Today I'm sharing with you the details of my Bachelorette! In a manner that is only fitting of the best friends a bride could possibly have, my Maid of Honour and girlfriends planned a surprise getaway weekend to the Blue Mountains. Aside from knowing that we were celebrating in Collingwood, I was left completely in the dark about the sorts of activities we'd get up to during our stay. All I was certain about was that there would be plenty of girly drinks and candy to go around.
What I was NOT expecting was that my cousin, Katherine, would fly all the way from Alberta to spend the weekend with us!! I drove up to the chalet by myself on the Friday and feeling excited but extremely frustrated from a drive that Google Maps had not yet routed, I must have looked like I needed some serious alcohol. Only Charlotte, Atheana, and Tiffani were there at the time and I lost my composure in front of them completely when Katherine came down the stairs and handed me my drink. Upon seeing her, I knew the highlight of my weekend had already happened before it even started. SO exciting! I love my family... we are all about the extravagant, province-hopping surprise visits.
Sadly, my friend Lindsay couldn't make the trek from Newfoundland (understandably so!) but she sweet-talked a Blue Mountain restaurant staffer to deliver a bottle of champagne to our chalet! Thank you Linds! You're the best!
Not everyone had arrived yet on Friday afternoon so I had the opportunity to unwind in the chalet before the party portion of the evening commenced. The condo we rented slept 11 of us comfortably and even came with a personal shuttle bus to take us back and forth from the Village. Our driver was grumpy, but we didn't care. Half of the girls piled into the van to meet the rest of the girls for our first event of the weekend: Dinner and wine at a Greek restaurant in the Village!
We were there on June 12th along with SO MANY OTHER bachelor/bachelorette goers. I swear the restaurant was full of brides and grooms celebrating their last flings. A table of guys sat near us and kept trying to photo-bomb our pictures. (They did not make the cut!) We shared a couple of bottles of wine and were entertained by a belly dancer and then finished the whole affair trying to break plates in proper Greek fashion, but were told by a frown and a wag of a finger that it was not allowed.
None of us got lost. It was a lovely evening.
My bridesmaids woke up early to grocery shop and make breakfast for all of us girls. It was SO good! Toast and tea and the fluffiest eggs in the whole entire world along with fresh fruit--strawberries and bananas and blueberries and blackberries and raspberries and pineapples and grapes! We laughed because Roger definitely wasn't eating this healthily at his Bachelor party with the boys. To add a little naughtiness into the mix, we followed our tea with mimosas--some with just champagne. Which is totally acceptable for 10am.
We had intentions of spending the day immersed in the baths at the Scandinavian Spa, but unfortunately they did not take reservations and there was a 5+ hour waitlist. We opted instead for a hike into the Village where we explored the lake, the shoppes, and the local Starbucks which we so desperately needed. We petted every single adorable dog (and there were many) that we passed.
Tiffani brought a Margarita-Ville so it would have been an absolute travesty not to sip tequila-infused ice on the balcony of our chalet. For lunch we had Tostitos and red pepper salsa and so many veggies. We went extra healthy during this meal--we also had quinoa, tabouli, and bean salad. Mostly tequila.
This post is starting to be about food but I am okay with that. A girls' weekend is not a girls' weekend without a little indulgence. One of me and Roger's favourite foods is tacos (we have them at least every week), so when my bridesmaids asked me what to cook for Saturday night's dinner it was a no brainer! We had corn tortillas, soft wheat tortillas, and even lettuce wraps. The best part was homemade guacamole and refried beans. And wine.
All of our meals were perfectly coordinated and everyone shared in the costs. Me, I was spoiled rotten all weekend and I'm so appreciative! My bridesmaids wouldn't let me do a thing. Naaz kept everyone's glass full all day (as is tradition.) That night Nicole joined us and we got all dolled up for a night out.
All the ladies!
We tried to have a scavenger hunt at the bar, but we gave up on crossing everything off our list when we failed at finding a guy named "Roger." Jess did make a pretty veil out of toilet paper, someone bestowed upon me a fluffy pink tiara, and we all got a few shots on the house.
This time some of us got lost, but we all found each other in the end. (Pizza and poutine at 2am has a funny way of bringing everyone together.) Thank you everyone for making the trip and celebrating my last fling with me--I had so much fun and loved every minute of it! Love you all so much!