Friday, May 11, 2018

Our Little Getaway!!

Our Staycation at Getaway House!!


Hello all it’s so good to be back with you again on this lovely Friday, I went to a really spectacular spot this past week, and I can't wait to share it with you guys. I had an amazing time little overnight trip, or clamping as they call it. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a tiny house? I have, and many times over especially after I started watching that show on HGTV called Tiny House Hunters, and another one called: Going Tiny. I have seen them all hooked up and decorated in so many fantastic ways, and due to all of the unique and interesting little space saving ideas, they're full of so much character. I’m one of those people that is down to try anything new and fun, I guess I'm what you call very outgoing  Exploring something new is fun to me, so when I got my chance to spend the night in a Tiny House, best believe I took it. We went to a place called Getaway House in Stanardsville Virginia. Home to a family campground for over 2 decades, the site covers 80 acres of beautiful lush wooded landscape. They also have a location in Boston and New York. The Virginia location is about a 2.5 hour drive from my house in Randallstown MD, which is Baltimore County. I was really excited about going, Rob on the other hand wasn't so receptive. He has issues with his back which makes long drives tough for him, so as you can imagine I got a lot of complaints. As always I am the glass is half full, he is the glass is half empty, we're polar opposites on a lot of things. I guess this is why we make such a good couple, he evens me out in certain situations, and vise versa. I'm so glad to be able to say that once we arrived and he got a good look around his mind quickly changed. On the drive up we saw a lot of cool places that we made plans to hit up on the way back. It just wouldn’t be a travel post if I didn’t give you guys a taste of the immediate area. The whole property was tucked up in the woods making private and not to mention gorgeous. Each tiny house has 140 to 200 square foot of space inside and a name, yes I said each Tiny House has a name. I have to say I thought that was really interesting and quite cute, it adds a more personal experience when your cabin has a name, our's was named Cyris. 





They're also equipped with a little driveway, as well as a separate picnic area with two chairs, a fire pit, a picnic table and a waterproof container that includes everything you need to start a fire with ease, like fire starters, bonfire starters, and dry bundles of wood. This is where we set up Piper's line so she could explore the clearing and hangout by the fire with us. Yes they allow your dogs to come with you, for a small fee of $25 they can enjoy Getaway as well. You guys know i don't go anywhere without Piper, I think she had just as much a good time as Rob and I did.There’s also just enough trees, foliage and space, so that you have privacy from the other cabins, but you’re close enough that you know you’re not alone. My first impressions were oh my goodness it’s so tiny, until I walked into the door and got my first glimpse of the inside. When you walk in you come to an adorable little kitchen, where there is a double burner flat top, then a cute little stainless steel sink, along with some shelving on the right-hand side that holds plates, pans and cups. Just under the flat top is a fun red mini fridge, and off to the right is the bathroom. Yes it’s an actual bathroom with a flushing toilet and a hot shower, granted it’s tiny but everything in a tiny house is tiny. Then off to the left is a table and chair, perfect to use as a desk, to eat or to play cards. A little further to the left there is the super comfy bed, then further off to the left, next to the bed the far end wall is one big window. As you can see in the image below the window placement is perfect, that way you can lay in the bed and just look at and enjoy nature, it’s a genius idea. 







Now keep in mind these tiny houses are set back in the woods to give you a peaceful and quiet way to recharge, so no televisions are included, but there is a really nice radio. They also stock the cabinet next to the sink with all kinds of goodies, they also have a shelf of fun books to read. I spotted a S’mores kit on the table, along with a cell phone box to put your phones in until you leave. I have to say Rob and I thoroughly enjoyed the s’mores after settling in and getting unpacked.Then Rob went outside and started a fire where we sat and enjoyed the surroundings for a few hours, it was such a relaxing experience. We also took some walks through the area to get a look at all the other tiny houses.






