My Top 7 Dream Anniversary Vacations

In 2007 a friend and I met up for drinks. Well, a night of drinking. We had been friends for years, but didn’t really realize that we had never spent time alone until that night. Sure, there had been many MySpace messages back and forth over the past few weeks with some friendly flirting, but I wasn’t expecting anything to happen.

Well somewhere between the Blue Moons, Jack Daniels, and a mysterious shot of Jose something sparked. It was one of those things were you just know.

EDITED wedding

Less than two months later he was moving in. It made more sense. We spent every weekend together from Friday to Sunday (we lived about an hour apart) and that just wasn’t enough. Very soon after we decided to get married. There was no formal proposal, just a conversation between two happy people who wanted to be happy together. We knew it was what we wanted.

So we decided on a date and started making plans. My mom had JUST put the deposit down on our place when I found out that I was pregnant. That changed everything! We decided to move things up. (I had already bought my dress off the rack AND on sale thankyouverymuch.)

My Top 7 Dream Anniversary Vacations

When my husband and I got married we were broke, pregnant, and in the process of moving. The furthest thing from our minds was trying to afford a “real” honeymoon. The extent of our honeymoon getaway was going to Cleveland where we would be moving for an OB appointment and to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not exactly the romantic tryst that most people think of when they hear “honeymoon.” We have always said that by our 10th anniversary we would find a way to get that honeymoon (especially after kids number two and three showed up!) and that time is now approaching as rapidly as my gray hairs multiply.

In 15 months it will be my 10th wedding anniversary and I am getting a jump start on my planning because I am bound and determined to get away with just my husband for a week or so. I don’t care who I have to bribe to take my kids!

I have been dreaming of this anniversary trip for years. Every time another friend posts pictures from their amazing honeymoon I get a twing of jealousy. I want that to be ME!


Disney Cruise

A 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral

It’s no surprise to anyone that I am a complete Disney fanatic. From the minute we set foot on Floridian soil I was itching to get to the parks, and now I am itching to hop on a Disney cruise. I know that there are more affordable cruises out there, and I would not turn one down if it was presented to me, but there is just something about the Disney magic that I think would make a cruise amazing. There is a reason Disney is expensive. They deliver unforgettable experiences at every turn and that is what I want. The most unforgettable honeymoon/anniversary ever.

Disney Cruise Verandah

European Castle Tour

What little girl doesn’t want to live like a princess? My obsession with this has only gotten stronger as I have seen a few friends travel around Europe exploring. Oh, and the fancy houses on Downton Abbey didn’t hurt even if they weren’t castles. I am just amazed by the size and beauty of these palaces and the life that they represent. They are just fascinating and I want to walk around every nook and cranny of a bunch of them.

Castle_Neuschwanstein

Hawaii

Poipu Beach Kaiai Bed and Breakfast

Hiking. Kayaking. Botanical Gardens. Shopping. Whale watching! BEACHES!! I don’t think that there is anyone who doesn’t dream of laying on the amazing beaches of Hawaii. I can’t think of anything more picturesque and relaxing.

PoipuBandB

London

I have been dreaming about going to (and living in) London since I was probably in college. Many of the shows, movies, and books that I like are based IN London and thereabouts. My mom, brother, and I used to talk with a British accent all the time growing up. There were even times when I was a waitress at a sports bar that I would use the accent at my tables. I want to see and experience everything that London has to offer. I found some great ideas here.

london

Fiji

The Remote Resort

Sometimes you just HAVE to escape from it all and reconnect with your significant other. I want to spend a week on glorious beaches drinking tiki drinks. What better place to do that than Fiji? They have excursions to visit local villages, diving, and even coconut cooking demos for those looking for activity. Then there hidden beach castaway day with lunch delivery service. How perfect does that sound!?

