We started my birthday on Saturday with breakfast at home with the family and then headed to the mall for some shopping. We hardly ever get a chance to go to the mall.. and it is even rarer to get an opportunity to go without the kids. We have become online shoppers.. So in a mall.. we hardly knew what to do.. and so instinct took over and we ended up shopping for the boys.. Boy do we suck at this pampering ourselves business. Without the filters of online shopping it seemed a bit mind boggling to scan the racks.. but we didn't not give up till we both bought at least one item for ourselves. The word LOSERS! comes to mind.
And then we were back on the road headed towards our destination.. we stopped at a dinner a few blocks away from the bed and breakfast. The area was a bit questionable.. but the diner had good reviews and we were hungry.. so we crossed our fingers and hoped to God we weren't entering the murder dinner. Thank God once inside it was all good.. we shared a delicious Ruben between the two of us.
and then made our way to The Lily Inn
Here we met Murray the inn keeper and more famously known as the 'hugger'.. in our less than 24 hours there we received three hugs each and two hugs to take home to share with the boys. We were given a tour of the beautiful property and learnt of all the history surrounding us. Unknown to us the city of Burlington, New Jersey was home to Benjamin Franklin and Ulysses S Grant, the underground railroad was once accessible from the basement of the Inn, two doors down stood a building where the first colonial currency was printed and so on.. after the history lesson we made our way up the three flights of steps.. on the way admiring all the other beautifully done rooms till be got to ours.. the Lydia Richie
We had dinner reservations at Maggiano's Little Italy were we had a divine meal.
and finished off with the most amazing chocolate hazelnut cheesecake ever!
The next morning, M's birthday, we woke up to the 'Huggers' special french toast and an interesting conversation with both the hosts and another couple spending the night. This was our first bed and breakfast experience and while hesitant at first it was interesting.. and may even be repeated.
Soon after we started on our way home.. and since we hadn't had enough dessert in the past few days we took a little detour to pick up the famous Broad Street Dough Co donuts
and then came home to celebrate the rest of our day with the boys.. in their new clothes. D had picked out the card.. he found the idea of his dad butt falling off hilarious.. upon seeing the card H ran around the house convinced he had to cut everyone's butts off with his play saw!