I really do love living in the city, but sometimes getting away from the city can’t be beat. Especially when the view from the back porch while you’re drinking your morning coffee is this:
I’d been to the Shenandoah Valley once before for my birthday last year, but this time was very different because there were.. 22 of us! A bunch of friends and I rented a huge house from Absolute Perfect Escape properties… and the name really says it all.
We rented a 9 bedroom house that had the works. A huge kitchen, a fireplace, a hottub, a fire pit outside, a pool table, air hockey (!) and so much more. Somehow, almost every single person got a bed and we really made the space work to our advantage.
Outside of the features of the house itself, the views were just breathtaking.
We all spent a lot of time just staring out in awe and breathing in the fresh air.
And also went on a “nature walk” (gentle hike) despite the cold. Some of us even balanced in yoga poses on fallen trees.
To be honest, I was a little nervous that I was going to feel super overwhelmed with the number of people there since I’m used to living alone by now, and was worried I might not be that pleasant to be around towards the end of the trip. But, it really turned out great because the house was so huge that there was plenty of space for all of us. A bunch of people did their own thing on Saturday during the day, but it really didn’t even seem like there were that many people there which was great. That is, until breakfast time.
But who can blame ‘em? Check out this spread for our last day:
From the top:
- Veggie and Cheese Strata
- Breakfast hashbrowns with cheese and sour cream
- Cinnamon crunch french toast
- Orange zest french toast
- Regular Bacon
- Maple Bacon
- Fruit Salad (the one remotely healthy thing)
- Tater tots (hiding in the WAY back)
Overall, the weekend was really fun and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I do wish I had made some healthier choices, especially with eating, because there were a few times over the weekend where I literally ate to the point of feeling sick because there was so much good food. I tend to do better with that when I control my own environment, but you gotta live a little, right?