Monday, August 13, 2012

The Perfect Getaway

For the past few years to celebrate our anniversary, Mitch and I have "gone away" to local bed & breakfasts/inns to relax and unwind a bit from our normal kid-filled lives. This year, we stayed at the most relaxing and beautiful little cottage you've ever seen. It truly was a great time away; a time to reconnect with each other and just enjoy one another's company. We stayed at a guest cottage called Walnut Valley.  The setting was perfect--quiet, serene, and full of charm.

We had this whole place to ourselves! (The owners, Keith and Bev, live on the property as well--their house being the main house and the guest cottage was used during the Revolutionary War as a forge worker's shop and home. How cool is that? Seriously...the history-lover in me gets so excited about details like that:)

The house was built circa 1750 and all the details are simply amazing.

This is the back of the cottage. This picture was taken from the bench Mitch was sitting on from across the pond.

It was great to sit and hear the birds sing, and just watch the beauty of nature all around. (Without being asked, "Can I have some snack and juice?"--my kids' favorite question that I hear 327 times a day.)

I loved all the flower beds scattered around the property. And those light posts--how charming!

The property had all these "out buildings" around. I'm not sure what this house was used for but I loved it.

Check out these built-in benches:)

A workshop/garage, possibly?

They need lots of wood for all the fireplaces/stoves in all of the buildings.

This is the main house.

The driveway 


You can see the house nestled down in the valley through the trees.

And this is the view while taking a stroll down the main road.

Here are some inside pictures of the cottage. There's an upstairs loft that houses two beds and a cute little bathroom.

On our last morning, there was a thunderstorm that rolled through. I love storms. And how cozy to be safe and sound in this little cottage while it was storming outside! I loved it.

This was the downstairs part of the house (the main living space). Look at how deep those window sills are!

I told Mitch it'd be great to be "trapped" in here in the middle of a snowstorm. Fire up this stove and you're good to go!

This is a little closet door. Isn't it too cute?

The main door

Complete with wavy glass. Love details like this!

And actual working shutters.

I have to show you some of the things we ate just because. We ate a late lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and this incredibly huge and delicious salad was mine.

Mitch ordered the Cajun Chicken Littles. There was nothing "little" about this plate.

Of course we had to try the new Oreo cheesecake for dessert. Let's just say it wasn't disappointing. 

Later that evening, while watching the Olympics, we had a snack of Trader Joe's Peach Raspberry Pie and blueberry sparkling juice. Nothing like livin' it up while on vacation!

This was breakfast the next morning--ham quiche, leftover pie, fresh fruit and coffee. Delish!

So that was it--our perfect getaway. In my next post, I'll share with you some of the antiquing we did during the day.

Do you try to do something special for your anniversary? I love that we stay locally and then spend the day doing things we love in our own backyard. I have a feeling we'll be back to Walnut Valley soon!


  1. Adorable! Looks like you had a wonderful time :) Love the shutters on that cottage! My husband and I are having our first wedding anniversary in October, and our venue has a beautiful inn located in the mountains of Lexington Virginia, hopefully staying there for our anniversary!

  2. Looks perfect! I love history. I would love to go there with my hubby someday. We just celebrated our 14th anniversary on the 8th of August. Sadly we didn't do anything spectacular as my husband had to work. But before our babies are born this February we plan to go on a weekend alone trip. I can't wait! :)

  3. What an amazing b and b! It looks like a house in the English countryside! :) We also get away to celebrate anniversary's -- even though we don't have kids! It's nice just to get away from the daily grind and reconnect :)

  4. That whole place is so charming, your cottage reminds me of the Holiday movie house. I bet it was so fun to stay there, but did Mitch really fit in the house?! ha. Oh and you look great!

  5. I have that same "Even in this trust Jesus" plaque! And sadly, I can't remember the last time we went anywhere overnight alone for our anniversary. I think our 2nd anniversary was the last time & next month it'll be 14 years. Looks like you had a great time! :)

  6. What a wonderful trip and such a charming place to get away! I wish John and I did things like that more often. Thanks for the inspiration!



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