Archive for August, 2014

August 2, 2014

Cypress Gardens

When I originally thought of Cypress Gardens, I had visions of “The Notebook” running through my head… A romantic and leisurely boat ride. We’d just sit back and take in the beautiful surroundings. Mike would row as I’d look out at the swans passing by…

As if!

That romantic boat ride swiftly turned into a sweaty, buggy workout as I paddled through murky waters and Mike took pictures of lily pads and potential alligators.

In all seriousness, though, Mike paddled more than I give him credit for, and Cypress Gardens is truly lovely and a must-stop if you live in the area. It costs $10 to enter the park and all activities are free once you’re in. There are beautiful walking trails, alligators (I swore they were animatronic; they looked so fake!), and of course, the romantic boat rides through the beautiful swamp, surrounded by greenery and tupelo trees.

Fair warning: If you decide to venture out to Cypress Gardens between now and mid-October, be sure to go online and determine an alternate route. We drove nearly one hour before arriving two minutes from our destination, only to find out that we had to turn around and take a detour due to a closed bridge. You live and you learn.

August 1, 2014

Chatham Gables Inn

Cape Cod’s Chatham Gables Inn is a quaint bed & breakfast with a lot to offer. A mere 15 minute walk from Main Street and less than 10 minutes from Shore Road, this little inn was the perfect place for Mike and me to spend two days finally being able to relax over our busy week together.

Not only does the Chatham Gables Inn have a delightful staff and delicious complimentary breakfast prepared with care each morning, they have the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in… Matouk bedding has officially been added to my wish list. Then there’s the charming courtyard, manicured gardens, and elegant rooms. Each room–different from the next–is beautifully renovated while maintaining the original charm of the old inn.