Last weekend, Nicolas turned 25! He had never experienced a proper birthday weekend before, and no one deserves a wonderful birthday more than him, so we celebrated Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! Along with celebrating at work, my family had the coziest party for him. On Saturday, we left for a little weekend getaway to State College.
Nicolas had never spent much time in State College, and some amazing family members gifted us a stay at The Carnegie Inn! We were super excited to go away for a weekend especially because we could drive and barely had to pack anything. We are normally used to a big production with packing, flights, etc. We look forward to taking more little vacations like this now that we live in the states!
The Carnegie Inn & Spa is so cozy and charming. It definitely has the vibe of a European bed and breakfast which I love. The inn itself is surrounded by a little forest, and the view from our window was very nice. The bathroom was big with a shower and a bath. I especially liked the little towel made specifically for taking off my makeup. (Is that weird? Haha 🙂 ) To make our stay even cozier, there was a coffee and hot cocoa station right outside our room!
There was also a beautiful front porch with rocking chairs (my favorite.)
If I am completely honest, the highlights of our weekend mostly revolved around food. We went to Olive Garden because if there is an Olive Garden, we go to Olive Garden (and eat 94485 breadsticks.) Nico got a slice of the brownie lasagna for his birthday!
I also took him to Cracker Barrel for the first time because it is an *essential* part of living in Pennsylvania. 🙂
We were recommended by several people to try the American Ale House and Grill. We went for brunch, and it did not disappoint! The vibe of this place is so cool, and their menu options are even cooler. We both had the BEST EVER avocado toast and split a yogurt creme brûlée which you must try to understand how yummy it is.
We also went to The Original Waffle Shop for brunch, and it was fantastic. I got blueberry waffles, and Nicolas tried their chicken and waffles.
It wouldn’t be a trip to State College without visiting the Penn State Berkey Creamery! Nicolas had also never been here. We had to stand in line for quite a while to get our ice cream, but it was so worth it. I got chocolate marshmallow and Nico got chocolate chip cookie dough.
I hope you’ve all had a nice weekend! What are you looking forward to this June? I am planning on relaxing, eating outside, swimming, sitting by a fire, and just enjoying summer!