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Vernon Midweek Getaway: Festivities

Let’s be honest. There was not much to do in Vernon, but we did end up finding a few fun and memorable things.

The second day we were there we ended up going to one of my favorite places to go ever. Candy Shops! Ever since working at Rocky Mountain & Joann’s I have a love for anything chocolate, caramel apples, and candy. This place did not disappoint.

Whenever I see caramel apples I always feel the need to tell them about my caramel-apple-making-experience. 

See, me stirring caramel for the apples:

Then comes the standard drill: What kind of apples do you use? What kind of caramel do you use? Do you make them here? What toppings do you have? Do you use a pot to heat the caramel or do you microwave them? I MUST know and not for the sake of cravings…I have an apple allergy. I just have to know for comparison sake!

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Vernon Mid-week Getaway: Food

The hardest thing on getaway was not only to find food, but to find GOOD food. We took to Yelp to find places in the area to eat at. The first night there we stayed wanted to eat Italian food. I always see Italian as a safe meal! Clearly, I really need to stop having that idea because that keeps getting me into trouble. To be polite I will not state the restaurant we stayed at, just know I wouldn’t send my worst enemy to eat there. 🙂 

Let me state that Vernon, New Jersey is a very small tourist town. It really reminded me a lot of Tannersville in the Poconos when we first moved there in the mid-90’s. What I learned at this restaurant is that everyone knows everyone, which can be cute and home-y…except for when it’s not. I’m talking a girl running into the restaurant to confront a girl working at the restaurant and trying to start a confrontation right there at the restaurant. Awkward…

Besides that free show, it reminded me a lot of the small town restaurants in Tannersville and quickly reminded Adam of a restaurant in his home town, Mama Cillies. We immediately felt at home until… 
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Vernon Mid-Week Getaway: Minerals Resort & Spa

Adam has been “planning” a surprise weekend getaway for us ever since I got my job. The first job that is, back in May. Clearly he’s a few months behind, but who’s keeping track? Now, we aren’t one of those celebratory couples. We never celebrated monthly anniversaries, raises, promotions, new jobs, milestones, etc. We were never that couple, but we are trying to make a conscious effort to become that couple. It’s the little stuff that ultimately become the big stuff or lead into the big stuff. Changes are happening so often that sometimes in order to see them you need to celebrate them when they come around! You all with me?

Anyway, he’s been so busy at work the plans didn’t exactly happen as soon as he wanted. He is also not very good at keeping secrets. I am the hint machine. The conversation usually goes as followed:
Me: Give me one hint
Adam: Okay here it is….
Me: Really? That was your hint? That wasn’t even a good one! Give me another.

Eventually I coax him into enough hints that I “figure” it out. Being in between jobs means a big luxurious vacation was out of the question. Plus a little thing called debt. (Oh hey there credit card bills!) So he scoured Groupon and Living Social for getaways within a few hours from home.

Then he found a Minerals Resort & Spa deal on Groupon. It was a two night minimum stay at a fairly good price. He booked it, we packed, relaxed, and enjoyed the gorgeous weather thunderstorms.

The first day we got there unpacked, walked around the grounds, swam a little bit and then went out to eat dinner.

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Rock Garden in Somerset, New Jersey

Usually I’m the planner because I love researching and planning things, but this time Adam took the reigns. He found a rock garden in Somerset, New Jersey called the Leonard J. Buck Garden. It’s about an hour and a half away from where we live. It has a nice Azalea Field, gazebo, and mire. So Adam packed up food for us to have a picnic and we left to go see the gardens. 

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