Hello friends! After an epic long drive from Maryland to Boston, I am finally home and back to reality. Ready for some wedding weekend goodness?!
This weekend I headed down to Maryland for a wedding with The Scientist. His brother was the best man at the wedding so we all decided to drive down together to save a little bit of $$$ on flights to. In hindsight, I’m not sure if the drive was worth the MANY hours in the car…
We left bright and early Friday morning at 6am to try to beat a little bit of traffic. We were doing ok until we hit New Jersey. If any of you lovely readers are NJ residents, please explain to me why you can’t turn left anywhere?! We had a place pinpointed for lunch, but it took us about 20 minutes to get there because we couldn’t turn anywhere logical.
Finally we hit our lunch destination at Iron Hill Brewery.
Their food was pretty good and their beer was pretty good. Overall, a solid choice for a random pit stop. I had the turkey burger with mushrooms, swiss cheese and horseradish sauce. I didn’t eat the bun and thank goodness I didn’t…I was stuffed after the burger and beer!
The rest of the drive whipped by due to a nicely timed nap and a good book. We hit Maryland around 3p or so. We stayed at the Aspen Wye River Marriott, which is on a large plantation in the middle of nowhere. The weather was beautiful and we didn’t have a lick of phone service. It was fantastic!
We rested for a bit and then headed out to grab a sunset dinner at Harris Crab House, overlooking Chesapeake Bay.
We spent the rest of the evening hanging out in the “lobby” of the River House. The hotel is set up inside these old houses so there is a nice large common space surrounded by the rooms.
When I woke up the next morning the birds were chirping and the sun was shining through the window. It was absolutely gorgeous outside! We borrowed a few bikes and took a bike ride around the plantation.
After our bike ride the boys went kayaking while I lounged on this bench and read more of my book (teenage dystopian novels FTW!).
I *might* have gotten a little too much sun, but it was wonderful to just be outside and enjoying the fresh air.
Finally, it was wedding time! The wedding was going to be in the Cherry Garden so I made sure to wear appropriate shoe attire. Overall, I don’t think I looked too shabby. BTW…Who doesn’t love a good bathroom mirror photo? My date cleaned up pretty well too!
The service was short, but very sweet. I get teary at all weddings, even when I don’t really even know the bride and groom! The minute I see someone crying I just can’t help but join them.
*Note: I realize I have no pics of the bride & groom. I took a few, but they were crap and not worth showing. This is why people get paid the big bucks to be wedding photographers! Take it from me…they were beautiful and in love. Insert crying here…*
The reception was held in a lovely tent near the house we were staying in. The night was complete with a fun band, a photo booth, booze, and food.
Oh…and there were sparklers. I don’t have a ton of things that freak me out, but sparklers are one of them. I had a small incident as a teenager with a sparkler and acrylic nail. Ever since then I’ve been anti sparklers.
The evening continued on with s’mores by a patio fireplace and all kinds of laughing. I was pooped and ready for bed by 2am! I know that several people were up until at least 4 or 5. Seriously!
We gathered up all our things and headed out Sunday morning. We weren’t too far from Dogfish Head Brewery and I wanted to stop by. Unfortunately the brewery is closed on Sunday, but their pub was still serving up samples in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Beer samples, fried pickles, caesar salad, mac &cheese. Good God…I need a food break!
After lunch we headed back on the road and started the journey home.
12 hours later (around 2am!) we finally made it back to Boston. I’ve marked the George Washington Bridge in NYC, most of Delaware, parts of New Jersey Turnpike, and all of I-91 around New Haven off my places to visit again list.
The wedding was beautiful, the weather was wonderful, the company was great, and I was pleased as punch to be The Scientist’s date for the weekend.
Next up…back to clean eating, working out and all things work in between.
See ya tomorrow!