We had a wonderful weekend-before-Christmas! Merry, merry time!
On Friday night we went out to Thomas’s parents’ house for his dad’s birthday dinner. I love a roaring fire!
We had apps, wine and stir fry for dinner, all made by Thomas’s aunt!
There was Paradox Pastry cheesecake for dessert! It was huge, and we were sent home with a few large slices of leftovers – yum!
Friday night was cozy.
Saturday jammie time!
Saturday morning T made us jalapeno omelets! He’s done this two or three times lately with chopped pickled jalapenos and cheese. The balance of spice and tart from the pickle is outstanding!
We walked Mazen down to Matt’s with Gus, and then packed up and headed out of town for the night.
Our first stop was T’s parents (again) to drop Gus off for the night. We stopped at Pippin Hill Farm for a glass of wine and a late lunch!
After a short wait, we lucked out with one of the hot spots on the porch with a view. These days Pippin Hill is the happenin’ place to be on a Saturday!
“A quick bite” turned into quite the decadent lunch spread! We had a kale caesar, a cheese plate…
…And a Tzatziki + Burrata pizza! [omg]
Our next stop took us up north (but still in the area) to a hidden gem called the Cedar Spring Inn. A friend of mine recommended it, and we couldn’t have been happier with the accommodations. Sometimes you just need a night away from home – minus the 5 hours of driving, amiright?
The inn is located up by our airport just a few miles off 29. The views are beautiful, and there is a lovely outdoor pool (that is heated April – October!) and a hot tub. It was a little too cold for swimming, but we did enjoy making use of their SAUNA!! You guys know I love saunas. <3
We went for a short hike around the property before getting in the sauna and then settling in for the night. We must go back when it’s warm!
The inn has five rooms, and the decor is lovely. It was built in 2003, so everything is well appointed. We were in a newer wing in the World View room. We had a balcony, gas fireplace, and a big jetted bathtub. The room is very spacious too.
We hunkered down for the night and enjoyed some wine from the complementary service over a game of Chickapig. (I am still mad at Thomas for beating me about 7 times in a row. I just can’t seem to break through!)
Since we had such a big, late lunch, we just picked up a few snacks for dinner. We didn’t feel like going out, and there aren’t many nice restaurants nearby. We had sushi and crab dip from Fresh Market. The dinner of champions!
We found an old DVD – Sleeping With The Enemy starring a very young Julia Roberts – in the video library and enjoyed that with leftover cheesecake in bed! #perfection
Our stay included breakfast the next morning, and innkeepers Judy and Charles were wonderful hosts.
Poached pear with raspberry coulis:
This strawberry pecan bread was amazing! I could have eaten the crispy edges all day!
We had a choice of entrees (which they made from scratch in the kitchen behind us!) and T and I both tried the Goat Cheese, Spinach + Red Pepper Baked Eggs. They were SO good that I got the recipe from Judy to try to recreate soon. The goat cheese on top was perfection! It was served with smoked salmon and sourdough toast.
I can’t say enough good things about this great getaway. If you’re in Virginia or DC and looking for a casual escape, this is your spot!
We hit up Whole Foods on the ride home. (I loved that our drive home was only 20 minutes!) I went to the gym for a bit, played fort with Mazen, and assembled a lemon + artichoke version of my favorite Chicken and Bean Bake for dinner.
We went to ACAC Sunday evening for their annual Holiday Light Tour. This is all free for family members, and they had cookie decorating, crafts, a hot chocolate bar, and of course – Santa. Mazen said it was “Santa’s twin” because we had seen a different one a week ago!
We went on a 30-minute bus ride around town to see some of the homes decorated with lights. It was a blast! (Check my Instastories this morning for a snippet of Thomas singing carols!)
Hope you guys had a great weekend. The countdown to Christmas begins!