It’s time for another sale roundup!! Presidents’ Day Weekend is about to begin and we are shopping until we drop. These sales from our favorite retailers cover everything from spring styles to home refresh essentials to favorite beauty brands. See our list of Presidents’ Day Weekend sales below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Shop the Sales

Abercrombie & Fitch: Shop 15% off almost everything

Abercrombie & Fitch Kids: Get 30% off almost everything

Academy Sports + Outdoors: Get up to 50% off tons of items!

Adidas: Take up to 65% off with code BIGSALE – don’t forget to sign into your account (it’s free to join) to grab free shipping!

Aerie: Take 25-70% off almost everything, BOGO FREE bikini tops & bottoms, and shop 30-50% off leggings

Aeropostale: Shop 60% off sitewide, plus BOGO FREE jeans and shorts

Amazon: Tons of sales on a variety of items

Anthropologie: Get an extra 40% off sale!!

Ashley Homestore: Shop bedroom deals starting at $59.99, dining room deals starting at $89.99 and living room deals starting at $139.99

Backcountry: Save big with prices up to 60% off!

Bath & Body Works: Shop buy 3, get 3 free on full-size body, skin, and hair care; $14.95 3-wick candles; 5/$27 hand soaps; plus more daily deals!!

BaubleBar: Shop styles up to 80% off

Beauty Brands: Shop 20% off select luxury shampoo & conditioner liters; and take 15% off your regular-priced purchase with code 20685

Bed Bath & Beyond: Shop up to 70% off tons of items!!

Belk: Shop up to 40% off select brands and up to 70% off winter styles

Best Buy: Shop sales on electronics, appliances, and more!

Carter’s: Shop 50% off thousands of styles!!

Cheryl’s Cookies: Enjoy up to 40% off select sweet treats

Columbia: Take an extra 20% off sale styles

DSW: Get $10 off $49, $20 off $99, and $60 off $199 with code SWEETDEAL

Erin Condren: Get up to 50% off 2024 planners and 4/$15 accessories

Express: Grab 40% off everything!!

Fabletics: Shop 80% off everything for VIP’s

Forever 21: Get 50% off everything!!

Francesca’s: Shop 40% off sitewide!

Gap: Get 50% off jeans, tees, sweats, and more!

Gap Factory: Shop 40% off everything plus an extra 10% off

Harry & David: Take up to 40% off select items

Hollister: Get 30% off spring styles and an extra 20% off select styles

Home Depot: Shop deals on all things home and outdoors!

Hot Topic: Take 20% off sitewide

ILoveDooney: Get up to 70% off select styles

IT Cosmetics: Shop up to 50% off must-haves and gift sets and an extra 14% off select items!

JCPenney: Get up to 60% off doorbusters and up to 70% off select mattresses and furniture with code FUTON

J. Crew: Take 30% off your purchase and up to an extra 50% off sale styles with code SHOPNOW

J. Crew Factory: Get 50% off everything!

Kate Spade: Enjoy 30% off your purchase with code BLOOM30

Kirkland’s: Get up to 75% off sitewide plus an extra 25% off with code PRESIDENTS

Kohl’s: Shop up to 40% off active gear for the family, 25% off floorcare, 60% off apparel from Carter’s, and up to 70% off clearance

Levi’s: Get 30% off sitewide!

Loft: Take 40% off full-priced styles

Macy’s: Get 15-60% off home updates, up to 40% off select name brands in fashion, and an extra 10-15% off select sale styles with code REFRESH, plus so much more – free shipping at $25+

Madewell: Get an extra 30% off sale with code EXTRAEXTRA

Michael Kors: Enjoy up to 30% off sale with code EXTRASALE

Nike: Grab up to 40% off select styles

Nordstrom: Shop up to 50% off during the Winter Sale!!

Nordstrom Rack: Take an extra 40% off select items!

Old Navy: Shop new arrivals from $6, select styles for 30% off, and up to 75% off clearance!

OshKosh B’gosh: Take 50% off thousands of styles!!

Pink Lily Boutique: Get 40% off select jeans and sweaters with code OOTD

Pottery Barn/Pottery Barn Kids: Shop up to 50% off!

Rack Room Shoes: Shop BOGO 50% off select styles plus get $15 off $99 with code USA

Reebok: Get 50% off with code OHYEAH

Rugs USA: Take an extra 20% off everything with code USA

Sephora: Shop up to 50% off on top beauty brands

Society 6: Get 40% off flash deals and 20% off everything else!!

