So did you figure it out? You know, the hints…my secret birthday getaway… Well, I certainly didn’t figure it out. Â BG kept telling me that I had all the information I needed to figure it out, but in the end he had to spell it out for me. Â After he finally told me where we were going, I have to say, he was right. Â All the info he gave me adds up to exactly where we landed, although, as he so astutely pointed out, I would have had an easier time figuring it out from his clues if I had remembered them correctly. Â Apparently, I left a couple key words out of the hints that I posted here. Â So let me correct myself and add up the hints for you.
(My version) It’s in the valley of Â “sportiness” and “loveliness.”
(His version) It’s in the VALLEY of “loveliness.”
Ok, important word here is valley. Â Apparently, I merged two hints in my head. Â Note the discrepancy between my version and his version above. Â His second hint was
Hint #2 – It will be a CROSS between “sportiness” and “loveliness.”
Take home message from this hint – cross. Â There was no dispute between his version and my version of the third hint. Â Like I mentioned before, “sportiness” meant that we took our bikes.
Hint #3 – It’s north of Georgia, east of Nashville, south of Ohio, and it’s not a beach.
Based on that one, I had myself convinced we were going somewhere in Virginia. Â I was wrong, but the description fit the bill exactly. Â It’s not my fault, really. Â BG overestimated how long it would take us to get there.
Hint #4 – It’s 3.5-4 hrs from Charlotte .
Not exactly. Â It only took us 3 hrs to get there from Charlotte. Â And, I was right – this was by car. Â Knowing the actual commute time now, I see that Virginia was a stretch. Â We did not leave NC.
Hint #5 – MASTerful!
I was clueless on this one…Let’s add all these up, shall we?
VALLEY + CROSS+ MAST+NC+SPORTY & LOVELY = The Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, NC!!
The website leaves a little to be desired, but the inn most certainly does not. Â Check it out…
And all that is just the outside! Â Inside there was a lovely little bar and place to purchase yummy Southern goodies as well as other assorted loveliness.
Guess what I found when we got to our room…
Don’t think for one second that I didn’t jump in there in the morning and sip my coffee while reading my book! Â And, speaking of coffee, look what was left outside our door at 8am each morning.
Such a lovely little basket of coffee. Â Of course, the REAL treats were served downstairs at breakfast!
I’m pretty sure I gained a pound for every year of my age this weekend. Â Unfortunately, we weren’t able to bring the food or the chef home with us, but we did manage to grab some souvenirs on the way out.
I couldn’t help but notice that these resembled the mugs we brought home from my all time favorite inn and vacation spot.
I think we’ve started a collection!
I’ve got to say, spending the weekend at the Mast Farm Inn in the beautiful NC mountains certainly took the edge off the Big 3-5! Stay tuned! Â There’s more birthday deliciousness to come!