough time.

So relaxing to be around so much water.

After dinner that night, we walked around the harbor and watched the sunset. There were 4-5 restaurants to choose from that had views of the lake with live music playing. What a fabulous place so close to home.

This is my husband of 18 years. It was so nice to have him all to myself for 24 hours! We've learned so much about each other over the past 18 years.

This is the only picture we got of us together since we had to ask a stranger to take our picture. We did do this at dinner but my eyes are closing! Oh darn! That always happens to me. The more I try not to blink, the more inevitable it is that I will!

We ate at Culpeppers steak house and finally after 18 years have figured out which cut of steak I like best. The ribeye with all the great flavor! Rich printed out a description of all the cuts of meat for me since I always complain that he knows what to order and I never do. Now I know to just order what he does! :)

We spent a good amount of time at this pool. My favorite time was after our morning walk on the lake. It was about 10:00 and it was getting hot so we jumped in the pool. Not many people were there that early in the morning so it was perfect. Drinking a Coffee Mocha sitting by the pool with a good magazine is my idea of relaxation!

I fell in love with these lawn chairs. You can't see them very well, but they were like living room furniture out by the pool. I hope to look for something like this for our porch some day.

Did I mention the shops on the harbor? Along with the restaurants were a few really great shops. This chocolate factory was one of the best! What a great ending to a perfect day!

You can't ask for more! Dark chocolate cashew cluster was what I ordered. Rich got the milk chocolate cashew with carmel. A chocolate treat, sitting in the moon light with a breeze outside, next to my hubby exceeded my expectations of this get away!

We will surely go here next year and maybe the year after that!

Happy Anniversary to my better half!

1 comment:

Elicia said...

Happy Anniversary!