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My Goals 2018

Let the life planning begin! 

It’s a new year, and I’ve been busy working on new goals and hoping for grand achievements this year.  Whether you have a plan of action going yet or not in your life, let’s talk.

Goal Setting - Where Life Planning Begins

Goal Setting – Where Life Planning Begins

With the first days of a 2018 now in the rear view mirror of your life and new days on your horizon, may I ask if you have been setting life goals for yourself?  If so, what are your personal goals in life?  

Have you been putting your goals in writing?  Do you have a goal setting planner, or even just a piece of paper, to help you stay on track with the goals and wishes you hope to make happen this year?  

Have you thought about what you want to tackle in your life right now?  What have you been doing well already?  What do you need to improve upon?  

Have you thought about these things, or are you taking in the scene still and thus still getting ideas?  
It’s OK no matter where you are here!  Those are only questions to get you going.    

I guess I’m asking because I’ve been busy myself with some goals and life planning recently, and I’m so excited, I would like to share them with you in hopes that you might be spurred on yourself some too, especially if you haven’t quite completed your thoughts on any New Years resolutions, goal setting, or new goals in life to begin (or continue) this year. 

If you’re ahead of the game, congratulations!  I’m wishing you and your family well! 

If you are somewhere else other than ahead of the game (or standing around still LOOKING at the game board, lol), I’m hoping that perhaps seeing a normal gal like me start a life planning process might help you get started too. 

Furthermore, I figured putting my goals in writing, out there for all to see, would make me just a little more accountable to moving my own game pieces forward on this game board of life.

After all, I want to succeed in my goals in life!  Why not tell the world what those goals are and either get going on what I need to do in my life or face the music if I don’t.  I know I would rather get going and make life better for myself and others I love than face the music if I don’t make the changes I know I need to make.

So here we go: 

My personal goals for 2018 include: 

1 Lose 60 pounds on a whole food, plant based diet

This includes 30 pounds before my husband and I take a trip to the Ohio Amish County with my in-laws in the early summer and then 30 pounds after that time period. 

2 Write 100 blog posts on The New American Home with Chris Stevens before December 31, 2018

3 Write and publish 4 ebooks this year.  

I’ve got the topics already chosen but will keep those close to my vest for right now if you don’t mind.  🙂 

4 Start 1 niche blog this year and prepare for a 2nd one to start early 2019

5 Join a small group at our church with my husband

6 Set up a $5.00 per week automatic transfer from our checking account to a new savings account, ending the year (at any point this year, even the end if I so choose) with a $10.00 per week automatic money saving transfer 

7 Place $200.00 per month into an IRA / Investment account

8 Complete John’s breakfast, lunch pack, and morning send off; my shower, grooming and breakfast; and worship and prayer before 8:00 AM M-F.

9 Office Work and Family Finance time between 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM, M-F

10 Prep for a new blog post 10:30 to 11:00 AM

11 Take one class in social media marketing, 

The specific class TBD, but I’m thinking about either Public Relations Fundamentals or Integrated Web Marketing and Google Analytics, either good towards the Social Media Marketing Certificate I began at University of Texas in Arlington a few years back.

12 Learn how to invest and trade

Here is one of the books I am currently studying on how to begin investing in the stock market.

13 Read and discuss two books, together with my husband, this year

14 Do a Bible / Christian book study with my Texas daughter and daughter-in-law 

15 Go Fluoride Free in our entire home

This includes purchasing a water filtration system, a filtering water pitcher, filtrating water bottles for on the go, and shower heads that filter fluoride as well as other heavy metals from the water. 

16 Experience four 4-day water fasts throughout the year (spring, summer, fall, winter)

17 Have a salt lamp in every room of the house

18 Incorporate one green juice drink per day into my husband’s and my daily eating routine

19 Take our oldest grandson Liam on an overnight trip

I’ve got him thinking about what kind of trip he would have fun doing.  However, his mama has already told me that, so long as there is an indoor pool, he will be as happy as a clam.

20 Bless each one of our childrens’ families (Carrie’s family, Amy’s family, and Scott’s family) with a special fun event or trip this year, lodging, food, activity/ activities, etc courtesy of my husband John and me

21 Prepare for and enjoy a trip with my mother-in-law Jo and her husband Vince to the Ohio Amish Country, that trip to include a much longed-for trip to see my brother and his family in West Virginia and a special aunt I have in Ohio 

My husband and I are still trying to determine if we want to incorporate meat into our meals there, want to just be vegetarian, or stay plant strong, vegan (vegetarian, no eggs, no dairy, ie “vegan) while in the Amish Country.  That is very possible.  After all, as my husband remarked upon one of our discussions about this so far, there should be lots of great vegetables and grains to eat, courtesy of the Amish farmers!   

