Part 2 - The 'check-in'....

I was pretty excited when I figured out we were going to Cumberland but when I found out where we were staying, I was super excited!!

I have always wanted to stay in Cinderella's castle but of course, that just won't happen. But, on Friday I actually got to be a princess for the day and we stayed in a real castle! Woohoo!

It was in a little town called Mt. Savage -

And believe it or not, back in the day this little town was the 3rd larges city in Maryland. Whew! Sure doesn't look like it now.

So here we go - Welcome to The Castle!

The entrance - which is actually the original carriage house.

And there it is....

Beautiful!  It was built by a gentleman named Ramsey in 1840.  He had a brick business until the depression. This is a picture of him and his wife -

We actually stayed in the Ramsey Room =)

Sherry anyone?!

And here's a tour of the rest of the house.  Love, LOVE this place!

And every castle has to have a cat, right?!  OR....catS?!

The oldest one is Gigi, LOL  - I caught her sleeping on one of the beds (hehe)

and these two evidently showed up about 6 months ago.  So pretty....

And I will wrap up today's post with just a few things that caught my eye -

This was an article in the Library that spoke about the renovation.  Very interesting.

This is a collage of bricks made by Mr. Ramsey - this was actually the ceiling, ha!

And we aren't sure what this is but Ronnie said it looked like coral and I said it looked like a brain, lol.  So....who really knows but it's definitely a conversation piece.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow.  I will feature our 'Friday at Five' dinner.


Our Anniversary Weekend - Part 1

Shew - I have lots to share but will try to go in order =)

This anniversary was a little different because Ronnie was in charge of planning and he was determined it was to be a surprise (hehe).  In years past, I have always done the planning, just informing him where he had to be and when he had to be there.  And, for the past 12 years we have gone someplace on our anniversary.  Maybe only a few hours away or maybe a plane ride but we have continued to celebrate in a special way.

Our anniversary actually started Thursday night around 11:30 when Chase and Cierra came into our room with a balloon, card and flowers.  We just happened to be going through old pictures so there were many laughs.  Little did we know that some of those would end up on their FB and Instagram posts.  OMG!  Anyway, they certainly kicked it off for us -

And then it was our day -  We packed and were on our way mid morning.  Our first stop was Betty's in Shepherdstown for some breakfast.  Once on our way, I began asking.  Nope....he wouldn't tell, it was required that I guess.

Within the first 1/2 hour to 45 minutes I had guessed it, based on the route we were traveling.

We were headed to Cumberland!   Yay me!

I had watched a documentary about the town and the train ride,  and the many things to see in this town a few months ago.  Ronnie being the 'attentive' husband remembered and planned.  And planned.  And planned.  And here we are -

We couldn't check in until 3 so we had some lunch -

We checked out the Harley dealer -

Ummmm Not really impressed.  We were expecting to see a cool logo with a train or something representing Cumberland but Nope....Nothing.

We even hit a huge shoe warehouse and the only thing interesting here was this -

I'm thinking this man is pretty lucky.  Lots of Dice on his car.  EVERYWHERE.  And his backseat "protector" was pretty nice, too.  I know....I am mean but it was pretty entertaining!

We did find a Wells Fargo -

And my own little shop with reduced hours - I want that job =)

This Gigi even likes bikers, haha!

Yep, Cumberland is a pretty quaint town.  I definitely like!

And now....it's time to check in and I'm pretty excited.....