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Maggimus
01-25-2007, 11:05 AM
Okay, I know many of us havent thought very far past the wedding (especially those who havent gotten married yet). I, for one, cant get out of wedding mode, and my wedding has been a couple months ago.

DH and I keep ourselves giddy by planning our next vacation as soon as one ends. We are now thinking about vacation plans for this year, and an anniversary trip.

Those of you who are already married, or who havent gotten married yet but have already considered this...

Where do you plan on spending your first anniversary?

DH wants to possibly go somewhere tropical. Im not sure.
Any ideas of cool places to look into?

Thanks-
Maggie:thumbsup2

RBennett
01-25-2007, 11:11 AM
My DW and I spent our 1st anniversary at home with a nice date. :goodvibes For our 2nd anniversary, she FORGOT!!! :headache: But as far as ideas on where to go, the best cold spot I have found is a ski resort in Colorado called Copper Mountain. Even if you don't like/want to ski, they have tubes you can ride down and snowmobiles, etc. I LOVED it!! :bounce: For tropical though, you might consider the DCL or Key West or any other number of beaches. I don't know how far you're wanting to travel or how extravagant you're wanting to go, but that's my 2 cents, for whatever that's worth. :thumbsup2

Maggimus
01-25-2007, 11:22 AM
Thanks for the imput. I forgot to mention that he doesnt want to go back to Disney this year (we've been the last 2 years in a row)...

We have a very flexible budget and normally go all out for vacations.

I went to Key West while in HS and loved it. We considered that. Im open for just about anywhere...

TinkBride
01-25-2007, 11:24 AM
We are going to Disney for our anniversary as well and staying at Wilderness Lodge (your tip Maggs! :thumbsup2 )

Funny thing: We have three disney trips planned between our wedding and January 09!

I told DF, while I love Disney, I want to go other places before we have kids. So, we are also planning trips to Alaska ( a cruise, we love cold weather), Vegas, and Gatlinburg (but you may not enjoy that, since it is down the road from you! :rotfl:)

Basically the next four years we are vacationing about 12 times! :scared:

How about Hawaii?

JandJ
01-25-2007, 11:35 AM
Living near Disney (I know we're lucky :goodvibes ) we go there a lot and we went the weekend before our anniversary. For our actual anniversary, on the date we both took the day off, went pumpkin picking and shopping for Halloween costumes! Then we went out to a nice dinner and ate the top of our cake and I put my weddng gown on (sappy, I know, but I loved my gown!). Then, a couple weeks later we went on a cruise for 7 nights to celebrate our 1st anniversary. It was the best vacation of my life! We loved it! We went to Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Mexico. The ship was fabulous, the destinations gorgeous, and the whole thing was completely romantic :cloud9:

NEVERENOUGHWDW
01-25-2007, 11:42 AM
For our first year we went on a Holland America cruise, 2nd year Sanibel & WDW this year looks like Ireland......:shamrock:

Maggimus
01-25-2007, 11:44 AM
We are going to Disney for our anniversary as well and staying at Wilderness Lodge (your tip Maggs! :thumbsup2 )

Funny thing: We have three disney trips planned between our wedding and January 09!

I told DF, while I love Disney, I want to go other places before we have kids. So, we are also planning trips to Alaska ( a cruise, we love cold weather), Vegas, and Gatlinburg (but you may not enjoy that, since it is down the road from you! :rotfl:)

Basically the next four years we are vacationing about 12 times! :scared:

How about Hawaii?

TinkBride you wont be disappointed with the WL... I promise:thumbsup2 ! If you are, call me and DH and I will fly down and stay in your room!

Lots of Disney trips for you, huh?

Thats DH's thing.. he wants to go to disney but he also wants to venture our right now since we dont have kids (although we do have baby fever). We will be going to Disney for years on end, especially when our kids begin aging..

Gatlinburg isnt exactly a vacation for us- as you said we call it home.

But when you do come to town-- please let me know!

