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I can’t believe it but my first anniversary is coming up anf will be here before I know it! our abbiversaryv falls on a Saturday so we decided on taking a long weekend to celebrate. We plan to leave fri night and return home Monday evening. given the short nature of time we figure a destination within 5 hours of Philadelphia or Atlantic City would be our limit for driving. We’ve taken a lot of road trips so I’m kind of having trouble locating a nice destination. We would love a rustic yet luxurious cabin , fireplace soaking tub or hot tub in a cabin or ldoge but I just can’t seme to find one. any recommendations as far as specific hotels or just ideas for town to visit would be greatly appreciated! anniversary is 12/21, so obviously it will be chilly wherever we go!
Post # 3
@MrsOrange: This might be too far for you, but DH and I had a great vacation in Charlottesville, VA. We love history so we had a great time visiting the homes of Pres Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. My only concern is that it’s a college town and I dont know how dead it might be. But I noticed on the Charlottesville web site that Michie Tavern was having a wine tasting. I’m sure if you look around some more, you can find some other things to do.
We stayed at the 200 South Stree Inn. Our room had a whirlpool tub and some rooms have fireplaces. The breakfast was good (fresh baked breads, fruits, etc) and the afternoon wine and cheese really hit the spot. They even have fresh baked cookies in the lobby all the time. We were staying in the building next door and DH found excuse after excuse to walk through the main building with the cookies LOL
Post # 4
@MrsOrange: New England! Boston, Vermont, Maine, Newport RI! Newport has these amazing mansions and I went to see them done up for Christmas- I loved it! You could do one night there and then head up north to Maine/nh/vt.
Post # 5
Travel Nut here (Mr TTR & I are semi-retired and we love to travel)
@mamadingdong: has an excellent suggestion… Newport RI’s Mansions will be lovely at Christmas all decked out in their finery
Newport Mansions Preservation Society = http://www.newportmansions.org/
But from Atlantic City that is going to run you right around the 5 Hour Driving Mark you have in mind.
Anywhere further to the north in New England and places you’ll be more prone to find that romantic stay you are looking for is going to mean more driving !!
Personal faves of ours in New England include… Cape Cod (good year round IMO) – NY Catskills (various lodges etc) – NY Adirondaks (Lake Placid perhaps) – New Hampshire (various) – Vermont (various)
New Hampshire & Vermont have oodles of such romantic Country Inns & Lodges… thru out the two states… (in Vermont we LOVE Stowe)
My Best Advice is to check out their Tourism Websites for inspiration…
Vermont Tourism = http://www.vermontvacation.com
New Hampshire Tourism = http://www.visitnh.gov
And of course I don’t plan any vacation or getaway without consulting TripAdvisor (the best Trip Planning tool on the Internet)… they have Travel Guides, Reviews (Accommodations – Attractions – Restaurants), and their fabulous Discussion Forums where you can post Questions and get feedback from TA Destination Experts & Locals who know the areas best.
Example… here is the section for Newport, RI
TripAdvisor – Newport, RI (Travel Guide) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g60978-Newport_Rhode_Island-Vacations.html
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
Once you find your destination, check out VRBO or HomeAway online – I’ve booked gorgeous cabins for DH and I before (with hot tubs!) and they can be very affordable.
As for places – if the Government is open by your anniversary, the Skyline Drive in VA is nice. Also, Luray Caverns is down that way – amazing to visit. There are wineries in that general area, as well. Even if the Skyline Drive is closed, the Blue Ridge Parkway is still open.