Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Birthday Trip to The Greenbrier

Quick recap of the weekend - Friday night - pizza at Hawthornes...it's what Fridays are made for.  Saturday night - Kevin's fam took me out to Cantina 1511 for my birthday.  So fun!  The way they do it is whoever's birthday it is, gets to pick the restaurant.  It's a cool tradition we do for all of our birthdays every year!

Okay I'm back to my way too many pictures ways because I wanted to document this special trip.  Saturday morning Kevin informed me we were going somewhere early Sunday until late Monday.  At first, I freaked out because I had been gone all last week and I really needed Sunday to get my home life put back together and Monday to get my work life put back together.  BUT I got over myself and decided it was a good decision to go with the flow.  :)

We woke up super early and took this lil bubba to camp.  He was very excited despite his look here.  He was basically in our laps when we turned on the road for camp.

At this point, I still didn't know where we were going.  He just told me it was cold so pack accordingly and I could not bring any jeans...I had to be dressy and super dressy for dinner.  Okay.  Well once we passed Primland in VA, I knew that was out.  When we entered WV, I definitely thought Greenbrier.  Kevin knows that I live in Hiltons/Hampton Inns during the week so not to sound snobby butttttt, I ain't staying at the local WV Hampton for fun!  And I'm pretty sure I can wear jeans in Hamptons haha.  

So then he went into this silly story about how we were going skiing at Snowshoe though looking back, he didn't even know the name of Snowshoe, I'm the one that mentioned it.  

We go into Lewisburg, WV for some lunch.  Also by the way, I'm shocked at this point that Kevin has made it close to where we are going.  This is the boy that went to Raleigh from Charlotte and ended up in Virginia.  I love him to death but directions are not his strong suit.  

We walked into some shops then went to brunch at the General Lewis Inn.  

The egg BLT was amazing!

Then we kept driving towards the "ski resort."  Come on, I was not stupid.  I knew we were going to Greenbrier but I really didn't know haha.  I said to him, "let's at least see if we can get past the guard gate to go walk around before we continue on."  So we get to the guard and he asks if we're checking in and Kevin says, "yes!"  AHHHH.  

ALLLL decorated for Christmas.  It was stunning!

We threw our stuff in our gorgeous room and walked everywhere.  They gave us each $20 to gamble with - I won $28 and Kevin didn't get so lucky.  I told him you have to bet big to win big which is what I did.  ;)

Afternoon tea was at 4pm.

Then we went bowling!

Clearly we are not championship bowlers.

Then we had dinner at Prime 44 West.   Such a special treat.

I randomly got this fun peach bellini drink.  It was good and something different.  Usually I'm a red wine gal this time of year but I wanted something sweet!

Caesar salad made tableside with anchovies.  Yes please.

Filet and lobster mac and cheese.  We both got the same entree.

Bananas Foster for dessert, like we needed it at that point.

Brunch the next day was a huge buffet.

I'm still thinking about those strawberries - they had to have been shipped in - they tasted so fresh!

Such a special trip and a very necessary for both of us!  

Oh and he surprised me with the big bottle of my favorite perfume as well - Creed, Spring Flower.  If you've never smelled it - you must.  

Thank you to Kevin, our friends and family for a perfect birthday!


  1. What a fun time!!! Happy belated birthday! :)

  2. What a fabulous trip! Hope you enjoyed every minute.

  3. Tell Kevin he needs to start rubbing off on his friend Brad ; )I told Brad I like the idea of surprise-trips in my future (I don't know if he went for it haha) Anyway, that dress (and you) looked beautiful. I'm glad you had such a special Birthday weekend- you deserve it!

  4. Such a fun trip! I need to add Greenbrier to my list of must visit places.

  5. I had such a fun time checking in on where you were going Sunday! Looks like a beautiful destination!!!

  6. First of all, happy birthday!!!! Second, I loved this post because I have been wanting to go to Greenbrier! Your photos of it are so beautiful - Kevin is so sweet to surprise you with that!!! :)

  7. Aw, LOVE this, he hit it out of the park with this one! I've always wanted to go there and this just seals the deal.

  8. What a fun, gorgeous birthday surprise!!

  9. Happy belated birthday friend! We love the Greenbrier and it is such a special place! So glad you got to go and kudos to Kevin for planning it and keeping it a surprise! Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo!