Run Away With Your Man + a Contest

March 7, 2014

in the generous life

I received this question from a generous wife (thanks, Ashley!).

Could you share some of your out-of-the-box ideas for get-aways? I’m always looking for new ones!

The question is just begging for a contest.  :)

Please share your unusual get-away ideas (step outside of the box). They can be long or short stays. They can be extravagant or simple. Perhaps you have an unusual twist on a standard get-away idea or a way to cut costs.

Leave your idea(s) as a comment to this post and on Monday, March 17th, I will pick a random number and the poster on that spot will win a Hanging Cosmetic and Grooming Travel Bag (or the book of their choice from the Marriage Book Library).

I look forward to hearing all your creative ideas!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Su March 7, 2014 at 2:28 am

Well, since we can’t really get away physically, I would say an at-home getaway. Kind of like a “staycation”. Get movies from the library; have an indoor picnic after the kids are sleeping; walk around your neighborhood or a different one. It’s fun to look at how people decorate their yards, etc. Walk a trail somewhere nearby, go bowling, eat out. You could make a theme of it and base your events on that theme. Thank you.


R. P. March 7, 2014 at 4:05 am

I saw somewhere once that a husband always kept an overnight bag packed for him and his wife in his trunk- then he could just leave at the drop of a hat with her whenever a chance came up. :) I always thought that was a wonderful idea.


Tam March 7, 2014 at 5:38 am

My husband and I didn’t get to go on the honeymoon that we planned at first, so I would take us to Greenland. Anyway, it doesn’t really matter where we go, we LOVE traveling, especially to places we’ve never been.


Jen March 7, 2014 at 5:46 am

Go camping just the 2 of you. Sitting around a camp fire & snuggling up to stay warm hits the spot.


Christine March 7, 2014 at 6:03 am

Some cities have hotels with unique themes for the rooms. My husband and I stayed in a caveman room with forest and dinosaurs painted on the walls around the whirlpool tub and a Cave made out of quite realistic looking (foam) stones in the bedroom. Nothing like a change of scenery to let out my inner cavewoman. :-)


Amanda March 7, 2014 at 6:51 am

I really want to do an all inclusive trip to a dude ranch where you stay in a cabin by yourself. There are some that have these super fancy tipis that you can stay in with a king sized bed inside. It’s like a ritzy camping trip with horses and everything. And you are in the middle of no where with beautiful skies, trees, mountains, rivers, and no city lights. You also get the hands on experience of learning how the ranch is run. All meals are included usually, and they have lots of add ons to do like rafting, horseback riding, fishing, etc. I just think it is the perfect blend of recreation and romance for the two of us since we are outdoorsy people. One day. One day it will happen.


Susan k March 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

I travel for work so I picked a hotel chain and started racking up points. We are now able to use free nights to help with travel costs.


Kim March 7, 2014 at 7:20 am

We love traveling and exploring new cities, but this rarely happens for us. Our schedule, finances, and four children make it difficult for us to get away. Once a year we do, even if just for one night. Since money and time is tight, we have enjoyed getting a hotel room in the downtown of our city and pretending we are new to town. We walk everywhere, and try new restaurants. It’s our same familiar city from a whole new vantage point.


FarAboveRubies March 7, 2014 at 7:23 am

I love to go on road trips with my hubby. It’s the traveling, off the beaten path, that makes it interesting. On our honeymoon, we traveled out West. We went to see a bunch of National Parks. We also went on a silver mine tour. We toured through a mansion. We also visited some ghost towns. Our agenda was pretty full. Want to hear about the highlight of our trip? It was out in the wide open prairies of South Dakota. There was a small little sign off the beaten path that caught my eye. It just said, “Prairie Dogs” with an arrow. We had such an amazing time with these prairie dogs in their natural environment. It’s more than twenty five year later, and we still talk about it.


Jennifer Rembold March 7, 2014 at 7:48 am

We always look for or deals within a few hours drive from us. There are usually quite a variety of deals from big city to secluded cabins.


