… is tomorrow. Wow! That really snuck up on me. I still remember last year when we took an extended weekend to a cabin in wine country. We started a fire, lounged in the hot tub, snacked on our complimentary wine and cheese package, and visited an airplane show, a casino, and a wine festival. It was a really nice weekend. There was a little hitch when an airplane crashed at the airshow…
We weren’t sure what it was at first when we heard the big boom and saw the smoke cloud. We were on the way to our car after having watched several cool planes, stunts, and lots of formations. We had eaten all of the free food and drinks that we cared for from the VIP tent we were in, and decided to head back to the cabin. After the boom, no one else seemed to be doing anything differently. There were no sirens, so we got in the car and turned on the radio. Nothing. We proceeded to the exit, and all of the flag guys didn’t know anything. So we just headed back. Later that night at the little restaurant/bar run by the establishment we found out it was a plane crash, and there was a fatality. Very sad.
Back to the wonderful recollecting. That weekend my husband and I reconnected in a way that had been very difficult for us up to that point. Our 1 year wedding anniversary was less than 6 months after DDay. Still, none of that seemed to cloud us that weekend. At least not that I can remember now. What I do remember is rolling hills, green grass, wine, grapes, good food, snuggling up together on a cold night, the smell of the fireplace, and the super soft blanket on the bed. I remember the warm jacuzzi tub, the woods, watching football from the casino’s sport’s bar, drinking wine out of our souvenir glasses from the wine festival, driving in the car, and just enjoying the scenery.
In addition to all of those wonderful activities and views, we also visited one of our favorite restaurants – Bryan Voltaggio‘s Volt in Frederick, Maryland. We don’t get there much, but I happened to get a coveted spot at his Table 21 experience! If you aren’t familiar with the restaurant or that experience (and if you aren’t a foodie you may very well have no idea), Bryan Voltaggio is a completely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G chef and Table 21 is a 21 course tasting menu in the kitchen. It gets booked up over a year in advance. I happened to be a Twitter follower of Mr. Voltaggio, and swooped up a last-minute cancellation. Fate was really on our side – we were only about 2 hours from the area and the time and date were perfect for our anniversary getaway.
The experience was beyond my imagination… Spectacular. The food was interesting, artsy, and very, very good. The seating was unbeatable – right there in the kitchen, observing everything that goes on behind the scenes at a top restaurant. The service was the best I will probably ever experience. We got a new place setting and silverware between every single course. There were 8 of us sitting around an L-shaped table, and we were all served at once. It was like a beautiful, synchronized dance. Each course was announced and explained in detail. We had a private sommalier who suggested wines to pair with each dish or the overall direction of the meal. At the end of the night we received a detailed, pretty menu that listed all of the 21 courses along with a goodie bag to go with some home-made candy and biscuits.
This year things won’t be as extravagant. But I think they will be just as amazing. We are going to a nice dinner tomorrow night at one of the first places we ever had a real date. At least, according to my husband. I remember several “real dates” before this particular one, but I guess he doesn’t want to count bars or friends’ houses. It is also a restaurant that has some special memories for him over the course of our 5 years together. Of course, they are positive memories for me, too. Best of all, their food is so, so yummy. I’m salivating just thinking about it.
On Friday we will be going out to dinner again. This time to a local farm to table restaurant that has won several awards. I have been hinting and hinting to my husband for months that I want to go there. I finally just came right out and told him – I want to go there very soon. He called me a few minutes ago to tell me that he got us reservations. It turns out that when you ask for what you want, you get it sometimes. 🙂 Go figure!
Finally, this weekend we are going camping. Yep. Camping. Like in an actual tent. I’m really looking forward to it. We are going to a national park in the mountains. We have our camping spot reserved, our tent packed up, our sleeping bags and air mattress set aside, and a few trails picked out. Mr. Mess actually planned and booked it all. I didn’t have to do a thing, which is fantastic! We plan to do some wine tastings, hiking to take pictures of a few waterfalls, and cooking out over a fire! Yay!! I can’t wait! We won’t have a hot tub or fancy 21 course meal this year, but we will have each other, great views of the mountains, and a cozy place to snuggle up together.
***All photos courtesy of moi!