Editor’s note: This story is part of the Road Trips special section.
From one year anniversaries up to 50 and every milestone in between, there’s always a good reason to take a romantic getaway with your sweetheart. Below are some ideas (and excuses!) to get you started.
The weekend escape
Stressed out at work or feeling stir crazy in Centre County? It might be a good time to call a babysitter, pack a bag and get out of town — or out of state. New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country is home to more than 100 wineries, breweries and distilleries. A full list of those, separated by wine type and seasonal availability, can be found at www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com. According to the website, many wineries are open year-round, and most have small tasting fees. There’s plenty of places to stay, the most romantic of which might be a rustic bed and breakfast. Many B&Bs offer a variety of romance packages with everything from massages to, of course, wine.
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Even closer to home, there are a variety of B&Bs in and around Hershey that offer sweet romantic packages.
Weddings are expensive. Somewhere between the last-minute dress alterations and the corsages that slipped your mind, it’s common to find that money is low for the honeymoon of your dreams. It’s OK to hold off a few months, or even a year or more. Put some of your monetary gifts aside and keep saving with a goal in mind — Hawaii, Paris, Rome, a cruise. You can also start a honeymoon registry through a website like Honeyfund, www.honeyfund.com, which asks wedding guests to contribute to your perfect vacation. Setting your own dates, away from wedding season, can open up some better deals. Go ahead and book the honeymoon suite — you’re overdue.
A “babymoon” refers to that last trip a couple takes before their bundle of joy arrives. You can take it anywhere, with hotels and resorts around the country offering packages that may include prenatal massages, cuisine that reflects pregnancy food restrictions and baby-bump photography sessions. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time to travel is from 18 to 24 weeks, and pregnancy website The Bump, www.thebump.com, offers tips for a comfortable and safe babymoon, including checking with your doctor before you do any planning. Keep a close eye on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel advisories, with Zika outbreaks being a major recent concern for pregnant women. The Bump also recommends limiting travel time. In Centre County, that might mean using University Park Airport to get to San Diego, Fort Lauderdale or Orlando.
The second honeymoon
There are no rules about when or where to take a second honeymoon, that special trip that proves honeymoons are too much fun to experience only once. Maybe you return to the location of your first honeymoon or your destination wedding, if you had one. An epic vacation can be an unforgettable surprise anniversary gift for your spouse. Now that you’ve spent years discussing dream vacations, here’s a chance to make it happen. Is your husband a huge Beatles fan? Plan a vacation tour of London and Liverpool. Has your wife always lamented that she’s never been to Disney World? Take her to that Magical Place.