Another thing: my blog does not have a large readership, so I was surprised to see how high up it appears in a web search for "the Weyside." If you check my other posts, you will see that my blog is intended to be humorous. Some of the Weyside's "handicaps" below (like the thin walls) have been exaggerated for that purpose. However, my feelings about the Weyside's magic are sincere.
This past weekend, Jennifer and I celebrated our seventh anniversary by going here with Kyle:
This little oasis, nestled in New York's Catskill Moutains, is called The Weyside Inn and Cottages. It's a charming place, with cottages along a small lake, and a few other rooms across the street (we always stay in the cottages). I discovered this place through an internet search back in 2004, when Jennifer and I were looking for someplace peaceful to celebrate our first anniversary, and we have been going there for each anniversary since. When you find a place you like, why change? Unfortunately, this past weekend might have been our last trip there. That's because the Weyside is for sale.
|(Above: First Anniversary, 2004)|
Okay, the Weyside isn't exactly a luxurious resort, but at least its rates ($80 our first year!) have reflected that. We figure the place was furnished in the 50's or 60's and hasn't been touched since, outside of a few improvements in the kitchen. Still, the place is always clean, the sheets on the bed are fresh, and toilet still flushes. Being able to sit out on the back deck facing the pond and stare at a gazillion stars on a clear, silent evening made up for the lack of room service.
|(Above: Fourth Anniversary, 2007)|
We associate a lot of important moments in our lives with this place. Jennifer studied for the LSAT and many of her law school exams here. I received a major promotion just before one of our weekends there and had to take part in a conference call on the way home (that was the only way I could use my cell phone, as there is practially no coverage in the area). When work became difficult in the month before I had to leave the company, a weekend in the cottages provided a much-needed break. In many ways, the Weyside has served as a brief sabbatical before a new, often tougher, part of our lives was about to begin. And then came Kyle.
|(Above: Fifth Anniversary, 2008)|
|(Above: Seventh Anniversary, 2010)|
So, on Monday, we packed our bags and said "good-bye," probably for the last time. There's always a chance we'll be back, but I'm thinking we'll be spending our next anniversary at some other place. That place might have fancy things like thicker walls, but I know we won't regard it with same kind of fondness we have for the Weyside. Not yet, at least. It just won't be able to compete with all the wonderful memories.