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Planning an Anniversary Getaway

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Two years ago was our 10-year anniversary. I always imagined The Husband and I would do something romantic: take a cruise, renew our vows, profess our love from atop the Empire State Building while kissing in the rain. Okay, I don’t know where that came from but you get the idea. Being happily married for 10 years is an accomplishment, and I really wanted to celebrate in some way.

Unfortunately, well, fortunately, we had a healthy 1-month-old baby boy to take care of. No romantic getaway for us that year. Instead we celebrated 10 years and welcomed Little Bean into our crazy family.

10 years together - Our growing family.

10 years together – Our growing family.

I decided the next year on our 11th anniversary, the two of us would sneak away for a special kid-less vacation.

As the date approached, I started to research cruises. Remember, I’m married to a non-traveler, so planes are normally out. But I happen to live next to a port that offers regular cruises to Bermuda and the Bahamas.

I was sold, The Husband was on the fence, but it didn’t matter. No passport. No cruise. There just wasn’t enough time to make it happen.

I vowed to remedy that and I did, but instead of a romantic vacation, we settled on a fun weekend with friends in Ocean City, MD.


We had a blast! The Husband even got his photobombing on!


But it just wasn’t the anniversary trip I had envisioned the year before.

Now we are 2 months away from our 12th anniversary. My, how time flies. That baby we welcomed to our family is now walking and talking. His big brother is in the 2nd grade and we still haven’t celebrated our 10th anniversary properly.

When I brought up the cruise idea to The Husband again, this time prepared with our passports in hand, I was met with an unenthusiastic, “If you really want to.

Translation: I don’t but I’ll go to make you happy.

I could sense he wasn’t into it, so I asked what he’d like to do, emphasizing my desire for a romantic anniversary trip.

His idea couldn’t have been more perfect.

“How about we road trip to New England and stay at a bed and breakfast or something”

My response without hesitation: “I’m in!

After a few fruitless days of exploring deals on LivingSocial, I remembered a site called JetSetter.com and that’s where I found the Essex Resort and Spa in Vermont.

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I’ve never been to Vermont. The Husband has never been to Vermont. The resort has a culinary school, a full-service spa and fitness center, tennis courts, a golf course, an outdoor adventure center and two restaurants on site!

It sounds like the perfect place for us to get away for a few days. So that’s what we’re going to do!

Stay tuned this May as we take an old-fashioned road trip to New England to celebrate our 10th anniversary on our 12th.

Hey, better late then never, right?

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    February 19, 2013

    This place looks amazing...can't wait to hear all about it! I am in CT so its not too far from me...and anything that has the word SPA in it has me sold :-} Reply


    February 19, 2013

    We (my husband and I) are in the SAME boat! We celebrated our 10 year in 2012 and have not gone anywhere special yet. I can't wait to hear how this place is... it looks amazing. Congrats and HAVE FUN!! Reply


    February 19, 2013

    that sounds perfect Roni! I still haven't celebrated my 15 year properly and I'm about to celebrate 18 years! Reply


    February 19, 2013

    I've been there! BOOK A SPA PACKAGE. One of the best I've been to! Also, the food is amazing. Fresh. Great flavor. Just great! Enjoy your trip in May! Reply


    February 19, 2013

    This sounds so great! I absolutely know what you mean. We planned a nice trip for our 10th anniversary - my dream was to go to Paris (he's been there, but I haven't). Our anniversary was in 2010 and we still haven't gone anywhere.... Life sometimes gets in the way, I guess. But I am going to take your lead - surely we will manage something for our 13th anniversary in August!! Reply


    February 19, 2013

    My husband and I spent our 10 year anniversary in Maine - 10 days! Our first trip together since our honeymoon! We don't have a lot of spare money to travel so it was very special. We hope to go back in a few years for our 20th anniversary. Your vacation sounds right up our alley! Reply


    February 25, 2013

    Sounds perfect! :) Glad you found something for both of you to enjoy! Reply


    March 28, 2013

    Since I started my blog last month, I've been looking for other blogs with similar interests in traveling. I'm so glad I found your site. I love this post and can relate, even though my husband and I recently celebrated our 51st anniversary. Reply


    April 30, 2013

    looks nice. Hubby and I are cruising out of baltimore.. to bermuda July 26... we are doing NO EXCURSIONS... only 1 thing actually, high tea and going back to horseshoe beach where we went for our honeymoon beach trip. Reply


    May 2, 2013

    Roni! I'm a long time follower and was so excited to see that you're coming to Vermont! I live 15 minutes from this place. Though I've never stayed at the Essex, I hear it's really great. There's lots of wonderful places to visit and restaurants nearby, please email me if you need any help finding them! Reply


    May 5, 2013

    Your husband seems like such a bore! Don't know how you put up with that Reply


      May 5, 2013

      Happily. :) Reply