I had no idea there were so many. I saw lots of beautiful Irises all over the property, along with trees being flowered due to the spring season. It was around 3 pm when we arrived so it’s wasn’t long before night fell. With the hectic morning and long drive I was more than exhausted, so I fell asleep quite early. I slept so soundly all night because is was so quiet, peaceful, and dark. Wow up there every star shows itself in the sky, it’s absolutely amazing. I woke up early and refreshed the next morning, ready to take on the day. We had a long drive home and some fun spots to stop at so we packed up and regretfully said goodbye to Cyris, then headed out to find a good breakfast spot. On our way out of Virginia we spotted a place called Jacks (located on Spotswood Trail in Ruckersville VA) and we stopped in to eat. I have to say it was a great find, because we really enjoyed the food and service, everyone what so friendly, along with the restaurant being nice and super clean, as I’m sure you can see in the images below. Rob had the eggs Benedict and I had the Mexican breakfast. Both meals where aesthetically pleasing and delish, I sure wish there was a Jacks in Baltimore because I would be there on the regular. 





After filling our bellies we headed out to one of two spots we noticed on the drive up. First stop was a petting zoo, you guys know I had to stop in, I took a live feed video on Instagram, I wish I could post it here for you guys to see because it was so much fun. They had little gum ball machines full of feed to give the animals such as Billy goats, llamas, ostrich like birds, beautiful colorful pheasants, huge pot belly pig’s, and even a big beautiful peacock. The animals were so sweet and ate the feed right out of your hand. If you’re ever in the area stop in and give it a go, it’s fun and free. (It’s located on S. Seminole Trail, in Madison VA). 



Then not much further down the road towards home we stopped at the Prince Michel Winery, talk about a beautiful spot and some amazing yummies. When it comes to wine I’m a sweet gal, I definitely don’t like dry. I usually go for the red, and I’m glad to say they had some amazing choices. We also checked out the vineyard which was so green and gorgeous, and the wine was amazing. As you can see below they both photographed beautifully and you know Piper had to get in on the action. After spending a couple hours tasting wines and schmying around, we got in the car and headed home. 




All in all it was a great trip, and I definitely was able to prove to myself that there are never ending fun things to do in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area. I’m going to be going out of my way to find all of those interesting and fun things to share them with you guys, so if you have any great ideas or things you’d like to see in these areas definitely let me know, you never know I may go. 
Have a wonderful weekend Dolls!!πŸ’‹ 


146 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to check out a tiny house! This staycation looks amazing!

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    1. It was for sure a lot of fun!! I am all for Tiny Houses now...lol!!

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    2. I really wna look inside of one they look awesome

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    3. That sounds awesome I would love it

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  2. Wondering who else stopped the Lays potato chips? πŸ€” Love the green

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    1. I meant to say who else "spotted" the Lays potato chips...

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    2. This reminds me of a great place I stayed once w/ friend's.... 🚣

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    3. Ha Ha ....I always bring me some snacks...lol!!
      It was the coolest little spot, I'll for sure be going back

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    4. Yes, don't leave home w/o them πŸ˜‚

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  3. What a relaxing getaway, definitely something I would enjoy

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  4. These photos are awesome. I love the min pin. He's adorable. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Thanks so much, she's a little ham...lol!!

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  5. It is my dream to live in a little house like that deep in the woods... Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's such a cool experience, like you are part of nature!!
      It's Beautiful!!

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  6. This really looks very relaxing and I know I would enjoy it as much as you did.

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    1. It's super chill and definitely the perfect place to unwind and recharge!!

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  7. The shot with you On the bed in front of the window is very good!

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    1. Awhhh than you! Rob has been getting better with the camera ....lol!!

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  8. I love the tiny cabin named Cyris. It brought in the beautiful serenity of the woods inside so that it didn’t seem tiny at all.

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    1. Amen, my thoughts exactly!! Nothing about it seems tiny while you are there

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  9. That view looks amazing. I wouldn't mind unplugging and going to a minihouse for a staycation. Seems very tranquil.

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    1. It was, I wish I could have stayed longer. It's the perfect unwind and recharge spot!!

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  10. This was such an amazing writeup, I read it from start to finish with a big cuppa tea when it hit my inbox this morning. :D I keep hearing about “glamping” & those Tiny Houses & your pics gave me a great taste of what to expect! It sounds like the perfect kind of weekend trip to take, & now I’m really wanting to search for something similar in my neck of the woods (PNW) for my SO & I! It looks like you had an absolutely wonderful time, yay!

