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In the Pool for our 10th Anniversary Vacation in Sunny Southern California
By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: May 4, 2018
Anniversaries are special. The date of your marriage is an occasion worth celebrating, and going away together seems only natural. And if you're like us, you look forward to researching and planning your annual anniversary vacation getaway, even if it's just a short 2 or 3 day weekend getaway.
Here's a few ways to make your special day a "celebration vacation" to remember on almost any budget. We've included our top romantic hotel anniversary packages, 5 big-city getaways, as well as a selection of packages put together for anniversary getaways in several romantic Bed & Breakfast Inns in the U.S. and Canada.
Plus, if you need a cheaper getaway celebration and decide to stay close to home in your own city, we've hand-picked an additional 9 romantic and inexpensive hotels across the USA that will give your special date the treatment it deserves.
Anniversary Vacation Ideas:
Warm Getaway Spots & Packages for Your 1st, 5th or 25th
Pick a Beach Vacation in the U.S. Or Mexico For Your Anniversary Trip
For those special trips (especially occasions like your 25th wedding anniversary), don't settle for just any old vacation to the lake...
- Hawaii Anniversary Hotel Deals - for a unique anniversary travel gift you’ll both remember, try the north coast of Kauai, Lahaina in Maui, or splurge on a high-end hotel on Waikiki Beach.
First Anniversary Vacations
- First Anniversary Vacations & Getaways - make your first married getaway extra-special with these destination, hotel and resort ideas for a whole range of budgets and itineraries, from a cheap few nights away to luxury excursions.
10th Anniversary Getaways
- 10th Anniversary Vacations - see our newest guide to ideas for your tenth anniversary getaway: vacations with or without kids, beach destinations, cheaper budget-friendly hotels in California and Vermont, resorts & much more.
25th Anniversary Vacation Ideas
- 25th Anniversary Getaways - celebrating 25 years of marriage calls for something extra-special, and so check out our carefully chosen selection of destinations, resorts, hotels and trip ideas designed to make your twenty-fifth anniversary vacation a memory to last a lifetime.
Anniversary Hotel Getaways in Big Cities:
New York, NY:
- New York City French Quarters Guest Apartments – part of the fun of an anniversary vacation is dining out, and you’ll be celebrating your special date perfectly right on NYC’s Restaurant Row when you book into this romantic Guest House in Midtown Manhattan. Rooms and suites are elegant and nicely updated with flat-screens and Wi-Fi, and theirs a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. 2017 Rating* for Romantic NYC Guest Houses: 96% - Excellent. (346 W 46 St, New York NY 212-359-6652)
- Chicago Kimpton Burnham Hotel - romance and this Kimpton kind of go together, and the Burnham is a great place to spend an anniversary weekend in Chicago. It’s got a great downtown location (Chicago Loop), lovely wine reception every evening, in-house romantic dining at the Atwood (just steps from the front lobby), and little extras like complimentary shoeshine, along with morning coffee and tea. 2016 Rating* for Romantic Downtown Chicago Hotel: 95% - Excellent. (1 W. Washington St, Chicago IL 312-782-1111)
- Houston TX Anniversary Getaways at the Hotel Icon – downtown Houston is a fun place to celebrate your anniversary with stays at this beautiful Marriott boutique hotel. You can park the car because restaurants and pubs are just steps away, and you’ll also be right on the Metro Line for quick access to the downtown, the Museum District and Herman Park. Jetted tubs and walk-in showers for 2 are just some of the romantic in-room amenities available. 2017 Rating* for Luxury Hotel Getaways in Houston: 85% - Very Good. (220 Main St, Houston TX 713-224-4266)
Los Angeles, CA:
- Los Angeles CA Romance Getaways at the Brentwood Inn – many high-end hotels in L.A. are expensive, but not necessarily romantic enough for your 10th or 25th anniversary trip. We think the cozy cottage-style units at the Brentwood Inn are a refreshing alternative. Boutique-styled rooms have luxury bath amenities, Wi-Fi and flat-screens. Expect a friendly welcome with complimentary cookies and free parking, and the inn is nicely placed in upscale Brentwood with good access to restaurants. 2017 Rating* for Los Angeles Boutique Inns: 93% - Excellent. (12200 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 800-840-3808)
- Avery Hotel in Washington DC - planning a wedding anniversary in the DMV? We think the Avery hotel is a perfect destination for any anniversary trip in the nation’s capital. Guests enjoy free breakfast, plus a complimentary wine and craft beer reception each evening. We recommend the Avery King Tub Suite with relaxing soaker tub and private patio. All of this nestled in Georgetown, one of the most attractive spots for an anniversary getaway in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area. 2017 Rating* for Washington DC Anniversary Getaway Inns: 94% - Excellent. (2616 P St NW, Washington DC 202-827-4390)
Tips For an Affordable Anniversary Vacation
If you're budget is limited and you need a cheap anniversary getaway this year that you'll still look forward to, here's two anniversary vacation ideas you might try:
- Anniversary Trip Idea No.1: Choose a great city for walking, like San Francisco. Check the deals for a romantic weekend hotel package in the Bay Area, pack light, and grab a shuttle or taxi from the airport to the hotel. Forget about renting a car, doing tours or standing in line for high-priced attractions. Keep it simple and relaxing, like sleeping in, going for a long walk by the water, window shopping and enjoying a cappuccino in a downtown cafe. Inexpensive, memorable and fun!
