On Saturday we biked to Marken, this adorable little Dutch island about 7 miles from Broek en Waterlaand . We were going to tour a clog workshop and a cheese farm, but once we got there we were just having so much fun riding around exploring the island we skipped all that! We packed a light picnic of cheese, crackers and wine, and stopped along the tiny marina to enjoy it. The scenery during the bike ride was just seriously unreal. I wanted to stop and take pictures every five seconds. I settled for every 30 🙂 We biked through adorable little towns, past farms with cows and horses and sheep, and best of all, right along the water. I had a smile plastered to my face the entire time. It was the most perfect little adventure for our weekend getaway!
You guys… This weekend was so amazing! It went far beyond my expectations. The B&B was GORGEOUS, and despite a minor snafu of them putting us in the wrong room the first night (long story), we still had such a special time. I have so many pictures I have to split them up into a couple posts!
So, Broek en Waterlaand is about 20 minute north of Amsterdam. We took a cheap (ok, relatively cheap – everything here is SO expensive) bus ride and were there before we knew it! It was an absolutely gorgeous day. We checked in and then headed out to explore the grounds. The views didn’t disappoint!
A couple hours later we headed out for dinner. The walk wasn’t far as we were staying in a tiny little town. And the place was packed. Almost thought we weren’t going to get a table without “a reservation”! But luckily, they found a spot for us and ohhh my gosh the food was out of this world good. So good that we went back the next night! Then, as we walked back after our delicious meal we were greeted by this incredible sunset. Straight out of the camera, folks! Absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t stop staring. The weekend was off to a phenomenal start.
We started our anniversary with croissants in bed. How can you go wrong? We were still suffering from jet lag so after breakfast we took a nap (ha!) and then got the day going around noon. We strolled along the canals and generally just explored. It was a beautiful day and walking around made me feel giddy! I couldn’t believe we were in Amsterdam and we were celebrating our one year anniversary! It’s going to take a lot to beat this anniversary in the future, but I’ve already got some ideas (of course!).
Henry is doing much better, but still adjusting, so we haven’t been leaving him at the hotel alone. Because of this we decided to stick close to “home” and had dinner at our hotel on their cute back patio. Henry behaved magnificently, which let us really soak up and enjoy each other’s company. We were so smiley and kiss-y our waiter even asked if we were on our honeymoon!
Yesterday marked one year of marriage for Corey and me. I’m truly in awe that we’ve already hit this milestone. Everyone always says the first year of marriage is the hardest… Truth be told, nothing with Corey is hard, and I know I’m so lucky to have it that way. This year has flown by. We learn more about each other each day and get closer and closer as time goes on. We have experienced so many adventures this year – the biggest ones being getting a puppy and moving across the world together. Corey is truly and honestly my best friend in the entire world. Sometimes it scares me how much I love him, and more so, how much I need him. But I think that’s what marriage is about. You put all your eggs in one basket because you believe in this person and you know they will take care of you, and you will take care of them. I don’t know how I got so incredibly lucky. I wonder every day how I, of all people, got Corey. But then I realize, I don’t really care why or how, I’m just so glad I did.
Happy anniversary to the most loving husband a wife could ask for. I love you forever.
We don’t have much time left in Portland, so we wanted to make a short and sweet list of to-dos before we move to Amsterdam! We’ve already crossed a couple off the list, and I’ll keep you posted as we progress.
Saturday morning, after our room service, we packed up and headed out for our next adventure. We were Woodinville-bound for a day of leisurely wine tasting. We had heard great things about Chateau St. Michelle, but were a little wary it would be too “touristy”. As soon as we stepped out of the car we were so happy we decided to give it a try. The grounds are ridiculously beautiful. If you’re ever in the area – I highly recommend you stop by. We also visited Columbia Winery and did some tasting by their gorgeous fireplace. And for lunch we went to the Red Hook Brewery. The beer was great, but the food left a lot to be desired. So sadly I have to say that next time we go, I would skip that.
The next morning we woke up surprisingly early to cloudless blue skies. Nothing motivates a Pacific Northwest resident like sun and blue sky! We headed down to Pike Place Market for a stroll before meeting up with Corey’s cousin and her boyfriend for brunch at Portage Bay. The French toast was so yummy. They have a special little pancake/French toast bar that is filled with fresh fruit, whipped cream, nuts, etc. so I piled it all on. I had to go big for one of my last meals of my birthday weekend! Let me tell you: It was totally worth it.
Well, I’m back from my surprise birthday weekend! Corey planned the most incredible, thoughtful and sweet weekend. I am so ridiculously thankful for him and I can’t wait to show you all the many, many photos I took the last couple of days (including quite a few outfit photos!). But for now, I am exhausted, and I will just leave you with this picture of our view from our hotel on Saturday night. If you’re dying to know where we went and what we did, check out my twitter profile. I was tweeting up a storm and posting lots of pictures! Hope you have a wonderful Monday! And thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes last week, you’re all amazing!