22 Help my husband John get an updated teacher’s certification for the State of Texas

23 Help set up a website, marketing plan, and social media accounts for my husband and son’s duo music group

24 Work on a VA Disability appeal with my husband

25 Buy most of our produce at Town Talk, organic when possible but will not insist on organic as a means of saving money on groceries

Town Talk is a discount salvage grocery store in the area where we live.  Salvage grocery stores are all over the country.  If you don’t know about them, do an internet search on “salvage grocery stores”, get the information you need to get to one, and you can save money on food… like big time!  

26 Begin buying more online, especially nicely-priced food items from my Amazon Prime account (Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Pantry); well-priced home goods from Amazon; and home, personal, beauty, essential oils, and natural grooming items from Amazon Prime and Thrive, and office supplies from Amazon

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27 Pay off 4 credit card bills this year (all early)

28 Complete last payments of one unsecured loan and put that money towards investing in peer-to-peer lending as a lender ourselves

29 Trade in our small car for a little bit larger, nicer car

This will keep a car loan going for us, but hey, we are at least used to having a car loan, and we both feel this is the best option we have right now given all considerations in our life

My van will be on next year’s list, I’m sure, and THAT will be paid for in cash. 

30 Put a new tin roof on our back patio

31 Paint and tile John’s office

32 Lay an extended concrete patio from our back porch patio to our garbage can area

33 Plan and attend two festivals with my husband

These do NOT include the festivals I attend with him where his band plays. These are OUR trips! 

34 Visit our daughter Carrie and her family in Tennessee two times this year, once this summer and again early December or thereabouts  (time based on everyone’s schedule)

I hope that will be more next year, Carrie!  

35 Mail something special to my mother-in-law sometime this year… just because. 

36 Mail a birthday gift basket to our two granddaughters in Tennessee this year

37 Purchase a used but nice wooden playground for our grandchildren

38 Take each one of our grandsons (three, 3+ years old and older) on a date two times this year

39 Go on a romantic weekend getaway with my husband sometime this fall

40 Meet my husband AT THE DOOR every evening when he comes home from work.

Yea.  Yea.  Call me old fashioned.  I love being old fashioned, and I love my husband enough to make sure he feels loved. 

41 Write a daily to-do list on my beloved clip board at least 5 days a week

42 Develop my own process of personal organization, life planning, an organized housework schedule (daily, weekly, monthly, etc), and an organized home and garden timeline, the development and testing of such to be work on throughout and then completed sometime this year but then ready to perfect, write, and publish sometime next year 2019. 

OK.. Whew, that’s a lot!  So how do I get to my goals? 

First of all, I believe I’ve taken one first big step.  To make a list of goals is a great start!  (Yes, I’m patting myself on the back!)   

Although setting an overall life vision and yearly vision first helps many with setting up a life plan and then yearly life plan, I wasn’t organized enough in my thoughts yet to quite be there.  I’m planning on working on those areas better now though! 

However….setting goals, for ME anyway… was a great help in envisioning the life vision I had, at least for this year.  It was the beginning of this year’s life planning for me. 

My next step is coming.  I’m going to buy a life planner like this one. 

I chose one that has a daily life planner as well as a monthly life planner.  The goals as I have them above will require a lot of daily organization.  Lord help me.  I sure need some personal organization skills.  I need personal organization help!  

OK, so my goal setting now public, I stand fully accountable for working on goals and working towards a more organized life to be more successful in my areas of focus this year. 

Whether you are already great at goal setting or struggling with your own life planning tools and skills, I hope my own challenges and my transparency here help you all in some way. 

I need to go for now.  (Other work.. and fun activities…. await,)  We’ll talk again though soon.  

Blessings!  

Chris Stevens

Editor and Publisher, The New American Home

Can Weekend Getaways for Couples Help Me Save My Marriage?

weekend getaways for couples

According to the results of a recent study by Bowling Green State University, the divorce rate of baby boomers has doubled in the past 20 years.

Another study from the Office for National Statistics in England about the same time indicated that both young and old couples now spend less time on building their marriage relationship than ever before.   Marriages are disintegrating at all levels now.

