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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The OLD and the NEW

My husband and I just returned from a place that is very dear to our hearts. This year we decided to spend a low-key New Year’s and return to the place where we got engaged just over a year ago…Old Edwards Inn up in Highlands, North Carolina. We decided it’d be nice to just lay low this New Year’s and relax after a busy fall of going and going and going…and boy was it…R.E.L.A.X.I.N.G.! We had a nice dinner scheduled at Madison’s Restaurant at Old Edwards Inn (the true spot where we got engaged a year ago) which was included in our reservation and just pretty much took in the sights and shops around Main Street during the course of the weekend. I’ve included some photos to show where we stayed and our accommodations, but will describe some of the tasty food we were able to enjoy and how we rang in the New Year at midnight…a little different than years past.
the front of Madison's Restaurant (where we got engaged on December 4th, 2009)

downtown Highlands, North Carolina
Now back to the food…our four course New Year’s Eve special…which started with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres then moved to the following:
one of the hors d'oeuvres

Appetizer: Foie Gras and Cornbread Stuffed Quail on top Jerusalem Artichoke Salad, Local Bacon, Bourbon Maple Syrup (…delicious! Quite possibly our favorite dish of the night…well, almost for me.)

Second Course: Lemon Grass Poached Maine Lobster with Parsnip-Vanilla Ravioli, Celery Hearts, Blood Orange Foam

Entrée: Duo of Black Angus Beef Tenderloin and Roulade of Dover Sole on top Lentil Variation, Sauce Perigord, Petit Carrots, White Truffle Foam

Dessert: (OK, maybe my fav…) Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake with Ginger-Compressed Mango, Dried Raspberry and Passion Fruit Fire
dessert (yum!)

So, were you expecting all that? Not us! But we felt like it was the fanciest meal we’ve ever had…or will have going forward into 2011…so why not endulge!?!?!
before dinner...

totally full after dinner

And just before midnight we joined other fellow vacationers in the Hummingbird Lounge for cocktails, champagne and the tradition of “The Twelve Grapes at Midnight”. This was a new way of ‘ringing in the new year’ for me as in the past I’ve normally just yelled out “Happy New Year” or even “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit” (something my mom taught us to say once the clock struck midnight…it was for good luck). But this year we partook in a tradition unknown to me and my husband. “Las Doce Uvas De La Suerta” (the twelve grapes of luck) a Spanish tradition of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight December 31st. So, although we had just finished a very hefty four course meal, I still forced myself to try this “something new” for the start of a new year. If anything, I took away the fact that hopefully I’ll (or we’ll) have some good luck this year…maybe we’ll succeed in paying off debts, or saving money or just having a strong and happy marriage…but either way it was a fun way to start 2011.
a grape was in every glass of champagne

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, driving around Highlands and the surrounding mountains, enjoying the scenery, melting snow, frozen ponds and eating & drinking.
Happy New Year!!!

frozen pond

enjoying another round of Champagne

If you haven’t been to Old Edwards Inn or even just to Highlands, I definitely recommend it. It’s become a special place for David and me and we hope to return again in the future…but for now, back to the grind I guess!


Liz Bridges said...

Yay! So fun! Glad you had an awesome trip! The pictures are great-- especially the frozen pond! This makes me excited to plan our anniversary trip!

Kate said...

you get more beautiful with every picture you take! so sad we didn't get to catch up with y'all over the break, but thanks to la familia jewell, i feel like i can still keep track of your goings on!

Gretchen O. said...

Looks like a wonderful way to start the New Year!

Anonymous said...

Love all of the pics...looks like a wonderful trip!

Chase Irons said...

It looks like yall had a wonderful trip! Cheers to a wonderful 2011!

"Leenie" said...

The pictures are great! I'm glad that you had a fun weekend. We had fun keeping Zoe while you were gone.

English said...

Meredith, you're pictures are great!! You're getting pretty talented behind the lens! So glad to see that ya'll had a nice NYE! I miss my neighbors!! Hope to see you soon! Love Ashley

Molly said...

Hey Mer! Just really checking out your blog for the first time... so glad y'all had a great time in the Highlands for New Year's! The pictures are awesome and that food sounds UNBELIEVABLE. Looking forward to your next post!