To each his own. To me my own.

Name That Place

Since the ole’ anniversary’s over with now, guess I can spill the beans about what I got Keith. Pack up the kids – we’re goin’ to Biltmore! (just kidding about the kid part.)

Yep, I said we.

This was my present to him, two tickets to The Biltmore House. I suppose it might sound a little self-serving (or a lot, depending on who you are)… but just what do you get a guy who’s got everything (including me)? 😀

I pondered what to get him for months. Here’s the lowdown on said conversation(s) with myself.

Me: Electronics? Guys always like electronics…

Inner Self: He’s already got everything. Besides, I’d need at least two grand or more to impress him in that area.

Me: Clothing? Maybe some fall wear?

Inner Self: I’ve gotten him apparel as a filler for every occasion for two years. He’s gotta be so sick of it by now.

Me: Jewelry?

Inner Self: C’mon Bon, really? What, a nice necklace (already has)… a bracelet (won’t wear one)… a watch (has five or more)… hey how ’bout a ring?? (Smacks self in forehead) Now what kind of an impression would that lead to? Talk about self-serving…

Enter ‘trip’ thoughts.

Me: Beach?

Inner Self: We were planning that anyway. 

Que the Biltmore House. We’d talked about going there but had never made any final plans. Not only is it expensive – but devoting one lone day to seeing everything just isn’t going to cut it. At least eight full hours are needed there, maybe more for the winery and gardens – and it’s about a 2 1/2-hour trip one way. So an overnight stay would definitely be in order.

Neither of us have ever been before – I’d never have considered it if he had. Two native Carolinians who’ve never been to Biltmore usually make for interesting conversations with some of the older locals. Whenever we feel like pushing it a step further so as to to appear sheltered, we’ll throw in the fact that neither of us have ever been to Charleston, either.

The poor babes, they really do need to get out more. These places have been around since the arc.

It’s probably the closest we’ll ever come to being in a castle. I’m ready to be mesmerized and enchanted…

http://biltmore.com/

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10 responses

  1. Mom~

    What a great way that will be to break in those new walking shoes!

    August 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    • Bonnie

      You know, I hadn’t even considered that! – win-win!! Or is win-win-win since I get to go too? 😀

      August 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  2. I like to do trips as anniversary presents. Because it’s like a present for you, too. I mean, a trip together is a good way to celebrate “us.”

    August 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    • Bonnie

      I’m glad you said that, Thoughts. That makes perfect sense, to celebrate us.
      😉

      August 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

  3. I think it was an AWESOME idea! I love memorable couple trips. Now, just promise yourselves that you won’t argue or get into a fight on the car trip…and it will be GREAT!

    August 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    • Bonnie

      Thanks Tracy – you’ve all helped convince me I did the right thing now. And believe it or not, that’s one of the things we enjoy most, not arguing. 😉

      August 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

  4. Wow looks lovely!

    August 11, 2011 at 6:11 am

    • Bonnie

      Thanks Vix!! xx

      August 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

  5. rebeccasretreat

    That place looks gorgeous, Bonnie! So what if it’s a little self-serving, your anniversary should be a day for both of you to enjoy wonderful things, together! My boyfriend took us to London for our first anniversary, and he enjoyed it as much as I did! I guess I’d prefer to go on weekends away, if we had the means, rather than presents… That’s what Valentines, birthdays and Christmas are for! Weekends away entail amazing memories, time to yourselves and stunning photos, so why not! I hope you both have an outstanding anniversary with lots of celebrations, food, drink and… You can guess what else!

    August 11, 2011 at 7:05 am

    • Bonnie

      Thanks, Rebecca! Oh, London sounds so wonderful for a first anniversary present – so romantic. I absolutely agree, would rather have trips for anniversary presents – it makes so much sense to be able to enjoy something different together! You summed it all up in a nutshell – and I think I’m finally convinced now I did the right thing. 🙂

      August 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

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