Old Fogies In Need of Help

My husband and I will be celebrating our fifth anniversary on Nov. 3.

We were supposed to be in Vegas. But, we learned the hard way never to trust a “friend” who assures you he can get rooms at the Hard Rock for ninety bucks. On the weekend. Well, maybe if he owns the hotel, but other than that, plug your ears and sing, “nah nah nah, I can’t hear you.” That’s definitely what we should have done.

So after three weeks of waiting for this guy to come through, he didn’t. And there is no way we are going to pay upwards of three hundred bucks per night to stay at a crappy hotel like the Tropicana.

Which leads me to my plea for help. We will have babysitting the entire weekend and fully plan to take advantage of it, we will just go out locally. But as we are an old married couple with a preschooler, our “party” muscles are a bit atrophied. We don’t have all that many ideas on what to fill our weekend with. Anything you can think of? Any price range is cool, we are actually looking to splurge a bit. It can be almost anywhere in SoCal, day trips included.

Consider it your charitable act of the day.

5 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 10:39 am

    So many choices! How about a day for the two of you at Glen Ivy day spa, then a jaunt (overnight or otherwise) to the Pechanga casino? Once you’re inside, you don’t even realize you’re not in Vegas. There’s also ample wine tours in the Temecula valley if you’re into such things. Makes for a nice weekend.

  2. Dave Share (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

    Along those lines….Hot Air Balloon in Temecula. My fiance’ and I went on our first hot air balloon ride in Paso Robles. We’re hooked!!! It’s not that cheap mind you, but I honestly think its worth every penny.

    Also make sure you’ll be the only people there. Some places make you combine groups.

    And yeah….wine tasting!!!

    San Antonio Winery in Downtown LA (If you don’t want to drive to Temecula)

    GREAT wine seminars, and on the 4th they have what looks to be a wonderful dinner and wine pairing.

  3. LipLash (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 5:30 am

    My wife and I celebrated our 5th Anniversay a few weeks ago with a day at The Huntington, lunch at their Tea Room and one of those romantic getaway packages on the Queen Mary. Go for the whole bubbly, dinner and chocolate package. Stay two nights and take a day trip to Catalina (which leaves right next door).

  4. MKarl (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

    If you’re looking for a “weekend away”, try going to Solvang.
    Stayed at a great hotel with a wonderful restuarant – The Inn at Petersen Village – which is at the beginning of the Old World Village courtyard.
    The room package was very reasonably priced because it included a great breakfast, and a four-course meal every day of your stay – The German hostess is a great source for wines (Mosby!), and her husband is the chef.
    We stayed in a lower room off of the gardens, the small courtyard had a deck to enjoy our wines, a water feature, classical music and lights.
    The wine area we would tour, next, would be Los Olivos, quaint town with great wines.

  5. Gina (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    Thanks so much for all of your great suggestions!

    Sad to say, we are still mulling things around and at the rate we are going, will be lucky to plan anything more exciting than a movie.

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