Can something as small as a couples getaway weekend even make a dent in saving a marriage that is on the rocks or headed that way in the future?

Indicators point to the answer yes, and here’s how.

How Weekend Getaways for Couples Can Help Save a Marriage

  • Getting away from the never ending emergencies, decisions, and frustrations in a couple’s daily lives gives them the time and opportunity to focus on and talk about any possible problems in the marriage.
  • Without daily interruptions and without daily pressures, couples are more likely able to focus on the actual marriage relationship and exhibit clearer thinking about what is going well and where the relationship is having any problems.
  • The change of pace a couples getaway vacation brings provides a higher emotional level which can help when determining each individual’s outlook for the future.
  • Any marriage and family counselor will tell you that when an individual takes his or her first step in the process of making life better, the process of healing doesn’t seem so far away after all.  That insight alone can help a married couple be more productive in making their marriage a better one, regardless of how much, or little, work is ahead.

With the understanding that a married couples retreat provides a cleared schedule, a clearer mind, a more positive venue, and a more positive outlook, it’s more understandable how even a short time away in a couple’s life can be helpful in saving a marriage.

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There can always be something special there.
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What things can a couple do to get the most help for their marriage from weekend getaways?

1.  Plan several small weekend getaways throughout the year as opposed to one big vacation.

The greater number of getaways provides a greater number of positive experiences to enjoy together as a couple, to remember good times, and to look forward to more good times together in the future.

Short breaks are also probably more realistic both time wise and as far as costs go than one big vacation would be.

2.  Keep the plans simple but enjoyable.

You need time to enjoy each others company, and you want to have some fun together.  You also need time to communicate and share.  This is where your “together” dreams will start again!

3.  Pray for both yourself and your spouse before you actually leave on your trip together.

Welcome God into your marriage.  Let Him know you honor His same priority when it comes to being man and wife, and ask that He be a part of your lives, every day and in every way, and especially in your work to keep your marriage healthy, strong, happy, and if you’re to this point, even just together.

4.  Couples that have committed to reading a book on marriage, family, or other shared life issue find weekend getaways a great time to discuss what they have read and how it affects their lives as a married couple.

I would highly recommend this as it provides a direction to go if communication has been a little weak for some reason and also for the opportunity this kind of activity provides for the couple to discuss issues based on this combined information and to literally write down actions or steps they feel might be helpful for their relationship or life together.

Check what marriage and family books are available from a Christian bookstore, talk with a pastor or Christian friend to get a recommendation on good book reads, or research and order an interesting book when you first start planning your next getaway, and have one copy for each person so you’re not as tempted to talk about it when you are still home in the midst of kids and schedules and work.

Get two copies of the book, read them individually, and make plans to have a good discussion while you are away from everything that would distract you from a good conversation.

5.  The most important way to handle the time away as a husband and wife is to plan your getaway in a way that best suits the personalities of both individuals.

This should be a good time for both parties to come together as a couple and enjoy that experience and some time together, not merely an act of quick improvement in a relationship or an evaluation of progress.

A word of note:  If you or your spouse feel you just can’t take the time or set aside the money to go away , please reconsider and do what you have to do to experience this time away as a couple.

As far as making a getaway more affordable, a room at a local hotel or looking for online sites that list cheap last minute weekend getaways for couples or inexpensive weekend getaways for couples can help with costs sometimes.  As far as making the time, it’s just a basic principle – You both NEED to take the time.

Weekend getaways for couples can be a very important part of saving a marriage, and that time together can accomplish good things in a relationship.  Both saving a marriage that has had difficulties and protecting a marriage that has been so far good are worthy actions and well worth the time, the cost, and the effort.

Texas Weekend Getaways for Couples and Romantic Buckaroos

Texas has some great places to go and things to do, but that’s not all this great state offers.  If you live close by or want to travel there, you can find interesting and fun things to do in Texas.  You can also find plenty of romantic weekend getaways in Texas for a little cowboy or cowgirl who wants to court his (or her) sweetheart a little too.

Below is a list of Texas weekend getaways for couples.  Yea, yea.  Texas is big, but we have included some of the best from throughout various regions of the state, so finding a couples weekend getaway in Texas shouldn’t be all that hard.

These romantic weekend getaways for couples offer charm, privacy, natural elegance, and the best alone time available so you can cozy up to your beloved ranch partner.