Jan March 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

Because we look after my in-laws (across the road), we have to be close enough for an emergency call. We also have 8 children at home (from 22-5) so we feel better being close by. About twice a year we go to a local hotel/motel and spend a night or two. We are close home in case of an emergency, yet there is something about a hotel room….:-)
We are so thankful we did this because 2 years ago the power went out in our town and we decided to come home at midnight to check on my in-laws. My 80-year-old fil was trying to start a generator—a big no-no since he had just had heart surgery.
We love having a local getaway.


Melissa March 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

For our 15th anniversary, my husband and I wanted to do something really extravagant. So we both started researching and found a highly rated place in Belize called Coco Plum Island Resort. We decided to start saving our money to go there. Both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer, and my mom was in the middle of radiation treatments during the year of our 15th anniversary, so we decided to postpone (our anniversary is in February) until the next year. At the end of 2012 (we had the trip booked for February 2013) my dad passed away. My mom encouraged us to take the trip anyway, and so we spent our 16th anniversary in the most magical place on earth. The resort is 20 minutes off the coast of Belize. It is all inclusive and has only 14 cabanas. No tv, very limited wifi. We spent 10 amazing days just being together, relaxing, enjoying each others company and getting to know the other couples there. I just cannot describe how incredible it was–so much so that we immediately started planning a return trip and plan to go again in 2015. It is *that* worth it.

Other things we enjoy doing are going to wine/seafood/food festivals together. There is one in Newport, Oregon that we try to attend every year, and this year we’re going to the Taste Washington event for the first time.


Tori March 7, 2014 at 9:13 am

My husband and I have 4 teenagers 13-17. So when we can go on an overnight (usually once a year we go on a friday)… we head to the coast! We both love the ocean… so we stay at place within about a mile walk from the beach… our tradition is to get a warm fresh pretzel and cup of coffee (from a local shop on the way to the beach). Sometimes we will go to a local restaurant for dinner… at some point, we hit fisherman’s wharf for clam chowder and a salmon sandwich… Its a simple fun get away :) we live about an hour from the coast… we have been doing this as we can off and on for the last 20 years… Some years, we didn’t stay overnight but brought our kids with us… they love to go get pretzels and hot cocoa and go to the beach.
Have a wonderful day :)


LeeAnn March 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

We live not too far from Santa Fe, New Mexico, so it’s a fairly close getaway spot for us. We found a nice bed and breakfast that has inexpensive winter specials and usually stay there. The last time we did this, we found a great Groupon deal on a condo rental, and really enjoyed the extra space and the chance to save a little more money by cooking a few of our meals.

We’ll plan this trip for whatever weekend one of our favorite choral groups is performing at the cathedral, and usually we’ll visit a museum or a couple of art galleries and just enjoy spending time together.


Sue March 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

We have four boys ranging in age from 18 to 9. We also own our own business, homeschool, and coach 4 home school basketball teams. Time is definitely tight, so I watch our local Groupon deals and take advantage of trying something we haven’t done locally. This time, we are driving to a small town an hour away and using a groupon for a brewery tour. Then I Googled restaurants in the town and made reservations at the most popular place with Local flair. If we had time I would reserve a room at a bed a breakfast, but we aren’t able to this time. The beauty of small towns is that prices are usually much lower and they have awesome atmosphere!


Jenn A. March 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

We go camping! No hotel costs and depending on the location, sometimes no fees for a camp ground. We can choose how many meals to eat in (saving money) and how many to eat out. It may not be the most romantic getaway, but it sure is nice to get away and not have to worry about breaking the bank.


Vicki March 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

We live in southwest Washington state, very near Portland OR and about 90 minutes from the coast. Our anniversary tradition is to find a Groupon or LivingSocial-type deal for a hotel at the beach. We’ve had some GREAT get-aways, and even though our anniversary is in February, when the Oregon coast is cold, wet, and windy, we always have a great time exploring all that the little coastal towns have to offer.