Maggimus
01-25-2007, 11:45 AM
Living near Disney (I know we're lucky :goodvibes ) we go there a lot and we went the weekend before our anniversary. For our actual anniversary, on the date we both took the day off, went pumpkin picking and shopping for Halloween costumes! Then we went out to a nice dinner and ate the top of our cake and I put my weddng gown on (sappy, I know, but I loved my gown!). Then, a couple weeks later we went on a cruise for 7 nights to celebrate our 1st anniversary. It was the best vacation of my life! We loved it! We went to Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Mexico. The ship was fabulous, the destinations gorgeous, and the whole thing was completely romantic :cloud9:


I think your ideas are so cute. I like the trying on the dress- I hope I can still fit into mine (actually I hope mine falls off of me!!).

What type of cruise did you go on? DH would love to take a cruise... but we dont gamble and/or drink.

dannirose
01-25-2007, 12:55 PM
Ok Maggie - I have 2 suggestions for you - one is DCL - I have taken a few cruises and my favorites are the DCL (and that isn't just because it's Disney). There are lots of activities and it's so relaxing at the same time. Btw, the other line I have sailed is Royal Caribbean which is nice but I had a customer service problem so I don't wholeheartedly endorse them.

My other suggestion is Grand Cayman - we went there this summer and had the best time. We stayed at an all inclusive resort located north of the beach so we weren't in the thick of all the crowds but could get around when we wanted to. We also got my e-ring there :cloud9: so I really have fond memories of Cayman.

Gradar1
01-25-2007, 01:28 PM
My DF and I recently got back from a vacation with his parents in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico--it's on the West Coast--kinda near Cabo San Lucas. We had a great time--his parents rented a house for a week, and we had a great time--horseback riding on the beach, jet skiing, etc. ;) Cruises are awesome too--My family and I went on a cruise a few years ago to the Caymans and Cozumel and loved it--very relaxing! :)

Maggimus
01-25-2007, 01:31 PM
Danni- Do you have any photos of the grand caymons that you can share with me? I would love to hear about where you stayed. We go to Cozumel a lot and stay at an all-inclusive resort and love it. I think the grand caymons is a great idea.

DH doesnt mind going on the DCL... he thinks it would be fun. I realize they have adults only things to do as well- which is nice. LIke i said DH and I dont drink or gamble-- so regular cruising doesnt appeal to us (other than the actual getting to the destination part).

hmgolden
01-25-2007, 01:32 PM
Our first anniversary, we had just bought our condo and were feeling the money pinch, so we spent it at home. Our second anniversary, we went to Aruba and had a blast! It was perfect for us - gave me plenty of time to sit on the beach, and driving around and off roading in the jeep we rented appealed to DH's adventerous side. I would highly reccomend Aruba for a vacation. We are just starting to talk about our 3rd anniversary, but I think we'll be staying home again as we are planning a trip to Italy for later this year.

Maggimus
01-25-2007, 01:48 PM
Our first anniversary, we had just bought our condo and were feeling the money pinch, so we spent it at home. Our second anniversary, we went to Aruba and had a blast! It was perfect for us - gave me plenty of time to sit on the beach, and driving around and off roading in the jeep we rented appealed to DH's adventerous side. I would highly reccomend Aruba for a vacation. We are just starting to talk about our 3rd anniversary, but I think we'll be staying home again as we are planning a trip to Italy for later this year.

Aruba!! Where did you stay in aruba? Id love to check it out.

I would hope that my family wouldnt freak out and think I would become the next Natalie Holloway... that case has really ruined Aruba's reputation.

hmgolden
01-25-2007, 02:06 PM
We stayed at the Aruba Resort and Spa: http://www.arubaresortspa.com

I can't wait to go back. We loved Aruba.

Funny you mention Natalie Halloway - DH's mom brought her up when we told her our plans to go to Aruba! While we were on the Island, we were never anywhere that we didn't feel safe.

PM me and I'll send you a link to some of the photos we took while we were there.

ForKeeps
01-25-2007, 02:13 PM
Okay, I know many of us havent thought very far past the wedding (especially those who havent gotten married yet). I, for one, cant get out of wedding mode, and my wedding has been a couple months ago.

