It’s hard to get away. It takes money, energy, organization, and desire. Even though rest and romance are desireable, it’s like pushing a boulder uphill to make it happen.
John and I didn’t think we had time to use the Bed and Breakfast gift certificate his mom got us a year ago, but it was about to expire so we made plans to go. We asked our son to take the dog, pushed ourselves to finish last minute deadlines, tossed four pair of jeans and fours shirts—two for each of us—into a duffle bag, and hit the road.
I would never have thought Pueblo, Colorado would be on my list of romantic getaway spots. We didn’t have any choice: this is where the B & B was.
It turns out the B & B was a gorgeous old home built in 1881. The home had gone through massive restoration. Our room was the Judge Coulter Suite. The room was an ordinary size but once you walked through the bathroom you entered a large salon or parlor. There was a cozy fireplace, a couch, and a gigantic Jacuzzi for two.
So here’s how the romantic getaway weekend went:
We left on Friday around 1 and stopped in Highlands Ranch at the Corner Bakery for soup and salad.
Then we met up with our friend Jim Levy at the Focus on the Family organization. Jim is in charge of media relations. He gave us the 2-hour VIP tour. He introduced us to a bunch of people, showed us the recording studios, including the Adventures in Odyssey sound effect room. Our grown kids listened to Adventures in Odyssey every single night. I can still hear them hollering, “Turn the tape over.” As if the tour wasn’t enough, Jim sent us home with a bag of books and DVD’s.
After we unpacked at the B & B, we went to The Shamrock for some craft brews and dinner. People in Pueblo are friendly. Two guys got up out of their chairs to offer us theres’. Our waiter Andrew told us about a local wine shop that sold wines, 90 points or above, for under $20. We decided we would go there the next day as well as the cheese shop he managed.
The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast.
Then we took a two hour drive. I love soaking up sunshine, quiet music, and nature. When we got back to Pueblo we went to the riverwalk and then to a coffeeshop.
We also stopped by the wine place and the cheese store. We bought four bottles of wine (for about $9 apiece!) and four types of cheese: Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam triple cream, a Pantaleo green chili jack, a 3-year aged sharp Cheddar, and the most amazing Feta, Farmstead Feta. Then we came back to the parlor to read. I’m reading a preview copy of a book called Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist. It’s a story about life and about food. Shauna is such a gifted writer; I couldn’t put it down.
At 7 p.m., we had dinner in an old church turned gourmet restaurant. For $25 you get a five course meal: beef barley soup, crackers with homemade pimento spread, salad, and an entree. I had filet mignon on a bed of vegatables and seafood. For dessert we had giant homemade cream puffs. John had the waiter bring me a cup of ice cream with a candle in it too. (We’re celebrating my 48th birthday.)
This morning we drove home and picked up our dog. It turns out we both really needed the rest. I feel restored and grateful for the time with my husband.
How long has it been since you got away? What plans could you make today to make sure it happens soon?
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."