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Don’t Forget the Things that are Most Important

Snow has blanketed the ground here in Hamilton, MO for nearly a week now. It’s soft silence slowing life to nearly a crawl. Everywhere you turn, a window overlooks a new landscape. Old houses become quaint, barren fields become picturesque, and our hearts turn back to the time when we[…]

What I Learned from a Boulder

Before I got married I was an avid hiker. I went out into the woods every weekend exploring new places and seeing new things. I spent the whole week looking forward to Saturday when I could get away from it all. There was a high in forging new trails and[…]

Growing Our Wisdom Teeth

When I was a child I used to dream of starting my own business. . . But this doesn’t resemble my dream at all. I always thought that I would feel put together. That I would have life figured out. . . I would know where I was going and[…]

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Tried and True Travel Recipes

We know from experience how hard it is to eat healthy (or just homemade!) while traveling. Our biggest expense is often times just eating out for the duration of our trips, not the hotels or gas. That’s why we’ve put together some of our FAVORITE simple, easy, inexpensive, and delicious[…]

Holiday Wreaths The Easy Way!

It’s almost that time of year again! Time to dust off the Christmas decorations and figure out how much shopping needs to be done. Well, we are here to help with a little of the holiday stress by showing you an easy (and inexpensive!) way to create a holiday wreath[…]

Does It Get Any Better Than This?!

This month has been so good I’m almost giddy! You know those days when you wake up and think, ‘does it get any better than this?’ Well, that’s been me most of the month (not counting those weeks my daughter was teething).

What I’ve learned from a Small Town

Living in a small town is the new “big thing”. Some say it’s for the safety that a small community provides while others say it’s for the relationships. My personal experience says that it’s so much more. Living in Hamilton, MO has taught me lessons that I couldn’t have learned[…]

Steps to decorating a House on a Budget

When we decided to open Dawson Retreats, we had a very tight budget and most of it was going to be allocated to building decks and landscape costs, not decorating. And so my job began. For months I had sat back and watched as my husband slaved away making the house[…]

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Luxury isn’t things – it’s experiences

Our tag line is “Hotel luxury in a home-style setting”, but what is luxury? Now-a-days it seems like nearly everything has the title of being ‘luxurious’. We have luxury cars, luxury motels, luxury dining, the list could go on and on. But what does it truly mean? The dictionary defines luxury[…]

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Twelve Reasons You Should Take a Vacation

If there is one thing we get serious about – it’s traveling. Some of my earliest and dearest memories involve traveling with my parents, and it is only through travel that I met my husband. SO here are 12 reasons that you need to take a vacation this weekend (feel free[…]