DH and I keep ourselves giddy by planning our next vacation as soon as one ends. We are now thinking about vacation plans for this year, and an anniversary trip.

Those of you who are already married, or who havent gotten married yet but have already considered this...

Where do you plan on spending your first anniversary?

DH wants to possibly go somewhere tropical. Im not sure.
Any ideas of cool places to look into?

Thanks-
Maggie:thumbsup2

You know what? We're totally in sync! I was just thinking about posting this very topic! Our discussion a few nights made me wonder what people were doing for their first anniversary.

I have some kind of romantic notion that we'll go back and eat at Citricos and get the GF Bakery to re-make the top layer of my wedding cake (more on that in the TR)...but it's going to be tough for me to get away next year.

So I think if we go away, away it'll have to be very last minute. As a backup plan I think we would make reservations at this local resort that I teach aerobics at. It has a great restaurant and luxuary accomodations and a fantastic spa. At least it would feel like a mini vacation without leaving the area.

It's so crazy, we were already talking about our "anniversary trip" before we got home from our honeymoon trip ;)

dannirose
01-25-2007, 03:09 PM
Danni- Do you have any photos of the grand caymons that you can share with me? I would love to hear about where you stayed. We go to Cozumel a lot and stay at an all-inclusive resort and love it. I think the grand caymons is a great idea.

DH doesnt mind going on the DCL... he thinks it would be fun. I realize they have adults only things to do as well- which is nice. LIke i said DH and I dont drink or gamble-- so regular cruising doesnt appeal to us (other than the actual getting to the destination part).

I do have photos just not on this computer (I'm at work - you can see I am getting much accomplished lol) so I will pull them up when I get home later. I can give you the links to a couple of different sites we looked at when we first booked the trip:
www.caymanislands.ky and www.caymanresortsonline.com - on the resort one we stayed at Spanish Bay Reef. The sister resort, Beach Club Colony is located right in the middle of 7 mile beach and tended to be very crowded (also struck us as a little bit shabby) - but we loved Spanish Bay. We are thinking of heading there after the wedding/Disneymoon to relax instead of going to St Lucia (another place you might want to look into - we were looking at the Sandals resorts there).

dannirose
01-25-2007, 03:12 PM
It's so crazy, we were already talking about our "anniversary trip" before we got home from our honeymoon trip ;)

Don't worry - we're talking about our 1st anniversary trip and we haven't had the wedding or honeymoon yet! ;)

Maggimus
01-25-2007, 03:16 PM
I am loving all of this info and all of these sites.... im saving them all so that DH can look over them too.

Our neighbors went to Sandals for their honeymoon last in 05 and just raved about it. I dont know if staying at a resort like that is for us. I think I would be interested in hearing more about it.

JandJ
01-25-2007, 03:30 PM
I think your ideas are so cute. I like the trying on the dress- I hope I can still fit into mine (actually I hope mine falls off of me!!).

What type of cruise did you go on? DH would love to take a cruise... but we dont gamble and/or drink.

It was a fun first anniversary . . .
We went on Holland America Line out of Tampa, FL and we chose it basically because of what you said, we are not gamblers and rarely drink. Our honeymoon cruise was Royal Caribbean and it was very nice, but there were a lot of 'party people' on board and that's just not our thing. The average age on HAL is like 60 or 65 years old - no joke - so we got the late dinner seating, and when we were done at dinner it was about 10:15 pm and the decks were empty! We could stroll all along the decks, go anywhere on the ship, and you'd only see crew members and maybe a few other passengers. DH got to where after dinner we'd go to the buffet at 11:30 and eat again :lmao: Surprisingly I didn't gain any weight and he only gained 2 pounds! I credit the fact that we took the stairs every day and avoided the elevators. (RC had better food overall, and a better midnight buffet, but this was still delicious - 5 course dinners every night!). They had an extensive library on board and we enjoyed checking out books and going on deck to read. You can also check out DVDs and watch them in your room, or bring your own, there's a TV and DVD player in each cabin. Two pools - one was more adult and quiet, the other had live muic and a bar. We saw a movie too, they have a theatre and show first run movies and give you popcorn popcorn:: The shows in the evenings were both good and bad - some were funny and some didn't mean to be but still made us laugh! It was an elegant ship and honestly just the most romantic vacation ever!! If you decide on a cruise go to Cruise Value Center dot com - they have the best prices by far :thumbsup2

