We arrived to our cabin at around 2:30pmish on Saturday. I found the cabin on Airbnb and we were very happy with our choice! We stayed at the Lark’s Nest on Bryce Resort in Mount Jackson.
Actually it’s funny, we had all planned for a lot colder weather this weekend so we packed accordingly (extra blankets and jackets, socks, layers upon layers for Ava) and didn’t really need to use them since the weather this past weekend was rainy and overcast (on Saturday), then partly cloudy for the rest of the weekend, with consistent moderate temperatures.
The Lark’s Nest was a 3-bedroom & 1 bath single-family home with an awesome loft and a powerful fireplace. (It warmed up the cabin fast!) It also had a really nice-sized kitchen, which we definitely put to use as you saw yesterday. 🙂
We really liked the owners, Sara and Dan. They were very communicative and attentive.
To look at this listing on Airbnb go here.
We spent the rest of Saturday unpacking all of our things (read: groceries), settling into the house and familiarizing ourselves with everything. It was still a bit rainy, gloomy, and slightly cool outside so we were more than happy to hang out in the cabin with the fireplace doing it’s thang. Tommy took Violet on a long walk right before dinner and before we knew it, Little Miss was out for the night, and the adults read a little or tinkered on their laptops before turning in for the night as well.
On Sunday Little Miss was up bright and early (5:45am), but since we all had slept so soundly the night before we didn’t mind. After we ate a delicious breakfast, were all clothed and bathed, we piled into our Jeep, and set off on a 3-mile hike around Lake Laura! (It was about a 10-minute drive from our place). First we made a pit stop at a local store to grab decaf coffee for Tommy and local bacon to eat the next day!
Lake Laura is on Bryce Resort and during the summer it’s open for people to swim, rent paddle boats, and just lounge about. It was a bit quieter while we were there, but we thoroughly enjoyed the serenity and beauty around us.
Special kudos to my mom who totally kicked this hike’s butt!
After our hike we headed into downtown Mount Jackson to kill some time before we checked out a local brewery (that our Airbnb hosts suggested!)
We popped into Mount Jackson Thrift and Gift – and of course mom came out with a bounty of things!
Soon it was brewery time! We drove over to Swover Creek Brewery in a nearby town, Edinburg. We only had time to visit the brewery, but would love to come back to walk the farm and check out their country store.
Tommy ordered a flight so we could all taste samples of their beers. I also ordered their chicken salad on a pretzel bun for Ava to snack on while we sipped beer, but we all ended up eating some of it – it was so good!
Of course we couldn’t leave without a souvenir!
Soon it was time for us to scoot because we had some very important things to tend to at the cabin – eat lunch and I needed to make a batch of skinny buffalo chicken dip to eat while we watched the Cowboys playoff game! We also tried to put Ava down for a nap, but since she slept for, oh, 20 minutes in the car, she was all napped out and just wanted to play.
Alas as we all know the Cowboys lost…talk about heartbreak. There is always next year…
We spent the rest of the evening eating dinner and pretty much doing what we did the night before. It was wonderful.
On Monday morning yours truly slept in – until 9am! We ate breakfast, packed up the car, tidied up our living quarters, and walked around “the neighborhood” for a bit before heading back home.
Cheers to a fabulous weekend! It was just what we needed before all the craziness and chaos comes to town later this week. It’s funny, sometimes when your life is so crazy and hectic, planning a mini-vacation seems like you’re adding on to the stress and busy-iness, but in actuality taking a little R&R away from your normal schedules can be just what the body and mind need.
Have a great day!