Dirty 30 Snapshot

On this blog, I tend to make it about my favorite things and things that are special to me… a recipe, a recommendation, etc.  So when I was thinking about what to write about for this post, I thought I should share a glimpse of what my 30th birthday looked like, cuz my husband made it SO damn special and I want to remember it as clearly as I do now when I look back.  I also think it’s a fun recommendation for any couple looking to get away for a couple of days, without having to get on a plane.

This year marked my 30 years on this earth, so Eric wanted to make it extra special.   Those f-ing milestone birthdays.  You know, when you’re growing up, the milestones sound soooo fun.  You turn 13 and are officially a teenager…16, you get to drive… 21, you can drink alcohol. legally. (which is the only way I would ever ever drink, Dad and Mom).  And then the next one is 30.  Nothing really fun comes with it (on the surface).  But instead of looking at it that way, I am trying to look at it as “let’s see what I can accomplish in the next 30.”  It isn’t always easy, as we look back and try and figure out where the last however many years went… but I am EXCITED to take on the next chapter of my life.  And I am so grateful that even when I wasn’t feeling so excited, my hubs made sure to make me feel extra special and loved for my big 3-0.

He ended up taking me up to Lake Geneva to a place called “Maxwell Mansion” – a Bed and Beverage (not to be confused with a Bed and Breakfast where they actually serve food — they do, however, serve a host of beverages we learned 😉 ).  Lake Geneva is a little over an hour and a half away from us, so it was quick trip up there.  My birthday was on a Thursday and we got up there midday and toured the grounds.  The main house of the Bed and Beverage was an old mansion that was re-done, but had the same charm of when it was built in the 1800’s.  There were two additional carriage houses that were built on the grounds that had this awesome modern/rustic vibe to them (which is where we stayed).  As we got to the room and I opened the door, I found balloons and a huge flower arrangement that my husband had arranged to be there when we checked in 🙂 . We then had a glass of wine in the bar, known as The Apothecary, before getting ready to go to this delicious steakhouse for dinner.  The next morning, we slept late and went to a nearby diner for brunch.  We hung out by the pool and relaxed and played bocce ball for the early part of the day, then went to a local wine bar and had wine and bread and cheese.  Those local spots are so fun – the owner had such character and made our wine tasting experience very entertaining.  Thennn, we had a murder mystery cabaret dinner!  It was held in the ballroom of Maxwell and was very quaint.  It was so fun – each table had characters to play, and I naturally volunteered to play a part.  I mayyy have gone a bit over the top in my performance of Claudette – but I blame it on the pinot 🙂 .  Afterwards, we were invited to go to this underground speakeasy that had a bar and a piano.  The cast of the show came down and played songs into the wee hours of the night.  Had the hotel had availability for the next day, we were going to be sporadic and stay another night because of how relaxing and fun it was.

The trip was so memorable… I know that it’s not possible to pick up and have a trip like this any time you want, but if you are looking to do something special with your significant other, I highly recommend saving your pennies and doing something like this at your closest B&B!

I can’t thank my hubby enough for making my birthday so special.  He did an amaaaazing job with everything and made me feel SO loved! <3

Here’s a photo recap! (pardon red-eyes and instagram filters 😉 )IMG_7552 IMG_7553 IMG_7554 IMG_7556 IMG_7557 IMG_7559 IMG_7560 IMG_7566 IMG_7573 IMG_7574 IMG_7575 IMG_7580 IMG_7581 IMG_7908 IMG_7907 IMG_7906 IMG_7586 IMG_7587 IMG_7597 IMG_7600 IMG_7607 IMG_7814 IMG_7608 IMG_7816Cheers to the next 30 <3


xo, tess


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