I'm sure whatever you decide to do for your first anniversary it will be special because you will be together :cloud9:

JJClemson
01-25-2007, 06:29 PM
Ok, so I still have 5 months til my wedding, but I am already planning our first anniversary. If we have ample funds (that's a big IF b/c DF is in med school), I'd like to surprise DF w/ a cruise to Alaska. I have never been to Alaska and he loves Alaska, and he has never been on a cruise and I love cruises... so it'd be a nice compromise. However, if we can't afford that, I think we'll just spend the weekend at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC. We love it there too, but have never stayed over night.

Sounds like you have got a lot of wonderful suggestions from everyone else! I know you'll have so much fun planning :goodvibes

PrincessShanShan
01-25-2007, 06:31 PM
We didn't go on a honeymoon when we got married, so we had our "Disneymoon" the day after our first anniversary. Our anniversary is Dec. 22 and dh's birthday is Dec. 27. With Christmas being between them both, it's like a full week of celebrating!! Although we just celebrated our first anniversary, we're already planning the second. Right now our plans are to spend that week in a cabin in the Smoky Mtns. (probably Maggie Valley). Dh will turn 50 (I always have to remind him he's ALOT older than I am!!) a few days after our third anniversary. We want to do something really big that year. We're thinking of maybe going to the Mediterranean, but I'm not real sure about the weather that time of the year. We have a few years to plan and like alot of you, I'm obsessive with the planning!

Laurafoster
01-26-2007, 01:23 AM
Disneys out of the question for us for our Anniversary but we were thinking if popping to Paris - its only a few hours drive away. Or maybe Venice.

We LOVE london aswell but we live so close (20mins away maybe) we go quite often.

Maggimus
01-26-2007, 08:32 AM
. Right now our plans are to spend that week in a cabin in the Smoky Mtns. (probably Maggie Valley). !

This plan wouldnt work for me.. I live in the Smokies.... and instead of these places being neat to me-- they are more like tourist traps and lots of yelling at the traffic when people dont know where they are going. It seems like so many couples come to the smokies for romantic reasons-- I kinda wish we could do something like that... but when you look outside and see Dolly's big ****s in your face... its less appealing than per-say... All these tropical places.

Do not get me wrong-- I love where I live... and if we could move (in-laws) we would LOVE it.. but we are so attached here.

I think the Biltmore in Asheville would be a good weekend trip for us!! Do they own a hotel there? Anyone recommend it?

Gradar1
01-26-2007, 08:49 AM
Maggimus--I don't live that far from the Biltmore Estate, and I'd definitely suggest it! It's gorgeous up there, esp. in the spring/fall, and in the winter the Christmas decorations are gorgeous! :) But anyways...I told you I had some pictures from Cozumel/Caymans and here they are! (Let's hope this works :rotfl: )
Paradise Beach in Cozumel, Mexico
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u118/Gradar1/Paradise.jpg
My family and I swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u118/Gradar1/swimming.jpg
My younger sister standing in front of our boat (the Carnival one) in Cozumel.
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u118/Gradar1/boats.jpg
From the midnight feast on the ship, which was incredible (and this was really cute)
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u118/Gradar1/food.jpg
Sunset from the cruise ship
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u118/Gradar1/sunset.jpg
Let me know if you want to see more! ;)

NEVERENOUGHWDW
01-26-2007, 11:38 AM
This plan wouldnt work for me.. I live in the Smokies.... and instead of these places being neat to me-- they are more like tourist traps and lots of yelling at the traffic when people dont know where they are going. It seems like so many couples come to the smokies for romantic reasons-- I kinda wish we could do something like that... but when you look outside and see Dolly's big ****s in your face... its less appealing than per-say... All these tropical places.

