So yes, there are a lot of pictures. A. lot. So many in fact, that I'm splitting this monster of a weekend recap into two posts and saving our visit to Spartan and The Renegade Craft Fair for tomorrow (I'll post "Loving" on Wednesday this week...just in case you're keeping track ;-)
And yes, there are a lot of photos of the St. Cecilia (maybe too many, and if you're bored you can just skip them...I won't be offended, I promise), but the place was just so utterly magical and photo-worthy that I couldn't help myself. I took pictures of everything. Every. single. detail. (As I'm sure you noticed in that shot of the sugar above.)
Friends, I'm not even sure where to start with this place. Suffice to say, it was the most fantastic hotel I've ever had the pleasure of staying in. It was luxurious (the bedding, the bed, the toiletries and glasses and yes, the sugar) without being even a little bit stuffy. It was cool (the in-room record player, the decor, the lounge) without being painfully hip or uncomfortably self-aware, and it was mellow and private and still totally kid friendly. The staff was exceedingly nice and laid back and accommodating, the property was beautiful, the room was fantastic, etc, etc...
I can't wait to save every single one of my pennies and go back for a second visit.
Ok, so beyond the hotel (which we clearly didn't want to leave) the rest of the weekend was pretty fantastic too...We did everything on our list + threw in a train ride at Zilker, a cookout with friends and a plate of pankcakes the size of our heads at Kirby Lane. But since the girlies are getting older (and are completely obsessed of late with stories of when Bryan and I were younger), we also wanted to carve out some time to show them a few of the places that had defined us when we lived in Austin.
We drove them past the house where I lived in college (and where Bryan and I first met), took them past where we went on our first date (Shady Grove) and popped into the little grocery store where I worked as a checker (Fresh Plus.) They loved it...(+ Audrey was so impressed that I was a grocery checker, maybe even awe-struck...it doesn't take much to impress your kiddos friends...or at least it doesn't take much to impress my kiddos ;-)
Hope your weekend was splendid as well... I'll be back tomorrow with part II!