It’s easy to get in a rut in your relationship. Before you know it, every weekend revolves around your child’s soccer game, a Netflix movie and Chinese takeout. Think back to a time when you felt really close to your spouse. Chances are, your memory involves some vacation or time away. In fact, researchers have found a strong link between romantic getaways and a high level of marital satisfaction. So how do you keep that level of connection going? It doesn’t have to be a special holiday like your birthday, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day to justify a small getaway..and it doesn’t have to break the bank, either.
Don’t have the time or the money for an extended vacation? Try one of these six romantic weekend getaway locations close to home.
Six romantic weekend getaway locations close to home:
Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, FL
This is a close-to-home option, taking you only about 50 miles north of Jacksonville. Two great lodging options are Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, an ocean front lodge with a cozy b&b feel or Omni Plantation at Amelia Island, a waterfront resort that is home to a beach front infinity pool, beach bon fires, various activities and tastings and several on-site restaurants. For dinner try the Verandah restaurant, on-site at the Omni, for an upscale but cozy seafood or steak dinner. Finish off your weekend with the amazing breakfast buffet with local cheese, meats, honey and jams, gluten free bread options and an omelet bar at Sunrise Café.
A 2 hour and 45 minute trek along the coast will take you to Melbourne, FL. There you’ll find a small town feel with a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy sunning, napping and swimming at Paradise Beach & Park which boasts 13 acres of the beautiful beaches. If you craving some excitement, check out At the Helm Sailing Charters – they offer tours, wildlife viewing, sailing lessons or private charters. Windemere Inn is, hands down, the place to stay while enjoying your relaxing getaway. This beachfront B&B has cozy rooms, a veranda to enjoy coffee or wine as you watch the sun rise and set, free beach gear and the most amazing home cooked breakfasts to start your day.
St. Petersburg, FL
A 3 1/2 hour drive from Jacksonville you’ll find the hip town of St Petersburg, known for it’s gulf coast beaches, trendy shops and vibrant night life. Date night in St. Pete might include enjoying the best gelato in town at Paciugo on Beach drive and spending some time strolling through Straub Park under the banyan trees. Or check out The Lure for a laid back yet trendy restaurant experience that serves tapa style dishes and end your evening with Jazz night at Ruby’s Elixer – whatever your style, St. Petersburg can deliver. Don’t forget to check out Sundial while you’re there – a local shopping hub that houses Locale Market and Farm to Table Kitchen. Hollander Boutique Hotel is our recommended place to stay. They boast on-site parking, full dinner and breakfast service (with an omelet bar), happy hour, live music, golf cart transportation into town and a beautiful porch for people watching while enjoying your coffee or wine.
Jacksonville Beach, FL
For a fun staycation try One Ocean Resort and Spa, Jacksonville Beach’s upscale waterfront resort with a menu of in-house spa treatments. Enjoy a relaxing day at the spa, a stroll on the boardwalk or an afternoon at the beach. Jacksonville Beach is also known for it’s fun, laid back atmosphere – take your time wandering around and sampling some of the local restaurants. A favorite lunch spot on our list: enjoy authentic artisan tacos on the boardwalk at the Pier Cantina and Sandbar. End your afternoon enjoying small plates, cocktails and live music with an ocean view during sunset at the historic Casa Marina.
A couple hours in the car will get you to the beautiful historic Savannah, GA. Our top choices for hotels there are the Andaz hotel, a trendy upscale hotel featuring 22 Square, their farm to table restaurant serving “southern comfort food reinvented” and a fabulous breakfast buffet. If you’re looking for more cozy accommodations try the Mansion on Forthsyth Park, a luxury boutique hotel. Enjoy light fare tapas style, drinks, a fire pit and live music with a river front view at Rocks on the River located on the rooftop of the Bohemian Hotel. Spend a day strolling and shopping on Broughton Street – the premier shopping district in Historic downtown Savannah.
Enjoy at trip to the quaint and quiet town of Brunswick, GA. Roughly an hour and a half from Jacksonville, this small town can provide a refreshing opportunity to connect with your spouse. Check out the Brunswick Manor for an intimate bed and breakfast experience. Try The Southern Table and Bar restaurant described as “southern charm meets modern” for a lively date night in this small town. Don’t leave without out checking out the local shops in downtown historic Brunswick.
There are a lot of proven benefits to romantic getaways: women who vacation more show increased satisfaction with their marriage; and couples and families who vacation together had stronger bonds. Not convinced yet? Vacations carry many other benefits such as alleviating work stress, overall improved romance long after the trip and better sex. Romantic getaways are an excellent way to recharge and reconnect to your spouse.
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