This past weekend Ben and I went on a little weekend getaway to Blue Mountain resort in Ontario. Since I share so much of our lives here I thought I’d share our vacation, too!
We did things a little differently. Actually, going on vacation at all is a little different for us. We’re kind of the masters of a day trip. We don’t mind long drives or getting home late so we usually just go to events or go sightseeing and then make the trek home. Deciding to go somewhere and stay not just for 1 but for 2 nights felt like we were spoiling ourselves.
We wanted to make the most of our time there and make it a weekend of indulging things we don’t normally give ourselves time for.
First of all we made room in the budget and also go the style of vacation we would enjoy most by using Airbnb. This was our first airbnb experience and we are now happily singing its praises. Instead of staying in a shoebox with a bed we were able to rent a 1 bedroom condo 2 minutes from the village. Having a kitchen to cook our fave breakfast food in plus a super cozy space to netflix in the evening made a huge difference in our “lifestyle for a weekend”.
In the spirit of doing things we don’t normally make time for I took myself to the spa while Ben rounded up some groceries and supplies. I enjoyed a hot stone massage and a facial at Kalola spa in Blue Mountain village. It was so relaxing but definitely a splurge that I’ll save for rare occasions and not make a regular habit of. As much as I enjoyed it in the moment it was a pretty fleeting pleasure which made the investment seem disproportionate. I don’t regret the decision to treat myself at all but it was definitely a vacation lifestyle treat and not a regular lifestyle need.
On Saturday we found an adventure tour company offering ATV tours. Ben grew up with a 3-wheeler and had a few friends who had 4-wheelers so he was happy to go adventuring on one. I’d never ridden one in my life and so I was super excited to try it out. It was an idea to satisfy our craving for adventure and something off the beaten path. I can’t say enough good things about the company and how nice the trails were. There was a little something for everyone with rugged hill climbs, muddy, winding trails through the trees and wide open well-groomed pathways where we could speed up a little bit.
I honestly had no idea what to expect from either the experience of riding an ATV or the environment we’d be in so everything was new for me. I didn’t anticipate the effort it took to maneuver the ATV. I mean, I guess I just never really thought much about how much they weigh or that grippy tires let you do a lot of cool climbs and ride over everything but also take work to control. You’d think everything after crashing a car for fun would be a breeze but I still took my time getting used to it.
Perseverance paid off, though! By the end of the hour long tour I was really enjoying myself and as soon as we were in the car we were both talking about visiting again. The company operates all year round so if you like to adventure through heat, mud, raino r snow they’ve got a tour for you and a few different options for what you want to drive.
The tour guides were super nice and chatted with us after, as well. People and personal connections can make such a huge difference and these folks are a great example of how good people leave a lasting impression for their business – thank you so much for an amazing experience, ya’ll!
In the afternoon Ben and I headed back in to the village (after a hard earned soak in the resort hot tub!) to try out the “Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster” we’d read so much about.
Check out this article to see why we had to check it out:
here we though we’d be gliding gently down the mountain admiring the fall leaves… nope! We got to glide gently up… and up… and up. On the way down you could pull your breaks if you were really scared but it was strongly discouraged by staff as you slow down everyone behind you and muck up the timing of the track. It only seemed polite to push forward at full speed wondering how anyone could be afraid… then your cart rattles around the 1st bend far faster than you expect.
This moment separates the strong from the weak.
We loved every adrenaline-fuelled second so much we rode a 2nd time before going to get dinner.
We wandered around the village, shopped a little and then returned to relaxing at the condo.
On Sunday we went for a scenic drive and hiked around the mountaintop taking pictures of the partially snowy landscape.
We were really picky about what we comitted to with this weekend. We wanted time to relax and focus on each other as a couple while still enjoying the unique experiences the area had to offer. I think we accomplished this with a few great experiences like the ATV tour and the coaster while taking the rest of our time to relax and do whatever we wanted without stressing out.
What’s your weekend getaway style? Are you a fully scheduled weekend warrior or a worry-free weekender with an open calendar?