Do not get me wrong-- I love where I live... and if we could move (in-laws) we would LOVE it.. but we are so attached here.

I think the Biltmore in Asheville would be a good weekend trip for us!! Do they own a hotel there? Anyone recommend it?

Newport Rhode Island is a wonderful place for a long weekend! Just beautiful.....Sanibel Island in Fl. is another place we love for a long weekend.

cryssi
01-26-2007, 11:49 AM
Maggie,

Not sure if these ideas would work for you, but since you are not constrained by budget...lol

DH and I would love to go to Japan. Ok, so I'm japanese and he's half, but it would be amazing. I've been once before. I would love to go to TokyoDL and DisneySea... Japan is just cool anyway...

We took a "mini-moon" to Vegas after our wedding and stayed at the Wynn in a suite...very cool!

Hawaii? Too typical?

good luck! can't wait to hear what you plan! DH took me to Club 33 for our 1 year... :love:

Maggimus
01-26-2007, 12:01 PM
:thumbsup2 Thanks for everyones suggestions.

DH and I have been to Cozumel on numberous occasions-- we love it there!! If we go back we will go with my family as a family trip-- not for our anniversary.

I would LOVE to take DH abroad... I have been to Ireland, England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico on ambassador trips growing up... I would love for DH to come to know and appreciate different cultures as well. He sees those as 'educational trips' where I see those as "cultural trips"...

Im still looking into tropical places, and more interested in places people have been so that I know im not going and booking at a scuzzy hotel or something.

Hawaii? Anyone ever stayed in Hawaii?
Jamaica?
Bahamas?

Any hotel recommendations?

THANKS!
-Maggie:hug:

NEVERENOUGHWDW
01-26-2007, 12:51 PM
:thumbsup2 Thanks for everyones suggestions.

DH and I have been to Cozumel on numberous occasions-- we love it there!! If we go back we will go with my family as a family trip-- not for our anniversary.

I would LOVE to take DH abroad... I have been to Ireland, England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico on ambassador trips growing up... I would love for DH to come to know and appreciate different cultures as well. He sees those as 'educational trips' where I see those as "cultural trips"...

Im still looking into tropical places, and more interested in places people have been so that I know im not going and booking at a scuzzy hotel or something.

Hawaii? Anyone ever stayed in Hawaii?
Jamaica?
Bahamas?

Any hotel recommendations?

THANKS!
-Maggie:hug:
Can't beat the Hyatt in Aruba....great local restaurants as well, (almost) gauranteed weather and SAFE! Ocean Club in Paradise Island is outstanding.

dannirose
01-26-2007, 02:47 PM
Hawaii? Anyone ever stayed in Hawaii?
Jamaica?
Bahamas?

Any hotel recommendations?

THANKS!
-Maggie:hug:

I've been to the Bahamas several times and love Paradise Island/Cable Beach. The last time we were there we stayed at Breezes which is an all-inclusive on Cable Beach and we loved it. They are adults only (no one under 16 allowed) and had a lot of fun activities (including trapeze school). If you go to www.superclubs.com you'll find all of their resorts. My cousins went to the Beaches (that's the sister resort company to Sandals that allows kids) in Turks & Caicos and said it was fabulous too!

ExCPKate
01-26-2007, 04:22 PM
Hi Maggie!

My suggestion is completely different from everyone else's. For our honeymoon DF and I are going to Costa Rica. He went there a few years ago, and absolutely raves about it. I'm really excited because it seems to have it all: romatic locales, the jungle, volcanoes, and beaches on both coasts. For our honeymoon we're staying at a romantic little luxury inn called Los Altos de Eros. I have heard nothing but rave reviews about it, and if you look it up on tripadvisor.com you can see what others have to say. It's located on top of a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean on one side and the jungle on the other. We checked out some all-inclusives in the Carribean but honestly it's not really our thing, so this place is pretty unique.

