Plan the (Im)Perfect Romantic Weekend!

By Maggie Reyes on Friday, May 31, 2013

How to Plan an (Im)Perfect Romantic Weekend

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This post is from the fabulous Maggie Reyes and can also be found in our TRAVEL section.  Make sure to check it out for other great tips on traveling with your hubby.

Until Monday…make it a great weekend!

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For our 6th wedding anniversary we planned a mini-getaway driving from Miami to Boca Raton, Florida for a little Anniversary Romance. Here is how we did it:

We both have big projects going on at work and didn’t want to take a whole week off. We decided to do a short weekend away to make it easy to celebrate without embarking on a complicated trip.

Checking in isn’t just for airlines! Check in with each other – especially when planning a trip. What’s going on outside of home? Is there a big work project on his mind? Do you have a deadline coming up. Trips are no fun if you are worried about other stuff.

We looked at several luxury hotels and then looked for specials – we knew we wanted to feel pampered and special and could spend a little more since we were only booking for one night. We found a great deal at the Boca Resort – late checkout, 15% off spa services, breakfast buffet all included in the room price.

Breakfast for two could easily have been $70.00. Having it included in the room rate is a huge deal and well worth the extra minutes on checking the hotel website to see what is available. *Always* check the actual hotel website for last minute deals and weekend packages.

As we were planning this particular weekend the new Star Trek movie was just coming out. On our way to Boca there was a huge Imax 3D Theater which was the perfect place for these two Sci-Fi Sweethearts to start the day.

Look around – what is close by that could add fun or adventure to your trip? Don’t we all just miss what is in our own backyard sometimes?

Do not over-schedule. I repeat – do not over-schedule. I can spot an over-scheduler a mile away because I totally used to be one! Eat breakfast at 9am, Massages at 11, lunch at 1pm, Tour at 2:30….whenever you get tired just *reading* the plan for the day – it is a huge red flag, You have over-scheduled and if you are going to have a good time, you are going to have to stop that. On Saturday the only scheduled item was the movie, on Sunday a couples massage everything else we did organically and followed our moods and inspirations. Twice we went on walks through the grounds of the hotel – they were not only visually beautiful, but sweet moments of just us, talking and sharing and smiling and laughing. Personally, those are my favorite kind!

Vacations, even mini-ones should include a feeling of calm – whenever you are feeling rushed, stop, delete something from the plan, schedule free time, and let the place where you are and the moment you are experiencing surprise you.

Pack lingerie or something equally scandalous that will surprise your husband. It’s a romantic weekend which means we up the romance quotient in whatever way is romantic *to you* and *to him.* It could be surprising him with his favorite candy bar or in my case, with a little science fiction movie magic but regardless, pack lingerie – especially if you don’t usually wear it at home.

Romance is whatever we make it. For some it’s waking up late, for others it is starting early. Whatever romance means to you, think about how to include it. Then prepare, pack, and surprise.

Boca Resort - Romantic Weekend

What is your favorite memory from a weekend getaway?  Please share in the comments.


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Maggie Reyes

Life Coach, Writer + the Founder of
Maggie Reyes is a Life Coach, Writer + the Founder of Her romantic-yet-practical approach to wedded bliss has been featured on Project Happily Ever After, Daybreak USA, Cristina XMRadio and Military Spouse Magazine. When she’s not writing, working or creating pins for her fabulous Facebook Community, you can find her cuddling with her hubby, reading a romance novel or embracing how the words “over-achiever” and “TV Junkie” can still go in the same sentence, to describe the same person. Learn how to love like a newlywed no matter how long you have been married at


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  • Fawn Weaver

    Love this post so much it made it from our Travel page to our home page. YES!

    • Maggie Reyes

      Fawn Weaver! I have been thinking and I found the perfect comparison – it’s like going from Off Broadway to the Main Stage! Woohooo! So glad it resonated! Especially if we help people stop over-scheduling their vacations…I have gotten so many comments about that one point. So glad it helped!
      Totally thrilled to be a proud contributor to the HWC Family!

      • Fawn Weaver

        LOL! So happy to have you as a contributor, Maggie!

  • Mary Heinz

    Read it in the travel section and now again here…great post!!

    • Fawn Weaver

      We thought so too! That’s why we moved it to the home page. So happy you agree, Mary :) .

  • tamrenzi

    This is great advice, Maggie. I especially loved the Do Not Overplan. It makes me tired just thinking of it too. We were just away for the Memorial Day weekend. The city/area was not what we expected, and a bit run down. The hotel was lovely, so we just found a few cafes we loved and made the best of it. At the end of the weekend, I said, This was my best birthday ever! Even though I’ve been hiking in the Rockys, Big Bend, and to fancy restaurants on my previous birthdays, the fact that we keep growing closer and closer every year is what makes it special and the best. I have a feeling next year will be even better!

    I am so happy to see you here, and I will sure be back! I know Fawn has an amazing thing going on over here, and I certainly am one happy wife!

    • Fawn Weaver

      It doesn’t get any better than growing closer and closer – no matter the destination. And thank YOU for stopping by and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

    • Maggie Reyes

      Hi Tammy! So nice to see you here too!!!
      Thanks for sharing about your recent trip – I find that the older I get, the more I love simple and deep (vs. complicated and uncomfortable shoes ;-) )
      Total Super Cyber HUG!

  • Sebastian Aroca

    Love wider, keep sharing! Your proud friend, Sebastian

    • Maggie Reyes

      Oh Sebastian! You make me smile from ear to ear! Thank you for stopping by – it’s like an electronic HUG! and I love the cartoon of YOU, it really does look like you!!