Picture this – you and that special someone are sitting on a comfortable and warm rug or blanket, the fireplace is crackling nicely and you’re enjoying a beautiful selection of wine and cheese with that special someone – perfect. Of Course, however, this isn’t going to be the only way you are likely to spend your cottage getaway, so here are some ideas to get the most out of your getaway.
You’re looking outside and thinking that I’m crazy for suggesting this – but keep reading. Although you will certainly feel the cold when you first leave the cottage, as soon as you both relax into a nice bubbling spa outdoors the cold will become a distant memory. Take a bottle of champagne, a couple of glasses, get close and giggle away those winter blues.
Yes, you read right – hiking. While you may be conjuring up visions of you both striding up a mountain top it might be best to think smaller. Find a small and local trail where you can stroll at your own leisure and chat about the lighter things in life. While it can be a turn-off for many travelers, the key to a good hike in the cold is the right clothes. If it’s been awhile since you went hiking, look for clothes made from material designed for the purpose. There are a number of Groupon coupons for stores like Sierra Trading Post that offer clothes made from materials that can keep you dry and comfortable as you hike. If you just head out in your regular gear you’re likely to get sweaty and that’s never a very romantic look.
Take a Tour
If your cottage getaway is far away from home, think of it as an exploring experience as much as a relaxing one. Speak with your concierge or online reviews and see what the local towns have to offer. Often nestled close to wine country, there might just be a wine tour that interests you both, helping to keep you warm during the cold.
Picnic by the Fireplace
I know that I said it wouldn’t be the only thing that you’re going to do, but let’s be honest, it’s certainly the most popular activity during a winter cottage getaway. To make it the perfect event, take along a selection of each other’s favorite chocolates and cheese, along with a couple of bottles of wine. While it may seem contradictory, take along a few DVDs with you that you can both enjoy – a nice selection between romance and silly comedies can be just the escape you’re both looking for.
No matter what you do during your cottage getaway, just being away from home in a cottage environment is going to be just what you need, to don’t let the cold weather stop you!