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    1. Thank you so much!!
      It's the absolute perfect unwind and recharge spot, we will definitely be going back. They have 3 locations so maybe you have one not to far from where you live!!

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  11. I love the photos of the petting zoo... Especially today! Memories of both my children and my own time spent at the zoo during toddlerhood. Thanks!

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    1. Ahhhh they're so much fun!! I wish I could have posted the videos I took, they had so many.

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  12. Was there anywhere to 🚣 locally as in on the same property?

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    1. Yes there are a couple spots, I also thing there are so white water rafting spots as well!!

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    2. Thanks for the information have you ever been to New River Gorge Bridge WV?

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  13. It looks like you had a log of fun on your staycation. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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  14. I can’t wait until I go glamping and having a s’more by the fire too!

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    1. Ahhhh there's nothing better!! I have so many great memories as a kid going camping with my parents. There's something nostalgic about it!!

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    1. Unfortunately no wine for Piper...lol!!
      The fridge was just right, we fit a 6pack of sodas and some snacks. All in all it was equipped with everything and had all the comforts of home. I was surprised at hoe they literally thought of everything!

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    1. I would say for a day or two yes, i guess it really depends how long you were staying.

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  17. What a lovely breakfast. I would take the getaway just for this breakfast. But where's the coffee?

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    1. Ahhh you got me on the coffee, I don't drink it but I love my hot tea lol!!

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  18. Nathalie Scott-HsiungMay 15, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    This cabin getaway is exactly what I need

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    1. You would absolutely love the recharge!! It's so nice

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  19. I would like to see the inside of a tiny home.My husband is going to retire soon so maybe we can make it happen.

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    1. It's so cute nd comfy, you would really love the homey feeling!! Plus it has everything you need

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  20. I love the little cabin in the woods

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  21. The winery is very beautiful and peaceful. A great setting for a glass of wine or two.

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  22. I moved to California from Virginia a few years ago and am just now finding out so many fun getaways to visit that I missed out on while living there! I'll share this with my family!

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  23. Are all the cabins set up exactly the same way?

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  24. What did the air smell like out there in the wild?

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  25. The cabin in the woods seems to cozy and it has all we need to stay a couple of days away, I'd like so much to spend some days tasting wine in a such beautiful place.

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  26. This is right up my alley! I would so love this. How relaxing!

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  27. Did you read "How To Survive In The Woods?" πŸ“š

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  28. This place looks fantastic! Would love to go here!

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  29. Staying in one of these would let my wife and I see if we could really live in a tiny home! :)

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  30. this looks so amazing i wish i was there and the food looks so amazing

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  31. That's awesome you got to stay there and honestly I guess now you know if you could adapt or not. Those tiny houses have so much more than people realize. My hubby and I are the same as you and yours we even each other out. We made a big move about 10 years ago from a nice big house to just a small family house. I'm still getting used to 1 bathroom. Our has a name too it's called Home ♡♡

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  32. I can see Piper in the goat pen fitting right in and having fun!

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  33. Cool looking get away, but small.

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  34. Nice house! I would so enjoy it! I’ve never stayed at a place like this.

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  35. The petting zoo looked like so much fun! It is so nice they have little gum ball machines full of feed to give the animals.

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  36. Beautiful place! That just looks like such a cozy place to just enjoy and relax.

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  37. Is this all at one location?

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  38. amystephens85@gmail.comMay 21, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Looks amazing

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  39. Piper looks pretty happy with everything.

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  40. Next time take a picture of the bathroom cause I'm interested in how it's put together .....

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  41. Did Piper enjoy the petting zoo? 🎟

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  42. Looks so relaxing! Would love to go here.

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  43. Looks like a peaceful place to relax. My daughter would love the petting zoo.

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  44. Looks gorgeous, but beautiful pictures of the kitchen and washing up are maybe a bit gender stereotypical. I hope you didn't spend too much time at the sink even if is beautiful

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  45. Looks amazing! must be very relaxing...

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  46. Would you feel comfortable living in a place this small for an extended period of time?

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  47. You know, I think I could live in a tiny house. Especially if it's surrounded by trees, grass and nature. I love the peace and quiet.

