Playing Tourist

A couple weekends ago, my parents offered to take the kids for an all day and night slumber party and rather than fill our time with random house projects or getting odds and ends wrapped up for work, Luke and I decided to declare it a much-needed date day!

A little background for you: we are both, admittedly, old souls. At the ripe ages of 27 and 28, we would much rather grab takeout and stay in with a movie on the couch than get dressed up for dinner or hit up the bar on a Saturday night. For this particular kid-free evening, we vowed to stray from the norm and stick to a full day itinerary of events, starting with playing tourist in our own city at The Darwin Martin House.

To sum it up in one word, The Darwin Martin House was inspiring. Luke was skeptical at first, but as soon as we stepped foot inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s creation, we were both pretty awestruck at the attention to detail and unbelievable architectural feats inside the home. If you have an afternoon to spare in the city, I highly, highly recommend checking it out for yourself. (You can find tour times and more information here.) We were fortunate enough to have a private tour for the day and learned SO many interesting facts about the Martin family and Wright.

After our tour, we were STARVING. And while we had originally planned to take advantage of Local Restaurant Week, we decided last minute to head to Ru’s Pierogi. Luke had built the bar fronts in the restaurant and I have featured them in a few Only In Your State articles, so we figured it would be a good time to see the restaurant in action and experience the hype firsthand! The pierogis were amazing and I’ve been daydreaming about them ever since, particularly the Buffalo Wing Pierogi. So. Good. (Dear Ru’s, if you’re reading – will you deliver?)

After lunch, we ran one errand (oops!) and came home to get changed and meet some friends out for dinner and drinks. We ended up at Mangia to check out the M-Lounge upstairs and it did not disappoint. The Moscow mules were a little bit too good and the atmosphere was perfect, even if we were the youngest patrons in the place!

We ended the evening by popping prosecco at OP Social across the street and crashed into bed at around midnight, way past our usual 10:00 bed time.

An entire Saturday of much-needed quality time with my love was definitely overdue, and a night out with friends was the icing on the cake (even if I did have a raging headache the next morning!). It can be hard to take time for each other between parenting, work, and so many other things always taking over our Google calendars, but carving out time to just be together once in a while is always worth the effort.

Special thanks to the Darwin Martin House for treating us to our private tour of the facilities! We can’t wait to check out the family programs for our next visit! 

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