October Retreat | Day 2

October 3rd, 2015

Well, I had to turn 33 eventually… So why not celebrate it while on vacation?!

We started the day off early with some room service, because you can’t have a fun vacation without ordering some…

Tomato and Ham Omelet (no cheese please!)
Tomato and Ham Omelet (no cheese please!)

We did a bit of walking around after breakfast, checked out some of the shops that are in both the Sammons and Vanderbilt wings. Before heading out into the rain to make a quick Starbuck run.

Lunch from Marketplace.
Lunch from Marketplace.

Since mum had her needlepoint class to attend for the afternoon, we picked up a quick lunch at the Marketplace in the Vanderbilt wing before heading down to the conference rooms below.

With mum at her class, I curled up on one of the couches outside of the conference room and took in the rainy view. (Which was quite pretty actually…)

One of my views.
One of my views.

I love fog. Not driving in it obviously… but watching it from a comfy seat. Yes, please.

Another view.
Another view.

What you see on the bottom right is the spa. It’s underground, but with skylights… Also, note that the leaves are just starting to get some fall color. Still lots of green there.

The internet might not have been as awesome over in the conference area, but I still got to watch some Kdramas.
The internet might not have been as awesome over in the conference area, but I still got to watch some Kdramas.
Every once in awhile I would get up and walk to the other side of the building and snap some pictures.
Every once in awhile I would get up and walk to the other side of the building and snap some pictures.

No one was taking advantage of the outdoor pool in the rain… The indoor pools in the spa are a much better option…

After mum’s class ended we headed back to the room to fresh up for the special birthday dinner @ Sunset Terrace… and to snap a picture of the canvas/goodies from the Needlepoint class.

Closeup of the canvas.
Closeup of the canvas.

Now time to walk to dinner… Let me tell you, the Grove Park is massive, and we made the trip from one end of the inn to the other many times throughout each day.

View from our dinner table.
View from our dinner table.

You wouldn’t believe that just moments before we headed to the restaurant, this whole area was covered by a thick fog!

Best chicken I've ever had.
Best chicken I’ve ever had.
Dessert suprise.
Dessert suprise.

Later we were going to order desserts, but I ‘chickened’ out at the last moment. Mum however got to enjoy a delicious (albeit very expensive) piece of cheesecake.

Looked scrumptious!
Looked scrumptious!

Stay tuned for Day 3, coming shortly…

~theavidpen

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