A Little Cabin in the Woods for Lucky Number 8

I met the man of my dreams March 1st, 2005. Which means March 1st, 2013 was time to celebrate our 8 (EIGHT!!) year anniversary. Every year we plan a get away to escape our hectic lives, his fire pager, preferably hide somewhere with no cell service and just be us. We’ve done everything from an extended weekend trip to Montreal, to a quick 1 day overnight in Mystic, Connecticut.

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Hanging out with the Beluga Whale at Mystic Aquarium circa 2010

This year we were hurting for a magical weekend get away. And this year, for the first time ever, the future hubs did all the planning. I told him all I wanted was a quite place away from the world where I could bake all weekend. And my Pretty People, did he deliver.

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We escaped to the Catskills in the great state of New York to the most perfect little cabin in the woods one has ever seen. He even pulled some strings with Mother Nature and had a constant gentle snow fall all day. It was like living in the happiest little snow globe for the weekend. The cabin was originally built in the 1950’s, and recently lovingly restored. The owner, a contractor, didn’t overlook a single detail.

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The little square windows in the bathroom were by far my favorite

The cabin is brand new, spotless, and design wise it was perfect. Being a designer myself I appreciated every hand selected antique detail he added back into the cabin to fill the old/new cabin with some nostalgic charm.

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We definitely relaxed and recharged (much needed to gear up for wedding planning). I also baked some yummy treats so stay tuned for some easy and delicious recipes!

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Wedding Venue: Arrowhead Park.Monroe, NY

Arrowhead Park is a country estate built at the turn of the 20th century by Julia Cooper and Schuyler Schieffelin. It depicts classic Arts and Craft period details and sits on the banks of a semi private lake.

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This venue hit a lot of points on our check list. The main house can be rented out for the weekend with enough room for most wedding parties. The owner can provide full breakfasts for an additional fee and if desired the rehearsal dinner can be held on the main floor of the house. The Arts and Crafts details were stunning and the bedrooms have been restored with care and beauty. (**note the venue was off season when we did the walk through, please excuse any mess/construction equipment/etc**)

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Some rooms are the old servant quarters, they aren’t as grand, they aren’t as large, and they share a common bath BUT the price reflects their short comings and if it means your closest most important people get to be there with you all weekend it’s not a bad set up at all in my opinion.

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Arrowhead is only 15 minutes from Woodbury Commons (a top notch outlet mall that many New York City-ers flock to on weekends) It’s close to the “Big City” for anyone who happens to be visiting and wants a break from the concrete jungle. Expect roughly a 1 hour drive depending on traffic.

There is a separate building where one’s reception can be held. It’s design hearkens back to the film “Dirty Dancing”. It’s simple, rustic, has a stage for a band if desired and can be set up the day before, always nice if you’re DIYing your big day.

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Ceremony sites include a cove right on the lake. Very magical and apparently has perfect lighting in the afternoon/evening hours. It was even stunning in the fog and mist of the day. Just imagine all those trees firey with Fall colors. mmm.

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Another ceremony location is the garden area. It’s right next to the reception building and features tiered gardens which creates a more formal/grand location to exchange vows.

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*picture taken post Nor’easter. Please excuse fallen trees.

The park is opened during the summer months offering row boat rentals, lake swimming, and picnic areas. A fee of $10 per person is all you need to spend to let the stress of the city melt away on the shores of the lake.

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For more information please check out Arrowhead Park’s website. The woman we met with was very accommodating and willing to work with most any group.