When asked when was the last time you spent quality time with your partner without discussing each other’s work life or daily responsibilities, what would you say? If it takes you a few minutes to remember such a time, then it’s time for you two to catch a break.
Romantic getaways don’t have to be extravagant to be romantic. Every couple deserves some relaxing time somewhere far away from their responsibilities and daily routine chores to stay sane and well-connected.
What is better than planning a rustic romantic couple’s getaway? Somewhere rustic, like Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is the best place to spend quality time together where you can connect and enjoy nature.
Here are five tips for people planning a rustic romantic getaway.
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Rent a Cabin
Of course, if you are heading on vacation, you will need a place to stay. It sets the mood for your entire trip.
Consider renting a rustic, romantic cabin surrounded by nature, away from the hustle and bustle of town. You can choose from the many options for cabin rentals in Gatlinburg TN, which is surrounded by high ridges and mountains.
We rented a cabin in the Smoky Mountains a few years ago, and it was amazing. We are planning to do it again this year.
Plan Activities Together
You and your partner must plan together some of the fun activities you want to do on your romantic getaway, considering each other’s preferences. This will help you and your partner spend a good time together planning activities, so your romantic getaway will begin even before you have gone away.
But most important is that it will set the right tone and increase understanding of each other. You might plan to throw some big surprises for your partner as a romantic gesture.
For us, Greg loves to trail run. I don’t. So we compromised and went on beautiful hikes.
Thus, plan together simple, cute activities that will strengthen your bond. Like going on a walk, hiking, having a candlelight dinner, cooking meals together, staying in, watching TV, going out for a fun night, etc., whatever you both will mutually enjoy.
Utilize the Natural Outdoors
Make sure to spend plenty of time together outdoors. When you are somewhere surrounded by nature, there is fresh air and scenic views, which adds to the romance.
You can do many things outdoors to utilize all that nature offers fully. Like hiking, horseback riding, river rafting, picnicking somewhere scenic, kayaking, climbing a mountain, seeing sunrise or sunset, etc.
Even doing something as simple as having a coffee beside a campfire is very romantic when surrounded by serene, natural views.
Make a Packing List
When you are headed on a rustic getaway, remember that it will be a different experience when you are used to living in a city. Since it’s not a problem in a city to grab anything you need, even urgently.
But when you are in the mountains, getting just about any random thing might be challenging. So plan a detailed list of everything you will need on your romantic trip and get all those in advance.
The first thing to make a list of is clothing. Search for the weather conditions of the place you are going to so that you know exactly what type of clothing you will need during the trip. Keep in mind the weather changes in the mountains.
If you plan some outdoor activities, bring your equipment like hiking boots, rock climbing gear, hammock, or anything you might need according to your activity.
Be sure to pack sunscreen. It’s easy to overlook sunscreen since when we think of mountains, we think of snow. But you are closer to the sun higher up.
Plan What To Eat
Also, you will need to decide on the food you need to pack. If your rental cabin does not have dining facilities, you must cook yourself and make a good list of the groceries you need.
Similarly, even if you don’t have to cook meals during your stay, you will still need some snacks to munch on during your outdoor activities, and it’s better if you pack those in advance before you leave.
Moreover, based on the cabin you rent, you also need to know what things you need to bring yourself that your cabin does not offer, like towels, board games, cooking equipment, etc.
Be sure to bring snacks. You’re likely burning more calories than you usually do because you are more active and at altitude.
Decide to Lock Up Your Tech
One thing that is sure to ruin a romantic getaway is technology. Make an agreement on how much or little you each will be online. Stick to it. Don’t let your time online becomes a fight. Enjoy the trip. Be present with your loved one.
Inform everyone at your workplace and your friends and family that you both will be away on a romantic trip and might not be available online. If you stick to a screen all the time during vacation, checking email and news, you will still be panicking about and discussing the same things you did at home.
This rustic romantic getaway is for both of you to spend a happy, romantic, and peaceful time together, so decide together not to use tech so often and log out of your social media.
Be Nice To Each Other
Be nice. Daily life can be hard. Stresses happen. Arguments occur. But you love each other. Use this trip to recharge your romance. Impress him or her by being nice.
Enjoy Your Rustic Romantic Getaway
You and your partner deserve a break from your fast-paced, tiring life. Getting away from your daily routine is a perfect way for couples to have some peaceful and quality time together.
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Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.