For my birthday, Stacy planned a ski getaway weekend at one of our favorite “local” ski hills, Holiday Valley. My in-laws live halfway between Bellefonte and Ellicottville (where Holiday Valley is located) so we stayed with them Friday night and left Jo there while we continued up north. Originally we were going to ski both Saturday and Sunday, but since there’s this crazy snow storm making it’s way northeast (actually, it’s here now as I write this) we decided it would be best if we skipped Sunday skiing and headed back to PA before the worst of the storm.
Stacy booked us at a beautiful B&B called The Manor House, which is in the woods about 15 miles outside of Ellicottville. We had stayed at it once before a few years ago, before Jo. The hosts, Carolyn and Larry, are super friendly and charming. They made us feel welcome and comfortable. I spent a bit of time after breakfast talking with Larry about ancient history, and the “myth” of Christianity, or rather, how the organization of Christianity by Constantine and the Romans changed it into something that was different than what Jesus had intended. He recommended a special that the History Channel had done not too long ago.
Since we weren’t skiing Sunday we were able to sleep in! Carolyn made us sausage and blueberry pancakes for breakfast and afterward we went on a walk around the property. They have over 100 acres, so there was tons to explore, but we stuck pretty close to home.
Despite only getting to ski one day, me having a bit of a head cold / sore throat, and having to leave early because of the snow storm, it was really a great weekend.
Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes! Here’s to 31 on 31!