Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Lodge at Mount Magazine


Josh and I had a getaway in the sky this past weekend.  Since today is our anniversary, I thought I would give you a more detailed account of our stay in the clouds.  I gave you a teaser and some pictures already, so here is the rest.


We set out Friday afternoon to drive to Mt. Magazine, and it was chilly outside, but most of the snow from last week had melted.  As we started climbing the mountain, though, all we saw was fog and ice.  Mt. Magazine is the highest place in Arkansas, and for two days, we couldn't see more than 40 feet in front of us.  It was so creepy and wonderful!  We slowly drove up to the lodge, and never having been there, we were peering through the fog intently.  Suddenly, the lodge came looming over us out of the mist, and we were there!  We checked in at the lodge, then drove up to our cabin.  When we arrived, we felt so cozy and comfortable, even if everything on our deck was frozen solid.






Our 1 bedroom cabin was beautiful, and I got us all unpacked while Josh salted the deck.  We relaxed and had a glass of wine, deciding whether or not we would brave the roads to head down to dinner.  In the end, we decided to eat fruit, veggies and hummus and stay in our cozy cabin.  There was a hot tub that needed attention!


We woke up and decided to go check out the beautiful lodge.  It was built in 2006, so everything is new and shiny.  When we looked outside, there was still no visibility.  It was crazy.  We felt like we were spending the weekend in a dream, and the fact that the hotel was fairly empty just reinforced that.





The Skycrest Restaurant isn't the most vegan friendly, but I made due for 2 meals.  Breakfast was easy, choosing potatoes, fruit, V8 and tea.  Dinner was a little trickier, but still manageable.





Our plan was to spend all day Saturday hiking the trails around the lodge, but they were all closed due to ice damage.  So, we walked around inside the lodge and explored the icy parking lot before heading back to our cabin for some late morning hot tubbing.












The cabins are situated just up and down the street from the lodge, so you don't have to drive very far at all.  It allows you to feel secluded and still close to everything.  We still didn't know what our view looked like, but we were enjoying the cabin just the same.


Isn't it cute?  I loved it.




The afternoon was filled with board games and Christmas movies.  We headed down to the lodge for drinks and dinner, where I opted for a veggie plate and salad.  I had to ask the waiter a ton of questions to see what the veggies were cooked in, but in the end, we made it work.  The asparagus was especially good!  It was a lovely night.


We woke up Sunday morning to clear skies!!  It was amazing.  The fog had moved down the mountain valley, and the view was breathtaking.




We packed up our gear and checked out of our cabin, but we lingered awhile still.  We walked around a beautiful path on the back side of the lodge and took tons of pictures.  The view was amazing, and the weather was almost warm.





If you're looking for a place to getaway or meet up with your family, I highly recommend The Lodge at Mount Magazine.  The staff greeted us happily every day and helped us with whatever we needed.  There are rooms at the lodge and several cabins to choose from (including firewood every day!).





I'm off to Zenspin Studio to take a Barre class with my sister, then it's home to celebrate some more with Josh.  Eight years ago, we were two weird, young friends that fell in love, and I'm so happy to have him in my life.  

I'll give you a week recap of food tomorrow, but until then, I hope your night is full of happiness and love.


7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!! I grew up in Arkansas (Jonesboro), but I've never been to Mt. Magazine! I should get Sheridan to come with me sometime for a girl's trip!!

    You asked about my cleanse. I'm doing Kris Carr again. I tend to do hers every other year (last year, I did Thrive Forward and Crazy Sexy Diet the year before that). I need something extreme right now. :-) Lots of juicing and rules. I don't know about the Arbonne cleanse, but I do love Arbonne products!

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    1. Growing up in Osceola, I thought all of Arkansas was flat and rural, haha. It wasn't really until college that I began exploring our beautiful mountains and forests. You should definitely check it out! There is a really pretty lake at the bottom of the mountain for summertime.

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    2. Growing up in Osceola, I thought all of Arkansas was flat and rural, haha. It wasn't really until college that I began exploring our beautiful mountains and forests. You should definitely check it out! There is a really pretty lake at the bottom of the mountain for summertime.

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  2. This is gorgeous!! I didn't know about it either, but I would love to check it out sometime!
    Drew and I are doing Kris Carr's cleanse with Bianca this year too! I'm looking forward to it. I need structure and a big-time reboot. I have been eating ALL THE CARBS AND SUGAR. haha!

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  3. oh me too, and drinking SO much wine. and not working out. yeah, hasn't been so great. although, i did try zenspin's barreamped class last night and LOOOVED it. definitely adding it to the 2014 workout routine. i love kris carr's cleanse! the arbonne one is pretty similar. yay for clean eating!

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