Mr. T are taking a vacation, you guys.
Mr. T has been talking about this castle-like hotel ever since I first met him. I'm actually pretty sure he's been talking about it before that, but I can only account for the time I've known him. So we finally decided to take a trip to Ravenwood Castle & Medieval Village over his Spring break.
We were originally supposed to take the trip in January. But with all the madness of the house we had to reschedule it. I'm glad we did because going up to this place in the snow would have been terrifying (also really pretty, but mostly terrifying). And, I appreciate Medievaly things because of Mr. T (he's studying Medieval History). I really have no idea about any of this stuff. I barely even know how to spell the word Medieval (it's almost as hard as Rensselaer). But I really did enjoy the place and we want to plan a return trip in the fall.
Now, on to the trip.
Ravenwood Castle sits among Hocking Hills in Ohio. If you're not familiar with the area, GO! It's so pretty there.
The trip up to the actual castle is a little scary. It's in the woods so you get to travel along a scary little dirt road to get there. According to the folks that work there it is a pain in the ass in the winter. They often have to help people get up there. But I bet it would be magnificent.
Where we stayed.
We stayed in the Medieval Village, not the castle itself. The cottages are all different and we chose the Clocktower. It was two floors. The main floor had a little living room area, the bathroom with a garden tub, and a little kitchenette. The top floor was a loft with the bed. And there's also a little balcony that overlooks the trees. It was super cozy. Apparently families have stayed there, but I definitely think it leans more towards couples get away. There's not a lot of privacy and there was only a tub (no shower).
What we did.
Even though the place is nestled in the woods, everything is well lit so I never felt that we were going to get murdered like I did during our trip to a cabin in upstate New York. Our phone signals were spotty. But, honestly, it was nice to disconnect for a couple of days.
There's also no cable. Our cottage had the tiniest TV ever. They do have a little library with books and DVDs. And they have tons of games. They let you take both to your room as long as you bring them back. Mr. T and I spent hours playing Monopoly, just like we did on our honeymoon. And we watched the worst Rob Zombie movie ever.
There's also lots of things to do in the area, you know, like hiking and stuff. But we didn't do any of that. We just wanted to enjoy the room and some R& R. So we spent a lot of time in the tub, drinking champagne, and eating snacks.
We called ahead so we knew the kitchenette just had a fridge and microwave. We brought some snacks. Just fruits, cheeses, crackers, and things of that nature so we didn’t need to cook.
They serve breakfast and the muffins were incredible. I seriously ate four each morning.
They also have a pub that serves light food and alcohols. Honestly, I was not impressed with that. The chili and beer cheese soup were good, but the rest wasn't much to write home about. They do have a restaurant open on the weekends.
You can also take all of the drinks you want back to your room. Mr. T and I ordered a bottle of champagne and they took it to our room for us complete with glasses, napkins, and a cute little set up. So that was a nice touch.
The thing I love most about trips to places like Ravenwood Castle is how much you feel like you're escaping everyday life for a little bit. I love being a tourist and seeing the sights of new places. But there is something about disconnecting and holding up in a little cabin for a few days. No to-do lists or schedules or worries. It was the same thing that we experienced on our honeymoon and it's awesome.
All in all it was a great trip and I really hope we can go back again someday.
Maybe sometimes you really don't need a plan (and maybe sometimes Mr. T is right).
It's always been my secret wish to be an artist. I paint a little, but it's mostly just for fun and then I just hang the pieces around our apartment. I don't think that I could ever sell one of my paintings or enter it in a contest or anything. But, one of the reasons that I paint is because I like to have fun, unique art that matches my decor. I don't like going to the store and getting the same old boring stuff that you see everywhere. So when I was invited to check out minted.com and do a little review of the site I was pretty excited. I'd heard about it, but never really explored it much.
And I'm pretty sure it's my new obsession.
They have really cool art like this:
I am seriously drooling over here. If that's a thing you can do over art. And it's kind of perfect timing since Mr. T and I will be moving and decorating a new pad this summer. I would probably hang the black and white arts in our dining room (if we get to have one) and then paint the walls a fun color so the art would pop. The city like art would go on our picture wall or maybe the bedroom.
I already have like 994 designs saved. You can also change things like the frame color or style or size which opens the door for all kids of fun and creativity.
I can picture them over the bed. Or in the living room with our picture wall. Or in the dining room. Actually, let's all be honest, I can picture them in pretty much every room.
And, kind of related, but not really, they also have a really fantastic new line of wedding stationery. I am almost a little jealous and want to get married again so I can order some of it. Is it weird to have two weddings within a year or how about a vow renewal? Too soon?
So, go check out minted.com. Buy some cool stuff and then come tell me about it.
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