Birthday Weekend

This past weekend we celebrated Kevin's birthday by heading out to the mountains.  We couldn't have felt farther away from the city, but in actuality, we were only an hour and a half away. 

We chose The Cascade Inn Historic Bed & Breakfast because it was near multiple parks and they allow dogs!  
Yes, even Oscar got to getaway to the mountains for the weekend.  Our first floor room was comfortable & beautiful.  
We were lucky enough to have the entire B&B to ourselves for the weekend.
Breakfast Saturday morning was delicious.  Ham/Green Onion/Monterey Jack quiche, Lemon poppy muffins, fresh fruit, coffee & OJ.  This hearty breakfast fueled us until late in the afternoon.
After breakfast, we had plans to go mountain biking in Gambrill State Park, but unfortunately, it was much colder than we expected.  Instead, we started the morning with a hike on the Appalachian Trail with Oscar.  
It was a bright morning and we decided to head towards Georgia in hopes that it would get warmer as we walked.  ;)
After Oscar was tired out, we dropped him off at the house and headed over to Cunningham Falls State Park.  
We decided to take the Cliff Trail and after we made it up the short climb, we stopped for the standard couple shot.  
We discovered the falls in no time and took some pictures before climbing up the rocks.
Kevin decided to scale the rock wall, which was funny to see.
I made one failed attempt to make it up the same route, before finding an easier way up.  After more exploring/hiking, we headed back to the inn for some relaxation before dinner.
Carriage House Inn is on our list of possible caterers, so it was a perfect opportunity to give them a try before our official tasting.
Cream of Crab Soup
Garden Salad w/ a homemade Tomato Vinaigrette
Warm, Crusty Bread
Scallops in a citrus tomato sauce w/ garlic mashed potatoes and julienned vegetables.

Our food was good, but in all honesty, nothing knocked our socks off.  And I kind of want my socks knocked off for the food at our wedding.  
The next morning, our breakfast included one of the Inn's specialties - Caramelized bacon.  (The recipe is listed on their website).  It had that awesome sweet & salty combo.
Served with a belgian waffle.  We were officially stuffed.

It was a quick drive back into Baltimore where we completed our P90x week with some KenpoX.  Definitely needed to work off the bacon & belgian waffle!


Ellie April 2, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

So, totally random, but I saw your comment about sock-knocking and I've only been reading your blog for a few weeks and have no idea where you are getting married, but we have done tastings with Coffee w/ T and Bon Appetit and both were sock-knockingly good. I highly recommend either of them. (We're going with Bon Appetit, but it was a tough call.)

lauren April 2, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

ellie\Thanks SO much. I really appreciate the tips! I don't think I ever said where we are getting married on here - need to do that!

But I am going to look at those caterers now!

Erica April 2, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

What a great weekend! An amazing way to celebrate your man :) Love that you got to bring Oscar too!! The cream of crab looks awesome. Thats pretty much the only meat related item I miss since going veg

Anonymous April 2, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

Wow that looks like an amazing trip! What a nice get away and all the food looks fantastic.

Anonymous April 2, 2010 at 5:01 PM  

That sounds like a FAB weekend! And such delicious food! And being able to bring the dog just made it that much better, I'm sure. :)

Anonymous April 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

that looks so fun! i have not read your blog in a while....i used to read it alot but then took a break from blogs....glad i found you again :)

lauren April 3, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

Erica\I think crab is one thing I cld never give up if I ever became a veg.

fitandfortysomething\glad you came back!

Charm City Kim April 5, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

I've never heard of that place but I love that they allow dogs. I'll have to check it out sometime.

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