My husband Nick and I went away a few weekends ago to spend some much needed alone time and get rest and relaxation. When you typically have at least 1 (if not 2 or all 3) of your kids squeezing into your queen size bed every night, it’s definitely important to make time for each other and get a full night’s sleep! We always tend to put our kids and everyone else first, but to be a great mom, dad, friend, person, it is important to take care of yourself and treat yourselves sometimes.
I was looking online for a place not too close but not too far that we could get away to for his birthday and Christmas gift. I realized a band he likes was playing in Jim Thorpe, PA (only an hour and a half from us) and when I looked up bed & breakfasts on TripAdvisor, The Inn at Birch Wilds came up as #1 in the area. Look for the full Feature Friday: Travel post for our review of Jim Thorpe, PA for details on this cute town!
Bed and breakfast getaways are a great way to get alone time. Bonus – they are a great Valentine’s weekend idea! The key things to look for in picking a place (when reading reviews) are:
- Comfort of the bed
- Quality of the “breakfast” included
- Activities (or lack thereof, depending on your personalities)
- Caretakers / Owners
In my case, it was seeing that one of their rooms (“Into the Woods”) had a standalone copper jetted bathtub. That’s right – Copper. Jetted. Bathtub.
When I told people we were going to “the Poconos” in January – not some remote island – they thought we were crazy, but this place was so cozy, and the rooms had the perfect ambience for the area of the B&B. The Inn was actually 20 minutes from downtown Jim Thorpe, but it was the remote feel that made it perfect. It made us put our cell phones down and pay attention to each other, to re-connect.
Upon arrival, we met with one of the owners who gave us a tour of the Inn and grounds and led us to our room. They left us a wonderful basket of goodies with a handwritten note – those are the kind of touches that start the stay off on the right foot (thank you, Rhonda!).
I couldn’t wait – I jumped right in the tub – with clothes on!!!
The Inn had an indoor heated pool and a hot tub, where you could schedule 90 minutes of private swim time per day. We bought a bottle of wine and enjoyed this time to swim away all of our stress.
Breakfast was amazing. You can choose to eat downstairs or have it brought to your suite. Being that we usually scarf down the kids’ leftovers while standing up at the kitchen counter, we chose to have our breakfast brought to us in the room. We actually were able to enjoy coffee (while still hot!) and a full delicious breakfast that included huevos rancheros, an idaho sunrise and fresh fruit (hoping to recreate these recipes in a post soon)!
The grounds were bare, as it was winter, but decorated with Christmas lights at night which gave a wonderful glow on the dark road. They also had adirondack chairs and a fire pit, which would be perfection in autumn.
There was a pathway to walk up to stargaze, and Nick and I actually took some of the available blankets and lanterns to walk one night. We only lasted 10 minutes because it was so cold, but would love to go back late summer and fully experience the stars. The next morning, we took the same path, only to realize how beautiful the view is in daytime.
Now back to this amazing, beautiful, relaxing copper tub (of course, this is on my wish list to add our master bath, but it will never be the same in my own house where kids will ruin it
just kidding)! Being able to take a shower uninterrupted, never mind be in a tub with jets and bubbles longer than 5 minutes, is pure bliss. We popped some bubbly, and enjoyed one on one time, with no limits, no schedules, no phones and no kids!! If you are looking to rekindle a romance, focus on each other, pamper yourselves, and enjoy some time away, get a copper tub stay here, or any remote Bed & Breakfast – even if for one night. If you can’t afford to get away, send the kids overnight to a trustworthy family member or friend and make your own retreat! Put your cell phones down and truly talk, face to face, with no interruptions. Repeat every few months. Last a lifetime.