A much needed respite.

With last week being Thanksgiving, J and I decided to take off the full week from work and really use it to relax and do some things around the house.  Initially, we were going to spend the entire week working on the bathroom remodel, but after some talking, we decided that we’d try to have a small getaway with just the two of us, first…just to spend some time together and to really de-stress.  Work has been insane for both of us lately, and we were really feeling the effects, so we thought a night away would be really nice.

So, J decided to take me to a casino/resort in Indiana, down in French Lick.  He booked us a room at the West Baden Springs Hotel, and we headed down early Monday afternoon so that I’d be there in time for the massage he set up for me!  Even though it’s not too far from where we live, because you take back-roads to get there, it took us a few hours.  I love car rides with J…we always have great conversations and lots of really weird insights that make us think.  It’s a great way for us to reconnect.  We got there just in time for my massage, so off I went!  If there is one thing guaranteed to relax me, it’s a good massage.  J knows this, so he usually makes it a point to schedule me one or urge me to get one for myself whenever we go somewhere.  Hot stone are my favorite!

Two hours later, refreshed, I walked through the giant atrium and up to our room.  We had a few hours prior to dinner reservations, and I wanted to check out the room and get settled a bit.  Walked into the room (which was gorgeous) and immediately noticed our view into the atrium!  The atrium was all decorated for Christmas, with an enormous Christmas Tree in the middle!  It was so pretty, but ignore the glare from my iPhone in the top right corner…apparently I’m not stealth-y when taking photos out the window.

atrium tree

After getting settled and getting ready for dinner (we did a dress-up dinner, which was SO nice), we headed down to explore a bit prior to heading to the restaurant.  Because it was a Monday, the place was empty, which was nice because it definitely felt intimate.  We stuffed ourselves full with amazing food!  Luckily, we didn’t order any appetizers, because dinner was insane!  I had the blacked trout stuffed with crab, with a side of garlic chive mashed potatoes.  Jamie had a rack of lamb, with the same mashed potatoes, then we split an order of grilled asparagus.  Along with a few different wine pairings, it was absolutely delicious!

After dinner, we explored a bit more, then headed back to our room to relax.  The next morning, we decided to head over to the other resort hotel that had a casino in it, the French Lick Springs Hotel, in order to check out the casino and have breakfast.  The hotel was also decorated for Christmas, and had a very 1870s New England feel to it.  Lots of old-fashioned decorations, very classy and well done.  Lots of gorgeous Christmas trees as well.  Breakfast was a buffet, with the chef making made-to-order omelets and made-to-order French toasts/waffles/pancakes.  Another very tasty meal!  I love French toast, and I was able to get an amazing omelet.  Plus, another Christmas tree!

FL Casino Tree

Finally, before heading home, we headed over to the casino to play a bit.  Spent some money, hung out and played a few games.  Nothing major, but still a good time!  After a bit of time there, we headed back on the road.  Ran a few errands, then got back home in time to start prepping for Thanksgiving!

Overall, it was a very much-needed break.  Even thought it was short, it was well worth it and a great time!  I love when we are able to get away and just relax with each other, because it reminds us of how much fun we have together and allows us to let go of work and life stress for a while.

How was your Thanksgiving?  Any fun stories?

Much love,

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