I decided to keep my week off from work to enjoy a "staycation." My husband took one day off: our 21st wedding anniversary. We decided to celebrate by staying in a boutique hotel right in our town -- one that accepts dogs, which means we brought Ella and Henry with us, of course!
The hotel gave us a bottle of French sparkling wine and some treats as well as a sweet handwritten card wishing us a happy anniversary. They even supplied dog beds for the pups. We had an amazing dinner and our server, who we just adored, brought us glasses of bubbly on the house. It was a great celebration.
Our suite had a living room and bedroom with king-size bed. The bathroom was gorgeous. Henry and Ella had to check out the huge walk-in shower. That bathtub was amazing!
There's a wonderful general store within walking distance of the hotel that is dog friendly. Henry and Ella loved it! They got so much attention; all the employees wanted to know their names, ages and their stories. We had a blast, and the dogs eventually wore out, as seen below. They were so well behaved! I was a proud mama.
Earlier in the week, Paul and I went to a nearby lake for some canoeing and swimming! The water was chilly, but refreshing once we got used to it (Paul guessed the water temp was about 78 degrees). How two water-loving people ended up with two water-hating dogs is beyond me, but we lured them in with treats and then gave them baths. We wanted them to be squeaky clean for their stay at the fancy hotel!
Our excursion to the lake was honestly one of the best times I've had in a long time. It was quiet (we only saw a few boats off in the distance), it was warm (especially for late October), the water was invigorating, and the dogs had fun exploring the little island. It's times like this when I realize how blessed I am to be married to such a wonderful man. I can hardly believe it's been 21 years! Where has the time gone? Here's to the next 21.