Yeehaw!  Your marriage is about to get a little more exciting in Texas!

The San Antonio River Walk here is one of the most romantic weekend getaways for couples you can find anywhere, Texas or otherwise!

 

Texas Weekend Getaways for Couples

Caddo Lake in Texas

Caddo Lake in Uncertain, TX (yes, that’s the town’s name) is the largest natural lake in Texas and sits on the Texas – Louisiana border so you get a little bit of that backwoods outdoor Texas feel combined with a Louisiana bayou feel.  With its channels and waterways, it’s great for fishing, but its natural beauty even surpasses its fishing attributes.  So tell your hubby to leave his fishing gear at home (unless of course you think that’s a romantic activity too).

If you’re looking for a cheap romantic weekend getaway in Texas, Caddo Lake State Park has very inexpensive camping sites from primitive camping to sites with water and electric.  There are also a limited number of cabin rentals at the state park there, or you can find rental cabins, cottages, and beds and breakfasts throughout the area as well.

Speaking of romantic AND inexpensive, Caddo Lake tours are readily available, and you have practically your choice of what kind of boat you want to go out on from steamboats to paddleboats to renting your own canoe, flat bottom fish boat, or pontoon.  Boat rentals are available at either the state park there or at one of the several marina areas or backwoods gear stores.

If you’re also looking for fun weekend getaways for couples, you can find casinos just 40 minutes away from here in Shreveport, La, or maybe just seeing some alligators when you are walking on the shore might be exciting enough for you.   (Just kidding… kind of.)

Abilene, TX

Often overlooked as a romantic getaway, Abilene, Texas, between El Paso and Fort Worth, TX is a quaint area nestled between the metropolitan areas of north Texas and the oil country land of west Texas.

Abilene may be hidden between those two more well known areas of Texas, but it has a charm and beauty that sets the stage for a quaint Texan couples weekend getaway.

Fort Phantom Hill, just north of the city, was once a western Army outpost to protect the westward-bound frontiersmen.  Now a preserved historical site, it provides the backdrop for a romantic afternoon retreat with interesting historical remains of the post’s buildings, nice picnic sites, a nice trail through the ruins which is perfect for a leisurely, romantic walk, and nice views.

If you’re a BBQ fan, Abilene has some of the best steak and barbecue restaurants around.  Steak dinners are always romantic.  Having a steak dinner in Abilene, TX is pure romance TEXAN style.

Surprisingly, Abilene offers quite a few cultural experiences too which you might not have the chance to enjoy as much when the kids are with you wanting to do more active activities.

Abilene also has many elegant bed and breakfasts for a romantic overnight stay.

You can actually get some coupons for fun and romantic things to do in Abilene at the Abilene Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau website online too which always helps!  Go to the “Visitors and Residents” section of their site at:  http://www.abilenevisitors.com/ for those coupons and for other good information for planning some family or couples weekend getaways there.

Galveston, TX

Galveston, Texas offers tons of things for couples to enjoy for a weekend couples retreat.  What makes Galveston unique is its variety of activities, settings, overnight accommodations, and attractions too.

A couple might find romance walking along the fishing piers where real, working fishermen are bringing their catch back to shore, shopping in the historic downtown area, or going to the beach.  There is also a great choice of cruises from Galveston, and even weekend romancers can find a short romantic cruise from Galveston, Texas.

Big Bend National Park

Far west Texas isn’t like anyplace else in the country, offering some of the most isolated yet beautifully spectacular views any one could find anywhere.  Big Bend National Park showcases this rustic natural beauty making it the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend with your spouse.

Chisos Mountains Lodge, located right inside Big Bend National Park, offers lodging for couples who want comfort amidst nature.  Additionally, camping is readily available inside the national park for those couples who want to romance it while roughing it.  OK, are you REALLY roughing it when you are camping in Big Bend surrounded by high rocky peaks, beautiful sunsets, and the natural beauty of the southwestern landscape?  Well, maybe it is roughing it a little, but you won’t mind.  Believe me, you won’t mind it at all!

You can find lots of information on what to do in Texas at Big Bend’s website here:  http://www.big.bend.national-park.com/

San Antonio, Texas

When it comes to Texas weekend getaways for couples, it would be hard to beat the San Antonio River Walk.  Enough said.

