Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Skamania Lodge

What a beautiful lodge!!! I told David that it is my new Happy Place. It was sooo nice and cozy, and so relaxing! It was officially decided this weekend that I am a "lodger", meaning, I like the whole lodgin' experience... cocoa by the big fireplace, an outdoor spa with waterfall, beautiful mountains surrounding you...what's not to love?

This was on our drive there after we stopped for a late lunch:


Daveyboy happy to have arrived!
The "great room", where there were lots of couches and rocking chairs you could cuddle up in, both facing the fireplace...

..and the GIANT 4 -story windows overlooking the Gorge. Or as I called it, the Gorge-ous. Original, I know.
I had to get a close up here because there was the most beautiful rainbow!!

Isn't this scenery spectacular???
Awww...look at the happy, relaxed couple... =)

We had the "Bed and Breakfast" package for both nights, which included room service for breakfast!! We felt like royalty. Don't pancakes taste so much better both when you don't have to cook them, and when you get to eat them in your pj's in bed?!? I even got a fruit smoothie!!!
Yesterday we went for a hike ...
...David pretended to golf...
... and of course, I made him pose for the obligatory couple-self-portrait!! It just wouldn't be a vacation with out one of those! It was not even 48 hours, but it was soooo glorious!! It wasn't very crowded there at all. In fact late last night, I had the urge to go sit in the spa again (the one pictured in the post below). Dave had had enough "spa time" (who even knew such a thing could happen??) as we had already been down there once that day. So I ran down for a quick dip before bed by myself, and the place was EMPTY. I sat in that hot tub all by myself and just breathed in the fresh mountain air...Heaven. I was in such bliss at one point I was even doing twirls around the large spa with a giant cheesy grin on my face, and that is how the lodge employee found me when she came out to say the spa was closing. Oops. Oh well, I was too relaxed to be embarrassed.
So now we are back home. Safe, sound, relaxed and refreshed. Vacations are just so good for the soul!!!

13 comments:

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

I love, love, love that you got "kicked out" of the spa. I'm SO glad you had a great time; you deserve it!

:) said...

Kendra.... I'm SO GLAD you had such an awesome time! That is just great. The pictures are just beautiful. What a view! Plus the ones of you and David are just so cute! Seeing that breakfast you had delivered made me hungry--ooooh it looks so good....especially the fruit smoothie :) Glad you are back safe and sound, and so glad you had such a great time on your get-a-way!
Love,
Jen
PS--love the story about you being in the hot tub at closing time!

Lacy said...

Glad you had a relaxing trip Kendra!! You two totally deserved it!! It looks so pretty, and sounded like so much fun!! And I am with you...I have NEVER had too much spa time! ;) I was thinking about y'all this weekend!

Jenna said...

Oh lala! What a beautiful place! Breakfast looked yummy! That's too funny about the spa!

Amanda said...

Oh! So fun!!! I'm not a skiier at all, but I'm totally a hot cocoa by the fire kind a girl- if that cocoa has a little Bailey's under the whipped cream that's even merrier. Glad you had an incredible vacation. Loved the photos and your captions. Too funny about too much spa time. Hot tubs to yourself and fresh mountain air- wow! Glad you two had such a great weekend, complete with rainbows.

Julie said...

Wow it looks like you guys had a fabulous time...So happy for you!! Now back to the routine :~) So has any decision been made on the couch yet?

Love ya

Mary said...

Vacations ARE good for the soul! Glad you had a restful trip. Tom and I need to get something planned soon...

Risa said...

Welcome back and I'm happy to hear you guys had a great time! The place looks gorgeous and I look forward to hearing more about your trip when I see you.

Faith said...

Oh my, that looks absolutely gorgeous!!! I can see why you were able to relax so much and just enjoy being there. So glad y'all got to getaway!

Jennifer said...

The breakfast looks amazing:) I'm so jealous!! and i just love the view from the window. So glad ya'll got to getaway for a little r&r!!

Lauren Kelly said...

You are sooooooo right. Vacations always do us good. The lodge looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! :O)

Jenna said...

Oh my my...just PERFECT!! So glad ya'll had a great trip! The place really is Gorge-ous!!

Vanessa's Dad said...

Looks gorgeous... no pun intended. I'm so glad you two could enjoy your get away.

Only 48 hours? A great life is made up of such chapters.

LOVE, DAD