Soma: Get 25% off select dresses, 5/$39 panties, and BOGO 50% off select bras

Sperry: Shop up to 60% off select styles

Steve Madden: Grab 25% off with code TREAT

Target: Shop 20% off jeans, tees, and shoes for all; 20% off select bedding and bath items; up to 40% off furniture; and more! (RedCard Holders can grab an additional 5% off your order + free shipping – no minimum)

The Children’s Place: Take an extra 20% off everything with code PRESDAY20 and 80% off clearance, PLUS always free shipping!

Tilly’s: Get up to 30% off sitewide!

Under Armour: Get 40% off UA outlet with code FEB40

Vince Camuto: Take an extra 30% off sales styles for up to 65% off with code EXTRA30

Vera Bradley: Score 25% off your entire purchase!

Walmart: Shop rollbacks on thousands of items – extra low prices on electronics, toys, home, apparel, and more!

Wayfair: Get up to 70% off during the Presidents’ Day Clearance!

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It’s time for another sale roundup!! Presidents’ Day Weekend is about to begin and we are shopping until we drop. These sales from our favorite retailers cover everything from spring styles to home refresh essentials to favorite beauty brands. See our list of Presidents’ Day Weekend sales below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Shop the Sales

Abercrombie & Fitch: Shop 15% off almost everything

Abercrombie & Fitch Kids: Get 30% off almost everything

Academy Sports + Outdoors: Get up to 50% off tons of items!

Adidas: Take up to 65% off with code BIGSALE – don’t forget to sign into your account (it’s free to join) to grab free shipping!

Aerie: Take 25-70% off almost everything, BOGO FREE bikini tops & bottoms, and shop 30-50% off leggings

Aeropostale: Shop 60% off sitewide, plus BOGO FREE jeans and shorts

Amazon: Tons of sales on a variety of items

Anthropologie: Get an extra 40% off sale!!

Ashley Homestore: Shop bedroom deals starting at $59.99, dining room deals starting at $89.99 and living room deals starting at $139.99

Backcountry: Save big with prices up to 60% off!

Bath & Body Works: Shop buy 3, get 3 free on full-size body, skin, and hair care; $14.95 3-wick candles; 5/$27 hand soaps; plus more daily deals!!

BaubleBar: Shop styles up to 80% off

Beauty Brands: Shop 20% off select luxury shampoo & conditioner liters; and take 15% off your regular-priced purchase with code 20685

Bed Bath & Beyond: Shop up to 70% off tons of items!!

Belk: Shop up to 40% off select brands and up to 70% off winter styles

Best Buy: Shop sales on electronics, appliances, and more!

Carter’s: Shop 50% off thousands of styles!!

Cheryl’s Cookies: Enjoy up to 40% off select sweet treats

Columbia: Take an extra 20% off sale styles

DSW: Get $10 off $49, $20 off $99, and $60 off $199 with code SWEETDEAL

Erin Condren: Get up to 50% off 2024 planners and 4/$15 accessories

Express: Grab 40% off everything!!

Fabletics: Shop 80% off everything for VIP’s

Forever 21: Get 50% off everything!!

Francesca’s: Shop 40% off sitewide!

Gap: Get 50% off jeans, tees, sweats, and more!

Gap Factory: Shop 40% off everything plus an extra 10% off

Harry & David: Take up to 40% off select items

Hollister: Get 30% off spring styles and an extra 20% off select styles

Home Depot: Shop deals on all things home and outdoors!

Hot Topic: Take 20% off sitewide

ILoveDooney: Get up to 70% off select styles

IT Cosmetics: Shop up to 50% off must-haves and gift sets and an extra 14% off select items!

JCPenney: Get up to 60% off doorbusters and up to 70% off select mattresses and furniture with code FUTON

J. Crew: Take 30% off your purchase and up to an extra 50% off sale styles with code SHOPNOW

J. Crew Factory: Get 50% off everything!

Kate Spade: Enjoy 30% off your purchase with code BLOOM30

Kirkland’s: Get up to 75% off sitewide plus an extra 25% off with code PRESIDENTS

Kohl’s: Shop up to 40% off active gear for the family, 25% off floorcare, 60% off apparel from Carter’s, and up to 70% off clearance

Levi’s: Get 30% off sitewide!

Loft: Take 40% off full-priced styles

Macy’s: Get 15-60% off home updates, up to 40% off select name brands in fashion, and an extra 10-15% off select sale styles with code REFRESH, plus so much more – free shipping at $25+

Madewell: Get an extra 30% off sale with code EXTRAEXTRA

Michael Kors: Enjoy up to 30% off sale with code EXTRASALE

Nike: Grab up to 40% off select styles

Nordstrom: Shop up to 50% off during the Winter Sale!!

