Last year was the first time we had been away from our kids in 7 years. We were in upstate New York at the time, so we left the kids with my mother in law and went away for a night to Ithaca, NY. We stayed at a great inn--the La Tourelle Inn. I found a special rate that included an amazing breakfast at the inn! While in Ithaca, we ate dinner at a great Tapas restaurant, saw an outdoor movie (Bringing Up Baby) at Cornell, and went to the art museum on the Cornell campus.
I have to admit that vacation planning is difficult for me. It is actually quite stressful. Trying to figure out where to go and what to do and make the most of this little nugget of time you have! But, that little getaway turned out great.
This year we were again stumped. My husband was stressed and so was I. We wanted to get away for our anniversary, but weren't sure where to go. I finally told him to just pick a place! I'm glad I did. He picked a great one.
We went up to Eagles Mere, PA, for 3 nights/4 days. Eagles Mere is a little town 20 miles outside Williamsport, PA. It used to be a resort town for families in the early 1900s. There was a single line railroad track that took passengers up the mountain. Today it is a privately owned lake community. The lake is owned by the residents. We stayed at the Eagles Mere Inn, the last remaining inn from those days gone by. Our room was small, but adequate. My husband was thrilled that there was no television in the room (though wifi was available for free). Breakfast and a 5 course dinner were included. The food was locally sourced and very good. My favorites were the salads at dinner and the bacon at breakfast. Having the meals included took a lot of the stress out of our vacation. We didn't have to figure out where to eat. I didn't realize until afterwards how helpful this was!
The town was very uncommercialized. No power boats allowed on the lake--so it's very quiet. Not many shops. No grocery store or gas station. There's a private beach on the lake and a path that circles the lake that's about 3 miles long. We did a lot of walking throughout the streets.
There are two state parks nearby--Rickets Glenn and World's End. We went to both and enjoyed the hiking. Both have campgrounds and beaches for families to enjoy. There's horseback riding nearby as well.
One of the special things we enjoyed were the folks that came to play on Friday and Saturday night at the pub downstairs at the Inn. We miss hearing live music because it's difficult to get to concerts with little ones. Something unexpected always seems to prevent us from going! But the music at the pub was great--bluegrass.
So, if you're looking for a getaway with your spouse--I'd definitely recommend checking out Eagles Mere--take a bunch of books and get away!
Here's a few pictures I took while we were there...
For more info, http://www.eaglesmereinn.com/index.htm