Friday, February 7, 2014

40 Before 40 Begins. 6 months of fun and creative experiences before I turn, gasp, 40!! #40before40

The inside pool at Cove Haven.
  Hello Dear Readers:

 Well, there it is.  6 months until I turn the BIG 4-0! August 6th , 2014.  Phew, I don't know how I got here so fast, but I certainly do NOT feel 40. And that should count for something, right?

  I decided to challenge myself and come up with 40 experiences and artistic endeavors that I have either never done, or have not participated in for a very very long time. Some are basic and I should be doing more often and some are more complicated, and are one off experiences. Either way, lots of fun will be had!! So without further ado I will start with #1. If all goes well, and it should, most of the experiences will take place in the spring and early summer ending with my party as number 40 in August.  I have already signed myself up for a bunch and have a list made. Yay!


A love nest in the Poconos:

Photo courtesy of the Cove Haven Website found here

  Growing up I remember seeing a commercial for the "Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge" in the Poconos in Pennsylvania. I also remember the commercial featured a human sized bathtub (jacuzzi?) in the shape of a champagne glass.  I thought: "How cheesy".

 But now that hubby and I have been together for quite a while and are seeking new experiences and with the craziness of the holidays all over, we booked a weekend in a romantic suite to experience that "cheese" for ourselves.  I found a daily deal for the Cove Haven Resort , booked it, and we were on our way!!

Upon entry into the resort there is a HUGE sign (it reminded me of a Vegas resort, that perpetuated the cheese, but at least we knew we were driving in the right direction. Then, we noticed a cute snow bunny lodge and snowmobiles (yay).

We checked right in (even with a line, we were  impressed with how quickly that happened), given our keys and  drove over to our building which turned out to be right across the street from the check in building and not far away from the theatre.   So have you ever wondered if the rooms look like they do on the website. They do. In all their cheesy romantic glory. Here are some photos I took. I even took one of the sparkly ceiling (it twinkled like stars in the sky) but they were not really captured that well digitally.

A round bed with mirrors and a sparkly star ceiling, score!!

The requisite heart shaped bathtub (with jets)

I knew before I left that I wanted to take some cutesy bathing suit in a bathtub with champagne kind of photos and I did. But you have to wait for those. Heehee.

So what do people do for fun at these resorts. Well, without detailing our entire trip step by step lets just say we checked out most of the buildings from the ice skating rink, to the arcade to  indoor basketball and of course the gym, pool and jacuzzis.  There are plenty of outside activities too, but it was bitter cold so we preferred to stay inside in the warmth.  We ate at the buffet (I had a lot of salad and fish), and watched both the comedy and the music shows. They were the best part!!! Well, that and the bathtub. Hee. You can definitely fill your day/night with lots of things to do. Or just stay home, have room service and sit by your crackling fireplace!  More photos from our trip:

The dessert buffet,

The jacuzzi  by the inside pool.

The theatre for the comedy show and live music (and dancing)

The view from the lake and marina

And finally, what you have been waiting for, the bathtub photo:

Woohoooooooo . We had fun! It was all I thought it was going to be and more. What a lovely, romantic, cheesy time!  Now , on to more adventures :))


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