So one of my favorite months is here. I am unsure if March is a great month or a wallet-emptying month for my husband because I share the same birthday month with his dad, his mom, and his brother.
Nonetheless, I absolutely love it when my birthday falls on a weekend or a day after the weekend. I get to spend lush times with my family because of that.
Last year, I didn’t get to celebrate my birthday because I was so sick being pregnant with Asher. All I wanted to do last year was to sleep or hug a toilet bowl. (Ewww right?) Oh well, let’s forget the icky past.
But this year, this year, this year… (I just had to repeat a few times) Mike surprised me with a mini family getaway at the mountains. Well, it’s not really up high at the mountains as the town of Luray sits at the base of Blue Ridge Mountains.
Luray is about two hours and fifteen minutes drive from Richmond and it’s at the northern part of Virginia.
At Luray, we stayed a night at this historical Mimslyn Inn which elegantly sits on a hill at the Shenadoah Valley.
My little Annakate was extremely thrilled to find out that we were going to stay a night outside of home. Can you tell that baby Asher is equally excited, too?
This historical inn was opened for business in 1931 by the Mims family and for many decades, the spirit of hospitality and comfort was sold as the distinguishing feature of the inn.
As soon as we walked into our hotel room to a king size bed, Annakate excitedly claimed “Daddeeee, this is a BIGGG bed!”
Well, of course, it gotta fit all four of us, right?
Asher surely had lots of fun rolling around the bed with his sister.
More importantly, we all slept well in such a comfortable king sized bed (I wonder how we squeezed ourselves in our queen sized bed at home sometimes). We certainly were reluctant to get out of bed the very next morning.
And of course, I was definitely spoiled rotten by my husband, enjoying a luxurious hearty birthday breakfast together as a family.
I can’t say no to everything in an omelette. Give me all the bacon and eggs!
After a good ol’ breakfast, we drove to Luray Caverns which was 3 minutes away from the Mimslyn inn. The entrance fees to the caverns is $26 per adult.
Just to let you know in advance, you need to walk down 68 steps before you get to the caverns. So, be ready to carry an infant car seat or stroller down the steps.
Luray Caverns, discovered in 1878, is an underground cavern system, which is generously adorned with speleothems (columns, mud flows, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, mirrored pools, etc.).
The temperature inside Luray caverns is uniformly 54 °F (12 °C) all year round. All you need is a regular jacket.
The picture below shows that there is a spring of water called Dream Lake that has an almost mirror-like appearance. Stalactites are reflected in the water making them appear to be stalagmites. This illusion is so convincing that I could hardly see anything at the bottom.
The entire walking distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long and it took us almost an hour to finish the journey.
As much as I have indulged over the birthday weekend, hey, this little visit to the caverns had helped the cause of burning some extra calories. Am I right?
This is so neat because we got to show Annakate one of the best natural wonders.
How did we end the day?
A big birthday dinner at a Thai restaurant – just because I love love love Thai food. Can you tell?