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BY LISA A. BEACH
10 Tips For Romantic Getaways — With Or Without Kids
How do you carve out couple time on a family vacation — or make a couples-only trip more romantic? Fall in love all over again with these bliss-boosting ideas.
How To Make Time For Two On A Family Vacation
1. Book Bigger
Stay at a resort that has two-bedroom suites for more space and privacy. Tuck in the kids for the night, then enjoy an intimate dinner alone, thanks to your in-suite kitchen. Or, get a suite with a balcony so you and your honey to slip outside to share a late-night bottle of wine.
2. Bring Along A Built-in Babysitter
If you don’t have a teen, consider inviting Grandma to join you on vacation. Besides creating wonderful memories, bringing a trusted relative along allows you to schedule a date night knowing your kids are in safe hands.
3. Tap Into Kids’ Programs
Many family-friendly resorts offer children’s programs and activities, allowing parents to enjoy a few kid-free hours together. Even if it’s during the day, you can use this time to visit a museum, take a local tour, or linger over a long lunch.
Infuse More Romance Into A Couples-Only Trip
4. Plan Activities You Both Like
If you’re into a couples’ massage, but your significant other isn’t, find something you both enjoy. If you need some me-time, get a solo massage. But for time together, choose activities that will make you both happy.
5. Surprise Your Partner!
Pack their favorite candy. Show your love how much you care and serve breakfast in bed. It’s those sweet little touches that create lasting vacation memories.
6. Try Something New
Amp up the excitement of going away together with a new-to-you-both activity. From paddle boarding to salsa dancing to skydiving, engaging in something novel will draw you and your partner closer as you navigate the learning curve together.
7. Build In Down Time
Vacations offer an escape from your otherwise busy life. While you want to explore your destination, don’t fill your trip with nonstop activities. Allow time for a leisurely morning coffee together, an afternoon walk in the park, or an evening hot tub soak. Also, unplug — from work, TV, social media — and be present with your partner.
If you’re thinking about wedding venues (and even if you’re not), don’t miss the picturesque Hatley Castle in Southern Vancouver Island, with 565 oceanfront acres overlooking Washington’s magnificent Olympic Mountains. At night, head to historic downtown Victoria, complete with a stroll through the chic Trounce Alley backlit with 125-year-old gaslights for a dreamy ambiance. You can stay here through Wyndham Club Pass at WorldMark Victoria.
10. New Orleans, Louisiana
Ignite your relationship with a sultry harbor jazz cruise along the Mississippi River. Dine under the stars in a French Quarter courtyard, with choice restaurants like Café Amelie or Brennan’s. Or treat yourselves to a bayou gondola ride dotted with moss-draped oak trees. You have two couple’s resorts to choose from: Club Wyndham Avenue Plaza and Club Wyndham La Belle Maison.