A Weekend of Freedom: Getaways for Re-igniting the Spark

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Despite the joys and rewards of being a parent, the responsibility of raising children often leaves little time or energy to nurture one’s marriage, as many parents will attest. This is not only unhealthy to the marriage – it also can affect the way parents relate to their kids. Moreover, adults often bring to their own marriages what they witnessed growing up.

Nurturing a marriage is important for the whole family. Here are some ideas for parents to get a break away from home and to help re-ignite the spark.

Great escape weekends

art-0501-weekend-of-freedom2Regardless of where you live, you can find plenty of escapes within a half-day’s drive (or less). Hop on a short flight for more choices. Let these ideas get your wheels spinning:

A Dude Ranch – Spend a weekend cowboy-style at one of the many dude ranches offering accommodations around the country. Enjoy horseback riding, wagon rides, hiking, fishing, cowboy cookouts, dancing, relaxing in a hot tub, and plenty of western charm.

Golf Getaway – Choose from one of many weekend golf packages or create your own by booking accommodations near some of the courses you’ve been dying to play.

Bed and Breakfast – Find a romantic bed and breakfast in a quaint town with old-time charm. While you’re there, stroll through a historic neighborhood, window-shop, dine in local cafes, enjoy old-fashioned ice cream, take a riverfront walk, and visit local historical sites.

A Trip Down Memory Lane – Remember those carefree days before the kids came along? Make a reservation at a hotel in the area where the two of you met, and spend the weekend revisiting the past. Eat at the restaurant of your first date, visit parks you once enjoyed, or even reenact some of your favorite dates.

Lover’s Lane Delight – Pick a romantic setting and book accommodations with an in-room Jacuzzi. Dedicate your first evening to a mini-shopping spree at a lingerie store. Have fun choosing items for each other and discover what each of you likes. Spend the weekend pampering and savoring each other. Don’t forget to bring fragrant candles and your favorite music. Enjoy breakfast in bed; relax and catch up on movies you’ve wanted to see.

A Weekend of Culture and Class – Select a top-notch hotel with fine dining and a luxurious room. Reserve tickets to an area play, musical or event, and bring along your best attire.

Murder Mystery Weekend –Try out a mystery theater weekend adventure and have fun role playing. Search online or call your local travel agent for upcoming mystery events. But be prepared … if you’re not the murderer, you could wind up the victim.

Amusement Park Fun – Get in touch with your inner child. Make your reservation at an amusement park resort so you can take breaks and come and go as you please.

Music Lover’s Weekend – Buy concert tickets then plan a weekend of musical merriment. Reserve a room near the concert hall, then catch a cab for a guaranteed designated driver.

Winter Resort – If you like the cold and snow, try a winter recreation resort where you can hit the slopes or cross-country trails to ski or snowboard. Or try tobogganing, snowshoeing or ice skating, Warm up after with hot cocoa by a fire.

Festival Fun – Contact your visitor’s bureau, chamber of commerce, or visit an online event directory to discover upcoming festivals, and book a reservation in the area.

Camping and canoeing, kayaking or rafting – Enjoy a weekend of water fun, sunshine and sleeping under the stars. Find a canoe or kayak rental facility or rafting company that offers riverbank camping and overnight trips.

Second Honeymoon – Renew your vows, and take a second honeymoon. Write your own promise to recite to your partner, and each bring a gift symbolizing your appreciation for the other and to serve as a future reminder of your renewed commitment to each other. Don’t forget the honeymoon suite.

Make it a surprise overnight adventure  – Concoct a story about going out to dinner, to an out-of-town store or gallery you’ve been dying to visit … or whatever it takes to get your spouse on the road with you. When you reach your actual destination, act confused and explain you must have gotten your directions wrong. Pull into a motel parking lot (where you’ve already made reservations), and say you’re running in to ask for new directions. Check in, and see how long it takes before your partner discovers the surprise.

Weekend tips

  • Research and plan ahead so your weekend isn’t over before you get started.
  • Discuss your expectations with your partner beforehand so you don’t arrive with different ideas that could lead to disappointment. Come to a mutual agreement that meets both of your needs so you’ll both come home feeling renewed.
  • Discuss costs and spending in advance to avoid arguments that could ruin the weekend.
  • Leave your cell phone or pager turned off to avoid unnecessary interruptions. Give the phone number of where you’ll be staying to the sitter, and remind the kids it’s only for emergency calls.

Lastly, some things might not go as planned. Take it in stride, and be flexible. Remember that the weekend is about renewal and each other. Enjoying each other’s company is what matters most.

Kimberly Blaker
About Kimberly Blaker

Kimberly Blaker is the mother of two and a grandmother. She remembers the challenge of trying to maintain romance in her marriage while raising kids – weekend getaways did wonders for her marriage and family life.

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  1. Tiffney Simson says:

    Fun article. Great ideas!

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