When it comes to an anniversary weekend getaway, these essentials can’t be overlooked to create the best possible experience for both you and your significant other. First, you need to determine where you’re going to go on your getaway. There are plenty of places from which to choose, from secluded cabin retreats in the woods to luxurious beachside hotels in Hawaii or Mexico. Once you’ve settled on where you’re going, it’s time to start planning what you’re going to do once you get there.
Romantic getaway essentials
While you may already have a list of what to pack for your romantic getaway, it’s good to have a checklist in mind so that you don’t forget any of your anniversary weekend getaway essentials. Here are a few ideas:
- A big blanket and/or a quilt to throw on some grass and lie down in if you’ll be enjoying some alone time outdoors for a picnic in the mountains or a park near your hotel.
- Attire for a fancy and romantic candlelit dinner. A suit for men is always a great choice. Add a tie for a more upscale scene or go without a tie for something a little casual. For women, these cute maxi dresses are perfect for dressing up or down. Use accessories to dress them up.
- A deck of cards or any other game you both enjoy playing that you can enjoy before bed.
- A small journal or notebook where you can jot down all of your favorite moments and places during your stay together.
- Matching robes so that you can both enjoy breakfast in bed if room service is available.
- Your anniversary gifts to give one another once you get to your destination.
Of course, there is nothing stopping you from playing around with these anniversary weekend getaway essentials by adding your own touch. If you have something sentimental from the wedding day bring it with you. Meaningful items such as your bridal earrings or your wedding day cufflinks would make perfect a great addition to your romantic dinner attire.
Where to go on a romantic weekend together
When planning an anniversary weekend getaway, it’s always important to figure out where you’re going. The best part about celebrating anniversaries is that they can be celebrated just about anywhere. Whether you prefer a hotel, cabin, or a bed and breakfast, it is entirely up to you! A great tip is to make sure that wherever you go put your phones away for periods of time so that there are no distractions from one another.
In this digital age that we live in, it can be hard not to capture everything with the camera on your phone but some things should be enjoyed for yourselves without feeling the need to document it. This will leave more time for connecting on a deeper level and coming up with fun things to do together in honor of your special occasion. A great place to start could be a destination on your bucket list or revisiting the place where you spent your honeymoon to honor your special day.
If you’re a beach person and love visiting popular places Turks and Caicos, Anguilla, and Cabo are all well-known and offer beautiful sandy beaches. If you’re more of a city person, visiting the big apple such as New York or going out of the country to visit the bright lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris both give you all of the big city vibes. For couples who enjoy the outdoors, places such as Tuscany offer some amazing country views.
To make it a successful trip, be sure to look at things to do, places to see, and good eats. As well as some quaint places to spend some alone time to wind down and focus on each other.
What to do on an anniversary weekend getaway
If you’re looking for something to do with your loved one, perhaps go on a hike on the beautiful Amalfi Coast. International travel is always fun and romantic. Hiking or sightseeing is something you’ll both have fun doing since it’s outside of your everyday routine while exploring nature together. If hiking isn’t your thing, don’t worry; there are plenty of other things to do on an anniversary weekend getaway that is romantic and fun.
Shopping is always good (especially when you have a sweetheart as generous as yours by your side), spending a spa day together for some much-needed rest and relaxation at your resort, spending the day on a sailboat exploring caves and arches, or even going out on a food tour. And who knows? Maybe it’s something you can return to again in 10 years with another anniversary on deck. Because every place in the world has its own main attraction, be sure that wherever you choose to go, it’s something that you will both enjoy visiting together. There’s no point in booking an anniversary trip for only one of you to enjoy. We suggest booking those types of trips with friends.
How to go on the best anniversary weekend getaway
If you’re planning on going out of the country, it’s best to use a travel planner (especially if you’ve never visited the country before). These planners can arrange the best accommodations for your budget, and transportation, and can book activities for you to do so that you have a full itinerary when you get there so that you can make the most out of your trip. If you’re planning on staying in town and visiting a nearby city, we suggest speaking to the concierge of the hotel that can suggest things for you to do during your stay no matter how short your stay may be.
After countless memories made and countless miles traveled, you’re still going strong—and maybe even planning a romantic weekend getaway to celebrate your relationship anniversary. This may seem like an anniversary gift for each other in some ways, but it’s also a way to show yourself (or each other) how strong your love is, to be able to commit to another year of adventures together! And in that spirit, it’s important to have all of your bases covered.
Mirela Letailleur is a Romanian travel blogger living in the South of France. She writes on The Travel Bunny travel blog about affordable travel in Europe, creator of unique free travel guides, local travel expert. Problem solver. Wannabe coffee guru.
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