First Anniversary Celebration

Last Friday started out as a normal day. Got up, went to work, worked.
I was on the hunt for a new restaurant for Jeff and I to try for our first anniversary. Our actual anniversary was on August 18, but we were both busy the next two nights, so we had to celebrate on Friday. I emailed Jeff a list of about 10 restaurants that I wanted to try.
His reply back to me: I’ve got this taken care of. Come home after work. Pack an overnight bag.

Naturally my head started spinning of the many places that he would surprise me with an overnight. I started guessing.
Ann Arbor?  No.
Cedar Point?  No.
Put-In-Bay?  No.
I sat here stumped.
He offered to give me a hint. He sent me a picture. I promptly Google searched that picture and found out where he was taking me.

Windsor, Ontario in Canada.

We only live 45ish minutes from the Canadian border so this wasn’t some far away trip, but we had never been to Canada together.  I was so excited that I ended up leaving work a few hours early, this meant that we could hang out in Canada a few extra hours as well.

We have two ways to enter Canada from Detroit. The Ambassador Bridge or the tunnel. We chose the tunnel on the way over.

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We made great time over the border and we were excited to be on foreign soil.

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We knew right where the hotel was and it was very easy to get to. In theory. Windsor was currently setting up for Baloonapalooza. Not balloons actually, but it is large inflatables. SO, a lot of the streets were already closed off for vendors to set up early for the festival. After we made a few trips around the block, we were finally in our room. We had some gorgeous views of Detroit from our room. Who would have thought that the Detroit skyline would be so pretty?
2013-08-16 19.05.05 2013-08-16 19.05.08 2013-08-16 19.07.57Our room was really nice as well. We weren’t planning on spending time hanging out in it, but it had plenty of space for it. We changed clothes and walked to the park that runs the entire length of the river. It is an extremely well-kept park and there were a lot of residents out using it for various activities. Then the skyline posed with me.
2013-08-16 19.44.39Seriously, look at how gorgeous this park is. Some of the pictures are taken from in the park, and some are taken from inside the hotel the next day.2013-08-16 19.42.35 2013-08-16 19.45.09 2013-08-17 09.49.59 2013-08-17 09.50.14 2013-08-17 09.50.58

Before dinner we walked around to take a look at the inflatables.
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I had a few delicious sangria’s with dinner.
2013-08-16 20.24.59 2013-08-16 20.31.34As it got darker this is what our view at dinner changed to.
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We took our time getting up and around on Saturday and had a decent breakfast in the hotel restaurant. We didn’t see anywhere near the hotel that served breakfast. On the way home we chose to take the Ambassador Bridge back into the US.
2013-08-17 12.03.44We had some gorgeous views of the river and both Detroit and Windsor.

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It was a short trip to Canada, but we had a great time and made the most of it! Jeff certainly surprised me with an anniversary overnight, but this just means that every year I’ll expect a huge surprise like this. Ha!

How do you celebrate your anniversary?
Ever been to Canada?


  1. We’ve taken a few anniversaries to Canada (both Windsor and niagara) since they’re both close. I love how beautiful it is in November over in Niagara (our anniversary). Glad you had a nice time 🙂 Looks beautiful!

  2. Windsor is so much fun although I haven’t been there since I was a student at UT! It would be fun to go back as an adult and take it all in besides the crazy bar scene. Looks like you two had a wonderful time, congrats on your anniversary!

  3. lol, glad you finally came to the dark side, lol. Next time, you should cross and head to Pelee Island, which is just north east of Windsor, and beautiful, with some lovely wineries in the area. Glad you guys had a good anniversary!

  4. Hi Amanda! I nominated you for the Liebster Award. I know you have a lot of follwoers, but thought you’d enjoy doing this! You can find the information on my page: 🙂

  5. Oh, congrats–what a great way to celebrate. And I especially love that photo of you with the yummy drink!

    Tell Jeff he’s a terrific romantic. And he has set a precedent now for many anniversary celebrations to come…

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