Well, we finally did it, cashed it in, took a trip, and celebrated our anniversary in style.
My in-laws very graciously came to spend the weekend with our kids two weeks ago, and Mr. Einstein and I took off. Alone. Just the two of us. *bliss*
Our gift certificate allowed us one night of accommodations, but we wanted to make a weekend of it. The Resort is a wee bit expensive, so we spent the first night at The Davenport Hotel in Spokane.
It's a completely remodeled hotel in downtown Spokane, and only one word can be used to describe it: luxurious.
Our room was small, but well-appointed. They even have their own exclusive line of mattresses made for the hotel. Everything was white and black and gilt and fluffy and expensive.
We lounged around for awhile and went downstairs for a cocktail (I seriously can't believe I just typed that. A cocktail. Me?) where I had my first-ever martini, key lime. Yum!
Then we went across the street to The Davenport Tower for dinner and, again, Yum!
Of course, I didn't take any pictures there. It just felt too touristy to do something like that amid all that luxury. I felt enough out of place as it was!
The next day, we headed on over to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to The Coeur d'Alene Resort.
While we were waiting for our river cruise to begin, we saw (unexpectedly) the hydroplane races! Growing up in Seattle, we watched the hydroplanes on television every year during Seafair, so it was really cool to see them in person, and from so close! Oh Boy! Oberto was always my sister's and my favorite, so I snapped a few shots of it, just for her.
Our St. Joe River cruise was hot and breezy, and about 2+ hours too long. We were on the cruise for 6 hours total, and while it was nice, the scenery rarely changed and there were no extra seats up on the second level. Fortunately, we had a nice spot at a table next to an open window. We played cribbage and read and played around on the iPad. It was all stuff we would have just done in the hotel room, so it was nice to get a chance to at least get some fresh air.
Our room was a "lakeside" room, but it mostly overlooked an outdoor dining area and the marina. This is the entrance/exit of the marina from our room at night:
The Davenport was definitely my favorite of the entire trip, but I'm really glad Mr. Einstein won that gift package! The resort was an experience we might never have had otherwise. The whole weekend was something that we definitely needed, just the two of us.