Today is quite the special day. Ten years ago, I married my best friend. And it’s safe to say that I am damn lucky! Mal is truly the greatest partner, and there’s no other wonderful (and kind of weird) person I’d rather spend my life with.
We recently got to celebrate this milestone when we were in Oregon last week. We took advantage of our very kind family, who watched Quinn overnight, and took a quick trip to Bend, Oregon to enjoy some just-us time away.
Mal booked us quite the fancy overnight accommodations at the Oxford Hotel, which was located right in downtown Bend and walking distance to shops, restaurants, the waterfront, and more. It really was an ideal location!
Our room was absolutely gorgeous – and huge! There were so many great details that made our stay even more enjoyable – particularly the in-room French press and freshly ground coffee, which we used, of course, to make iced coffee for the next morning! 🙂
The service was also excellent. When checking in, we were asked what brought us to Bend, so we mentioned our anniversary celebration. A couple hours later, a special surprise was delivered to our room: champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a nice note. Our stay wasn’t related to CNC at all, so it was especially thoughtful!
Once we got settled in our room, we headed out for a long walk around downtown Bend and the waterfront. When we returned to our room, we got ready for dinner and then opened the gifts we bought for one another. Apparently, we were in each other’s heads because we went to the exact same store to buy our gifts and even purchased them on the SAME DAY. Crazy, right? We opened our cards and gifts – there may have even been some (happy) crying. It was definitely a special moment for the two of us.
After that, we headed out for some happy hour action at The Wine Shop and Tasting Room, which was a quick walk from the hotel.
A little while later, we took another short walk to dinner at 900 Wall, which was a great pick. I especially loved the menu and atmosphere!
Mal and I started with drinks and oysters. For my entree, I ordered the 900 wall burger, which was served with red onion jam, aioli, and gruyere cheese with the best roasted potatoes on the side. Mmm!
For dessert, we shared the powdered sugar beignets, which were served with bittersweet chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce, and vanilla mousse. OMG, they were heavenly!
We ended up having a couple of beignets leftover, so we took them back to the hotel with us and ate them in bed with French press iced coffee the next morning. THAT was awesome!
The next morning, we “slept in” until 7:30 AM, ate beignets and drank iced coffee, and then debated working out. Really, we waffled about it for a solid 30 minutes before opting out and instead starting our day with breakfast at Mother’s next door. Food > exercise
Mother’s was awesome and, my gosh, there were so many tasty options to chose from! I ultimately went with the “WILD THING,” which was wild-caught salmon lox served in a gluten-free wrap with tomato, cucumber, sprouts, capers, and veggie cream cheese. It was SO YUM!
After breakfast, we walked across the street to get coffee #2 at Lone Pine Coffee Roasters. There was a line basically out the door, so we figured it was good!
And it did not disappoint – the coffee and service were A+!
All in all, it was a truly wonderful anniversary celebration in Bend. I still can’t believe we’re celebrating 10 years today. Even though it’s a long time, I feel like just yesterday we were getting married. It’s crazy how quickly time passes when you’re having fun – and it’s been quite the awesome adventure! Here’s to many, many, many more happy years! 🙂
Question of the Day
Have you ever visited Bend, Oregon?
How long have you been together with your significant other?