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The Secret of Romantic Weekend Getaways

Romantic Weekend Getaways

Romantic Weekend GetawaysI have to say I almost tripped up on this one.  I knew deep down what I envisioned when I thought of romantic weekend getaways for couples.  I knew what I thought, what I felt about, but then… when I tried to write about those things… my fingers just wouldn’t move.  I was stuck trying to put my feelings into words other people could see and understand.

And then that’s when it struck me.

A romantic getaway for a couple isn’t so much about traveling to some exotic travel destination.  It’s not about lavish accommodations at a couple’s resort or a nice vacation package.  It’s not even just time away from kids (although any of those scenarios are nice sometimes).

A romantic weekend getaway for a couple is all about putting feelings into something someone else can understand.  The only difference is that the other person you want to understand is really your very own spouse.

Oh, it’s easy to talk about communication with each other.  You know… those “languages of love”, does the other person hear you, are you speaking in such a way that you’ll be heard, or even be understood.

And those things are important.  Those things are really important.

But weekend romantic getaways are all about finding a place where your very being, your heart, can be heard.  Where you can let your spouse hear, somehow hear, that he or she is still very special to you in a very special way.

They are also about having the chance to hear your spouse share those same special feelings with you, a chance for love and marriage to whisper, and those joined together can hear.

Oh, you two probably won’t actually SAY you are special to each other in such simple words.  Maybe you will, but probably not.

What you WILL be saying will be something that only your hearts will hear.  It will be your two hearts which will be sharing those words that will make each other know you still believe in your marriage, you still believe in your spouse, and you really do believe your world is still a very special place, and will CONTINUE to be a very special place, because you have the partner you do in life to share it with.

You see, the secret of romantic weekend getaways is not some matter of simply finding places that offer “all inclusive romantic weekend getaway packages” in their advertisements.  They aren’t the hotels that include special packages for romantic couple getaways or oceanside resorts that provide romantic beach getaways.  They are not the luxury hotels with spas… or ice sculptures, or even champagne in bed.

The secret is not even how to get some special kind of pricing on a weekend romantic getaway.

The secret of romantic weekend getaways for couples is that special “something” your hearts know, just know, and say to one another, no matter where you are, no matter how hard times have been, no matter how difficult the trail.

You see, that “secret” your hearts carry is not really any secret to your hearts.  You just need to discover the place your hearts can join, if only for a short while, to hear each others’ hearts beat, understand each others’ thoughts, and “speak” to each other in a way no one else on this earth could ever understand.

You know, come to think of it, perhaps these weekend couples retreats should not even be called “retreats” but instead be called “advancements”, moments of reaching out… to each other, and putting the thoughts of your hearts into actions that speak volumes.

The best romantic weekend getaways happen when you find the right place where the two of you can do that, when you find a place where you can share your hearts… and let those unspoken thoughts and feelings come to life.

So you see, I did start out a little tripped up on how to describe what I thought about romantic weekend getaways.

I’m thinking now it was because those thoughts I had are maybe best shared with the one I love the most, the one whose heart my heart belongs to and speaks to… my husband.

It’s not that I don’t like you all here.  It’s just that…

Well, I have this secret, but it’s only something my own husband can hear and truly understand.

Now go and find a place where you and your spouse can get away and hear what YOUR hearts can say to each other, and you’ll be in store for the most wonderful weekend getaway you could ever imagine.

Ten Timeless Weekend Getaways for Couples

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Want to spend some time with your spouse so you can smile a little together, get to know each other again, maybe even grow to love each other all over again, or maybe just have a little fun time together without the kids in tow?

Sure you do!

Weekend getaways for couples are very important and sometimes necessary to keep those fires going in a marriage relationship and to keep you growing as a married couple.  Sometimes you just need to have some time together as a married couple again.  Romantic weekend getaways could be exactly what you need right now to keep your romance fresh and strong!

Finding a great weekend getaway for you and your spouse, and doing something to help you remember what made you love your spouse so much to begin with (and vice versa) is certainly honorable, helpful, and worth the investment of your time and effort.

They are quite frankly a good thing for moms and dads to do sometimes.

Are some getaways going to be better than others?  Sure there are different kinds of getaways for couples, and some may be more or less expensive than others, but the best time you can have together is the time where you can simply enjoy each other the most of all.

Below are some great weekend getaways for couples that can be done most any time of the year and for any couple regardless of how long or how short a time they have been married.  Timeless and unchanging in some very foundational ways, these special moments together can help make a marriage last forever.

