Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Romantic Getaways

I have always enjoyed reading Megan's wonderful accounts of traveling adventures and so decided to link up with her today for her Travel Tuesday! While I do have the ultimate romantic destination coming up soon, my phenomenal honeymoon, I was already planning to post about it tomorrow so you get a little something extra.

When Mr. Young and I were still living down south and mainly saw each other on the weekends, we made it a point to take a lot of weekend getaways to explore new places and get out of town together. We quickly discovered that we really enjoyed charming bed & breakfasts in quaint little towns where there wasn't too much to focus on besides truly spending time with each other. The breakfast and company is pretty fun as well.

Over New Years 2012 we tacked a trip to The Brickhouse Inn in Columbia, NC, onto a trip we were taking with friends to the Outer Banks. I saw the house as a deal on Living Social and seeing how close it was to our already planned vacation, decided to book it as a Christmas surprise for Mr. Young. We were with family and friends the entire break so it was nice to have a few days to ourselves.

The house itself was absolutely adorable, and what's most fun about a bed & breakfast is getting to talk to the owner or manager and learn more about the history of the house and their experiences with running it. We lounged on charming porch swings in the amazing weather (I think it was 60* in December?), walked to dinner at one of the only restaurants (where MY befriended the head of the town council our first night), and poked around in little shops. One day we even took a small trip over to Edenton, NC, to do some historic sightseeing which is always a must for Mr. Young. If there is a canon close, he will find it.

Once I knew we were moving to Virginia I kept my eyes peeled for a deal not too far from Richmond. With a crazy summer and big transition coming soon, I knew a weekend away would do us good before school started for us both. I found the absolutely idyllic Inn at Kelly's Ford, which Mr. Young was extra pumped about because the house is pretty much on an old Civil War battle field.

I bought him a pair of water shoes with the knowledge that we'd be getting in the river, and surprised him after work on Thursday night with a note instructing him to pack a bag! We left after work on Friday for a nice getaway over our year and a half anniversary weekend.

While this B&B was much more secluded (no where to walk except the river and the stables), we absolutely loved it. There's a main house with a bunch of guest houses and we had a massive suite, but could walk over to the main dining room and Pelham's pub on the back porch of the main house. It had amazing views of the grounds and having this for a view while enjoying wine and dinner was perfect...

Included in our package there was a dining credit along with the opportunity to engage in an activity of our choice on the grounds. This trip was yet another surprise for MY, and I had no clue that he used to ride horses! Unfortunately this option had to be booked in advance so we settled for canoeing down the river, which was quite eventful considering there was maybe three inches of water in the river. We still had a wonderful time and on the way home we stopped in Fredericksburg for food and (you guessed it!) more battlefield touring.

It was a perfect weekend and we've been trying to get back. I've seen a few other deals for them on Living Social, but with the wedding we just haven't been able to indulge. Maybe for a first married anniversary trip.

Come back tomorrow for an even better post all about our honeymoon! We are hoping to get many suggestions and tips from friends who have traveled to these destinations before. As a sneak peek I'll share that we booked yet another B&B, the High Meadows Vineyard Inn, for a quick "mini-moon" the Sunday-Tuesday after our wedding weekend since our real honeymoon isn't for a few weeks later. The suite we'll be in is straight out of a magazine #swoon

Have you ever been to a B&B? Or is the scene not for you? If you're a fan, feel free to share any in the Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina area--we'd love to add some to our list!


Megan C. Stroup said...

I love this! Jonathan and I live less than two hours from wine country, and I've never even thought of doing a B&B for a romantic weekend. Going to Groupon now.... ;) Thanks for linking up!

Charlotte said...

I'm so jealous - I've always wanted to stay at a bed & breakfast! Looks like y'all had a great time!