How is it already time to be back at work!? This weekend FLEW by. Wil and I had an awesome getaway this weekend for the 4th of July/my birthday (27 tomorrow – eek!). It was the perfect combination of relaxing in nature, live music, being active, and just getting some good quality time with each other!
Saturday morning I woke up around 8am to get in a 6 mile run before we took off. It was by far my longest run since my half marathon in March, so it was a little tough mentally, but I got through it. The weather was perfect, but it seemed to go by very slowly.
But, no matter how hard it is during the run itself, I always feel like a million bucks when its over.
After a quick shower and throwing together some last minute things, we hit the road around 10am to make the 2 hour trip. We ended up getting a cabin at Shadow Mountain Escapes, which was a really cute property with several different cabins on it.
Though I would recommend the property, I wouldn’t recommend the cabin that we stayed in – the Lady Bug. The cabin itself was very cute, but it was VERY SMALL and didn’t have a kitchen, yet was the same price as the other cabins. There was a small couch upstairs, but there was nowhere to put our clothes other than on the couch, so we could either sit downstairs at the table or lay down in bed. That was fine, but it would have been nice to have somewhere to just relax other than in bed so we could have spent some more time at the cabin.
There was also a fridge, so we went out and stocked up with some items for breakfast/lunches/snacks, but after a day out we came back and realized the fridge didn’t work and all our food had spoiled – boo! Now don’t get me wrong, the cabin was really nice, I just don’t know that it’s worth the price when the other cabins are larger and have more amenities and are the same price.
I did love the special touches that the hosts put though – like when we walked into this:
A basket of homemade treats with birthday balloons and a mini spiced birthday cake (which was too good, btw)!
The food that made it:
After unloading the car, we set off to explore the property.
Besides those 20 minutes walking around – that was really the only time we spent on the property for the whole weekend besides sleeping!
We took off to explore Shenandoah Valley right after we were done looking around, turning into Skyline Drive, which is the road that weaves throughout the mountain.
There are tons of overlooks to stop at all along the road so you can soak in the view – and it really is breathtaking.
We also stopped to do a semi-hike on a nature trail that was marked off Skyline Drive.
It was a paved trail, so I’m not sure if it qualifies as a legit hike, but it was beautiful nonetheless. It was about 2 miles the whole way, so nothing major.
Gosh just looking back at these pictures makes me want to go back! It was so relaxing and so beautiful… such a different view than you get with city living.
To be continued…
Do you prefer the beach or the mountains for a weekend getaway?
Before this weekend, I would have said beach hands down, but I had such a good time and really loved being surrounded by so much nature with the mountains!