Michelle March 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Spend the day at a botanical garden enjoying the romantic scenery. Have tea or coffee at the outdoor café then later camp out under the stars (at a park or in your backyard). Cook dinner together over the campfire; enjoy by candlelight. Dance in the moonlight to soft music. Snuggle by the campfire and gaze at the stars. Enjoy all of God’s handiwork (including each other). God is a huge romantic! P.S. Choose something small from nature for each other to keep…a flower to press, a leaf, rock etc.


steve March 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm

This last summer for our 40th anniversary, we went to local hotel for weekend. My present to wife and myself was a couple’s message.


steve March 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Should be massage not message. Just love auto fill. Haha


Jenna March 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm

We haven’t been away together since we had our first child. But we do have a fire pit in our back yard and sometimes after the kiddo is in bed, we like to build a fire and “pretend” like we’re camping.


Erin March 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Lori (and any other WA readers) – you need to head to the Methow Valley (Twisp & Winthrop area). It is the most gorgeous place in the state, in my opinion, and I am a lifelong resident and have been many places WA. You can camp or if you feel like splurging on lodging, do the Sun Mountain Lodge. There are ample horseback riding opportunities, hiking, fishing, art galleries, etc. If you scan the calendar, there are probably various festivals taking place there. And as you drive there, you should listen to music from the band Nickel Creek – it fits the scenery. There are few places I would call achingly beautiful, and this is one of them.

Oh! Another one I have to tell you about is the Lighted Implement Parade in Sunnyside WA. First Saturday each December. (Google that to be sure). Who doesn’t love a parade of tractors decorated with Christmas lights!?! : ) There’s a B&B right in downtown where we stayed – you can just put out a lawn chair on their front lawn to see the parade go by.


ARBrown March 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Hubby and I love to do a staycation at a the local choice hotels in our area. Choice hotels have a rewards program and offer free rooms for redeeming points. Several surveytaking sites offers ways to earn points (like choice hotels). I do e-rewards surveys and I earned enough to take hubby away for a free night at a local choice hotel during the Christmas holidays. It was a nice way to take a moment to ourselves during the holiday madness. There are other hotel chains that offer similar programs. We are lucky in that our kids are older and several of the Choice hotels are conveniently located closer to home. Ladies and Gentlemen check out what is your area.


K March 11, 2014 at 12:35 am

Take advantage of your husband’s business trips and go with him if possible! Maybe even extend the time away a day. This is rarely possible for us, BUT when the rare opportunity comes up that someone is able to watch our children and I have no other commitments, I go.


Sophie March 11, 2014 at 3:57 am

My husband and I don’t have kids so this is perhaps easier for us than for others. We’re planning what we call our ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ weekend this summer. (NOT that they’re any kind of legitimate role models, obviously, and I’m sure in reality their life was far scarier than the exciting depiction we see in the movies – but we just thought it’d be fun to pretend to be glamorous lover outlaws on the run!) We’re going to hire a classic car and leave late at night to go on a road trip, stopping at little out-of-the-way motels to ‘hide from the the long arm of the law’, or perhaps camping. One of us will pick a suitable date and arrange the car, and then pack the bags during the day and spring it on the other one that evening, to add to the element of having had to leave in a hurry, like fugitives. Obviously we’ll pass on the bank robberies en route…
We were inspired by the episode of The Mentalist where Patrick and Loralei go on the run :)


Sophie March 11, 2014 at 4:00 am

I forgot to say – we live in the UK, so things like motels and diners (that I presume are normal for you guys in the States) have a very exciting retro-American appeal to us! Otherwise this trip probably just sounds like a very ordinary weekend away to most of you, lol!


May March 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

My husband and I used to go to (political) party conferences every year and leave the kids, almost 3 and almost 6, with the grand parents on the pretense that we were trying to further out political career (both of us have stood for local council) It was great because it gave us an excuse to have 4 days together in a nice hotel in a different city.


Claire March 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

One of our memorable and affordable getaways was to a hotel less than seven miles from home. We booked a hotel thru a major discount site (we picked the price


cory March 7, 2016 at 5:24 am

We have roadtripped by grabbing a map or getting on the web and picking a general region with a unique feature and just go and have adventure. We have done this several times and have had some great adventures; like being invited to an Amish community supper, or the time we stayed in a bungalow on Route 66.


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