Monday, June 28, 2010

findley lake weekend getaway

oh monday... why are you here already?

i had such a wonderful weekend!
a couple months ago, brett & i won a weekend getaway from our wedding photographer, heather neckers! so this past weekend was spend at findley lake & it was so wonderful.

we stayed at this adorable little cottage from friday to sunday.

"the bally lough"



{little lake in the backyard}

{can't beat a hammock}

{brett grillin' up some dinner}

{pretty lake!}

{best part of the cottage}
{we called this the 'drive through window'}
{it went from the bathroom to the living room!}
{"one toothbrush with toothpaste, please!"}

friday was spend just relaxing at the cottage. i had to work, so we didn't get there until around 6:30. we took full advantage of the grill and hammock and fire pit and the little lake, just relaxing and taking in the views. we may or may not have consumed an entire bottle of champagne and entire bottle of red wine throughout the course of the night...

saturday was jam-packed full of fun activities we had planned! we started off the day with some quick coffee & bagels, then headed out to panama rocks. brett has been there before, but this was my first time and it was awesome! basically, you hike around a 1 mile trail, but there are huge rocks and boulders and caves that you can climb through. it was so awesome.

after panama rocks (which we spend a good 3 hours at), we headed to lake chautauqua for lunch. we ended up eating at a little café called mindy's place. after lunch, we head to southern tier brewery! they have a bar right in the brewery, so we hung out there drinking, until the brewery tour started at 4pm.

{this was their awesome bar}

{enjoying some brews on the outside patio}

{the brewery tour & our tour guide}
{i can't remember his name!}

after the tour, we hung around the brewery a bit longer to have another beer. then we headed back to the cottage (with a quick stop at walmart).

{this is what happens when i stay in the car while brett runs into walmart...}

when we got back to the cottage, we made some dinner & hung out inside. there was a graduation party going on next door, so we didn't really want to interrupt by being outside and all up in their bussssiness. the day was so jam-packed that we accidentally took a nap from about 8:30pm - 11:00pm... oops! we woke up to the sound of the neighbors putting off ridiculously loud and obnoxious fireworks. but oh well, it's his party and he can cry if he wants to...

determined to not make the entire night a waste, we headed out to a bar called pine junction (after the recommendation from heather!). oh my goodness, this place was something else! basically, it's a bar out in the middle of nowhere, with tons of land, barns, and huge bonfires. we saw all kinds of walks of life there, but they were all having a great time! there was a band playing covers of everything from blink 182 to michael jackson to tool. it was quite entertaining! we stayed till about 1:00am, then decided to head back to the cottage (to consume way too much cheese and crackers and then pass out...).

sunday was check-out day, so we pack up our stuff and headed to the blue heron inn for breakfast. included in our weekend getaway, was a free breakfast for 2 here! it was right on the water of findley lake and the food was delicious! i had the belgium waffle and brett had some kind of cajun eggs. yummm!

after breakfast, we walked around the lake a bit, then hopped in the car to head home. i commented on how pretty all the flowers were on the sides of the road as we were driving home, and suddenly, brett's pulling over the car, jumping out, and next thing i know i have a nice little bouquet of flowers!! i just love him. :)

all in all, we had a great little weekend getaway!
thank you heather & destiny for giving us this opportunity!
it was a much needed break from all the crazy wedding planning!

now, onward with the week....
dan & breanne's wedding is this weekend!!*

Friday, June 25, 2010

got it!

after waiting in line for almost 3 1/2 hours
in the hot & humid sun
drinking iced coffee
witnessing people dressed as animals...

i finally got the new iphone 4!
and let me tell you... it was love at first sight :)

oh, happy day!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

hilton head island getaway - part 2!

if you've been following along, i just posted part 1 of our hilton head island getaway!
now, onto part 2!