Remote resort

Glamping

California Glamping

For the opposite end of the anniversary vacation spectrum there is glamping! I was always a camper when I was a kid, but haven’t been in years so I thought this might be a great way to ease back into it…with full indoor plumbing! I think this would be a great way to reconnect with my husband and relax before heading back to the crazy kids talking about Minecraft and Sofia the First.

Big Flat Yurt

Napa Valley

Meadowood Napa Valley

I’ve never been to California, but through my obsession with shows like Top Chef I have fallen in love with Napa Valley. While my love of wine is a new thing, the looks and feel of the area is something I have always enjoyed. Cottages, estates, and winery and vineyard tours all sound so relaxing. The food is also supposed to be impeccable and I plan to enjoy every crafted bite.

Meadowood Cottage Room


Your Honeymoon

Where did you go on your honeymoon? Or are you still in the planning or fantasizing stages of honeymoon planning? Or maybe you are like us and you aren’t going to get your honeymoon until your 10th anniversary. Tell me your story! Do you have any other places I should look into?

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14 Comments

  1. Nicole

    Hey, our “honeymoon” was also to Cleveland. For 2 nights. We went to the Science Center and the Zoo. Then home in time for my new husband to start working on Tuesday. Woo. Super romantic… We got married between our Sophomore and Junior years of college, and were super broke. Then when our 10 year anniversary rolled around… I was super pregnant with our 4th. So, we had thought we would go on a cruise, or something, but instead spent a long weekend in D.C. We probably could have still done a cruise, but I wasn’t sure how I would have done on the boat, and we were wanting to do some excursions that would not have been possible with me being pregnant. That was still fun, and the first (and only) just us vacation we have taken. Our current dream is to head to the UK, sans kids, for about 10-14 days. Probably not for a few years yet. I would also LOVE to do some sort of all inclusive, tropical, typical honeymoon type trip, but England calls louder for now. Maybe that could be a fun, all the kids have graduated high school/ we have survived the hard core parenting phase celebration. 🙂 Have fun planning!!!

    • mrsdmeeks

      This hard core parenting phase is HARD!! DC could be so much fun. I think anywhere that ISN’T home makes for a great getaway!

  2. Sarah @ Foxy’s Domestic Side

    OH dreaming of a honeymoon, how fun! We went to Bora Bora, super fun, but super expensive! For our 10 year anniversary we went to Santa Barbara to the 5 star bed and breakfast where he proposed…it was a blast and so much fun to get away. Good luck planning! Stopping by from Tuesday Talk.

    • mrsdmeeks

      Oh, Bora Bora!! How amazing! I haven’t traveled nearly enough in my life.

    • mrsdmeeks

      Oh Thailand!! That sounds gorgeous!!

  3. Michelle

    Sounds Iike some wonderful places to visit. Shared this on Facebook today from Tuesday Talk.

  4. Jen

    Oh yes, sign me up for any of these! It has been well over a decade since my husband and I have been alone for even a night and if it could be in someplace beautiful like one of these places, that would be amazing!

    • Anne Marie D

      Girl you need to get a night away!!! We have been able to sneak single nights here and there, but nothing as awesome as these vacations. Thanks for stopping!

  5. playdatesparties

    These are all awesome vacation ideas! We were lucky enough to get a cruise through the Mediterranean for our honeymoon (almost 10 years ago!), though that European castle tour sounds pretty incredible. I also love the idea of going to London, though…

    • Anne Marie D

      Ohhhh!!! A cruise around the Mediterranean!! That sounds amazing! I am glad that you see my problem choosing a getaway! 😉

  6. Rachel G

    We had a slightly delayed honeymoon (by 6 months) due to school and work schedules, and it was a low-key trip to Mammoth Cave National Park. Such a special, precious time for us. In the years since we’ve gone on more trips–we try to get away for at least a night together every year…and yeah, I’d definitely be up for a cruise or a European tour someday in the future! 🙂

    • Anne Marie D

      That sounds awesome! We are so bad about even getting in our date nights (aka we don’t) that the thought of going away is glorious and terrifying at the same time!

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