Friday, January 14, 2011

Almost to the 1 year mark!

In approximately 6 weeks and 2 days (but whose counting, really?) the mister and I will have been married for a year. Ben always jokes and says "a lot of people are going to lose money on that day..haha" - he thinks he is so funny.

While most of my married friends have been married 3+ years, and I know that 1 year isn't that long, I want to make a big deal out of it. Marriage is a huge commitment and I want to honor the fact that we've been married a year. I never want our anniversary to be something that we just say "Happy Anniversary" and move on.  An Anniversary is something to CELEBRATE!

With that in mind Ben and I have been trying to decide what to do for this great occasion. We know we want to take a little trip because I want to take advantage of it being just the two of us as long as we can. But then the task of deciding where to go comes into play. The logical thing would be to find somewhere within driving distance since we only have a few days and then we could make the most out of our trip. 

Here are our ideas:

1. New Orleans


Ben has never been to NOLA, and I looove it - 5 hour drive, would be perfect! 

The problem is......... Mardi Gras

Um yeah, those crowds don't scream relaxing to me! I think we will pass on New Orleans for this trip

2. Chicago

Neither of us have ever been to Chicago and it's somewhere we've always wanted to go. We can get flights pretty cheap through Ben's work and we know it would be a blast. Not within driving distance, but we would be okay with that for Chicago.

Problem? ...

yeah - it will probably be just a little cold to be walking around in Chicago in February! 

We've tossed around other ideas: but we've either been there a lot, flights are too pricey, we don't have enough time to really explore, or it's too cold. 

So here's what we are thinking right now:

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs is about a 3 hour drive from Memphis and is full of history and other things....

The Arlington Hotel is where we are thinking about staying, it is a beautiful, old, southern hotel and spa.

There are horse races

and bath houses

and a quaint downtown area full of antique stores. Those alone can keep me busy and entertained for hours.

We haven't made up our minds for sure, but this is on our list. Have you ever been to Hot Springs? What was your experience?  Do you have any other ideas we haven't thought about?

I have no idea why the spacing is so messed up when this posts. So please excuse it!


Whitney said...

I've stayed at The Arlington and it's amazing. Hot Springs is a fun little getaway and it can be very romantic!