16 September 2009

Our totally free trip

When was the last time you smiled so much that your face hurt? For me, it was last weekend. My Sweet Hubby is a genius when it comes to finding deals, this weekend he took me on a totally free trip to Cherokee NC.

When we visited in the spring, we stopped in at the casino and played the slot machines.

The casino sent us an invitation to come back, the invitation included vouchers for a free buffet and $5.00 to play. My brilliant Hubby combined that with a free night we earned from Holiday Inn Express (just across the road from the casino and quite comfortable). Voila, a free weekend.

We drove up Saturday and ate lunch at a pull out with a lovely view on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then we followed the parkway to Heintooga round bottom road. We parked the car and went for a long walk. This is where the smiles really got going. It was a perfect day! The sun peaked in and out, the temperature was just right. The trees have not really started to change yet but there are hints of yellow and red here and there. We even found some fresh berries to pick (small but sweet).

I am not really sure which one of us started it, but there were several silly puns and bad jokes along the way. I have not laughed out loud like that for a while.
We drove into Cherokee at around 5:00pm, checked into our hotel and changed out of hiking clothes.
We had about a 5 minute walk to the casino entrance and we were in. Our free dinner was at the "Fresh Market Square Buffet". The last three photos were taken there. We were spoiled for choice and everything was good. I had Prime rib for my main course and my Vegetarian Sweetheart was able to find several nummy choices too (can you see those grins).

We used the $5.00 vouchers in the nickle and penny slots so they lasted a while (yes they still have penny slots, you have to put a minimum of $5.00 in the machine, but you can quit at any time and get what is left of your money back. No significant wins, but we had fun).
Yes, a chocolate fountain. How cool is that? The chocolate tasted European and there were marshmallows or little cream puff pastries on skewers to dip in.

The last two photos are my latest beading projects. I am quite pleased with both.
When we returned, I discovered that Jo from http://jo-thegoodlife.blogspot.com/ gave me an award for my blog! How sweet! I will put it up and show it off on my next post.
I am still smiling! Hope you are too. Now to catch up on some homework.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a lovely trip, Kat. It always makes it that little bit more special when there are plenty of laughs along the way. You don't have to spend a fortune to have a great time.


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