The festivities started on Thursday afternoon with cupcakes given to me by my coworkers who knew I wouldn't be in the office on my actual birthday. The were from my favorite, The Cake Lady, and because it was mostly women partaking, we cut several up into quarters so that we could taste several flavors. There were two men present and they each ate a whole cupcake as they declared us nutty!
Friday morning Mr. Helen and I slept in until 6:30 then got up and prepared to leave for our mini Spa Vacation. As I was finishing up getting ready he told me he had to run to the bank and would be right back. When he got home he walked through the door with this:
I almost felt sad to leave them alone for the night but I knew my fabulous spa day awaited so off we went! We were running a little bit later than anticipated so I didn't have time to stop and take a photo of the outside of the spa so I'll show you a Googled image:
We got checked in and Mr. Helen went off to use the fitness facility, hot tub and whirlpool in the men's locker room and I went off to yoga, followed by hot tubbing and a facial. No photos allowed in those areas of course. After our morning activities, we went to lunch. Mr. Helen came out to meet me fully clothed and said, "I thought we were going to lunch?" "Yes," I replied. "But you're in your bathrobe..." "Yes honey, just wait until we get to the dining room, you'll probably be the only person in clothes." And he was! Well at least until another couple came in and the husband was also dressed. I told Mr. Helen they'd probably had the same conversation we did lol!
The food and service in the restaurant is spectacular. My lunch package included a choice of two courses and all the water, coffee and tea I could drink. We decided to start with a toast to me (and once I saw this photo I immediately thought of Roz and Dennis and their toasts):
I chose to have an appetizer, shrimp cocktail, and the Tenderloin Salad with balsamic reduction. Mr. Helen got this salad as well. It was delicious!
After lunch before our pedicures we decided to see if our room was available to check in. It was and when we got to the room, we were astonished - we had been upgraded to a suite! Years ago, my sister dated the guy who is the inn manager and he knew we were there celebrating my birthday. Sometimes, it really is who you know! The hallway leading to the room was long and at this point we still didn't know it was a suite:
We opened the door and said, "Holy CARP!" Between the living room area, the bedroom and the two! bathrooms, this suite was almost as big as two levels of my three level house:
As you can see, we were having quite the day.... and at this point it was only about 3:00. Come back tomorrow for part 2!