I've kidnapped my wonderful partner and taken him away to a lovely little place situated in Ladner, BC, right on the water (and very near the ocean) for a relaxing and quiet New Year's Eve.
The River Run Cottages are a lovely bed and breakfast with the accommodations consisting of individual units located right on the south arm estuary of the mighty Fraser River. We are currently staying in the "Netloft" which used to be a building where the fishermen would hang their nets after fishing. There are several other interesting units here including a self-contained floating cottage (the "Waterlily") but my heart belongs to the Netloft. Marc and I stayed here 2 years ago for just one night and I really wanted to return for a longer period of time. With our busy schedules and with my 2 whippets, it is often difficult for us to find some time and opportunity to get away. I was perusing the River Run site a few months, noted that the Netloft was still available over New Year's and, on a total whim, booked the place and then set about trying to sort out what to do with dogs. Another big part of the planning included figuring out how to convince Marc that this New Year's might just be the year to not party with the hordes! Anyway, dogs taken care of, and Marc convinced, we set off today to our destination and settled in with a supply of suitable refreshments for our New Year's celebrations.
The accommodations, as expected and remembered, are simply lovely. The Netloft unit is a two-storey building that has a deck overlooking the Fraser River, woodstove, very comfy bed in the loft, and the proprietors serve the most amazing breakfasts! I am so thrilled that this worked out and we both intend to simply relax, rest, soak in the surroundings, and above all not feel guilty for doing nothing for a couple of days!
Overall the little touches really add to making this place so special. Upon arrival is a little decanter with sherry, for New Year's the requisite party hats, noisemakers and a half bottle of bubbly, and mid-afternoon a little baked treat is delivered. Breakfasts are truly to die for and perhaps next time we'll arrange for the dinner for two!!
We're going to be very bummed to head home - other than for the doggy reunion!
Happy New Year! (and I apologize for not getting this posted earlier - too busy relaxing!!)