your favorite place to get away by jamieivey | Feb 22, 2009 | My Story | 22 comments Aaron and I need to get away. 22 Comments becca on February 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm Our two favorites: Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri. You have to get a honeymoon cabin. They’re amazing. We took our honeymoon there, and we’ve been back a couple of times since then. They have great restaurants on site as well. I think it’s http://www.bigcedar.com Los Cabos, Mexico. We got to San Jose del Cabo, the small town where the airport is, not Cabo San Lucas, where all the tourist stuff is. San Jose is quiet and quaint and oh-so-beautiful. We stayed at the Royal Solaris last time, and it was great. We actually have a time-share if you want to buy a week. It’s all-inclusive. theinnermostbox on February 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm I don’t know that I have a favorite place to get away to… I wish I did. ‘Cause that would mean that I was getting away more often. But If you decide you want to head to the Northwest I am sure I could think of some fun places to visit anywhere between Seattle and Portland. From eclectic bookstores, to wine tasting, fine dining and off-beat eateries, we’ve got it all up here! 🙂 leslie on February 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm if you want to stay close, i’d check out the hyatt lost pines in bastrop… heard GREAT things about it. also, fredricksburg has great b&b’s and fun restaurants. i’ve also heard there are great last minute deals on cruises that are 4-5 days out of galveston, if that is your cup of tea. have fun planning!!! christine on February 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm St. Augustine, Florida. Very, very cool and historical. And … well, it’s Florida! You get a little bit of everything. To make it worth your while, stay at the “Our House” B&B (www.ourhouseofstaugustine.com). It is a doily-free zone. Dave, the innkeeper, used to be a journalist in Washington. He is fascinating, and will help you find the best places to go and eat off the beaten path. He is a food whore. Tell him you want to do more than just touristy things, and he will hook you up! You guys will LOVE him. You wake up each morning, and know when breakfast is about to be served when Dave starts playing the piano in the sitting room. One morning we woke to rain, and he was playing “Stormy Weather.” St. Augustine, itself, is just amazing. Truly amazing. 500 years of history, but also lots of funky vibes! Sorry. You asked! 🙂 drewfrancis on February 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm Taos, New Mexico http://flickr.com/photos/dfphotos/3164549131/ stayed here http://www.taos-cottonwood.com/ Owners were a lot of fun You can get lost. North of Santa Fe heather on February 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm I have a friend who is a cruise agent and she just got us an amazing deal on a cruise. We leave in 2 weeks for 4 nights/5 days in the bahamas … no kids! Our first one in 5 years. I’d say we are over due! 🙂 IF you want her e-mail address just let me know hopefullyhopeful on February 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm My hubby and I had limited funds when we got married so we went and stayed at a b&b just outside of downtown San Antonio, it was beautiful and a lot of fun (we went to sea world too, it was cool I had never been). It was amazingly quite and secluded for being within walking distance of the most awesome smoothie shop and everything downtown. Also, I 2nd Fredricksburg too, as leslie said, we spent a night at a b&b there and walked around the shops and did a wine tasting, the b&b we stayed at wasn’t great, but the town itself was beautiful and mellow. Jen on February 22, 2009 at 6:18 pm gregg and i went on cruise last year about this time and it was pretty affordable as far as vacations go. we discovered that we aren’t really cruise people BUT it is an awesome way to really get away and just have time with each other. you have endless downtime to read, hang out, swim, tan, etc. i think we had the most fun just hanging out with only each other for a week with no email/phone calls to get in the way. also, gregg is from st. augustine florida (well jacksonville with is 30 mins away from there) and that is also a cool place as the person above mentioned. lots of shopping, eating and of course the beach. Katie on February 22, 2009 at 7:33 pm I’ve never commented on your blog before, but love reading it! My husband and I volunteered at Haiti Children’s Home this past summer for a week and are starting the adoption process. We’re still getting our dossier together…but we’re getting there! I actually might have a few questions for you as we try and tie up the loose ends… As far as getting away, we used to live in Dallas and took a couple of weekend trips south. We loved Fredericksburg (we stayed here http://www.catsmeowbedandbreakfast.com) and I LOVE San Antonio. I’d love to go back someday! Next year is our 10 year anniversary and I would definitely consider revisiting both…the years we lived in TX were some of our best!!! We’re in NY now, but if we didn’t have family here, I seriously think we’d still be in Dallas. I so miss the mexican food!!! And the warmth… Heather on February 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm We love to get away to Anna Maria Florida http://www.cityofannamaria.com/ It is on an island and there isn’t a lot to do but relax and be together. There are no fast food places but there is an awesome beach side restaurant called The Sandbar that we love to go watch the sunset and have dinner. We spend lots of time watching the water or walking the beaches. My husband loves to get up early and sit on the pier and watch dolphins swim by or go out to the pier at night and watch the fishermen fish and hope to catch a glimpse of manatee. There are a couple of hotels but most of the places to stay are rental properties such as these http://www.annamariaparadise.com/index.html There isn’t a lot of places to go in Anna Maria but if you can take the trolley that runs the island and explore other places on the island. If you want more social life or things to do you can leave the island and go to Bradenton or Sarasota for more options. We always have the best time just relaxing and being together. I wish we could go again soon. Thanks for the inspiration might have to see if I can rustle up a babysitter and head for the island. Amanda on February 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm Curtis and I went to El Dorado Royale in the Mexican Mayan Rivera a year and a half ago. We had the best time. You can see our pics here: http://babybangs.blogspot.com/2007/06/all-this-and-jesus-too.html I hope you’re able to get away soon! Ashley McWhorter on February 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm Conn and I have been blessed to get away to some amazing places. We loved the El Dorado Royale (pictures on my blog and facebook), small cozy cabins at Garner State Park near Uvalde, Fredricksburg, cruises out of Galveston, and just some random places here and there. Oh…our family has a cabin in Riverside, TX (right by Trinity) that has a great cabin on hundreds of acres of land. There is literally nothing to do, but a wonderful place to get away to watch movies and just be together. Oh, and it is free. 🙂 Seriously…let me know if you would ever be interested. Staci Bishop on February 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm Jamie- Hey, my mom is a travel agent if you need someone to find you some deals (if there is any out there!) On fav spots…I lived in Fredericksburg for a year so if you need a contact there, let me know…it is WONDERFUL esp if you like window shopping and wine and great food….and its close to home an hour and 15 mins away! If you want something farther, we went on a cruise out of galveston…and it was the BEST cruise ever…weve been on three more, and nothing compares to that one….but royal caribbean is the best cruise line if you pick that…. My mom has been to lots of place and knows places, so i can ask her what she thinks….praying for you and aaron! What a great testimony of commitment! Laura Morris on February 23, 2009 at 7:21 am Last year Jarrod and I stayed in a cabin in the mountains in Gatlinburg. It was beautiful and so realaxing. Of course, it might not be worth the trip from Texas 🙂 kimrhodes on February 23, 2009 at 8:20 am A cruise! That is what we would do! To anywhere! You can get a 4 night cruise for 299 a person out of Galveston. What is great is you don’t have to plan anything. Show up and eat all you want and do whatever you want to do. We’ve always done the cheap cruises… older ships etc. One day we’ll do a nice ship but it’s the best bang for your buck! TheDeeZone on February 23, 2009 at 9:06 am Now our favorite get away is St. Augustine. We stay at the Grande Villas at World Golf Village. When we lived in Texas we used to do a lot of last minute travel deals in the Los Collinas area. Usually found them on Hot Wire or Travelocity. If you need travel help on my blog I have a link to a travel site that donates all profits to support mission trips for teens and buy textbooks for collage students. If you want to go to Big Cedar might be able to tell you how to get a good deal there. Ashley McWhorter on February 23, 2009 at 9:34 am Here are some websites to check out if y’all ever wanted to go to some cabins on the Frio River in The Hill Country (by Garner). This is who we have always rented from. Even if you and Aaron didn’t go for the little getaway, it is a wonderful place to take the family. Your boys would love it. We have gone almost every summer since I was in 8th grade. friocountry.com frioriverresorts.com riverrimresorts.com mandythompson on February 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm Favorite place? Somewhere alone… clean… cozy… and quiet. Especially if no one else knows where we are! I hope you get that time soon, Jamie. Mel Barnett on February 23, 2009 at 9:06 pm umm….Chicago!! hello! best place ever! Emily on February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm Far away: Cabo, Mexico because we used to have a free place to stay there! Close: Fredericksburg–there is the nicest little B&B with cottages–if you want to get away from it all, this is the place! http://www.settlerscrossing.com/vonheinrich1.html Kristen on February 23, 2009 at 11:01 pm Aside from Austin, we do love Cabo, New York City, Miami, and any place in Hawaii. Also, San Diego is an awesome city! Sarah on February 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm Harrison Hot Springs in BC, Canada. Breathtaking, relaxing, romantic, relaxing, relaxing. LOL http://www.harrisonresort.com/ Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.