Monday, May 5, 2008

Weekend Getaway

Our 9th wedding anniversary is coming up on Thursday! On our previous anniversaries, we would go away to Atlantic City but we decided to change it up a bit this year. We went to one of our favorite little Pennsylvania towns, Jim Thorpe. We've been going there several times a year both with and without the kids. This time, we stayed overnight for two nights at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. It was a fabulous time! We ate at our favorite restaurant, enjoyed the towns unique shops and did some hiking and biking. I had the best ever kahlua tiramisu too, at a restaurant called Moya! It's all about the food, ya know!

You can click on all of the pictures to see them bigger!

This is the inn (left) and our favorite restaurant in town, JT's.


It drizzled a smidge, or 50 drops as my friend, Andrea would say, on Saturday morning, but cleared up fast. We were able to climb to the Glen Onoko Falls and then ride our bikes through the Lehigh Gorge.


On our way out of the gorge, we stopped and walked across the newly restored railroad bridge over the Lehigh River. There were lots of whitewater rafters out that day! We didn't get any really good pictures of the two of us. I planned on ordering one of those Gorillapods, but forgot! So, we had to use nature as our tripod, which didn't work out that great!


Yesterday morning, we toured the Asa Packer mansion. We always wanted to do that and finally made the time! He is the founder of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. It sounds like he and his wife were overall great people too, not taking their wealth to their heads! They were very generous to the people that worked for them, including their live in help. What a gorgeous home too! The woodwork was so ornate and it was in really great shape for being 140 plus years old. I even got some inspiration to use on some layouts! The Asa Packer mansion is on the left and the Harry Packer mansion, his son, is on the right. The Harry Packer mansion was the inspiration for Disney's Haunted Mansion. It is now a privately owned hotel.


But, we are back to reality today. It wasn't too hard to get back into it since it was an absolutely gorgeous day! Jack and I played outside and did yard work until we picked Macy up from school, then we all went out! It's going to be a repeat tomorrow! I just love playing in the dirt!!

Have a great week! Thanks for reading!

23 comments:

Kimberly said...

gorgeous photographs!
i'm so happy you and chris had some time, just the two of you. i'm jealous! lol...
loved hearing about your trip.
enjoy the nice weather too, while you work and play out in the dirt!

Patrice~ said...

dang!
you two are cuties!!
beautiful pics, too!

Anonymous said...

but rachael . . .did you get to try ethans favorite pickles?

Lea L. said...

Gorgeous photos Rachael!! So pretty!

~Lea

Aimeslee said...

Rachel, what gorgeous vacation scenery and photos of you. And your kitchen is fab! So happy for you that it's done. Love the clear LO, too.

Marlene said...

These pics are cool!!! Very interesting, too. Having recently been to Disney - I can see the resemblance to the Harry Packer mansion. Way cool!

Happy Anniversary, you lovebirds!

Ryzmomplus2 said...

Looks like a great get away. Gorgeous pictures too!

~Amie~ said...

looks like a fab time Rachael- such gorgeous photos! happy anniversary!

croppin carla said...

WOW, that looks like such a nice place to visit. What a wonderful Annv gift you two gave each other. That is so nice.

scrappermimi said...

What great pics! And it looks like a great time, glad the weather held out!

heather said...

i can tell by the pictures that it is a great little town! how fun to get away w/o the kids.

happy anniversary!

Sarah C. said...

Congratulations! Happy early anniversary to you & DH! :)

What a cute little town. I'm not sure I've ever heard of it. Adding to my list of "must see" places.

Delaney Gates said...

Oh, that sounds heavenly! We have a little town about an hour away called Eureka Springs that looks exactly like your photos!

Andrea said...

Glad you only got 50 drops on your trip too.....Happy Anniversary to the two of you! Great pics and beautiful scenery!!!

:)

stacy said...

Happy Anniversary! Jim Thorpe looks beautiful! I thought Harry Packers mansion looked familiar... it does look like the Haunted Mansion at Disney!

Scrapbook Princess said...

Happy Anniversary!! YOu 2 are just so cute together!

jill said...

Happy anniversary! Wonderful pictures! Looks like a weekend getaway dh and I would do.

Angel said...

Happy Anniversary ! Thanks for sharing the photos of your weekend! Looks like a beautiful place to visit!

Melonie said...

Happy Anniversary Rachael and Chris! We just celebrated ours too! So glad you got some time alone. Beautiful pictures.
Oh and I LOVE the new kitchen! Gorgeous!

MandyKay said...

it looks like you had an awesome time!
i love the pics!

Melanie said...

Gorgeous photos, Rachael! I'm glad you had such a great time on your anniversary getaway!

Lyn said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Lyn said...

Looks like a fabulous anniversary adventure! I can't believe we live only 20 minutes apart... we're just outside of Reading!! Isn't PA just lovely?!
I'm married 10 months today! Feeling the love! :)