This is a very special blog! A few weeks ago, I popped the question. I asked Heather to marry me after we have been dating for almost 4 years! This was a very special day for the both of us and I planned a surprise trip to Umstead for us to celebrate. Neither of us had ever been to Umstead so I knew it would be a treat. After I surprised Heather with my plan, we checked in and were ready to celebrate and relax. The Umstead is a perfect setting for doing just that and as soon as you walk in you understand why. When we arrived, we went straight to the pool and enjoyed a few poolside cocktails. After the pool, we got ready for dinner and went to the onsite restaurant, Herons. Come to find out, you can make a reservation to eat there even if you aren't staying at the resort. I could describe everything that we ate but trust me it was a wonderful taste bud adventure! As you can see from the picture above, we got a little bit of everything! We did the 4-course meal with wine pairings and I must say it was one of the best meals we have had ever. Alaskan King Crab consommé, scallops with coconut jam, halibut, tuna, truffle pasta and whipped pumpernickel, etc. Everything was wonderful. A very special treat very special occasion. The staff was excellent and made us feel extra special. Heather and I hope to make some sort of tradition out of the Umstead for our family as we go through the years. If you want to make a special night or event, you should take a chance and go there. We highly recommend it!