10 Cheap Weekend Getaways for Couples That Even You Can Do

Cheap Weekend Getaways

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.

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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.

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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:

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Can Weekend Getaways for Couples Help Me Save My Marriage?

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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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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.