My Valentines Weekend – A Vacation

Last Friday was Valentines Day. Yup, I know most of you have already tweeted or blogged about your valentine or how you celebrated the day.. I am a bit late here, but I was busy and I admit I’ve never been big on celebrating Valentines Day. I know, I’m a bit weird huh? Nah not totally at least, because I did send some Viber texts containing love, hearts and such to my family and I might have tweeted some hearts too, but I usually do so..

Two weeks ago or so my husband suddenly asked me “We don’t do Valentines right?!“, just like he has done every February since we first met. I laughed and said “No baby, you don’t have to get me flowers and chocolate hearts this year either. Promise!” This might seem very cold and not romantic at all, but to be honest.. We both love not “having” to celebrate our love at a given day. However, this year we kind of did anyways. Close to midnight on Friday, Valentines Day, I turned over to my husband and whispered “Happy Valentines Day” while we were about to fall asleep in our (for the weekend) king bed. We were on vacation! It wasn’t a planned valentines getaway, it just happened to happen that specific weekend due to his work etc, but we (or at least I) pretended like it was anyways when people were all “Aww, that’s so sweet to take your wife to a resort for Valentines!” (the reality was that he didn’t pay a dime for the “Valentines getaway”, nor did I, it was a work trip, without much work actually involved).

So yes. Thursday afternoon we suddenly got to know we were heading over to Kona side for a stay at the resort Fairmont Orchid. I quickly got myself, the apartment and my bag ready and started counting the hours until it was GO-time. Friday morning started bad, my husband were sick and I honestly thought he had the stomach flu and that we weren’t going to be able to go anywhere. But, he got better and we started the “long” drive towards the west side of the island. We actually chose to take the long way, the one who passes my beloved South Point instead of the short/fast way over the Saddle Rd (takes you up high between the two volcanoes Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa). We stopped for a few errands on the way and didn’t get to the resort until late in the day, but little did we care as we felt relaxed and happy as soon as we stepped inside the hotel lobby. I really wish I was better at bringing my “real” camera along, and maybe more so that I was  better at actually remembering to take photos, because this little trip was full of beauty, relaxation, adventures, LOVE and happiness. Let me take you along through the very few photos I actually got:

Bye Bye Hilo

We left a very rainy Hilo Friday around noon, hours later than planned due to husbands “quality time” with the toilet and then running some errands in town.

Since we busted out of the apartment I didn't have any breakfast at home, good thing actually because this bagel with PocketFuel was DELISH!

Since we busted out of the apartment I didn’t have any breakfast at home, good thing actually because this bagel with PocketFuel was DELISH!

Hotel Lobby Selfie

We arrived at the hotel and I was a lot happier than I seem on this photo.

While checking our room out I found this and.. Well, I can't help but loving a place that gives me Swedish things. Gevalia Kaffe, not my favorite but hey, it's SWEDISH!

While checking our room out I found this and.. Well, I can’t help but loving a place that gives me Swedish things. Gevalia Kaffe, not my favorite but hey, it’s SWEDISH!

After a stroll around the resort we drove to the grocery store to pick up a few snacks, in case I couldn't find any decent vegan food and... More Swedish things! I love love love lingonberries, have so many sweet memories from the countless times I've been picking them with my grandparents and oh my gosh, my grandmother's lingonberry jam is THE. BEST. I didn't buy this, but it definitely made me smile.. Ok, I admit I even did a little happy dance when I saw it.

After a stroll around the resort we drove to the grocery store to pick up a few snacks, in case I couldn’t find any decent vegan food and… More Swedish things! I love love love lingonberries, have so many sweet memories from the countless times I’ve been picking them with my grandparents and oh my gosh, my grandmother’s lingonberry jam is THE. BEST. I didn’t buy this, but it definitely made me smile.. Ok, I admit I even did a little happy dance when I saw it.

Saturday morning I left my tired husband in bed and went for a beautiful run. Sleepy resort beach.

Saturday morning I left my tired husband in bed and went for a beautiful run. Sleepy resort beach.

Trail following the beach.

Trail following the beach.

I wish I could share my whole run with you all, it was one of the best and beautiful ones ever. I stopped taking photos and focused more on being in the moment - watching whales and sea turtles while running in the cool morning. As I got closer to the hotel I fueled up with PocketFuel because I knew it would be a while before we got some breakfast in our bellies and the "runger" would set in for me before that.

I wish I could share my whole run with you all, it was one of the best and beautiful ones ever. I stopped taking photos and focused more on being in the moment – watching whales and sea turtles while running, enjoying the surrounding to the fullest and breathing in the cool ocean breezy air. As I got closer to the hotel I fueled up with PocketFuel because I knew it would be a while before we got some breakfast in our bellies and the “runger” would set in for me before that.

After my run I showered and got my husband up and we headed out for some adventures along the coast. You will always find me carrying a water bottle.. And most likely wearing SKORA..

After my run I showered and got my husband up and we headed out for some adventures along the coast. You will always find me carrying a CamelBak water bottle.. And most likely wearing SKORA..

We ended up having a late breakfast/brunch in Waimea, one of my favorite towns on the island. And man, was that food AH-MAZING?!

We ended up having a late breakfast/brunch in Waimea, one of my favorite towns on the island. And man, was that food AH-MAZING?!

For some reason I didn't get much photos of our adventures but I did however catch this - enjoying the hotel pool when we got back. I could see whales breaching right out there, enjoyed an iced coffee, swimming and reading.. If that isn't life, then I don't know what is..

For some reason I didn’t get much photos of our adventures but I did however catch this – enjoying the hotel pool when we got back. I could see whales breaching right out there, enjoyed an iced coffee, swimming and reading.. If that isn’t life, then I don’t know what is..

We kept enjoying the resort the rest of Saturday. Sunset walks, food and a night swim.. Everything was wonderful.

We kept enjoying the resort the rest of Saturday. Swimming, a sunset walk, FOOD and a night swim accompanied by coconut water, watching the Olympics on the TV and so on.. Everything was wonderful, just perfect.

We had originally planned on going on a zip line tour, but it just didn’t happen and that’s ok. We had a wonderful time without it! I wish I could show you more of our Saturday and Sunday on/off the resort but unfortunately (not really) I was just too relaxed and happy to spend some quality time with my husband the photographing just didn’t happen. Anyways, the beauty wouldn’t be captured fully by the iPhone camera (believe me, I really tried catching the whales but it just didn’t happen!)..

In the car back home - feeling H.A.P.P.Y!

In the car back home – feeling H.A.P.P.Y!

We left the resort and the Kohala coast Sunday afternoon and headed back home to our little cat. As much as I loved this weekend, as happy was I to see my baby.. Yup, I’m a total catlady.

The resort we stayed at, The Fairmont Orchid, was great! Definitely worth a visit if you decide to come to the Big Island for a vacation. Great service, relaxing atmosphere, pool, beach, a gym open 24/7, activities, several restaurants etc. I am normally more of a backpack adventure kind of traveler, used to staying at WAY cheaper hotels/guesthouses and traveling freely than a resort/package vacationer – but that definitely doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy these kind of hotels every once in a while – it is wonderful to feel like you’re in a different and protected world for a bit, totally taken care of!

 

Q:

Did you enjoy Valentines Day? How did you celebrate?

Have you ever had lingonberries? Or Gevalia coffee maybe?

What are you looking for when traveling?