Jan 20, 2015

Another Stamp on My Passport!

Since Jared was (probably) tired of seeing me mope around, we decided on a whim that a getaway would be a great way to enjoy some quality time together. Our offices were closed for MLK Jr. day so it was the perfect long weekend to go somewhere! We've been to most of the cities within 2-3 hours of us so this time- we got a little crazier and drove to...

Niagara Falls! I had never been there and it had been ages since Jared had been there. Plus this satisfies two things on my 30 before 30 list: spontaneous weekend getaway AND another stamp on my passport. We left bright and early Saturday morning and the drive went incredibly fast since I was so excited to get there!
There was a tiny mishap with our reservations but everything ended up being fine and we could see the falls from our hotel room!

We snagged an incredible deal via Groupon because January isn't exactly the popular time to visit the Falls. Yes, it was cold, but we bundled up each day and absolutely LOVED the breathtaking views. I actually think seeing it it winter might be more beautiful than in the warmer temperatures, but I can only make a fair comparison if I make it back in the summer sometime ;)



Those were the American side falls!

Honestly the views cannot be done justice via photographs, but these will have to do. Standing there with Jared seeing one of the coolest things on this earth was incredibly overwhelming to me. I just felt so fortunate to have the chance to be there seeing this beautiful part of the world with my husband. We stood out in the cold looking at the views and barely felt the frigid temperatures- it was that powerful!

We did the Journey Behind the Falls tour our second day there which let us get super close to the waters. One observation deck was closed for the winter, but it didn't effect anything for us. We were still within feet of the falls and couldn't stop snapping pictures. By the way, I have never seen so many selfie-sticks in my life. It was hilarious to see all these tourists walking around with them and getting selfies from each and every view of the falls. For the record, Jared and I do NOT have one! ;)
It was so much fun being touristy and getting up close and personal with nature. I think all the bad food we ate totally cancels out based on how much we walked (often uphill- omg!) over the weekend. I know weekends like this will be some of the most cherished memories Jared and I share.

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52 comments:

  1. I love Niagara Falls. I've been there twice (I used to have a boyfriend that lives in Buffalo), and it never disappoints. Sometime when it's warmer you'll have to go on Maid of the Mist. It's hokey and touristy but worth it :)

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  2. How fun! So happy you guys were able to get away :) Gorgeous pictures too!

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  3. Goodness this makes me want to pack my bags and forget work right now!!! ;) absolutely love those pictures. Especially the last few of you two. And aren't those selfie sticks hilarious?? I can't even imagine carrying one around.

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  4. This is amazing!! I got in the grumpiest mood on Saturday and kept telling Freddie I needed to just get away. We needed to go somewhere spontaneous for the weekend because we could. Spoiler alert: we didn't. But when I saw you post on Instagram I got so excited! I wish we lived closer to the b-e-a-utiful falls.

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  5. your hair in that first pic! SO dang cute. Love the bottom pic where you are laughing.

    im glad you were able to sneak away- I need a little weekend getaway on my calendar. :) I've never seen the falls but would love to someday! I'd say winter would be ideal- I feel like I'd just want to stand in one place and stare which is usually frowned upon in crowded spaces.

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  6. How fun!!!! The pictures look incredible, and y'all are adorable as usual!! Glad y'all were able to get away for the long weekend! Such fun memories!! :)

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  7. So fun - weekend getaways are the best! I've never been to Niagara Falls but I've been meaning to get back to Ontario for a looong time

    What is happening to the world that selfie sticks are a 'thing' now?!

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  8. Looks like a fabulous trip, lady! Love that it was spontaneous and you grab some good deals!!!!!

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  9. Ohh how cool! I love weekend getaways, those are some of my favorite memories! The pictures are gorgeous, so neat that you got to go! I've been to Niagara Falls but Adam hasn't so I''d love to go back with him someday! That's hilarious about the selfie sticks, we saw some people using them at Disney when we were there and we definitely laughed at them a little. ;)

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  10. My parents visited Niagara in October. They loved it. I have never been but would really like to one day. So glad you all got to get away!

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  11. So beautiful! Glad you guys were able to sneak away!

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  12. What a fun trip! So jealous you can take a weekend trip out of the country! I've never been to Niagara Falls but it's on my bucket list!

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  13. Niagra Fall is beautiful especially from the Canadian side!! I haven't been there in years, but your pictures make me want to plan a visit with my hubby since he's never been. Glad you had such a fun weekend :)

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  14. It has been years since I have been to the falls! I need to add that to my travel list! What a great weekend!

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  15. Fabulous! I love your pics.

    We're going for my birthday, I've never been. I will be toting my selfie stick. HAHAHAHA

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  16. I have a confession I live about 45 mins from the Falls and have never done any of the tours. I know awful but it is just a part of our area so I don't think twice about it. I'm for sure going to be doing a tour of some sorts this summer!

