You can plan a couples getaway that is luxurious and elaborate. However, there are plenty of cheap weekend getaways for couples that are just perfect for most married folk. By taking advantage of these inexpensive weekend getaway ideas, you can give you and your spouse some enjoyable couples time without the kids and without breaking the kids’ piggy bank.
1. Take a scenic drive.
Whether you’re driving through the colorful fall foliage on Skyline Drive in Virginia, just driving somewhere to get away from NYC, or meandering through the rugged terrain of New Mexico, beautiful scenery always provides a backdrop for a nice time together with someone. This is particularly a favorite retreat for my husband and me as it’s one of the cheapest and most flexible of activities, and it gives us a chance to talk at length or just stop talking and enjoy the beauty of the earth. It’s amazing how refreshed one can feel after taking the time to smell the roses God has placed on this earth.
2. Go to the ocean or a lake.
The beach provides an invigorating atmosphere you can’t find any place else. Jumping the waves, looking for sea shells together, even relaxing in the sun all become opportunities to enjoy time together and relieve some built up stress from the daily grind at home.
3. Attend a free local concert.
If you are unaware of free concerts in your neck of the woods, you can easily discover them with just a simple internet search for “free concerts in (and add the name of a nearby big town or city… and state of course). Many outdoor concerts will not have outdoor seating provided, so you may want to have a couple of fold up chairs or a blanket to throw on the ground. Check before you go to make sure whether or not you can take your own food and drink. Many times you can which can make it an even cheaper activity to do.
4. Go to a craft fair.
There are craft fairs and bazaars held at all times of the year and both indoors and outdoors, so finding an event close enough to go to on a weekend is easy to do. Websites like festivalnet.com or eventlister.com provide search tools to find craft fairs close to home and across the country, so there’s always some fun fairs to check out wherever you live or wherever you want to go.
5. Do a walking tour of a historical area or downtown region.
I have discovered “old towns” as many call them are best suited to day time visits if you enjoy browsing the historical small shops whereas the “downtown” sections of larger cities offer many romantic restaurants, upscale lunch places, and coffee shops, many of which you can enjoy after dark. Enjoying a pizza on the square or walking through the light-wrapped trees of a vibrant downtown cultural area at night are what cheap romantic weekend getaways for couples are made of.
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6. Spend a day (or two) at a local festival.
In our area, the Denton Jazz Festival is king, but I’ve also got my sights set on a Victorian Christmas Festival here in the area as well (free carriage rides, yes), and my husband has his hopes on the West Fest nearby. My hometown has a wonderful Italian Festival every year. A place where we used to live has a Pear Blossom Festival each spring. Do an internet search including your state’s name followed by the word “festivals”, and you’ll get a great list of a variety of festivals and fairs. You can also be specific and look for something like summer music festivals, fall festivals, film festivals, or wine festivals, and see if you can even add the name of your local city or town if not just your state to see what is happening close enough for a cheap weekend getaway for the two of you.
7. Go see a minor league sports team or local college team play – and tailgate to boot.
Many people overlook sports events when they are looking for a cheap weekend getaway for couples, but these can be quite fun places to be and can be very reasonably priced if you steer past the higher-level national teams and venues. Tailgating in the parking lot, or even in a nearby park before the game begins, can be fun to do as well with the additional benefit of saving money by grilling your own food items or munching on finger food, summer salads, and sparkling apple cider out of your picnic basket.
8. Go see a play or musical theater production, or attend a concert, lecture, art show, or recital at a local college or university.
Schools make cheap couples weekend getaways not only because they provide inexpensive concerts and performances but also because there are usually numerous low costs restaurants near these universities in which to add to your savings when eating out beforehand or afterwards.
9. Book a hotel room or one day cruise when you can.
This may seem like a little bit more expensive to do, but there are ways to book a hotel room cheaply, and short cruises from one hour to one day are sometimes available at very low costs. If you book your room at the last minute or well in advance, you can sometimes get a lower cost. Travel sites like Priceline and Kayak offer cheap hotel rooms, especially if you take the time to compare sites and prices and are not set on one particular hotel or hotel chain. Call a local hotel or resort at the last minute to inquire about any available rooms THAT NIGHT and what the rates are at that time. For high level savings, get acquainted with something called “sell off vacations” or last minute travel deals which are basically a sale of vacations or packages when a hotel or cruise line has not sold a room or vacation package and it’s late enough they just want to dump what they have. You might even find some last minute all inclusive cheap weekend getaway packages for couples with deals good enough to at least consider. Add to any savings then by taking advantage of free or included food or continental breakfasts when offered and by taking your own snacks, sodas, and even lunch and dinner foods. Yes, you can take food and snacks to a hotel. I’ve even taken completely cooked casseroles to hotels with kitchens or even just microwaves and have saved a bundle doing so. Research and discover what people do on short mini vacations and cheap dates and how they save money with great travel deals, restaurant discount coupons, and just plain old ways to keep more pennies in the pocket instead of throwing them out to everyone else, and you up your chances of getting to add some cheap cruises and hotel packages to your list of possibilities.
10. When your schedule permits, go anywhere on any weekend break at a time other than Friday night through Sunday.
Whey not START your break on Sunday afternoon or go mid week? Sunday nights are usually one of the best nights to find a cheap hotel room in a city followed by mid week days in smaller, non-business-oriented towns and suburbs. Many attractions and amusement parks offer discount prices mid week. Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to buy gas with early Wednesday morning being even better if you go before the prices start to rise and gas begins to swell from the heat of the day. If you are purchasing food from a grocery store, you’ll usually find the cheapest grocery prices on Sunday night. Boy, it sounds like the chance to find cheap weekend getaways for couples are greatly increased Sunday night through Wednesday morning! Whenever it works with your schedules at home, any variation at all from the traditional Friday to Saturday routine will probably help.
For bonus savings, go to a tourist area or tourist attraction OFF SEASON!
If you’re trying to keep your costs down so you can relax, have fun, and enjoy each others company at a price you can deal with, whatever tool, resource, or cheap vacation ideas you can take advantage of will bring you that much closer to inexpensive but still great weekend getaways for couples cheap!
After all, love is free, or so they say. Couldn’t the best weekend getaways for couples be free too, or at least as close as possible to that?
For a fun travel read and/or help on planning some fun weekend getaways, Chris suggests:
The New York Times: 36 Hours 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada (Amazon Affiliate Link)
See it here!