Carlos and I made a last minute decision to get out of town Friday night – he made reservations for us at a cute little bed & breakfast a little over an hour south of us called Maiden Rock Inn. Neither of us had stayed at a b&b so we were looking forward to it.
Maiden Rock Inn is an old school house turned b&b and so adorable. When we entered, we were greeted by Mobedda, the dog.
We checked in, had small talk with the owners, Gary and Jennifer, and then, were taken to our room.
Within a few minutes of us arriving, Jennifer brought some ice water.
After we settled in, we made our way to the main room where there was a comfy couch and read for a bit. Dinner time crept up on us and since we hadn’t researched much, we asked one of the owners, Jennifer, her recommendation. One of the places Jennifer recommended intrigued us was called Chef Shack, in Bay City, by two owners who have a food truck here in Minneapolis. AMAZING.
We ordered a little something to snack on while we waited for dinner.
For dinner, I ordered the salmon with local vegetables.
It came with what I think was some sort of tarter sauce which I did not care for – the salmon was amazing on its own. As the candlelight took over the ambiance of the restaurant, Carlos and I split chocolate pot de crème.
Delicious delicious delicious. If you are in the area, or looking for a reason to head to the area, I highly recommend Chef Shack, in Bay City.
When we got back to the Maiden Rock Inn, we hung out at the bar drinking wine & playing scrabble. The owners, Gary and Jennifer, hung out with us laughing and sharing stories late into the evening. A record player in the background hummed out songs of Ella Fitzgerald.
Saturday morning after we got up, had breakfast and checked out, we drove down the river toward Wabasha, stopping along the way at little cities and all the cute little antique stores along the way.
In one city, we found an ice cream store – I got a scoop of the salted nut roll.
In one of the stores we visited, we found a little piggy made out of cement – the little piggy is on his back, laughing.
I have no idea why but this little piggy makes me smile so I knew I had to buy it. It was $15 and is now sitting on my kitchen counter. Yep, THAT’S what we bought on our anniversary – a smiling piggy.
We didn’t get home until early Saturday evening and were both so exhausted, we just hung out all evening.
Sunday morning, I got up and met a friend, Stacey, at Lake Calhoun. We were planning on going canoeing but it was so windy, the rental place wasn’t renting. We ended up just walking around the entire lake – it took almost 90 minutes and was hot, I was dripping with sweat.
Carlos and I went to see The Butler Sunday afternoon and then Cindy came over to watch the MTV VMA’s while we ate Thai Peanut Pasta from Apron Strings (recipe). It was so good, you should definitely make it this week!
Celebrating our one year of marriage this weekend was perfect – our marriage isn’t perfect, Lord knows we’ve had our fair share of struggles but we fight through it. Carlos has been there for me through the darkest moments of my life and I cannot image my life without him, I cannot imagine doing this without him by my side.