Thursday, November 7, 2013

Keswick Retreat

Shaun and I haven't gone on a vacation yet this year. With summer being over I was pretty bummed about the fact that I never went to the beach since I grew up so close to the water and was so used to a quick day trip down to lay on the sand and run from the waves. However, buying a home and having so much to explore in my new little town and the nearby mountains, main streets and shops has kept me quite busy and satisfied and dulled the pain that the sorrow of missing the beach had brought.

Just a few weeks ago, however, we went on a mini retreat to Keswick in Charlottesville for Shauns work and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed just getting away and pretty much doing nothing for a while.

The first thing I adored about Keswick was the beautiful setting. We went through farms for several miles before reaching our destination and even passed an absolutely breathtaking little stone house by the side of the road with a fully functioning water mill outside. It was a few more miles before I picked my jaw up off of the jaw floor after passing that.

When we arrived we were greeted by the most beautiful entry hall that looked like a Country Living spread on steroids. Beautiful grandiose furniture. Antiques everywhere and a calm, warm feeling color palette throughout. I was in total vintage heaven.

 Shaun was so embarrassed walking around with me snapping pictures everywhere but I just couldn't help myself.  It was too pretty to put into words so I had to capture it. Our room was equally as adorable with a fun country cottage feel and a big comfy bed.

Of course web ad to take our traditional vacay selfie picture. You can tell how much Shaun is loving this right now, right?

This was sort of an accidental selfie as I wanted to get a picture of this huge, beautiful dresser.

I was tempted to steal the art off the walls and smuggle back in my suitcase. However, Shaun already scoffed at me for taking a magazine and the rubber ducky. You can't give me a rubber ducky and expect me to abandon it?!

Here is said magazine. It was chock full of beautiful little shops in downtown Charlottesville that I hope to revisit one day when we have a bit more time!

I actually loved the Molton Brown ginger lily body wash so much that I ordered a full size version while I was there. It arrived 2 days after we got home and I was thrilled because it felt like I was extending the vacation a little bit whenever I take a shower!

I can't explain to you the sheer beauty and coolness of this desk. It had a whole separate part that rolled out with a bunch of tiny compartments, then some additional slabs that slid out on the sides. You can't tell in the picture but that middle section top has an etched leather inlay and that entire piece slid back to show the compartments below.

I mean…seriously? I was even envious of the trash can. Where can I find one of these? I'm gonna need one in every bedroom.

After lounging and taking a nap in our adorable room we decided to hit the town after Shauns meetings.  We went to downtown Charlottesville and explored the little main street shops and had lunch at Orzo wine bar, neither one of us had wine…go figure!

If I was the owner of this civic I would park just like this every day and play some awesome action movie type music every time I got out.

 This amazing little pho place was a refabbed Transmission parts and service building! How cool is that? Ridiculously cool that's how.
Unfortunately Shaun does not care for pho. Nor does he really care for Meatballs. So I never got the chance to try either of these yummy looking places

We ended up not realizing there was an entire "pedestrian mall" area of Charlottesville (even though I insisted on the map it was totally a thing *ahem*) so to burn the extra daylight we drove down to the Michie Tavern and mill. It was a really cute little cluster of historic buildings dating back to the late 1700s with people in period costumes trying to sell you overpriced knick knacks. I didn't buy any knick knacks. I did however buy some rock candy, a cow tale, a bottle of coke and a slingshot. Shaun remarked how much it looked like he was accompanying Bart Simpson and I told him to eat my shorts.

Seriously regretting not purchasing the tea brick!

It was pretty much the perfect day to be out and about exploring. We ended up heading back to Keswick and touring the grounds by ourselves before we had to get dressed for dinner.

This charming little garden cottage was the most perfect little fall setting. 

These gorgeous purple flowers wrapped around the spa. I ended up getting a deep tissue massage and reflexology. It was goooood.

The dinners were classy and wonderful just like all events thrown by Shauns work. He joked with me a little bit when I ordered a bloody mary at the cocktail reception around 9PM but the bartender reassured me it was totally normal so I ended up sitting with the bartender most of the time.

All in all it was a wonderful quick 3 day trip to a place we never would have been before. We got the chance to relax, refresh and the morning before we left I caught up on a Law & Order: SVU marathon in the room. I was actually supposed to go on a garden tour bright and early but I ended up sleeping through it and getting room service instead. It's my mini vacation I can be lazy if I want to, right?

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