Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ringing in 2014 in Style

I swear our New Years Eve celebrations keep getting better and better as the years go on. This year, to round out 2013, Ryan and I met up with some good friends from Georgia Tech, Eliot, Lauren, Juan, and Jaclyn at a cabin we rented in West Virginia. Ryan and I left from Atlanta Saturday morning and caravanned up with Juan and Jaclyn. We arrived at the cabin early evening, did some grocery shopping, and wasted no time starting a fire and getting settled in!

Eliot and Lauren got a little bit later start and got stuck in some bad traffic around New York, so they didn't get to the cabin until late at night. We hung out in the hot tub a bit got caught up until around 4 a.m. before everyone finally hit the hay.

We woke up Monday morning to a dusting of snow, which was perfect since we were planning on heading to Winterplace ski resort for some skiing!

The six of us hung out for a while and ate lunch before Ryan, Eliot, and Lauren took off to the slopes for a couple hours. The rest of us got back in the car and headed back to the cabin since we didn't have any interest in skiing (I'm still working out my issues with skis).

We spent the remainder of the day/night playing Telestrations, Dutch Blitz, Catch Phrase, Heads Up, and hot-tubbing of course.

 On New Years Eve day, we ventured out to a local winery call Kirkwood winery, which was NOTHING like what we were expecting. We walked into the winery converted home and were given the opportunity to sample any and all of their wines at no cost. They specialized in fruity wines and a few of my favorites were the peach (surprise surprise), strawberry, and rhubarb wines. We left with a couple bottles and decided to continue our little adventure by driving out to the New River Gorge bridge, which is one of the longest steel single-arch bridges in the world.

Too funny to leave out of the blog

That night Juan and Ryan grilled up a FEAST for dinner, consisting of steak, pork tenderloin, salmon, and chicken. We spent the night leading up to midnight playing high-stakes pictionary (girls vs. guys with some crazy ridiculous wagers which we won't get in to), dancing, hot-tubbing (another big surprise there), and watching the ball drop!

We really did have such an amazing New Years and I look forward to carrying on the tradition next year! Cheers to an amazing 2014 filled with family, friends, and new adventures! 

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