Whew. We are back from our trip to The Homestead. We brought back with us some really fun memories, some new skills and a ton of laundry! We squeezed a lot in our short visit but never felt like we were doing too much. I thought I would share some highlights and then Bryce will post a lot more pictures on a web album for those who are interested.
The Homestead was beautiful and really was our kind of place! It dates back to 1766 and everything was done so beautifully and with such attention to detail. We parked our car when we arrived and didn't get back in it until we left. Everything we did was either in the building (which is huge) or on the mountain behind the hotel. When we arrived Sunday night, we went up to the mountain lodge and sat by the fire and listened to some live music. We were hoping to watch the fireworks but the children were really tired and we didn't want to start off the trip with two tired, cranky children. However, shortly after we tucked the children into bed the fireworks started and we could see them perfectly out our window. We watched them in the comfort of our room, in our pajamas!
On Monday, after a huge breakfast, we went tubing. The children (and Bryce) loved it! They wanted to do it again and again!
Bryce and Harris
Grace starting down the hill
At the bottom
We found the octagonal pool which is where the hot springs come up. All around the pool they have benches for you to sit and dip your feet in. We decided that it was like having a budget conscious spa treatment!
Probably one of Grace's favorite things we did was go swimming in the indoor pool. Not only was the setting stunning but the water was the warm, mineral water from the springs so it was a pleasant temperature.
Monday night we had a formal dinner and dancing in the ballroom. We weren't sure how it would go with the children at such a "fancy" dinner, but I believe that it is an important experience for them to have so we gave it a shot. They did great! They really took it seriously and enjoyed getting dressed for dinner, I wish I had a picture of Harris where you could see his tie! They had a great time dancing with each other and us. Harris kept spinning everyone and trying to dip Grace and me! It was very sweet.
Tuesday morning Grace and Harris learned to ski! They had an hour lesson and in no time they were really doing great. Harris liked the speed and Grace was most interested in getting the mechanics correct.
Grace and I enjoyed tea in the afternoon after we went skiing.
Before dinner we went bowling in the Bowling Center. I loved the vintage charm of the center and the shoes were so cute on the children!