Nordstrom Rack: Take an extra 40% off select items!

Old Navy: Shop new arrivals from $6, select styles for 30% off, and up to 75% off clearance!

OshKosh B’gosh: Take 50% off thousands of styles!!

Pink Lily Boutique: Get 40% off select jeans and sweaters with code OOTD

Pottery Barn/Pottery Barn Kids: Shop up to 50% off!

Rack Room Shoes: Shop BOGO 50% off select styles plus get $15 off $99 with code USA

Reebok: Get 50% off with code OHYEAH

Rugs USA: Take an extra 20% off everything with code USA

Sephora: Shop up to 50% off on top beauty brands

Society 6: Get 40% off flash deals and 20% off everything else!!

Soma: Get 25% off select dresses, 5/$39 panties, and BOGO 50% off select bras

Sperry: Shop up to 60% off select styles

Steve Madden: Grab 25% off with code TREAT

Target: Shop 20% off jeans, tees, and shoes for all; 20% off select bedding and bath items; up to 40% off furniture; and more! (RedCard Holders can grab an additional 5% off your order + free shipping – no minimum)

The Children’s Place: Take an extra 20% off everything with code PRESDAY20 and 80% off clearance, PLUS always free shipping!

Tilly’s: Get up to 30% off sitewide!

Under Armour: Get 40% off UA outlet with code FEB40

Vince Camuto: Take an extra 30% off sales styles for up to 65% off with code EXTRA30

Vera Bradley: Score 25% off your entire purchase!

Walmart: Shop rollbacks on thousands of items – extra low prices on electronics, toys, home, apparel, and more!

Wayfair: Get up to 70% off during the Presidents’ Day Clearance!

Activewear is so great because you don’t even have to be a workout fanatic to enjoy it! Putting on a pair of nice leggings with a comfy sports bra and stylish workout top is a great way to feel cozy while looking like you’re not a slouch! No one will know if you just came from a two-hour gym sesh or a two-hour Netflix binge, and that’s a beautiful thing. This active gear from Athleta is buttery soft and so stinkin’ cute, you’ll want to live in it! See our activewear from Athleta roundup below.

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This white sports bra with blue-green leggings feels like spring! Hit the gym in ultimate style AND comfort with this look.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Jacket

For chillier days or your post-workout smoothie, throw on this light zip-up jacket with ruching detail.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tee

Who doesn’t love a good old tee-and-leggings combo?? You can rock this look for your fitness class or a day of getting things done!

Sports Bra | Leggings

All black everything! This slimming shade looks classic in the simple sports bra and leggings pairing.

Tank | Leggings | Jacket

I love green and black together, and this tank and leggings set with a slim-fit jacket is versatile and fashion-forward.

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If bright white is more your vibe, swap out the black jacket for this super cozy white hoodie version.

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And if it’s one of those glorious warmer spring days, don the tank and leggings set alone and get out for a bike ride or refreshing walk.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tunic Top

These deep purple flare leggings paired with a matching tunic top is such a cozy look. The top has an open back so if you pair it with a pretty sports bra (like below), it makes for a great spring outfit!

Sports Bra | Leggings

A pink and purple is reminiscent of all those gorgeous flowers that will be blooming soon! This soft, feminine combo is the perfect balance of spring and winter.

Sports Bra | Leggings

Here comes the sun!! Bring on the bright yellow for those days of warm sunshine!

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tank

A gray tank with your yellow leggings and sports bra set is a more conservative look for the gym, or for those days you have to run errands after your workout.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Pullover

And if it’s still bit chilly out but you want to embody our vital life source, grab your yellow set and then throw on this beige pullover which is super cute and also very comfy.

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Activewear is so great because you don’t even have to be a workout fanatic to enjoy it! Putting on a pair of nice leggings with a comfy sports bra and stylish workout top is a great way to feel cozy while looking like you’re not a slouch! No one will know if you just came from a two-hour gym sesh or a two-hour Netflix binge, and that’s a beautiful thing. This active gear from Athleta is buttery soft and so stinkin’ cute, you’ll want to live in it! See our activewear from Athleta roundup below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Sports Bra | Leggings

This white sports bra with blue-green leggings feels like spring! Hit the gym in ultimate style AND comfort with this look.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Jacket

For chillier days or your post-workout smoothie, throw on this light zip-up jacket with ruching detail.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tee

Who doesn’t love a good old tee-and-leggings combo?? You can rock this look for your fitness class or a day of getting things done!

