Saturday, as my friends may have seen on my Facebook, David and I had a truly wonderful day. We had a very long, fantastic date, which made me quite happy, as is evident from the fact that it warranted a Facebook status and I’m here talking about it as well.
Something you may or may not know is that David and I love to go for little mini adventures in the car. Day trips, or just little activities nearby. Sometimes just a long drive. Well, one night some time ago, Valentine’s day, I believe, after dinner on one of our dates, we went for a long drive which ended up in Washington, IN. I thought it was a really cool place from what I saw of it. A cute town, and on the drive, I’d also seen some signs for Amish restaurants. I’ve never been to one so I mentioned it, thought it would be neat to go to one sometime. So, that has been on our list of adventures to have. I actually found some listed online within a comfortable driving distance from here and have had them bookmarked in a folder called “Places To Check Out” on my computer. I think I actually mentioned the idea in my Warm Weather Date Ideas post here. Late last week, David and I were discussing what we wanted to do for the weekend, and he said he’d like us to have a special date, and eventually, he decided we’d make our minds up to go ahead and go to the Amish restaurant. The one we chose was one of my bookmarks, Gasthof Amish Village Restaurant.
So, Saturday, we woke up late, took our time getting ready. I got dressed up nice, did my hair and makeup, all the things that put me in that “I feel pretty” mood and make it already feel like a very good day. The sky was the bluest blue with white, fluffy, cotton candy clouds when we headed out the door around 1 something, or 2 in the afternoon, and drove through some of the prettiest land I’ve ever seen. Talking, day dreaming about the future. Thinking about all the trips like that we’ll have, how nice it might be to live somewhere with a big yard, all those things people like us daydream about. Pointing out houses each of us like along the way. Which ones have the best porches. Getting a little misty eyed like the softies we are, holding hands, and sitting as close as two people safely can in the front seat of a car.
We arrived at Gasthof Amish Village sometime between 3PM and 4, ravenously hungry with growling bellies, but I still couldn’t help pausing to take in how beautiful the sky was, and all the grass and trees and open space around us. It makes me feel peaceful and at ease. When I’m surrounded by green and wide open skies, I just can’t help drinking it in. Then we headed into the restaurant.
We love to have dinner together, I think it’s on the top of the list of things for couples to do together for a good reason, especially if you take time for conversation. <– Definitely at the top of our list. For whatever reason, though, there’s just something about the two of us being at a table together that makes it feel like we’re the only two people in the world, no matter what is happening around us.
In this case, it was a doubly wonderful experience, because we were trying new things. I love sharing new experiences together, it’s so much fun. It gives us something to talk about, makes memories that will last, and helps us bond even more–which most people probably wish we wouldn’t do as we are stuck like glue already. The atmosphere was nice, the lights were sort of soft with warm woods on all the walls and the ceiling. It felt so cozy and relaxing. We talked and laughed, and fed each other little bits of our favorite things from our plates. There’s something so much fun to me about sharing that. For whatever reason, when one of us likes something a lot, we must convince the other to try it. I suppose because we want each other to have everything good.
After dinner, we walked a bit. Another favorite. I love the simple pleasure of walking together holding his hand, but that pleasure isn’t always accompanied by getting to see, feed, and pet donkeys and pony! I love animals, love to see them, feed them, pet them, and yes, talk to them in that high pitched baby voice like a fool. So that is what we did. =] Only, he wasn’t as much a fool as I. I think he quite enjoyed getting to giggle at me and my “you’re so cute” voice, and I became friends with the animals too quickly. P.S. If he wins the lottery big time, you’ll know because in our new backyard will be a new donkey and a new pony.
Gasthof Amish Village Restaurant, Image taken from GasthofAmishVillage.com
Once back in the car, we decided to take another drive through Washington, IN, which was close by. This time in the day when we could both see more, especially me. It was a very cute little town. Looking at the old buildings was fun as always. There are so many different types of architecture just downtown. Lots of things to check out in Washington, which is why we’ll probably go there again.
After that, we headed back. Though, that was not the end of our little trip by any means. On the way to Gasthof, I’d seen an overlook. Actually, to be more accurate, Overlook Park. It was probably one of the nicest overlooks I’ve seen, with plenty of space, and a picnic shelter. It did seem to have a nice view, so on the way back, when we saw the sign for the overlook, we stopped there, and it was breathtaking. The view looked out on a river valley. The river sparkled in the early evening sun, and the bright green grass stretched out like a blanket over the valley in our view through the shade of the trees, crowned by the evening sun. A perfect ending to a perfect day, really. We sat there, at a picnic table, just admiring the view, and feeling the warm breeze for a long while, and it was one of the most romantic moments I can imagine.
Overlook Park, Image by Marie B. Hawkins of Overlook Rentals, Shoals, IN
After a while, we stirred from our reverie, and finally did head back, the long way, meandering through the winding roads surrounded by trees, land dotted with cows and horses, and found our way back to the rest of the world, which, to be honest, felt far away for me, and I think for both of us, as we had soda and ice cream and I mused aloud how this was one of the best dates, and best days, I ever had.
I am so grateful to have such a cute, loving, thoughtful, affectionate love who takes me on sweet little adventures like this one. He knows just how to make me happy, and has given me so many wonderful days like this. Happy times, laughter, beautiful memories, hours of holding hands, and love that just goes on forever.
Images in this post are not photos taken by David or myself. We didn’t think to bring a camera. I’m sure we will next time. So, for the purposes of this post I used images from the websites of the places we went. I did try to link and give credit as best I could. Please do visit the Gasthof amish village website to see more about them, as well as washington indiana’s site. I don’t really know much about overlook rentals, but the image is just wonderful and there are more there of different places in the area. The image should link you there.
Should you be interested, I’ll be doing a post on Princess In The Kitchen about Gasthof Amish Village Restaurant soon. Not exactly a review, but I’ll share the link for the restaurant’s website and tell you a little about it, what I thought about it, what I ate there, how the food was. That kind of thing. It will be just my personal experience and opinion. I just enjoyed it so much I thought I’d take it upon myself to write about it. It will be the first post of its kind on Princess In The Kitchen and I’ll share the link here once the post is up.