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  48. Virginia is absolutely beautiful! Would love to see this place

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  49. This looks like a wonderful place to getaway too! The photos were awesome. Thank you for sharing

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  50. Looks like you had a great time! I would love to stay in a tiny house, just once, for the experience!

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  51. I love your little cabin in the woods. It is so homey.

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  52. That little house really looks cozy. I have thought about what it would be like to live in a little house.

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  53. I love the lighting fixtures in #JacksPlace

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  54. tammie trinh (strawberrymilkx123)May 26, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    your clamping experience looks so fun

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  55. Those cabins look really New how long have they been there?

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  56. Absolutely beautiful place! Looks like a wonderful time! Piper sure does look happy!

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  57. I would love to go there. My idea of a peaceful time.

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  58. Your breakfast pictures are making me hungry for a nice brunch. yum!

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  59. The lighting in the cabin seems like it's setup to be very gentle... Was it?

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  60. This looks like an awesome trip! :) That house is so cute - perfect for a relaxing getaway!
    -Jenna <3
    Follow me back? The Chic Cupcake

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  61. Ahh, what an awesome time. The weather looks beautiful and Piper along must be a bonus! xo

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  62. It looks and sounds lie a really good time, I want to stay in a tiny house !

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  63. That huge bedroom window is like an ever changing screensaver ... 😊

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  64. I’m ready for a camp fire and som’ores

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  65. Was there a community laundromat on the grounds?

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  66. Omg that looks like so much fun, so jealous. But gives me an idea for a family vacay.

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  67. Are the curtains remotely controlled cause that would be cool if they were?

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  68. This is a very nice place. Is it really affordable?

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  69. I love the cabin in the woods retro pocket kitchen. It’s small but stylish and functional. Just right for a cabib in the woods.

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  70. Is "Staycation all you ever wanted starvation got to get away" 🎡

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  71. I need a little getaway like this! I dream of living in a tiny home 1 day!

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  72. This looks like a dream getaway plus there's a petting zoo? Relaxtion and petting cute animals is all I ask for!

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  73. Awesome getaway, can't wait for my vacation too :))

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  74. Did Piper get to let any other animals at the petting zoo? πŸ€”

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    1. What was Piper's reaction to the petting zoo? ....

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  75. Cheers! I love a winery experience.

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  76. This looks like a lot of fun. I love the goats.

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  77. I love a great brunch and this one looks delicious.

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  78. Beautiful! This makes me look forward to our next getaway!

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  79. I also think it is nice that each cabin had its own name!

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  80. I love your brunch picture. It is very artisticly culinary.

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  81. Cheers to your beautiful winery visit.

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  82. looks so calm and peaceful :)

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  83. Very interesting house, but not one where I would stay.

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  84. I love baby goats but you have to watch them every minute. At a petting zoo, one goat had most of my raincoat belt down its throat before I noticed and pulled it out.

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  85. Love it! Looks like a very peaceful and a relaxing get away

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  86. This looks so relaxing and I bet you had an amazing time!

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  87. This looks nice but we own a camper so I wouldn't do this

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  88. Those purple flowers you took a picture of are really pretty!

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  89. I love your Kate Spade handbag. She was such a bright light and will be missed.

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  90. I love all the wood in the cabin in the woods.

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  91. I love the purple and yellow flowers you found in the woods.

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  92. It looks so cozy :) Looks like you had a relaxing getaway.

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  93. Beautiful! I love that they have a petting zoo.

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  94. love the bedroon with all the wood boards all around

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  95. You write so descriptive and expressive. It was wonderful to feel as though i was on your trip right there with you! Thank you!

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  96. This really looks like a fun way to relax.I love those tiny houses.

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  97. Sounds like a relaxing way to recoup.

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  98. That's my kind of trip. Just chillin!

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  99. When we were in Europe, we stayed in little hotel rooms. This is a house! I love that our furry friends can stay there too! You’ve got everything you need, plus beautiful scenery, seclusion and each other! Awesome!

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  100. It is really nice that there is such a large window that you can look out of and see nature!

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  101. I love this weekend getaway. It has the best of everything. Nature, food, and wine...

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  102. I’m craving a good ole smokey campfire s’more.

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  103. luccorbeats@gmail.comJuly 14, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    Very cool post. Would love this!

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