Happy summer, friends! How is your summer shaping up? Thought I’d share a little of my small town travel I’ve been doing of late in beautiful Hope, British Columbia, Canada!
I’ll be completely honest… once I returned from my much needed little extended getaway, I wasn’t sure where my mind was. It was stuck somewhere in the middle of complete escape vacation mode wondering where to take off next, all the way to start sharing my adventures and get makin’ stuff pronto.
So I held off of the blog life, and just started living life. I went shopping, started painting stuff, starting a bazillion projects, took off to the bike trails, started eating better, all with the notion that they’d be a blog post some day.
I had kinda forgotten what DIYing for just real life was like. It’s nice, but scattered. I didn’t carry one thing to proper completion, so I can now see how in line blogging keeps me!
And boy, do I have lots to show you! So let’s start with the getaway today. Because who knows what will transpire tomorrow…
As you know, I took off for Eco Retreat once again, located in Hope, BC, Canada.
(This is not a sponsored post by the way.)
It’s my fav little river-front forest getaway that is so nice, you don’t really want to even leave the grounds.
HERE is a story from last summer while staying inside the big cabin.
This round, I landed the Othello cabin. And what a total cutie!
There’s something to be said for a place where you adore every square inch of it. From the rustic natural surroundings, to the shake shingles, colour and even the lettering. Seriously, this place was made for me.
To my utter delight, the front porch had been revamped, making quite a cozy little outdoor living room! It had a sofa, chair, coffee table, small propane fire pit and even a hammock. The roof was see-through corrugated plastic, so even the sunlight could penetrate.
What I love most about this place is the seclusion. You can go in the busiest time of year, however because there are only 3 cabins on this property, you have your own space until you yourself desire to mingle with the guests in the common areas. IF they are around!
I did a LOT of thinking and non-thinking during this stay. I sat under this little roof, read some, but mostly stared into the flickering flames and was just content to rest.
The Othello cabin looked small from the outside, but once you got inside, the length fooled you into believing it was much larger!
The walls were filled with dark wooded antique pieces that made a striking impact against the light walls. Very pretty, clean and cozy all at the same time.
I slept with that screened window wide open all night, and delighted in the sounds of nature lulling me into a deep sleep. There’s really something to be said about a complete change of place to rejuvenate the senses and inspire you to think of other things other than what’s sitting waiting for you at home.
Or not think at all.
The first evening I arrived, I unloaded my bike and hit the bike trail quickly through the Othello Tunnels before nightfall, then returned and didn’t move an inch off the property. The wood heated hot tub was waiting after all…
If I could plunk this entire thing in my back yard, I’d be one very happy girl!
This is really where the magic transpired. All the knots in my stomach disappeared, the overthinking of things quietening down, and I realized, this, THIS spot is exactly where I needed to be.
If I were to describe how this getaway made me feel this round, it was when I use to visit my Mom. She’d always take note my weariness, then encourage me to the ever so soft cushy sofa, and tuck me in with a blanket to just be.
When this lovely breakfast would wait for me each morning, that right there was my mom’s blanket. It was like someone was finally taking care of ME.
Plus, I had a whole carafe of decadent coffee to call my own… that I didn’t have to make!
I always brought my breakfast to my fav little river-front escape and just stared into nothingness.
River. Birds. Nature. Quiet.
There are sitting areas all along the river, each one unique. And you can bet I tried them all out.
During one sit, I found it difficult to let go of ‘stuff’. Sue the owner gave me some appreciated advice…
“Face the river moving away, and allow the water to push all the thoughts out. Then turn around, and allow the new in. It’s a different energy.”
My stay was booked for two nights. However the first evening, I pushed myself off the property rather reluctantly for a quick ride through the Othello tunnels and forest trail again.
Beautiful. Most stunning canyon views beside the tunnels EVER.
You can see more of the canyon in THIS post.
However, once I returned, I just didn’t feel good. It was like, I needed to just stay put. So I pretty much did. The next day I made one quick trip into town to the local antiques store 10 min away, and found some decadent oars I’ll show you soon! Then went to a place for homemade soup, then returned right back. I wanted to rest and enjoy my river-front and recoup.
But as the end of my stay drew near, I was disappointed I didn’t achieve some new-to-me adventures in the mix…
That’s when Sue mentioned in passing that there was a new 3-day cancellation starting the following day. I thought about it for about 30 seconds before handing her my credit card with, “I’ll take it!”
I mentioned this part in the “Longer” post HERE.
So I went home for one night to mow the lawn, see my kiddo, take in a scheduled class, pet the cats, then returned with my truck the very next AM fully packed from the night before.
I had completely overlooked it was Canada Day weekend, so the traffic was… eventful. I felt sorry for myself until I passed an upside down motorhome. Those poor folks. They appeared ok, they were both busy on their phones. That’s when I realized how so very fortunate I was, regardless of any snarled up traffic congestion.
And got to do and see SO much more new stuff this round, which I’ll show you next!
But there was one thing that stuck with me well after coming home. I missed that outdoor living room terribly and knew that I had to emulate it somehow with my own existing patio…
So I listed and sold my huge grill to make way for the new changes… then went shopping! I cannot wait to share the changes with you once it’s complete!
Guess I’d better get to work… so I can rest up again! : )
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What have you been doing with your summer so far? Think this kind of little getaway would do it for you? Where do you like to go to escape?
You can visit my other HOPE sights HERE.