- Anniversary Getaway Idea No.2: Plan a Arizona romantic getaway or California escape (June to August) for your summer anniversary and you'll discover deep discounts at Phoenix and Palm Springs Resorts. Of course, it can get rather hot, but that also means fewer people - you'll get the pool to yourselves, like we did! You can relax, and go for some early morning hikes, tennis or golf. Booking a kitchen unit will allow you to prepare some simple breakfasts & lunches, and save your money for a nice dinner in the evening. And cap off the night in a romantic hot tub under the stars.
Special Anniversary Vacation If You Never Had a Honeymoon:
Imagine Spending Your 10th, 20th or 25th Wedding Anniversary Vacation at a Caribbean Resort
- Book a Dream Caribbean Resort Anniversary Vacation - didn't go on a honeymoon when you got married? Then that is your official excuse then for splurging on a really special anniversary vacation. Many Caribbean resorts are super-romantic spots perfect for capturing that honeymoon feeling, no matter how long you've been married.
B&B & Lodge Anniversary Getaways
Wine & Cheese by the Delaware River
River Suite at the Bridgeton House
- Bridgeton House on the Delaware - a few nights stay along the Delaware River would most certainly be one of the Northeast's most romantic anniversary getaways. Bucks County's award-winning Bridgeton House offers it's guests luxury and relaxation. Jetted tub suites, wine & cheese by the river and cozy fireplace evenings give you an idea of what awaits at this romantic inn. What Other Couples Liked: Relaxing River Views...Walk to the Private Dock...Friendly, Sparkling Clean...Delicious Breakfast, Bonfire at Night. 2017 Rating* for Pennsylvania Romantic Inns: 95% - Excellent. (1525 River Rd, Upper Black Eddy PA 610-982-5856)
Minnesota Romantic Lodge Package:
- Gunflint Lodge Three Night Minnesota Anniversary Sweetheart Package - stay three nights in a romantic cabin with fireplace (some even have private hot tubs). Have meals in the Lakeside Dining Room, and explore the North Woods during the day, or drive into Grand Marais, MN for some serious antiquing. Appetizers and wine will be brought to your cabin each evening before dinner, gourmet breakfasts and lunches are included. Cost for this package varies depending on type of cabin and time of year, but generally ranges from $576 to $849 PER ADULT plus taxes and gratuities. (143 S. Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais, MN 800-328-3325)
Small Inns and B&B Anniversary Packages
- The Inn at Bowman's Hill - from your first year together to a 50th Golden Anniversary vacation, make it a celebration to remember at New Hope, PA's Inn at Bowman's Hill, rated one of the Top 10 Bed and Breakfasts in the USA. Pennsylvania's gorgeous Bucks County is the setting for this ultra-romantic inn, with rooms and suites offering fireplaces, 2-person whirlpool tubs and private balconies. Bowman's specializes in B&B packages for anniversaries, with extras like roses, champagne and strawberries, in-suite massages and romantic dining. (518 Lurgan Rd, New Hope, PA 215-862-8090)
- Ohio - Donna's of Berlin Anniversaries: One of Ohio's most romantic inns specializes in anniversary vacation ideas, with flowers, chocolates and a special anniversary cake, followed by a night in a luxury suite and a full breakfast the next morning.
- Minnesota - A.G. Thomson House Anniversaries: This romantic Duluth MN B&B (voted by TripAdvisor readers as the no. 1 B&B in the U.S! ) has an anniversary add-on that includes wine with 2 souvenir glasses,flowers, and a tray of their special chocolate truffles. See More of this B&B package here.
- Pennsylvania - Berry Patch Bed and Breakfast, for just $99: flowers, a bottle of wine, a cheese and cracker plate, and your bed done up with rose petals. More on this anniversary package here.
Romantic Hotels for Every Anniversary Budget
New York City
Hotel 50 Bowery NYC
Hotel Palomar Chicago
Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach, CA
Hotel Hive in Washington DC
Le Meridien Dallas TX
Renaissance Hotel Atlanta
Hotel Granduca Houston TX
Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
The Alise San Francisco Hotel
*ERV Rating for Couples: our unique, non-scientific rating formula for romantic hotels which includes:
- Romantic Amenities: such as an in-suite JACUZZI® tub or Whirlpool bath, scenic view, lounge, etc
- Location: proximity of hotel to restaurants, pubs, downtown, etc
- Clientele: demographic the hotel
attracts (couples, families with kids, business travelers, etc)
with Couples & Honeymooners: based on variety of social media & crowd-sourced reviews.
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