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  17. I am so so happy that you two were able to get some time away! And knocking TWO things off your list? Even better! I am also glad you are back! :)

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  18. Awww, so fun... glad you guys had such a great, special weekend! You certainly deserve after a stressful few months at work!!

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  19. That's so awesome! Congrats on crossing 2 things off your list.

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  20. What a fun weekend getaway. I have visited the falls a few times, but never in the winter, but it looks gorgeous!

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  21. How funny that you posted this. I was just looking at (and strongly considering) the Niagara Falls groupon for Sean and I to do a weekend getaway soon, too! Glad to see the winter views are still awesome!

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  22. The falls look amazing! And the selfie stick, haha. I saw someone with a selfie stick at my college's graduation a few weeks ago!

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  23. aww gah how awesome!! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  24. Yes, girl! I absolutely love the spontaneity! Niagara Falls in a must-see for anyone in North America, so I'm so glad you went on your long weekend! Gorgeous pictures as always! :)

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  25. oh this is so incredible! you're lucky that it's so close for such a cool little getaway!

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  26. That looks like such an amazing trip, Erin! The photos are breathtaking. I have always wanted to go to Niagara Falls! Bucket list. :)

    And P.S. Did you ever watch Guiding Light or As the World Turns? Your hubby looks exactly like Tom Pelphrey... haha http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1670601/

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  27. The trip sounds awesome!! Sometimes a little get away is just what you need to get your groove back!! :)

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  28. Oh, how cool! I kind of would have thought winter would be a popular time to go…I guess not, since it's so cold, but like you said, it seems like it would be one of the prettiest times to go! Glad you guys had a great, spontaneous weekend!

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  29. I haven't been to Niagara Falls since I was in elementary school, but even then I appreciated the pure beauty of it! It was truly magical and I wouldn't mind going back as an adult. What a fun get away weekend you had!!!

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  30. Sounds like such a fun trip! I've never been, but hopefully some day! The winter pictures look really cool :) And, you and your husband are adorable - glad you had a nice weekend together :)
    Katie @ Sweet Little Ones

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  31. oh my gosh how fun is that?! I've always wanted to go.

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  32. What a fun trip! It looks super cold out there tho. I went during the summer which was beautiful but that was like 15 years ago so probably due for another trip in my adulthood.

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  33. aw so fun! i love the photos. i totally want to go there one day and wish we lived close enough to drive!

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  34. Oh hey now.... I totally want a selfie stick.... ha ha! Seriously! Eric would probably break it before I could even use it ;) HA!
    What a WONDERFUL weekend away! I'm dying to see the Falls, someday! I'm so glad you two got away and enjoyed such a gorgeous weekend together!

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  35. This is awesome! I've been to the falls, but it was a loooong time ago. I need to got back! I can't believe your awesome view from the hotel. What a great mini vacation!

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    1. P.s. This should tell you how long it's been since my trip: you didn't need a passport to go to Canada. I still forget you actually need one now. :)

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  36. SO SO SO fun!! I think after seeing your pictures, you're totally right about it being more beautiful in the winter. Gorgeous!

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  37. I'm so so glad you guys could get away this weekend and enjoy a new place and time together!! I'm with Amanda, I forget that we need passports to get into Canada now!

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  38. I just adore the two of you. What a perfect weekend getaway friend. I am so glad y'all went and enjoyed. I know that it was much needed for you both.

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  39. WOW those views are absolutely incredible! So glad you got to have a quick and fun weekend away, I think you deserved it :)

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  40. Omg, love this! Spontaneous weekends away are the best. I think you may be right about winter and the falls being almost better. :)

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  41. Sooo awesome!! I haven't been before ...it's beautiful! Ps looooved your hair in the first pic!!!

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  42. I am glad you two love birds had fun... the pictures look wonderful that you took!

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  43. That is a place I want to visit as well. I need to get my passport first though.

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  44. LOVE that you took a spontaneous getaway. I did that once and it was just about the best feeling ever. I felt so free and in charge of my life! Niagara Falls is fun too. I actually went there once around Christmas and enjoyed how not crowded it was. Easier for me to have a good time without the crowds! Bet you had a great time!

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  45. oh wow. january for the falls is a little too cold for me, but the falls looks absolutely amazing in the winter! glad you guys were able to get away for a little weekend :)

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  46. Oh my gosh all your pictures look so pretty!! I've never been to Niagara Falls, but it looks so neat in January!!

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  47. First things first, your hair looks dynamite in that first pic! Love the curls! Second, I would love for Shawn and I to do a weekend getaway on a whim. I think it's a great way to spend time together and to experience new things together. So glad you guys had a great time!

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  48. so much fun! I haven't been there since I was Breannas age

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  49. So pretty!! I want to go there. I think things like that are way prettier in the winter. Something magical :)

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  50. Fun!! It looks so amazing in winter! I adore this "spontaneous getaway" item on the list. And of course the passport one since that was on mine too.

    Also, not sure how I missed your list before, but I'm so excited about reading it - I seriously love 30 before 30 lists, seeing other people's and doing my own!

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