Weekend Getaways for Couples

Timeless marriage. Timeless love. Spend some time together!
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Ten Timeless Weekend Getaways For Couples

1.  Reserve an all inclusive honeymoon package at a luxury hotel.

Who says honeymoon packages are just for honeymoon couples?  If you want to experience each others depth of love and remember that physical attraction which brought you two together in the first place, honeymoon packages can be just the right romantic getaway for you.

2.  Make weekend reservations at a bed and breakfast in a historical town or community.

A nice bed and breakfast surrounded by nature’s beauty and beautiful sunsets always bring a peaceful feeling to an otherwise stressful lifestyle.  A romantic bed and breakfast in a small historical town can be just the right combination of romance, fun, and relaxation.

3.  Spend the weekend at an oceanside hotel or beach resort.

The ocean is always a relaxing place to be, with or without the kids.  You’ll be surprised though to experience just how relaxing staying at a hotel on the beach can be when it’s just you and your spouse.  A walk on the beach, a chat on the balcony, even the sounds of the waves at night time can all add up to intimacy and partnership all over again.

4.  Reserve a room in a mountain resort area.

A mountain ski resort can be nice in the winter (doesn’t snow and cold weather always seem a little romantic???), or you can reserve some weekend time away any time of the year in a mountain resort area such as The Poconos Resorts in Pennsylvania, a resort hotel in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, or a lodge in Durango, Colorado.

5.  As an alternative to staying at a resort in the mountains, book a cabin in the mountains for just the two of you.

Sit out on the porch at night and talk about dreams and aspirations, or just listen to the crickets and hold hands as you sit on your porch swing at night.  If you get adventuresome, pull your blankets out to the porch and sleep outside, or do whatever else you want to do there even, so long as the neighbors don’t see.

6.  Reserve a cabin at a state park in your neck of the woods.

A nice thing about this option is that state parks are generally fairly accessible, and state parks are usually very pretty.  They are there to showcase the beauty of the state they represent.  Rentals at state parks are generally very reasonably priced as well which makes state parks cheap, inexpensive weekend getaways for couples.

If the state park is in the mountains or by a lake, you’ve got the additional makings for a nice weekend get away.  If there are kayak rentals, hiking trails, biking trails, or lake swimming there, you’ve got nearby fun that won’t cost a lot to enjoy.

7.  Book a weekend cruise.

Weekend cruises offer the same accommodations and excitement as longer cruises and offer the same exquisite entertainment opportunities such as dinner and dancing, shows and casinos, and swimming and spas.  Some of the long weekend cruises even offer much of the same extras you might find on a longer trip such as scuba diving, dolphin feeding, and shore excursions.

Weekend cruises for couples provide time to relax, have some fun as just a couple again, and maybe even enjoy some activities you wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate in with children close to keep track of.

8.  Board a weekend dinner cruise.

Dinner cruises from harbors in cities across the country offer lunch, dinner, and even midnight cruises where your dining experience can be sophisticated and the views magnificent.  Enjoying a harbor area is always refreshing and calming to the soul.  Fitting a harbor cruise around some other fun event or activity in the area can provide an enjoyable weekend time together as a married couple.

9.  Enjoy a weekend festival, concert, sports event, or production in your community, in another metropolitan area close to you, or at a college or university nearby.

A jazz festival, art exhibit, or musical theater production can provide opportunities to enjoy a mutual interest in the arts.  A food and wine festival might be considered when otherwise it wouldn’t.  Even concerts, recitals, sports events, and lectures at a local university can be part of a weekend getaway for a couple.

10.  Reserve a suite in a nice hotel close by or even in your very own town, order some pizza, watch movies on your computer all night long (well, not ALL night long), and just enjoy the area and your time together as a couple.

Plan a daytime schedule which allows you to do those close by things you both would enjoy doing but don’t always have much a chance to with your busy schedules, like browsing some local used bookstores, going to a historical landmark, or having a leisurely lunch at a museum cafe or antique shop restaurant.

The best weekend getaways for couples are those were you can feel relaxed together and remember how much you mean to each other!

These weekend getaways for couples are those same getaways couples have done for eternity and will probably continue to  do for eternity because they work.  Enjoy your time together, and you’ll enjoy your lives together even more.

To discover other weekend getaways, mini vacation ideas for families and couples, and how to find some amazing short family breaks and vacations, please feel free to browse the list of related posts below or in the family travel category of the Padoozles website.

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