Sports Bra | Leggings

All black everything! This slimming shade looks classic in the simple sports bra and leggings pairing.

Tank | Leggings | Jacket

I love green and black together, and this tank and leggings set with a slim-fit jacket is versatile and fashion-forward.

Tank | Leggings | Jacket

If bright white is more your vibe, swap out the black jacket for this super cozy white hoodie version.

Tank | Leggings

And if it’s one of those glorious warmer spring days, don the tank and leggings set alone and get out for a bike ride or refreshing walk.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tunic Top

These deep purple flare leggings paired with a matching tunic top is such a cozy look. The top has an open back so if you pair it with a pretty sports bra (like below), it makes for a great spring outfit!

Sports Bra | Leggings

A pink and purple is reminiscent of all those gorgeous flowers that will be blooming soon! This soft, feminine combo is the perfect balance of spring and winter.

Sports Bra | Leggings

Here comes the sun!! Bring on the bright yellow for those days of warm sunshine!

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tank

A gray tank with your yellow leggings and sports bra set is a more conservative look for the gym, or for those days you have to run errands after your workout.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Pullover

And if it’s still bit chilly out but you want to embody our vital life source, grab your yellow set and then throw on this beige pullover which is super cute and also very comfy.

We’re in the longggg days of winter and if you’re like us, you’re doing the countdown to spring and warm weather. If you’re really lucky, you might even have a pretty awesome vacation planned for the near future. For those lucky ducks, getting a few new pieces to rock on your trip always adds to the excitement! These vacation looks from Old Navy will spice up your vacay wardrobe without breaking the bank (because trips can be expensive, we know). See our inspiration below.

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This pretty in pink look is perfect for a day at the beach!! Grab your lightest linen clothes, a one-piece suit that’s great for swimming, and your sun hat, then throw on your flip flops and fill your tote with your beach day essentials, and get ready to enjoy a day in the sun and surf!

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This sunny look is great for a day out exploring! Put on your brightest bathing suit, throw on a gorgeous floral dress and woven sandals to add some style, and then grab your jean jacket and sun hat….you’re ready for adventure!

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This cozy vacay look is perfect for those days when you just want to relax, and maybe do a bit of walking around. A tee with jean shorts over a stylish yet comfy bathing suit is ideal for any situation, and your pullover and glitter flip flops can carry you from day to night.

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This breezy vacation look is great for a morning at the pool followed by a nice lunch out on the town! This floral-print bathing suit looks great paired with a leaf-print coverup when you’re lounging by the pool, then put on a simple tank with striped linen pants and your espadrille sandals for your lunch date!

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A weekend away, especially during the fall in the northeast, is a great opportunity to explore a new area, get in touch with nature, and enjoy quality time with friends and family! Krista had a family wedding to attend in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (which is on the northeastern side of the state about an hour and a half from Burlington Airport and about a 7ish hour drive from where she’s located in NJ) last weekend, and it just happened to also fall on the week of her 9th wedding anniversary, so she and her husband RSVP’d yes and made a nice little trip out of it! They left on Thursday and came back home Monday, so that gave them three solid days in VT. See her recap of the fun-filled weekend below.

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Since it was my husband’s cousin’s wedding, the whole family was also going (siblings, spouses, and in-laws), and we decided to get a house and stay together. We found the most perfect house in Lyndonville, VT, about a 15-minute drive from where the wedding was held, and honestly, I would recommend this house to anyone with a larger group. It comfortably held 8 adults and it was only a 5-minute ride to a gas station and grocery store…and it sat on 70 acres of beautiful Vermont land. This is the listing of the house we stayed in. The views were just breathtaking!  

As we all arrived on Thursday evening, we got settled in and went to sleep. We woke to a beautiful fall day on Friday morning, and we wanted to cross some Vermont bucket list items off our list since it was supposed to rain for the next two days. 

Our first stop was apple picking – we found this pick-your-own apple orchard on the way to our next planned spot and decided to try it out. On the way, we got to see some more amazing views…we even pulled over to snag some pics because we just couldn’t get over how pretty everything was! We also soon learned that a lot of roads are actually dirt roads and not paved – this helps cars get better traction when it snows. Needless to say, our car desperately needs a car wash!

After our quick photo session, we arrived at Burtt’s Apple Farm! It had rows and rows of apples and pumpkins to pick, plus a small farm stand to grab their fresh homemade apple cider donuts (one of the best I ever had!), and the absolute best fresh apple cider! They sold it as a slushie or warmed up! We got one of each and when I tell you I could drink it day, I really could! After our snacks, we got to picking out our apples. Between the 8 of us, we picked enough apples to serve a small army – but they had so many kinds and they all looked so good!

