And so we were off! Steven stole me away last weekend and I had NO clue (literally nothing more than a weather forecast of a hint) where we were going. I kind of narrowed it down to being north of the Carolinas...but, still. No. Idea. I was assuming Williamsburg, but he asked me, "WHY would we go somewhere we've been before!?" and my response was, "Well? If it means something to us, why not?!" As we were nearing closer, I was still confused and we were edging close to water. As we drove through the backroads and an actual DIRT ROAD I started getting ancy, yet again. Last week was kind of a nightmare for me. I'm not a huge fan of surprises. Or not being in control. And I know- I need to let it go, especially when it comes to surprises from Steven :) But really, were we lost!?
Just as we're rounding a small country road, I spotted some signage and a white fence. Warner Hall? I was still slightly confused (really). As we turned down the drive, the house came into the view and I started crying, naturally. It was gorgeous! Warner Hall was George Washington's great grandfather's home. The current owners, Troy and Theresa did an entire renovation several years ago and opened up the home as a bed and breakfast. Their dogs kind of steal all the attention, but they all shared the warmest hospitality. Warner Hall was full of gorgeous southern antiques, framed letters from Robert E. Lee and photographs of all the previous presidents who had stayed there. I was in the company of good ole' Abe. Even Queen Elizabeth spent time there! I died.
Theresa cooks breakfast and the presentation was almost too good to eat. Everyone on staff was welcoming and friendly and Chef Eric Garcia's cooking was seriously good!
The view from our wing:
Queen for the weekend...(kidding, but this is pretty funny if you're my mom & dad):
There was a graveyard on site, for the Warner family. I thought it was kind of cool that it was ACTUALLY April 6, that day, just 201 years later.
The back of the house...
The house had a cute boat house with a dock where we relaxed...
We had a charming breakfast in the sunroom Saturday!
They made sure we had snacks:
We ventured out to dinner for Friday evening. Live music at the yacht club. Heavenly!
Y'all know me- I did a little shopping for antiques and picked up a few goodies that I may share later!
One task Steven asked me to take care of was planning a picnic. I brought the dishes we used from our wedding reception, macaroons, and some other snacks. My aunts gifted us with wine from Napa Valley and Sonoma (and they now have a house there -seriously, cannot WAIT to visit!) for our 1 year, 5 year, and our wedding night. Such a cool gift, so it was a perfect addition to the picnic! The basket was actually used in our wedding for a container for our favors! To make it fun, I packed a few games and I packed up all the cards we received from our big day. We looked through our wedding album and we read our old love letters and cards. Perfection!
One funny thing about this perfect picnic was that we were in the middle of where owner's dogs play. They started to circle the yard at a distance while they barked at us. Clearly, we were in their territory! woops!
After the picnic we explored around on some beach cruiser bikes.
I decided that we're moving there. Actually, there was a plantation near by for sale. Too bad we didn't win the lottery 2 weeks ago!
We can at least have horses... right, honey? Please?!
Dinner at the Inn was phenomenal. Best. Ever!
Gloucester, VA is the home of the annual Daffodil Festival and they were certainly in bloom everywhere!
After Easter Sunday at the sweetest chapel, we hit up Yorktown on our way home! It was indeed the perfect weekend!
Nerd Alert: We even saw a pirate ship!