Yesterday was my 18th wedding anniversary.
If you asked me if I thought my marriage would last eighteen years, eighteen years ago I probably would have said, “Of Course!” But that still doesn’t reduce the shock that we’ve been married for EIGHTEEN YEARS!
We’ve been together twenty-four, but that makes my head explode so let’s focus on eighteen for now.
The first few years of our marriage we didn’t do anything super special to celebrate our Anniversary. We would go out to dinner, maybe, or get a small gift.
The Husband used to keep up with the traditional anniversary gift-ideas-by-year-thing, but as time went by, we started to replace “things” with experiences.
Now we travel!
The trip length depends on our resources (money, time, babysitters, etc.), but regardless, The Husband and I are committed to some form of travel to celebrate our marriage yearly.
This year we could only swing a weekend away, someplace close. So we decided to give Lewes Beach, DE a try.
Lewes is about two and a half hours away for us. So just a short car ride up 95 and down through Delaware. Unfortunately, it down poured the entire time and the rain never let up, but we didn’t let that hold us back.
We arrived at Hotel Blue around 6 and was out and about exploring by 6:30. The hotel had these awesome umbrellas for us, and we took advantage.
Speaking of, Hotel Blue was a super chill, peaceful inn. We could walk to everything we wanted, and the staff was pleasant. I would recommend it if you are looking for a quiet weekend away.
Anyway, back to our first night, our friends happen to be staying a beach town over for their anniversary, so we decided to meet up.
We hit Striper Bites for dinner and then headed over to the Wheelhouse for drinks. Both places were just ok, not great, but it didn’t matter. The four of us had a blast bullshitting all night about everything and anything.
The next morning we woke up with a mission. I wanted to walk from our hotel to the tip of the cape.
The Husband was game! So we hit the beach.
It was beautiful and peaceful. There were a ton of horseshoe crabs that must have gotten washed up in the storm. They were everywhere slowly making their way back to the water.
It was so cool.
Low tide brought out all these fun little sandbars that I was having fun exploring.
It was windy as hell and chilly, but we had fun just walking along the shoreline chatting.
Just over 3 miles in and a few hundred meters from our destination we were denied.
They had the whole tip of the cape quarantined off for the birds. It didn’t matter though. We cut across and got to see the ocean side anyway.
We tried a kissing selfie to celebrate a successful mission, but as you can see, our aim was a little off.
For our return trip we decided to stroll through Cape Henlopen State Park and head back to the hotel streetside. On the way, we saw some osprey and an Ultimate Frisbee tournament.
With our stomachs rumbling, we decided to stop at On the Rocks Dockside Grill for lunch. We had a few cocktails (their Coconut Mai Tai is a must try!) and split wings and a burger.
All in all, we ended up walking over seven miles. We got back to the room around 12:30 p.m. and took a nap. It was fantastic.
When we woke up, The Husband did his work out.
He calls it “paying his dues” and never misses one of his scheduled workouts no matter where he is.
I have to take a sidebar here since some of you reading this will know how unlike him this really is.
Last year we made a similar trip for our Anniversary and spent the weekend in Rehoboth. However, the Husband was not in as good of shape then as he is now. He was about 30 pounds heavier and didn’t do any formal exercise routines.
That trip changed him, however. I’m not sure what it was exactly, but he credits that weekend as the impetus for his motivation.
This past year, he started to eat better and do home workouts. We now exercise together and even run intervals! I couldn’t be more proud of him and I love that we are now active together. “Old Billy” (aka The Husband) would have never walked seven miles on vacation. “New Billy,” thought nothing of it and actually enjoyed the super active morning. We share more food now, make indulgent but smart choices together and motivate each other.
It’s crazy, unbelievable and awesome all rolled into one! I’m elated. I really never thought I’d see the day. It just goes to show, everyone has to find their own way. All you can do is continue on your own course and hope to inspire others.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to high jack my own post.
Anyway, that night we went to Kindle for a romantic dinner.
It was fantastic! I can’t recommend this place enough. Our waitress was phenomenal, the food was excellent, and the cocktails were amazing.
Before checking out on Sunday morning we decided to hit Honey’s Farm Fresh for breakfast.
I have nothing but good things to say about this place too. It was also amazing!
We took a small detour before heading back to the hotel, exploring Lewes, admiring all the houses and discovering some quirkiness.
After packing up and checking out, we decided to make one last stop at King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop because Hotel Blue said it was a “must try.”
The Husband and I ordered a single scoop each (mine was a combo of Dutch chocolate and coconut because I can never make up my mind and his, chocolate chip cookie dough, of course). We sat outside on a bench, enjoyed our ice cream, and people watched.
It was a perfect ending to a perfect weekend.
I already can’t wait for our next adventure!
Check out some of our previous anniversary trips below. I had a pause in blogging, as you can see, but there’s at last one photo for each trip on IG!