Next on our bucket list was the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, Vermont! We drove through the town of Stowe and it was the cutest town! Between the cute shops and some more stunning views, I wish we had more time to explore the town. But we wanted to get in our planned places before the impending weather, so on to the brewery we went! My husband has been obsessed with this beer “Heady Topper” from this brewery and it’s really hard to get here in NJ – and if you do find it, it is so overpriced! Once we arrived, I saw the draw of the place! It had such a cool look, delicious beer, plus a great sandwich food truck right on their property! Between my husband, myself, and our family, we got to try a good amount and I see why he’s been talking about this place since we decided to go to Vermont! I really enjoyed the “Light Pilsner” and the “Sterk Wit” beers, and I very much enjoyed my brisket sandwich from their sandwich cart!

After my husband loaded up on his beer, we set off for our next stop – the Cabot Creamery store in Waterbury Center! It was a cheese lover’s dream! All the samples you want plus all the cheese and jams your heart wants to purchase!

After we filled up on all the samples and bought more cheese and jams than we could carry, we set out for our next adventure – the original Ben and Jerry’s factory and shop! I was so excited for this and apparently everyone else was too! Throughout the day, we couldn’t believe the lack of cars on the roads ’til we started our route to Ben and Jerry’s, because apparently everyone who was visiting VT was also visiting the factory this day – the traffic to just turn into the grounds was absurd! I even debated skipping it because of how impatient we were all getting, but decided the ice cream was worth it…that is until I saw the line! But we figured since we sat in the traffic and walked all the way from the farthest parking lot, we might as well wait out the line for our ice cream. They do offer a factory tour and we would have been interested in taking it if we had more time or were staying closer. After the long wait, we finally got our ice cream, and I’m not sure if it was the traffic, the long wait, or just the long day altogether, but I expected a little more out of our Ben and Jerry’s visit – and in the end it was just a lot for ice cream and a cool looking building. After this we had to head back to the house – since we were about an hour and a half away – and get ready for the meet and greet of the wedding!

Saturday morning rolled around, and the skies stayed overcast but clear of rain unlike we had originally thought, so we decided to hop in the car and take a drive to Dog Chapel, a place that was on my mother-in-law’s bucket list. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised! It was built in 2000 as a place for peace, love, and remembrance. It is filled to the ceiling with notes to and pictures of peoples’ beloved pets who have passed. It is now a living piece of art, ever-changing as more and more people pin their pets to these beautiful chapel walls. After parking and taking in the breathtaking views, you walk up the hill to the chapel and are immediately surrounded by happy pets and their owners running around soaking up the mountain air. Once you walk into this beautiful chapel, you are almost overwhelmed by the amount of notes and pictures of these passed-on furry family members. It actually brought tears to my eyes seeing all these beautiful animals and made me really miss mine! Once you’ve taken your walk around the chapel, you can start on the many trails that lead all around and are shared with all of just the happiest of dogs. Once we walked around and got in some of the trails, we had to sadly leave all the pups and head back to get ready for the wedding.

The wedding was at the Alerin Barn which was just beautiful! Once you parked, they had a tractor hayride bring you up the hill to the reception where my husband’s cousin and her fiancé exchanged their beautifully written vows, and the reception was to follow in a gorgeous barn! Unfortunately, the owner of the venue recently sold the property, so after this wedding it will be turned into a horse farm. But I am glad I got to see this place because it was by far one of the best wedding venues I’ve been to! I wore a magenta one-shoulder dress with western-style booties which were both perfect for the weather and the outdoorsy wedding.

Sunday morning, we awoke once again to cloudy weather, but the rain was not in sight, so we decided to venture out in the Vermont wilderness and explore the woods of Lyndonville! After our hike through the woods and collecting all the leaves, and even soaking our feet in a brook, we decided to go have the perfect indoor fall day. With all the apples we picked, we decided to try this recipe for apple pie.

While it was baking, we decided to play some family card games and then it was Sunday football time. We also found these soup seasoned packets when we were at Cabot and decided to make that for dinner – and wow was it good soup! We all cozied up by the fire and watched the games while we munched on our cheese from Cabot, drank our cider from Burtt’s, ate our soup, sipped our beer from the Alchemist, and enjoyed our pie! The best part was once it got dark out, the clouds had cleared and the stars were shining, and to our luck, we caught a meteor shower! I saw about 6 shooting stars – it was really the perfect ending to our trip! 

