Grown-up Getaways: 5 Mom's Weekend-Away Journeys Ripe for Romance
If the opportunity comes along for you to spend quality time with your significant other while the kids stay with either a babysitter or the grandparents, you'll naturally want to put romance at the forefront of your getaway. Leave your everyday parenting life behind for a few special days on one of these five fabulous getaways for two.
Take a European Getaway in Las Vegas
Cost: From $55 nightly
When you've only got a few days, you don't want to spend eight hours on a plane traveling to a romantic destination like Paris. Book a few nights at Paris Las Vegas (3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV) for as little as $55 per night during off-season months like August and September. Imagine you're meandering a Parisian street as you follow cobblestone walkways past sidewalk cafes and shops. Drink in the sunshine at the pool's sixth-floor pool with views of a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower. Breathe in the aroma of lush French gardens, sip vodka lemonade or order up oversized platters of hors d'oeuvres from the pool bar. Finally, add on a Paris dinner date at HEXX and a visit to the Eiffel Tower Experience to see the city from 46 stories.
Take a Tropical Getaway
Cost: From $72 nightly
Longing to stroll hand in hand along the soft sand of an exotic beach? You don't need to go through the hassle or expense of getting a passport when you head to U.S. territories like Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Although you'll experience more tropical weather if you shoot for the best rates in September and October, there's historically less activity during these months than in August and plenty to do if it rains on your beach plans. Stay at the Galleon House Bed & Breakfast (31 Kongen Gade, St. Thomas, USVI) on a hill overlooking St. Thomas. Or snuggle up in a boutique inn with lush tropical gardens at Casa del Caribe Inn (57 Calle Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico).
Soak in Historic Elegance
Cost: From $105 nightly
Bathhouse Row at Hot Springs National Park (Hot Springs, AR) served as an exclusive getaway for the rich and famous between 1892 and 1923. Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa dates back even further to 1875, pampering guests like Franklin Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Harry Truman, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Stay in Al Capone's favorite room, No. 442, which looks out at the former Southern Club. The resort's ready-made romance packages let you include things like California champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast in bed and spa services. There's plenty to do nearby. Release your inner child at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls where you can clutch your sweetie on thrill rides and let your inner child run free.
Explore California Wine Country
Cost: From $111 nightly
With daily high temperatures in the 60s to mid-90s, Paso Robles rolls out the ideal climate for a getaway during any time of year. Tucked in the heart of vineyards and olive groves in California, the city positions you for daytrips to the Pacific Coast, Hearst Castle or the Sierra Nevada mountains while rolling out scenery ripe for romance. Take a dip in one of the local hot springs. Better yet, book a room with your own private hot spring at the historic Paso Robles Inn (1103 Spring St., Paso Robles, CA) in a winery-themed suite complete with fireplace and wet bar. Wander the inn's lush gardens to stop and smell the flowers, or head off to a local winery for a complimentary wine tasting.
Seclude Yourselves in Tranquility
Cost: From $149 nightly
Immerse yourselves in quiet tranquility conducive to reflecting and nurturing your relationship at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa (50 Los Banos Dr., Ojo Caliente, NM). The springs served as a place of gathering and healing for thousands of years, and trails leading from the resort take you to prehistoric pueblo ruins. Soak away cares in the ancient sacred springs, taking care to remember the resort rule about not speaking louder than a whisper while soaking. Stroll through the Ojo's Intention Garden and add your intentions for your relationship to the garden that will bloom the following spring. When you take a class in the Ojo Yoga Yurt, you'll get to write your intentions on a card bearing seeds for next year's blooms. Visit again in spring to see your flowering intentions.
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- Paris Las Vegas
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- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
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- National Park Service: Hot Springs National Park
- Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa: History
Indulging her passion for vacation vagary through the written word on a full-time basis since 2010, travel funster Jodi Thornton-O'Connell guides readers to the unexpected, quirky, and awe-inspiring.