Romantic Weekend Getaway–or Not

Author: Alecia Pirulis  

French Quarter New Orleans

Yesterday, my husband suggested we go camping this weekend … for our anniversary, which is Friday. Now, I enjoy camping as much as the next girl, but cramming our two half-grown children and two dogs into a 32-foot trailer for the weekend doesn’t exactly seem like the best way to celebrate what should be a romantic event. So, here are some great romantic getaways, just in case you find yourself uttering those words that got my husband into some serious trouble … “Hey, how about for our anniversary we head up to the lake and do some fishing this weekend?” Um, no.

Litchfield Hills, Connecticut … A horse-drawn carriage ride takes you across the beautiful and historic West Cornwall Bridge (also called the Kissing Bridge) to a gorgeous Bed and Breakfast. The weekend is spent wine-tasting, visiting the spa, touring historic sites, and strolling through the quaint streets of a lovely New England village, window-shopping.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee … Amazing mountain views, tumbling waterfalls, cool evenings, spectacular sunsets, and a rustic mountain cabin. This is a great getaway, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors. Go horseback riding, hiking, or even whitewater rafting. Spend time strolling through the picture-perfect streets of downtown Gatlinburg, where you’ll find shops filled with everything from pottery to hot sauce.

Asheville, North Carolina … A weekend at one of the most stunning locations in the country, Biltmore. The Biltmore is 8,000 acres of elegant gardens, lavish landscaping, fine dining, spa facilities, and, if you stay at the cottage, a personal chef and butler. Yeah, I could get behind this idea. Spending the weekend in the lap of luxury at the Biltmore Inn is just the way to say, “I’m happy to spend another 18 years with you.”

New Orleans, Louisiana … I’ve always wanted to wander through the French Quarter, listen to jazz musicians playing on a street corner, and try some real Creole food. The curvy architecture and lacy balconies promise sunny, balmy mornings in the heart of the Deep South. I want to experience the fun, rowdy Bourbon Street and the beautiful art and chic stores of Royal Street. Lazy days on the Bayou and the most unique city in the country, mixed in with great food, antique stores, and historic architecture … NOLA is definitely on my must-visit list, so why not now?

Dreaming aside, it would be nice to get away for a quiet weekend … maybe I should rethink the whole lake idea. No, it won’t be all that quiet (cue Pinky barking at everything, Peanut trying to get every person in the campground to pet her, and the boys, fighting over who did what and when), but on the bright side … the sunrise over the lake with the mountains in the background really can’t be beat.