Some tips I would use on my next Vermont trip:

  • There is a lot of dirt and a lot of hills and rocks – don’t be me and choose cute shoes – wear the sneakers.
  • There are also a lot of dirt roads, with no lights, so drive carefully and be prepared – your car will end up getting dirty.
  • The fall foliage is beautiful, but don’t expect to see all those bright colors on Instagram – they are filtered, but it’s still totally worth the drive to see in reality!
  • Visit Stowe if you’re in Vermont. I wish we had more time there.
  • It’s very country, so pay attention to your gas because they aren’t gas stations everywhere!
  • GO, go to Vermont! It’s one of the most beautiful states, the people were all so nice, and it’s just so chill!

A weekend away, especially during the fall in the northeast, is a great opportunity to explore a new area, get in touch with nature, and enjoy quality time with friends and family! Krista had a family wedding to attend in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (which is on the northeastern side of the state about an hour and a half from Burlington Airport and about a 7ish hour drive from where she’s located in NJ) last weekend, and it just happened to also fall on the week of her 9th wedding anniversary, so she and her husband RSVP’d yes and made a nice little trip out of it! They left on Thursday and came back home Monday, so that gave them three solid days in VT. See her recap of the fun-filled weekend below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Since it was my husband’s cousin’s wedding, the whole family was also going (siblings, spouses, and in-laws), and we decided to get a house and stay together. We found the most perfect house in Lyndonville, VT, about a 15-minute drive from where the wedding was held, and honestly, I would recommend this house to anyone with a larger group. It comfortably held 8 adults and it was only a 5-minute ride to a gas station and grocery store…and it sat on 70 acres of beautiful Vermont land. This is the listing of the house we stayed in. The views were just breathtaking!  

As we all arrived on Thursday evening, we got settled in and went to sleep. We woke to a beautiful fall day on Friday morning, and we wanted to cross some Vermont bucket list items off our list since it was supposed to rain for the next two days. 

Our first stop was apple picking – we found this pick-your-own apple orchard on the way to our next planned spot and decided to try it out. On the way, we got to see some more amazing views…we even pulled over to snag some pics because we just couldn’t get over how pretty everything was! We also soon learned that a lot of roads are actually dirt roads and not paved – this helps cars get better traction when it snows. Needless to say, our car desperately needs a car wash!

After our quick photo session, we arrived at Burtt’s Apple Farm! It had rows and rows of apples and pumpkins to pick, plus a small farm stand to grab their fresh homemade apple cider donuts (one of the best I ever had!), and the absolute best fresh apple cider! They sold it as a slushie or warmed up! We got one of each and when I tell you I could drink it day, I really could! After our snacks, we got to picking out our apples. Between the 8 of us, we picked enough apples to serve a small army – but they had so many kinds and they all looked so good!

Next on our bucket list was the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, Vermont! We drove through the town of Stowe and it was the cutest town! Between the cute shops and some more stunning views, I wish we had more time to explore the town. But we wanted to get in our planned places before the impending weather, so on to the brewery we went! My husband has been obsessed with this beer “Heady Topper” from this brewery and it’s really hard to get here in NJ – and if you do find it, it is so overpriced! Once we arrived, I saw the draw of the place! It had such a cool look, delicious beer, plus a great sandwich food truck right on their property! Between my husband, myself, and our family, we got to try a good amount and I see why he’s been talking about this place since we decided to go to Vermont! I really enjoyed the “Light Pilsner” and the “Sterk Wit” beers, and I very much enjoyed my brisket sandwich from their sandwich cart!

After my husband loaded up on his beer, we set off for our next stop – the Cabot Creamery store in Waterbury Center! It was a cheese lover’s dream! All the samples you want plus all the cheese and jams your heart wants to purchase!

After we filled up on all the samples and bought more cheese and jams than we could carry, we set out for our next adventure – the original Ben and Jerry’s factory and shop! I was so excited for this and apparently everyone else was too! Throughout the day, we couldn’t believe the lack of cars on the roads ’til we started our route to Ben and Jerry’s, because apparently everyone who was visiting VT was also visiting the factory this day – the traffic to just turn into the grounds was absurd! I even debated skipping it because of how impatient we were all getting, but decided the ice cream was worth it…that is until I saw the line! But we figured since we sat in the traffic and walked all the way from the farthest parking lot, we might as well wait out the line for our ice cream. They do offer a factory tour and we would have been interested in taking it if we had more time or were staying closer. After the long wait, we finally got our ice cream, and I’m not sure if it was the traffic, the long wait, or just the long day altogether, but I expected a little more out of our Ben and Jerry’s visit – and in the end it was just a lot for ice cream and a cool looking building. After this we had to head back to the house – since we were about an hour and a half away – and get ready for the meet and greet of the wedding!