day 4
saturday, april 10, 2010

{breakfast on the balcony overlooking the resort = perfection}

{there are the coolest trees in hilton head}

{this tree is famous}

{harbourtown lighthouse!}

{harbourtown is the cutest little town}

{sighhh, i love it here}

{brett at the top of the lighthouse!}

{we did it!}

{whoooa mama, not getting too close to that guy!}

{awesome tall trees}

{when asking the bartender for a bud light lime...
this is what he gave me! ha!}

{salty dog cafe, very popular in hilton head}

woke up & made breakfast
ate breakfast & drank coffee on our amazing balcony
headed out for a bike riding adventure!
biked on the beach, through the sea pines, & to the harbourtown lighthouse
walked around harbourtown, taking pictures & enjoying the view
climbed to the top of the lighthouse
(this is the only lighthouse i've ever been up! & this was my second time)
biked back to our villa
(which ended up taking a couple HOURSE... we got lost)
ate some lunch
(leftover carrabba's mmm)
relaxed in the cabanas by the pool after the unexpectedly long bike ride
hung out in hot tub & napped in a lounge chair
headed back up to our villa to shower & get ready for dinner
drove to the sea pines - south beach marina
had some beers at the bar outside on the docks while we waited for our table
(i got a "budlight lime" hahaha)
salty dog cafe for dinner
(i got the mahi mahi & it was delish!)
after dinner, we headed back to our villa
walked down to beach, layed in the sand, looked at stars, & chatted :)
swung on resort swings
(and heard cats fighting, weird!)
finally back up to our villa to sleep our last sleep in our lovely villa bed

day 5
sunday, april 11, 2010

{can't get enough breakfast on the balcony}

{mimosas at 9am? hey, we're on vacation!}

{feet in the sand...}

{our amaaaazing resort!}

{doesn't get much better than this}

{barnacle bill's - home of THE BEST seafood i have EVER had in my entire life}

{biking on the beach = bliss}

{sunset picnic! brett's idea :)}

{love him :)}


{check out my studly fiancé!}


{can't get enough of this}

{amazing dinner}


{our villa!}

woke up & made breakfast
ate on the balcony & drank mimosas
(hey, we're on vacation!)
headed down to the beach to relax
back to our villa
grilled some lunch in the resort's grilling area
back to the villa to get ready for a sales presentation
drove to marriott's surf watch resort for a sales presentation
(we didn't buy! obvs!)
barnable bill's fresh seafood market to pick up local shrimp and red snapper for dinner
(most amazing seafood i've ever had!!)
back to our villa
played shuffle board at the resort and drank margaritas
headed back to our villa
biked to the beach, but it was high tide so we couldn't ride anywhere
so instead, brett had the great idea of a picnic!
a picnic on the beach at sunset with wine & cheese/crackers
(amazing and beautiful)
back to our villa to shower & get ready
cooked dinner IN tonight at the villa & drank champagne
(it was perfect)
walked down to the beach, laid in the sand, & watched the stars
eventually headed back to the villa for our last sleep in our amazing marriott king bed

day 6
monday, april 12, 2010

{last day of biking on the beach}

{i love cruiser bikes!}

{one last relaxing rest in the cabana}

{for real? i could live here...}

{birdie friend on the back of my chair at lunch!}

{pretty sunset on the drive home...}

woke up & had some quick bagels for breakfast
packed up the villa & the car
checked out of our villa
biked one last time on the beach & collected some awesome sea shells
relaxed one last time in the cabanas
returned our rented bikes :(
(i wanted to keep it...)
got in the car & drove to some shops and coligny plaza
ate lunch at steamers
(same place we ate our lunch on the first day, so good!)
a birdie came & hung out on my chair!
walked around the shops
got some tasty ice cream at frozen moo
walked to the beach one last time to day byebye to the ocean
got in car & on the road for the long drive home
i drove the first leg of the trip
(while we passed the time with brett reading me tweets)
rest stop for a bathroom break
drove through north carolina
pizza hut for dinner in statesville, nc
truck stop for gas and water
(there are always such weirdos at truck stops...)
rest stop for another bathroom break in west virginia
finally made it back to pittsburgh and home to our apartment...
and immediate zzz's!

so that's our hilton head island getaway in a nutshell! i realize that this may be of no interest to any of you, but i wanted to write it out mainly for my own enjoyment - so i can look back at it and remember how wonderful of a trip it was! i love hilton head island & we definitely plan on returning in the future!

oh man, writing these posts made me want to be at the beach NOW!!
at least we're heading to CALIFORNIA soon!!! :)

till next time!!
(ps - I GOT THE NEW IPHONE 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)