Orange you so nice

Hey! How’s your afternoon going? So happy to hear you enjoyed the wedding pics from this morning; special events are always fun to document and share.

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While we were in VA, we spent a little bit of time in Richmond, but most of it was in Orange. We spent one night in Richmond (for Ryan’s bachelor festivities, and that’s the night I had a lovely Indian dinner with Brittany), and headed to Orange for wedding events. The wedding was held at the Inn at Willow Grove, which was also where we stayed. The hotel was like a bed and breakfast meets boutique hotel, with many unique touches. As I mentioned before, cottages were located throughout the property, and from the ones I checked out, they all seemed to have something different about them with various layouts and amenities. 

Here’s the outside view of our cottage:

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 (Loved the clock; it’s pointed at 5 o’clock and has the text “somewhere” on the face)

Our patio, with rocking chairs and a lovely view:

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and the interior.

It’s very rare that we visit a hotel where the bed feels just as comfortable as our bed at home, and this one passed the test. It swallowed me alive.

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As beautiful as the room was, the bathroom was pretty fab: HEATED floors and a heated towel rack.

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We also really like hotel robes, which is strange if you realllyyyy think about it. There’s nothing like wearing a towel dress that someone else has worn before you. 😉

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“Honey, stand by the window and look deep in thought” haha

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Some very special touches:

a candle and lighter in the room! (as someone who likes a candle going all the day, I was extremely excited about this)

hot beignets and coffee each morning

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(I know, right?!)

and handmade soap, using goat’s milk from a local farm as a goodbye token. 

Workout-wise, I got in some great travel workouts. I took two Pure Barre classes (one on Friday, one on Sunday before heading to the airport), 


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and did a Crunch Live! cardio workout in the hotel room. That morning, the Pilot and I also took a nice walk around the property.

We found a creepy well.

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Wild Thing in the wild:

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We also enjoyed some delicious eats! Wonderful wedding food,

room service,

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(omelet with goat cheese and veggies, gf cornbread, potatoes and salad; fruit on the side)

and the best part was spending time with everyone. Virginia is beyond beautiful, and I’m hoping we’ll be able to make it back one of these days!! (Random note: Richmond friends, I went into B&N to sign the copies of “HIIT It!” and they were sold out! wommpppp.) 

As much fun as everything was, it always feels good to be back home, especially because we missed Livi like crazy. She was having her own vacation with my mom and nana, and thankfully, they still have a couple of days here before heading back to Tucson. 

Off to teach spin!

Have a lovely afternoon,


Pssst. Summer Shape Up starts in TWO WEEKS! Get ready. 🙂 I’ll announce the winner of the May workout challenge in the morning, and will also post a workout plan to last you until Summer Shape Up is here!

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  1. ahhh, so nice! Wedding season is my absolute FAVORITE! & heated floors!? never heard of such a thing!

  2. I love your Wild pose in the wild! And the Pilot’s expression in the well is hilarious.

  3. I’m seriously excited about the summer shape up!

  4. Wow that hotel looks amazing! I love that they give you fresh beignets! I was just talking about those at work saying I need to visit New Orleans so I can try one! haha

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  6. I love Orange! I got married in small town bordering Orange, abd that whole area is beautiful! Glad you had a great time

  7. Lovely photos, it looks like y’all had a great time!
    xoxo, Ivette
    Glamour State Of Mind

  8. What a great place to stay! I would love it. Sometimes I miss VA and sometimes I don’t. It can keep the humidity.

  9. Looks like a beautiful place to say! Many props to wild thing in the true wild. 🙂

  10. Looks like the perfect little baby moon relaxed weekend away.

  11. For our honeymoon, we stayed at the cottages of Napa Valley and it was wonderful!! Your post makes me want to go back. We’ve talked about doing it next year for our 5 year. For the summer shape-up, will you be offering pre-natal/modified moves for the mamas out there who want to join in?

  12. Ooh I love having a candle going all day!

  13. I want those beignets 😀

    Also have GOT to try a barre workout. Looking forward to your next workout plan!

  14. I think I’ll move in there now.

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