Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Weekend Getaway to Lake Seneca

Whenever Sal says let's go away, whether it's for a weekend or a week, I know it's going to be unforgettable. He researches and plans it out so that we have things to do, but we also have time to relax and explore on our own. Since I'm a new found wine lover, he knew that the Lake Seneca Wine Trail would be perfect, and let me just tell you, it was. We arrived at our hotel before I knew it, but not before we stopped at a diner straight out of a horror movie. We were too early to check in, so we decided to explore the town.

We immediately found a dinner cruise on the lake and signed up. Considering we had area hours to kill, we started to hike Watkins Glen State Park, famous for its 13 waterfalls, that were absolutely breathtaking. I don't know what it is about waterfalls with Sal and I, but we just can't get enough of them. We even found smaller ones the next day. Walking through the park was incredible though, and as cheesy as this may sound, really made me feel one with nature, looking up at the surrounding rock and sun peeking out behind a cloud, reflecting off the falling water. We eventually made it back to our hotel to get ready for our dinner.

We, of course, arrived early and stood on the dock, waiting in the breeze. While we walked along the dock, I came across a wooden carving that said K+S. Now I don't know about you, but I believe in signs like that, but even without that sign I know that Sal and I are meant to be. When we were finally sitting at our table, toasting our memorable weekend to come, I couldn't help but smile. We enjoyed drinks over a great dinner, listening to live music, trying to take in all of the views.

As the sun set, I couldn't believe how lucky I was at that moment, holding hands with the man I love, looking at the sun. Pictures couldn't do it justice, and eventually we stopped trying; living in the moment together. 

I never thought the weekend could get better after that, but it did. We woke up early to start our wine trail adventure! Of course we had to stop at the penguin bay winery... Because penguins are my FAVORITE. I was able to snag a wine cork holder, and a bottle of wine or two. The day continued and we kept adding bottles to the box in the car. Not only did we buy a bottle from almost every winery we went to, but we also bought wine glasses from each winery to add to our collection. We want to be able to bring them out to drink from when we have a place of our own! What great conversation starters, don't you think?! We ate lunch at one of the many wineries we went to, but it didn't seem to stop the warm feeling that makes you feel like you're floating on air. The pretzels and breadsticks didn't help either. We didn't even cover half of the wine trail, even though we went all the way around the lake. We ended the night with dinner at a winery with beautiful views and decided to head back to the hotel. 

The next day, our last day there, was spent relaxing... Fishing on the lake, since Sal made the previous day all about me, I decided to let him have his morning. While he fished, I read, and it just worked. We ate lunch with more spectacular views of the lake in sight, and enjoyed one more glass of wine and a beer before heading back home. I always get so emotional after a vacation with Sal, no matter how small. Going from seeing a person 24/7 and sleeping in the same bed together, to seeing a person 2 days a week, is difficult to adjust to, and takes time. I start to feel anxious, but not before I scream out my love for Sal. Whoops! Haha, at least it make for a funny story. 

We sat in traffic on our way home, which only made us want to go back even more. We made the most of it by blasting country music, and taking silly pictures, and maybe just maybe, facetiming my brother.

We kept laughing and talking about our weekend together, and how we couldn't believe that it was already over. Even with the traffic it felt like it took no time at all to go home. Why is that? It takes forever to get to the destination, but it doesn't take very long to get back home. I guess that's with life too though.

All I know for sure is that we will be going back to Lake Seneca. We're definitely not done with all the wineries, yet.

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