Time flies, tomorrow is our 5th wedding anniversary.
People still look at us like we are nuts when we say we got married in the month of February with the weather being so unpredictable.
But, in our defense, we got engaged in July and the Fall was going to be too ambitious with the demand, I wasn't a fan of Christmas time, and then we got into waiting nearly a year.
Neither of us wanted that giving we were in our 30's.
So, winter it was and I actually happen to LOVE winter!!
We went skiing right after our wedding and have tried to make it an annual thing.
Some years have been better than others.
This was our 2nd year in a row to make it happen with a quick trip up to our local mountains.
A 2-hour drive, we have really fell in love with Beech Mountain in the last few years!
We left Friday morning at 7:30am and got up there in time to be on the lift by 11am.
A whopping 10-degrees we both had 5-layers of clothes on and were feeling fine!
I don't have a ton of fun pictures from the trip, just ones of us mainly.
As I've said before though, this space is pretty much my scrapbook, so I'm going to post them.
We hit the mountain top bar to try and warm up but it wasn't as warm as we hoped, still fun though.
Growing up in South Louisiana where we didn't experience Winter I've always loved a snow getaway.
So glad Brad has learned to like it as much as me.
I'm a lucky gal!
Lunch was much warmer in the lodge near the fireplace.
Such a great day on the mountain.
Cold, but sunny and not as crowded as it would have been on that Saturday giving the holiday weekend.
Our day of skiing, and yes, we skiied the entire day, ended at the Beech Mountain Brewery.
Our day ended with a few apps in the condo we rented near the slopes then dinner and drinks out.
Saturday was Valentine's Day and we planned a day of local wineries and lunch.
Our first stop after sleeping in and lounging around was Grandfather Vineyards.
Such a cute place.
It was about 20-minutes from our condo in Beech down in the town of Foscoe.
This was the first visit for both of us and we were impressed with how good their wine is!
While we were there the snow started to come down.
(the winery dog)
We left with a couple of bottles, drove back to Banner Elk, had lunch, then hit the Banner Elk Winery.
(the winery dog at Banner Elk)
After that the snow really started coming down, so we headed back up the mountain and back to the condo.
Our night ended at the Mile High Tavern in walking distance of our condo and by that time the mountain was pretty much shut down to traffic without chains or snow tires because of the weather.
That next day, getting off Beech Mountain wasn't for the faint at heart, but we managed and stopped for the Sunday Jazz brunch at Blowing Rock's Canyons.
Great views, great food, even if they did lose power for 1/2 of the time we were there.
Getting away just the two of us, without Shelby or any another couples or family is really important to both us.
It's great for our marriage and gives us time to reconnect as a couple.
Happy Valentine's Day and 5th Anniversary to us!
Our actual anniversary is tomorrow, so more low-key celebrations are to come!!