|The Lookaway Inn|
We stayed at The Lookaway Inn, a LOVELY bed and breakfast that fit our needs to a T! We had the WHOLE inn to ourselves. One of the things that I think is of paramount importance on a girls trip. Sometimes you can't make this happen but if your numbers fit and you can swing a place all to yourselves be it a B&B, a beachfront cottage, a small intimate boutique hotel or a cabin in the woods ~ BOOK IT! When you have the privacy of your "own" space the women around you feel comfortable to be themselves or sometimes MORE!
Anyway, we began our weekend with a wonderful and relaxing private narrated boat tour of the Augusta Canal. I HIGHLY recommend this activity if in Augusta. Which began at the Enterprise Mill that houses a great little museum and fabulous gift shop. Got myself some doorknob wind chimes! Bagged lunch from Fat Man's Mill Cafe' (right in the parking lot of the Enterprise Mill) and drinks in hand we boarded our Petersburg boat with our handsome captain and fair tour guide awaiting our arrival. Soft music playing and sun shining bright we knew we were in for a treat!
A few of us even got the opportunity to drive the Petersburg Boat! Some of us a little more risky than others.
Next up - CHECK IN! The Lookaway Inn can be found just across the bridge from Augusta, Georgia which spans the Savannah River. After being greeted by SUPER Friendly Sammy and SUPER Sweet Jai we were shown to our lovely rooms. We used the courtyard as our gathering place. It became almost like our own private outdoor living room. Complete with an amazing blooming camellia tree as our centerpiece. This is where we laughed, played games, danced and shared stories LONG into the night.
After getting settled we headed to Old McDonald Fish Camp for dinner. Being a Friday during lent the fish camp was the perfect choice for this group of Catholic preschool teachers. After a short wait during which we were entertained by petting the farm animals, watching the ducks and geese in the ponds and admiring the local hairstyles (my girlfriend from SC says, "the higher the hair, the closer to God" ~ these ladies must have been real close to the BIG guy!). This fish camp features an All You Care to Eat Hushpuppies and Grits bar! YUMMO!
Back to The Lookaway with VERY full bellies and cheeks that hurt from laughter. We played LCR - Left, Right, Center a weekend favorite dice game! When we play we like to use dollar bills instead of chips. One dollar bill takes the place of each chip. For only a $3 buy in, one of our ladies could be so much richer by the end of the game! ($3 x 20 = $60! or MORE depending on how many ladies you have!)
The next day brings much excitement as we paint our nails green, spray our hair green, apply little leprechaun tattoos and green mustaches. With all donning our matching SHAMROCK tie-dyed t-shirts (thanks to Jill!) we board our very own trolley! Our private trolley chartered through South Star Trolley is taking us to Downtown Augusta for the Saint Patrick's Day Parade! What fun we had. Even the fountains downtown are GREEN. After screaming for beads and laughing even more we head to the Augusta Common for a St. Patrick's Day festival complete with beer stands, food vendors and lots of LIVE music! Our trolley awaits us and after a quick stop at a convenience store in our trolley for ICE. We head back to The Lookaway. Funny how no matter where our weekends are held whenever we return from an outing of FUN and FRIVOLITY where ever we are feels like home.
|Me and our FABULOUS South Star Trolley drivers!|
|Not wet pants from pee but still a really funny story!|
Sunday morning brought the end of our time at The Lookaway Inn. After breakfast we had one last important thing to accomplish before packing up and heading to Mass. You see, on this special weekend we played The Secret Girlfriend Game. Throughout the weekend little gifts and sweet notes of encouragement were secretly left for you by your secret girlfriend and on the last day was the Big Reveal. The Big Reveal is where each of us reveal to each other who we had by giving them something special, something bought or made just for them. This is one of my FAVORITE Girls Weekend activities. So many sweet blessings come from giving (especially when comes from the heart). It gets everyone involved and who doesn't like getting little surprises?
Mass was at the most beautiful church in Augusta. The Church of the Most Holy Trinity the oldest Catholic Church building in the state of Georgia on Saint Patrick's Day - what could be better? We were greeted by one of the ushers who promptly brought us brochures explaining much of the church's magnificent interior.
Mass began with an incredible Gregorian Chant that practically carried you through the air. I found this mass so meaningful. To be there surrounded by women with so much love in their hearts. Hugs, kisses, goodbyes on the front steps of the church. Leaving each other knowing we are all headed home better women for just being together.
Isn't that the point ~ just being together?
|Notice the CLOSED on SUNDAY ~ funny right?|
|Bye, until next year!|