I can let everyone know more about it once we go (July 25, 2007, woohoo:banana: ). Check out their website: www.losaltosdeeros.com, and FYI it books up REALLY fast. We had a hard time getting a room 6 months out.

Good luck!!!:goodvibes

Maggimus
01-26-2007, 04:25 PM
Goodness that sounds perfect for us!! I am going to check that out!! So it is NOT all inclusive?

Is it in a heavy area of tourists?

DH and I arent necessarily "tourist" people (esp. since we live in the middle of tourist heaven)... but in foreign places I like being around other Americans.

ExCPKate
01-26-2007, 04:34 PM
It's not totally all inclusive. Breakfast and lunch are included as are wine, beer, and smoothies. There are only 8 rooms there, and each room comes with a driver who will take you wherever you want to go, including to and from the airport. Dinner is included on Tuesday and Saturday. On the other nights I hear that people get driven into Tamarindo (which is the nearest town) to have dinner. One of the things we are REALLY looking forward to is the canopy tour. You're picked up at the inn, driven to a national park where you hike into the jungle and then basically ride on zip-lines from tree to tree for a bird's eye view. Then there are natural hot springs you can bath in, a big Costa Rican lunch, and horseback ride back. We're planning on getting the couples massage at the spa which is outdoors at sunset, a full hour, champagne and strawberries.

Costa Rica is really great because it's not overly touristy yet, and still reasonable price wise. The country is extremely safe, their economy is very stable, and the people are very friendly (so DF tells me.)

PM me if you have any specific questions. :)

PrincessShanShan
01-26-2007, 04:44 PM
This plan wouldnt work for me.. I live in the Smokies.... and instead of these places being neat to me-- they are more like tourist traps and lots of yelling at the traffic when people dont know where they are going. It seems like so many couples come to the smokies for romantic reasons-- I kinda wish we could do something like that... but when you look outside and see Dolly's big ****s in your face... its less appealing than per-say... All these tropical places.

Do not get me wrong-- I love where I live... and if we could move (in-laws) we would LOVE it.. but we are so attached here.

I think the Biltmore in Asheville would be a good weekend trip for us!! Do they own a hotel there? Anyone recommend it?



I totally understand. We live on the gulf coast so the beach is that way for us. Don't get me wrong, it's really beautiful here but we see it all the time. That kind of takes away from the "romantic" part of it. Maybe we could switch places for awhile;)

FormrCastMbr
01-26-2007, 04:52 PM
Aruba! the weather is always nice too!

Maggimus
01-26-2007, 04:57 PM
It's not totally all inclusive. Breakfast and lunch are included as are wine, beer, and smoothies. There are only 8 rooms there, and each room comes with a driver who will take you wherever you want to go, including to and from the airport. Dinner is included on Tuesday and Saturday. On the other nights I hear that people get driven into Tamarindo (which is the nearest town) to have dinner. One of the things we are REALLY looking forward to is the canopy tour. You're picked up at the inn, driven to a national park where you hike into the jungle and then basically ride on zip-lines from tree to tree for a bird's eye view. Then there are natural hot springs you can bath in, a big Costa Rican lunch, and horseback ride back. We're planning on getting the couples massage at the spa which is outdoors at sunset, a full hour, champagne and strawberries.

Costa Rica is really great because it's not overly touristy yet, and still reasonable price wise. The country is extremely safe, their economy is very stable, and the people are very friendly (so DF tells me.)

PM me if you have any specific questions. :)


Okay I checked out the website. The only downfall is that this place doesnt seem to be directly on the beach....

We may just end up going back to cozumel...

Maggimus
01-26-2007, 04:59 PM
By the way--- In Cozumel DH and I have stayed at the El Cozumeleno, and my parents usually stay at the Melia.....

any other hotel suggestions that I might just take a glance at?

ExCPKate
01-26-2007, 09:20 PM
I'm sorry about the beach thing, but if Costa Rica interests you at all, you might want to talk to a travel agent. I know there are a couple all-inclusives that are on the beach.
We also looked into Curtain Bluff in Antiqua which is an all-inclusive, I hear Antiqua is really nice.