Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Anniversary Trip 09

If anyone has any input on where they think would be a great place for us to celebrate our anniversary in 2009, please email me, or post a comment. I am trying to get an idea of how much money I need to put back in order to make it possible!

At the moment, my washing machine is broken.... my stove is 100 years old.... and there's other "house" stuff that needs improving on, so I feel stupid for even looking into this right now, but I am determined to have a nice trip for our tenth anniversary! A friend of Michael's from work has me kind of interested in checking out a cruise, but, I am not into gambling or drinking for entertainment, so I don't know if that would be for me?? He said they have other shows and stuff to do, but I am not sure what. I am in the first stages of looking into all that, but would really like to hear some firsthand input from someone who has been there.

We went to Hot Springs on our honeymoon, and have never been on a "good" trip without kids. I left my kids for two consecutive nights two years ago for my anniversary, and that's the longest I have ever been away from them! (And that was to float the Buffalo, so we weren't far away!) We very, very rarely left our kids when they were little, and now I feel like they are old enough to be fine with us being gone, so I am ready!

Any ideas/suggestions are welcome! I can go ahead and eliminate a couple options.... Although I would like to see Vegas, I am not interested in going there for this. I am not comfortable throwing away money in casinos, so that would not be stress free to me at all! I would love to go to somewhere awesome like Fiji or something like that, but money won't allow. I have to be reasonable. We have no credit card debt, (not one penny, woohoo!!) and I don't want to aquire any! We both love beaches, and I am all about some site seeing. Let the ideas fly!


Fairy December 23, 2008 at 12:44:00 PM CST  

I've always wanted to go to Savannah, and intend to one day soon. Close to the beach but tons of sightseeing, too. I've been to Aspen in the winter and Denver in the summer and both were great. The mountains are awesome even in the summer months. Vegas is good, too, even if you don't gamble. I've done the cruise thing to Mexico - but wouldn't do it again. I'd rather just fly to wherever it goes to and forget the time on the boat. That's my two cents - lol.

By the way, Don Whitney is a close childhood friend of mine. In fact, I always thought he was my cousin because his mom and dad were such close friends with my entire family that they were always at our family get togethers on holidays.

Sarah December 23, 2008 at 1:59:00 PM CST  

I think a cruise is a great value. I have actually never been on one, but am going with a bunch of girlfriends in Feb. I have heard there's tons of stuff to do besides drink and gamble. I will let you know how it goes after Feb.

Another suggestion, although much pricier, is Maui Hawaii. We have been there several times and we love it!

Lots of people love Mexico for a good value. Can't wait to hear what you pick!

Kasey December 23, 2008 at 2:33:00 PM CST  

I have been on a cruise this past janurary. It was the fantasy carnival cruise for 5 days i believe. it was very very fun, except it was a tad bit bumpy so i got a little sea sick. there are TONS of stuff to do besides gambling and drinking. i went to cozumel and progreso. cozumel was alot more beautiful than progreso. and more things to do. you can find AMAZING deals when buying for a cruise. we went w/ a large group, and went through a travel agent. so we went for about $350 a person. going thru an agent and booking ahead of time saves you big bucks. the $350 is just for the ticket, not spending money. which is incredible. so if you decide to do a cruise. book now!!! you will get it very cheap! oh and there are lots of shows and great romantic dinners also. if you want to know more just let me know and ill fill you in!

Tammy December 23, 2008 at 5:04:00 PM CST  

This past November we spent two nights and three days at Big Cedar Lodge outside of Branson. We had a one room cabin. It had a deck overlooking the lake and came complete with grill. It was BEAUTIFUL! The cabin was awesome! It had a complete kitchen setup. There was a fireplace, jacuzzi tub, etc. You could have them deliver complete meals to be cooked by you or already done. There were tons of things to do there. It was truly a great trip for us. You should look into it. You can't go wrong with it.

jeremy December 23, 2008 at 7:05:00 PM CST  
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bowling1 December 24, 2008 at 10:46:00 AM CST  

My husband and I spent our 10 year anniversary at the hospital in PB. He was involved in an accident at work the day before. I told him I wanted to go somewhere for our anniversary BUT the hospital was not what I had intended :). We are going to make up for it in we celebrate our 20th in December of 2010. I forsee a possible trip back to where I was born Heidelburg, Germany!

