Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Weekend Getaway - A Trip to Eden

Last weekend was "UEA" which basically means the kids get a 4 day weekend from school. A month or two ago, we bought a groupon-style weekend getaway to Snowberry Inn Bed & Breakfast up in Eden. We figured it would make a fun little last-hoorah mini-vacation before winter hit.

It ended up being wonderfully timed as well because Lynette has just been scheduled for hip surgery this coming week, so it was awesome to be able to get away and have some relaxing, traveling, out of doors fun before she's bed-ridden for lengthy recovery.

On the way up, we went along Trappers Loop and around the East side of Pineview Reservoir. It's been a long time since I'd driven Trappers and it was fun to see the rolling hills as we skirted through the mountains.

The kids made it nearly all the way to Eden before asking "are we there yet?". As we followed the directions to Snowberry, I thought maybe the magical Interwebs had come up with a bad address.

Coming from the southeast, we were directed along the southern edge of Eden from the East side of town across to what I figured was the road out of town and started driving southwest along the Highway towards Ogden.

A mile or so down the road, we spotted the sign and a few hundred yards off the highway, we spotted our Inn.

Snowberry is a nice, well kept 3-level cabin with probably 8 or 9 guest rooms. Since it was my wife and the kids, we had booked the Sundance suite.

As we carried our luggage to the room, the kids were excited to find an entertainment room with videos, a pool table and a foosball table on our basement level.

The room was quite nice…it was set up studio style with a kitchen joining onto a living room furnished with a futon and two fold out chairs. Off the living room area was a separate bedroom.

The entire cabin was furnished with a sort of ski theme. We had some fun rustic styled decorations that made the place feel homey and cozy.

We explored the rest of the cabin for a few minutes. The main level had the dining area with 3 or 4 tables for us all to catch breakfast in the morning. The top level had a piano and chess table set up on the landing. Winding around there was a common room with TVs, an exercise machine, checkers and other general entertainment. There were shelves and shelves of books, videos and a few board games. Outside the huge windows was a great view of the valley.

We drove into Eden for dinner. Using Yelp, I'd found Harley & Buck's which sounded like fun. It was a little (ok, a lot) pricier than we had planned, but it made for a fun night. Jason had been wanting to try sushi, so I ordered a roll for us to share…sadly I think the thing barely touched his tongue before it was spewed back onto his plate. He's not a fan. Otherwise, everybody enjoyed the food…very tasty. Once again we had a great view overlooking the valley with a golf course stretching out beneath us.

Back at Snowberry, the kids plopped down with some Disney Channel fun while Lynette and I relaxed in the hot tub while twilight rolled in. As it started getting dark, they lit up strings of lights along the eaves of the cabin for a very pretty sight. Back in the room, we pulled out the board games we had packed. First we played a little UNO and then broke into groups. The boys and I played some Settlers of Catan while the girls played Cartagena for a while before we all hit the sack.

In the morning, we headed upstairs to join the other guests for breakfast. Based on what I saw, I'd say the Inn was at probably ~75% capacity. Luckily, the groups were staggered enough that there was always seating at the tables, but there was a point where all of the chairs were occupied such that if any other guests had come in, they would've had to wait.

 The food was decent, but nothing spectacular. The kids weren't big fans of the Egg casserole dish (almost a crustless quiche, but not quite). Unfortunately, they were running low on french toast sticks, which would likely have been the most popular item for the kids. Fortunately, they had cereal, fruit, hash browns, sausage, bacon and other staples that the kids gobbled down.

After breakfast, we went for a little mini-hike. We had fences around us but we were able to keep walking up the road the Inn was on for a nice little hike up into the mountain. The uneven road quickly became a dirt road, then mud and grass covered and finally turned into a pair of lines worn by tires but mostly overgrown with grass and weeds.

We hiked past a run down house and garage that looked tied to the Inn property. A bit further we came across some other homes that looked maintained, though we didn't see any occupants. As we got higher, we could see the valley stretch out below us.

 Sunlight was reflecting off the water in the reservoir making it shimmer. We could see a few horses in the fields and the kids had fun looking for deer and other animal tracks in the soft dirt along the road.

After our hike, we went back to our room and relaxed for a little bit before packing up. Before heading out of town, we decided to grab some lunch at Eats of Eden.

It was still a little early for lunch, so first we went down to the Eden City Park and let the kids play for a bit. Lynette and Andrew walked across the park to take a look at a gravestone in the corner that turned out to be a WWII memorial.

Andrew was very excited about the old bell they had next to the gravestone…which he rang and hurried back to ask the rest of us if we'd heard it all the way across the park.

Lunch at Eats of Eden was nothing terribly spectacular, but it was decently priced standard fair and got our bellies full for the trip home.

For the drive home, we went through Ogden canyon to surround ourselves by the high mountain walls and the gorgeous changing colors of the trees.

After the multiple walks, Lynette's legs weren't feeling great (she's looking forward to this surgery) but otherwise, we'd all had a great time and it was a fabulous end to our vacationing season.

After all, how can you go wrong when you take a trip to a place called Eden, right? :)

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