Post # 1
I am trying to plan an outing (have been looking at everything from day activities to an overnight) for me and my husband. I keep coming up with things then deciding against them so I figured I would see if the Bee can provide ideas. No restrictions on location or activities as I am just curious as to what others would do. Two adults, $300 dollars, 3 full days to play with. (Friday- Sunday) how would you spend it?
ETA for clarity: We are in Massachusetts, not counting gas in the budget. Doesn’t have to be multi day, those 3 days are just the days both of are totally off from work.
Post # 2
Knowing your general location would be helpful.
I only say this because $300 would barely cover lodging/rooms for my husband and I for a Fri-Sun trip and that’s even staying at a nice hotel/casino/spa within a 30 min drive from our house. So unless you get some super awesome groupon or coupon, use points type of deal I feel like its going to be hard to think of things to do on just $300 because that alone would only cover a place to stay.
…. but, now I’m determined to find something that works given your parameters, lol.
Post # 3
I am in Massachusetts. Sorry I wasn’t clear enough. It doesn’t have to be a multi day thing I was more trying to say it could be any of those days.
I saw some hotels in Portland, Maine and a few other places that were running roughly $150 for the night which is why I was thinking maybe we could get away with a budget overnight.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
With that budget I’d try to see about train tickets somewhere that hubs and I would enjoy exploring for the day.
When you drive you have to really focus on the road, rather than each other. You also have to worry about parking, which can be annoying.
A train is a fun way to really take in the scenery, and you can enjoy a cocktail or two as well.
I’d try to find a cheap-ish hotel for one night, and then look for low cost touristy stuff. Museums, the zoo, a matinee show. Just go with an open mind and a rough plan of things you’d like to see, while also being up for something spontaneous, if it presents itself.
Post # 5
So… a quick AirBnB search turned up some reasonably priced places for under $100 per night, some even around the $50-75 range.
If it were me, I’d probably consider an overnight or two in an AirBnB. Plan to eat in/takeout in the AirBnB with movies, wine, play cards just the two of you for some down time. Then on Saturday, go out and about to explore and sight see and conclude with a nice dinner out. Depending on if you eat out for breakfast/lunch as well you could throw in a nice experience or excursion to do (ex – couples massage, private guided tour?).
Depends on what you and your husband want to do though and if you either want to get away from the world or if you want to be touristy and active. Its always a goal of mine anywhere we go to eat at “local” places too… so avoid Starbucks, chain restaurants, etc. and we always try to eat the local cuisine too.
Post # 6
didn’t even think of that. I know our commuter line does $10 weekend train fairs, I will have to check that out. Thank you!
that actually sounds like the perfect little getaway for us. Thank you so much!
I think my brain is just fried from too much work. These are awesome jumping off points, thank you both!
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME
I love coastal towns, and we love to vacation in Maine and Massachusetts from Colorado. Rockport, MA is a really cute town, and you can find some good VRBOs there. They have a performing arts center and good restaurants, and the downtown is really romantic and fun to walk around.
We also love Kennebunkport and York Maine, and Portsmouth, New Husband is also a cute town to spend a weekend in! I’d go there, get a hotel that provides breakfast and plan for a nice dinner and just some sight seeing.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2020 - City, State
Regarding your $10 train option – if you did an overnight somewhere, you could do the train thing on one of the days as an add-on. My husband and I have a plan to do that in our area this summer – the plan is to get off at random stops to browse cute little stores and thrifts. We’ll probably do a dinner out, but we plan to pack a lunch to save money.
Good luck and have fun!
Post # 9
There’s a semi-local (1.5 hrs away) hot springs resort we love. I’d do an overnight there and dinner / brunch.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! We settled on going down to Cape Cod. We got a really nice room for $120. We know a lot of things will be closed but we’re cool with driving around for some ocean scenery and enjoying whatever is open.