GG and I had a really nice weekend away, and I’m going to try to remember everything I wanted to write about…
We left around 11:30 on Friday and had a nice drive up to New Hope, except it was kind of rainy and gray all day. Check-in at the Bed and Breakfast wasn’t until 3 PM, so we decided to get lunch first. We ended up eating at the Triumph Brewing Company, where we were seated next to a table with about two adults and six small, screaming children. We were both pretty hungry, so I got a burger and fries, and GG had some crab hush puppies and a roast beef sandwich. Everything was delicious, and kicked off Overeatathon ’06. We still had some time to kill after lunch, so we walked around the Union Square shops for a little while, before heading to the B&B.
The place we stayed was very nice. Like most B&Bs, I guess, they had rooms with different names and themes. We were staying in the Ocean Room, which ended up being upstairs, all the way at the end of the hall, which was great, because it meant we wouldn’t have people walking past all the time. The main feature of the room was that the bathroom door was this big wooden panel that slid back and forth on a track, apparently like doors on ships (?). There was a big net draped along one wall, with shells and starfish and stuff in it, and lots of other ocean and nautical knick-knacks around. We had a little rest before heading back to “downtown” New Hope. When we had arrived, we asked the innkeeper if she had the phone number of the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant, so we could make dinner reservations. As we left, she told us that she had made us 7:30 reservations for dinner. Awesome!
With several hours before dinner, we tried to walk off our giant lunches by checking out New Hope’s downtown shops. It was raining off and on, so we were fiddling with umbrellas, which kind of sucked – but I’m glad I had that crazy umbrella my mom gave me for Christmas, that opens and closes automatically. So we went to a ton of different shops, didn’t really buy anything… Well, we got some candy at this little candy shop, and GG got a replacement Fiestaware dish for his mom at Hot Plates. And we got some marble coasters on sale there, too. (We also saw some very cool rings at Hearts Afire that may have sparked GG’s interest in engagement rings..?)
All that walking didn’t really do much to increase our appetites, but we had to go to dinner anyway. So we got dressed nicely, had a little photoshoot, and headed to Peddler’s Village. I’d been to the Cock ‘n Bull once before, for a Mother’s Day brunch; GG had never been there before. Dinner was delicious – unfortunately, because of our huge lunches, every bite was torture. I had chicken breast topped with a gorgonzola sauce and chopped walnuts, and GG had a calamari appetizer followed by filet mignon (!). Plus we each got a salad with our meal. Plus GG talked me into getting dessert (I had a fruit, yogurt, and graham cracker crumb parfait, and GG had rice pudding).
When we got back to the B&B, it was after 9 PM, it was dark out, and we were in the middle of the woods. GG opened his car door, and this snorting creature stuck its head in the car and its paws on GG’s lap! He freaked out, which made me scream, and then we realized: it was a very friendly, excited dog. He followed us up to the door of the house, so I checked his tag to make sure he belonged there and not to a neighbor or something. He had the same address as the B&B, so we let him in, and he ended up back with his family. (There was also a cat who lived there. She looked like a miniature Katrina, except she was not as into petting and scratches as our kitties. I was petting her when we checked in, and she bit my hand [gently] to tell me to stop. And she said “meow.” A perfect little meow!) GG needed to calm down a little after his near heart attack, and I needed to rest from eating so much, so we sat in the common room of the B&B, in front of the remote control fireplace. Eventually, we headed up to bed. It was much earlier than my usual bedtime, but I could barely stay awake past 10:00, between the food, the walking, and the soft, comfy bed.
We got up around 8:00 Saturday morning, got dressed, and headed downstairs for breakfast. All the guests were seated at seperate tables, and we all got to choose what time we wanted breakfast. As we were sitting there, it looked like there was a group of four women across from us, and another couple sitting next to us. I later realized that the four women were two lesbian couples, and the couple sitting next to us were also two women. (New Hope is very gay-friendly.) So it was sort of funny that GG was the only man staying at the B&B. Breakfast was delicious: a fruit salad, english muffin, and sausage and potato frittata. And awesome strawberry orange juice.
We checked out shortly after breakfast and headed back home, down 202 South. As we neared Norristown, we stopped to check out a couple stores in a shopping center, which we’ve been meaning to visit. Big Lots was kind of like a creepy KMart. Aldi was like an even creepier Amelia’s Grocery Outlet, and it smelled like a pet store + disinfectant.
Last night we got dinner at the mall (more food!), wandered around for a while, and then went to see Scary Movie 4. It was pretty good, except for GG pinching my knees when the tripods blew their horns!!
Today: laundry, followed by Easter dinner with GG’s family. Have a good day, everyone!