Saturday morning rolled around, and the skies stayed overcast but clear of rain unlike we had originally thought, so we decided to hop in the car and take a drive to Dog Chapel, a place that was on my mother-in-law’s bucket list. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised! It was built in 2000 as a place for peace, love, and remembrance. It is filled to the ceiling with notes to and pictures of peoples’ beloved pets who have passed. It is now a living piece of art, ever-changing as more and more people pin their pets to these beautiful chapel walls. After parking and taking in the breathtaking views, you walk up the hill to the chapel and are immediately surrounded by happy pets and their owners running around soaking up the mountain air. Once you walk into this beautiful chapel, you are almost overwhelmed by the amount of notes and pictures of these passed-on furry family members. It actually brought tears to my eyes seeing all these beautiful animals and made me really miss mine! Once you’ve taken your walk around the chapel, you can start on the many trails that lead all around and are shared with all of just the happiest of dogs. Once we walked around and got in some of the trails, we had to sadly leave all the pups and head back to get ready for the wedding.

The wedding was at the Alerin Barn which was just beautiful! Once you parked, they had a tractor hayride bring you up the hill to the reception where my husband’s cousin and her fiancé exchanged their beautifully written vows, and the reception was to follow in a gorgeous barn! Unfortunately, the owner of the venue recently sold the property, so after this wedding it will be turned into a horse farm. But I am glad I got to see this place because it was by far one of the best wedding venues I’ve been to! I wore a magenta one-shoulder dress with western-style booties which were both perfect for the weather and the outdoorsy wedding.

Sunday morning, we awoke once again to cloudy weather, but the rain was not in sight, so we decided to venture out in the Vermont wilderness and explore the woods of Lyndonville! After our hike through the woods and collecting all the leaves, and even soaking our feet in a brook, we decided to go have the perfect indoor fall day. With all the apples we picked, we decided to try this recipe for apple pie.

While it was baking, we decided to play some family card games and then it was Sunday football time. We also found these soup seasoned packets when we were at Cabot and decided to make that for dinner – and wow was it good soup! We all cozied up by the fire and watched the games while we munched on our cheese from Cabot, drank our cider from Burtt’s, ate our soup, sipped our beer from the Alchemist, and enjoyed our pie! The best part was once it got dark out, the clouds had cleared and the stars were shining, and to our luck, we caught a meteor shower! I saw about 6 shooting stars – it was really the perfect ending to our trip! 

Some tips I would use on my next Vermont trip:

  • There is a lot of dirt and a lot of hills and rocks – don’t be me and choose cute shoes – wear the sneakers.
  • There are also a lot of dirt roads, with no lights, so drive carefully and be prepared – your car will end up getting dirty.
  • The fall foliage is beautiful, but don’t expect to see all those bright colors on Instagram – they are filtered, but it’s still totally worth the drive to see in reality!
  • Visit Stowe if you’re in Vermont. I wish we had more time there.
  • It’s very country, so pay attention to your gas because they aren’t gas stations everywhere!
  • GO, go to Vermont! It’s one of the most beautiful states, the people were all so nice, and it’s just so chill!

A weekend away, especially during the fall in the northeast, is a great opportunity to explore a new area, get in touch with nature, and enjoy quality time with friends and family! Krista had a family wedding to attend in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (which is on the northeastern side of the state about an hour and a half from Burlington Airport and about a 7ish hour drive from where she’s located in NJ) last weekend, and it just happened to also fall on the week of her 9th wedding anniversary, so she and her husband RSVP’d yes and made a nice little trip out of it! They left on Thursday and came back home Monday, so that gave them three solid days in VT. See her recap of the fun-filled weekend below.

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Since it was my husband’s cousin’s wedding, the whole family was also going (siblings, spouses, and in-laws), and we decided to get a house and stay together. We found the most perfect house in Lyndonville, VT, about a 15-minute drive from where the wedding was held, and honestly, I would recommend this house to anyone with a larger group. It comfortably held 8 adults and it was only a 5-minute ride to a gas station and grocery store…and it sat on 70 acres of beautiful Vermont land. This is the listing of the house we stayed in. The views were just breathtaking!  

As we all arrived on Thursday evening, we got settled in and went to sleep. We woke to a beautiful fall day on Friday morning, and we wanted to cross some Vermont bucket list items off our list since it was supposed to rain for the next two days. 

