Last weekend we treated ourselves to a weekend away at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe… This came about when I was there for Mark and Marie’s wedding in June.  I noticed an advertisement for a series of northern soul music evenings on one of the tables in the bar.  I tabled a proposal to Paul and the date was set.  I love that I was so taken by a wedding venue that I wanted to go back and spend the weekend there… Photographing weddings definitely exposes you to some beautiful places. On Friday when we arrived in Morecambe we put on our walking boots and headed along the coast from Morecambe to Heysham Point.  Heysham Point is the home to St Patrick’s Chapel – it dates back to the mid-eighth century and there is still a curved Anglo-Saxon style doorway to be seen amongst the ruins – my Dad knew about it so it is a big deal… Apparently St Patrick was shipwrecked off the coast at Heysham which resulted in the establishment of this small chapel. The funny connection is that we got married on St. Patrick’s day and as it was the weekend of the 17th of November, we were celebrating our moversary.  We also learned that St Patrick may have been born in Ravenglass in Cumbria (one of our favourite places to camp and visit) before going to Ireland – it’s all coming together… When we got back into Morecambe I decided I *needed* an ice cream.  I know it’s November but there is never a bad time for ice cream.  We wandered along the promenade and found this place called Scoop and Grind.  They serve gelato made by Miogelato in Morecambe.  I had a double scoop waffle cone with mint chocolate chip and chocolate caramel.  It is definitely up there amongst the top ice cream I’ve had. We got to the Midland about 3pm to check in.  The hotel is an art deco hotel built in 1933 by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway replacing two smaller hotels.  It was a hospital for the RAF in the second world war and was also used to filming a couple of episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot but it fell into disrepair until it was refurbished (to an extremely high standard) in 2006.  The views of Morecambe Bay from the hotel are spectacular. One of the great things about the Midland is that dogs are allowed in all the rooms – I opened our room door and while I was taking in the view of the Bay offered by the floor to ceiling windows, Stella was taking in (quite literally) the biscuits that were left in a little bowl for her – I’m not sure what they were as they disappeared too quickly for me to see!  When I booked, I upgraded to a “feature sea view room” to make the most of the location – that was worth it.  We had a balcony that ran the length of the room, a separate seating area and complimentary prosecco.  On Friday night we headed down to the Rotunda bar (also dog friendly) to hear the DJ mixing up the northern soul tunes.  I had a pina colada and all was right in the world. On Saturday we walked to Lancaster along an old railway line, across the Lune aqueduct and back along the canal into Morecambe.  It was about 12 miles on a beautiful sunny day.  We stopped for a second sampling of the gelato at Scoop and Grind and this time Stella enjoyed a vanilla cone too – she was pretty pleased about that.  We got back to the room in time to enjoy the sunset and then headed down to the bar for our dinner.  I had another cocktail – this time it was a Bahama Mama which rocked my world. The breakfast was amazing both mornings – my cooked breakfast treat is smoked salmon and scrambled eggs so I had that both days.  Paul went for the full Midland – he didn’t even save a sausage for Stella.  On Sunday morning we walked on the beach of Morecambe Bay before heading back down the M6 for home .  I felt really sad leaving the hotel – I love being at home so I usually look forward to getting back but I definitely could have stayed a lot longer than we did. Fingers crossed we’ll be back up to the Midland again very soon – maybe for another wedding or maybe for another weekend away.