If you want to stay in Arkansas I highly recommend Eureka Springs. Between their B&B and hotels I am sure you can find something not too expensive. If you stay at a B&B you can call and ask what they can do for making your 10th special. There are quite a few good restaurants (italian, german & steak house). There is a lake close by, caverns and numerous other things to do.

Traveling out of the state is great but sometimes we as Arkansans overlook what our state has to offer.

Shelley @ SIMPLE Reviews December 24, 2008 at 10:49:00 AM CST  

I refuse to stay in the state :) July is tooooo hot.

Jaime December 24, 2008 at 2:26:00 PM CST  

Merry Christmas Shelley. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow with family!

dean December 24, 2008 at 8:47:00 PM CST  

oh but shelley, up in the eureka... up in the mountains it isn't nearly as hot as in other places in the state.

we went on a cruise several years ago when someone paid for our graduating seniors to go on a cruise to cozumel. it was kinda cool, although i don't remember a ton of details (well, since we were chaperoning a bunch of teenagers, we did have to do a lot of keeping up with folks). the formal dinner was pretty nice, and of course there's food 24/7... more important to me than it probably would be to you though :-) there were a lot of shows, and i had a great time getting to know the staff... i like getting to do that no matter where i go though.

as i'm sure you're very aware, i'm rather partial to the mountains, more so than the beach. we love eureka, and of course i'm just an idiot about the north georgia mountains. the waterfalls and the gorge and all that stuff... we always have our own personal tour guide though, so we get to places that are off the beaten path, and we get to different places every year we go. but there's a lot of stuff to see... my wife loved dahlonega, and there are other places that have arts and crafts and antique type stuff.

just remember, if you hear banjo music, start running!

bowling1 December 24, 2008 at 11:08:00 PM CST  

Okay, now knowing that your anniversary is in July I would suggest Yellowstone National Park. We've been there in January/February for the past few years snowmobiling and we definately want to go back to see what it is like in the summer. There is more areas that are open in the summer. You can stay inside the park. When we go snowmobiling we stay in West Yellowstone, MT. You can either rent cabins (fully furnished, in town but oh so comfy) or there are hotels. You can drive through the park and even arrange a fishing trip. You are also about 2 hours (or less) from Jackson Hole. Wonderful little town if you like shopping.

Also, I know it sounds like you don't like the summer heat BUT inshore/offshore fishing out of Venice, LA is off the hook! Once you've eaten tuna fish sandwiches made from FRESH (not canned) tuna you will not want to touch canned tuna again.

Any way I do hope you can find some place wonderful to go. In now-a-day times 10 years is quite a feet. My brother & sister lasted 17 & 18 years. Jason and I hit 18 this year so I kinda want to have a big celebration next year.

jaime December 25, 2008 at 12:39:00 PM CST  

here are my 2 cents: I have been to mexico 3 times and have LOVED every time we went. We went to puerta vallerta that was me least favorite. We also went to plays del carmen fantastic place to stay. I can give you the resorts we stated at if you would like. We went to jamaica for our anniversary, it was ok. I liked Mexico better.

Or my other fabulous idea would be visit MICHIGAN. Hehehe

Cassie Burke December 25, 2008 at 6:10:00 PM CST  

My husband and I are having some trouble making up our mind where we are going.Our 8th Anniversary is THIS TUESDAY and we know that we're going somewhere just not sure where LOL.Like you,we have NO credit card debt and refuse to aquire any and with Christmas theres not a ton of extra money.I'm not too fond of Hot Springs or Eureka .Who knows we might just go to LR.For our 10th we're for sure going to Vegas tho.I wanna renew our vows in one of those cheesy chapels and get married my elvis lol

Kathryn December 26, 2008 at 5:36:00 PM CST  

I vote for Maui. We went there last July for our 10th anniversary. Went thru a travel agent and got a great deal. Eight days in maui and no kids. Great way to reconnect.

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