Monday, July 14, 2008

Our Amazing 48 Hour Getaway!!!

On Sunday, July 6th, we celebrated our 6th anniversary and we spent the whole day cleaning out the office so we could turn it into a mini-playroom. What fun! But don't feel too bad for us because we had our first 2 night getaway planned for the following weekend. I have wanted to check out the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach since we were planning our 1st anniversary. Five years later everything finally fell into place and before we knew it, we were on the road eagerly awaiting our full 48 hours of peace and quiet! We had heard amazing things about the Inn and we were not disappointed. This was absolutely the best place we've stayed since our honeymoon in Jamaica 6 years ago. We enjoyed it so much that we are already trying to figure out when we can go back!

We arrived at the Stephanie Inn at 4:30 pm on Friday and after being shown around, we headed downstairs to the library for the wine reception. Each day they feature different Oregon wines and we enjoyed them all...even the Pinot Noirs which we are not usually a fan of. Our first night we had dinner in the Stephanie Inn dining room and then headed upstairs to our room to watch the sunset. We rented 4 movies and watched part of one before falling asleep. The next morning it was so nice to wake up and do some more relaxing! No diapers to change, no kids to feed...I didn't even have to make my own coffee! Not only does the Stephanie Inn provide a free buffet breakfast every morning, but they have hot coffee and cookies available in the lobby 24 hours a day. YUM! After some more relaxing, we headed into the north part of Cannon Beach for lunch at the Gower St. Bistro. We browsed some shops trying to find some fun things for the kids but we didn't have much luck. We ended up going back to the room and hanging out on our was so warm and beautiful! After the wine reception we hopped in the Stephanie Inn van and headed to the Wayfarer for dinner. Did I mention that the Stephanie Inn will take you anywhere in Cannon Beach that you want to go? They'll also pick you up whenever you are ready to head back! After dinner we took our bottle of wine back to our room to watch the sunset and to watch another movie. It is so nice to be able to watch an entire movie in one sitting, without any interruptions! I'm sure the whole experience sounds pretty boring to those of you without kids, but it really was absolutely amazing to be able to lay around and relax with Chris. It was also nice to be able to carry on an adult conversation without being interrupted by screaming kids! I can't wait for our next mini-vacation...hopefully we won't have to wait too long. ;)

Thank you Mom & Dad for watching the kids so we could have some time for have no idea how much I needed this!!! For the first time, I was able to put the kids out of my head (mostly) and just relax and enjoy the time away. I was actually feeling pretty guilty that I wasn't looking forward to coming home, but I surprised myself by getting a little teary eyed when we walked in the door and Brayden started doing his "happy dance" when he saw us (Sienna was taking a nap)! I guess I missed the kids a lot more than I realized.

Stephanie Inn
We couldn't have asked for better weather during our stay. It was in the low 70's and completely sunny...with the occasional gust of wind! The wind really wasn't that came and went and sometimes we started getting so warm sitting in the sun that we were wondering when the wind was going to start up again! The view of the Stephanie Inn from the ocean...
We had a beautiful room on the 3rd floor with an amazing view of the ocean. It had vaulted ceilings, a jacuzzi, sitting room, a flat screen tv, etc.
In addition to our room, our other favorite spot to relax was the library. We sat in the library every morning after breakfast and drank coffee (cider for Chris) and read the newspaper. At 4pm every day we headed back to the library for the wine reception.

Not only did our room have a great view of the ocean and Haystack Rock, but it had an amazing balcony! If we weren't inside watching movies, we were sitting on the balcony catching some rays. It was so sunny that we both got sunburned!

The only part that I didn't enjoy were all of the seagulls that kept flying over us (& landing on our deck) waiting for some handouts. I can't imagine why anyone would feed them, but someone obviously does or they wouldn't try to get so up close and personal!
Here are just a few of the amazing pictures that we took from our balcony:

We didn't see one single cloud until the day we left! Just a few clouds started rolling in but most of them were gone by the time we checked out at 11am. We were so lucky to experience the best weather that the Oregon Coast has to offer! I don't know that we'll ever be able to top this visit to the coast!


Catrina said...

So jealous! I'm so glad you had such a great time. You deserve a nice break from the daily grind. I love the picture of the two of you on the deck. You both look so relaxed! Happy Anniversary!

Becca said...