On the first weekend of Christmas, I decided to give to me. A getaway to a cabin in the mountains — with two friends…and lots of cows, horses, and country views that went on for miles!
We planned this “start of the Christmas holidays” getaway almost 10 months ago after hearing about this cool place, Stone Farmhouse in Cookeville, TN. Who knew how much I would really need this weekend, get out of town trip. And what timing, as the school year was winding down, and me gearing up for another marathon of grading, final exams, and preparing for multiple Christmas outings and soon-to-be travels!
The cabin is on a 250-acre working farm. Inspite of that, it was relatively quiet, and we probably entertained the farm hands, with our early morning tire swinging in our PJs and fascination with the tiny pony and donkey, as they did us, watching as they dumped hay and feed for the animals, who I think were also amused at these city girls gone country!
The cabin was stocked with the essentials and included a queen size bed downstairs and a second bedroom with a queen bed upstairs, along with a loft area for cots or air mattresses. There was a large TV with a dish, so we didn’t miss any of our Hallmark Christmas movies, and a fireplace in the family room, even though we didn’t use it. Outside, there was a porch on both the front and back side of the house, a fire pit, and plenty of room to roam.
Of course we were there to kick off the holiday season, so in addition to sharing meals, watching Christmas DVDs, and exchanging Christmas ornaments, we also woke up early (well, two of us did!) for the beautiful sunrises, and ventured outdoors at night to track the full moon. We couldn’t have picked a better weekend, given the Super Moon surprise!
One of the best parts is that this cabin was reasonably priced; especially when split among friends. There is a push these days to give the gift of experiences over material presents; especially for adults. I would have to agree. That, and just time together is better than trying to figure out the perfect gift for someone. Candles will burn down; food will be eaten; wine will be drunk, and at some point you’ll probably stop wearing that new sweater, or playing with the latest video game. But experiences are unforgettable; especially when shared with friends (or even family)!