Our first stop was apple picking – we found this pick-your-own apple orchard on the way to our next planned spot and decided to try it out. On the way, we got to see some more amazing views…we even pulled over to snag some pics because we just couldn’t get over how pretty everything was! We also soon learned that a lot of roads are actually dirt roads and not paved – this helps cars get better traction when it snows. Needless to say, our car desperately needs a car wash!

After our quick photo session, we arrived at Burtt’s Apple Farm! It had rows and rows of apples and pumpkins to pick, plus a small farm stand to grab their fresh homemade apple cider donuts (one of the best I ever had!), and the absolute best fresh apple cider! They sold it as a slushie or warmed up! We got one of each and when I tell you I could drink it day, I really could! After our snacks, we got to picking out our apples. Between the 8 of us, we picked enough apples to serve a small army – but they had so many kinds and they all looked so good!

Next on our bucket list was the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, Vermont! We drove through the town of Stowe and it was the cutest town! Between the cute shops and some more stunning views, I wish we had more time to explore the town. But we wanted to get in our planned places before the impending weather, so on to the brewery we went! My husband has been obsessed with this beer “Heady Topper” from this brewery and it’s really hard to get here in NJ – and if you do find it, it is so overpriced! Once we arrived, I saw the draw of the place! It had such a cool look, delicious beer, plus a great sandwich food truck right on their property! Between my husband, myself, and our family, we got to try a good amount and I see why he’s been talking about this place since we decided to go to Vermont! I really enjoyed the “Light Pilsner” and the “Sterk Wit” beers, and I very much enjoyed my brisket sandwich from their sandwich cart!

After my husband loaded up on his beer, we set off for our next stop – the Cabot Creamery store in Waterbury Center! It was a cheese lover’s dream! All the samples you want plus all the cheese and jams your heart wants to purchase!

After we filled up on all the samples and bought more cheese and jams than we could carry, we set out for our next adventure – the original Ben and Jerry’s factory and shop! I was so excited for this and apparently everyone else was too! Throughout the day, we couldn’t believe the lack of cars on the roads ’til we started our route to Ben and Jerry’s, because apparently everyone who was visiting VT was also visiting the factory this day – the traffic to just turn into the grounds was absurd! I even debated skipping it because of how impatient we were all getting, but decided the ice cream was worth it…that is until I saw the line! But we figured since we sat in the traffic and walked all the way from the farthest parking lot, we might as well wait out the line for our ice cream. They do offer a factory tour and we would have been interested in taking it if we had more time or were staying closer. After the long wait, we finally got our ice cream, and I’m not sure if it was the traffic, the long wait, or just the long day altogether, but I expected a little more out of our Ben and Jerry’s visit – and in the end it was just a lot for ice cream and a cool looking building. After this we had to head back to the house – since we were about an hour and a half away – and get ready for the meet and greet of the wedding!

Saturday morning rolled around, and the skies stayed overcast but clear of rain unlike we had originally thought, so we decided to hop in the car and take a drive to Dog Chapel, a place that was on my mother-in-law’s bucket list. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised! It was built in 2000 as a place for peace, love, and remembrance. It is filled to the ceiling with notes to and pictures of peoples’ beloved pets who have passed. It is now a living piece of art, ever-changing as more and more people pin their pets to these beautiful chapel walls. After parking and taking in the breathtaking views, you walk up the hill to the chapel and are immediately surrounded by happy pets and their owners running around soaking up the mountain air. Once you walk into this beautiful chapel, you are almost overwhelmed by the amount of notes and pictures of these passed-on furry family members. It actually brought tears to my eyes seeing all these beautiful animals and made me really miss mine! Once you’ve taken your walk around the chapel, you can start on the many trails that lead all around and are shared with all of just the happiest of dogs. Once we walked around and got in some of the trails, we had to sadly leave all the pups and head back to get ready for the wedding.

The wedding was at the Alerin Barn which was just beautiful! Once you parked, they had a tractor hayride bring you up the hill to the reception where my husband’s cousin and her fiancé exchanged their beautifully written vows, and the reception was to follow in a gorgeous barn! Unfortunately, the owner of the venue recently sold the property, so after this wedding it will be turned into a horse farm. But I am glad I got to see this place because it was by far one of the best wedding venues I’ve been to! I wore a magenta one-shoulder dress with western-style booties which were both perfect for the weather and the outdoorsy wedding.

Sunday morning, we awoke once again to cloudy weather, but the rain was not in sight, so we decided to venture out in the Vermont wilderness and explore the woods of Lyndonville! After our hike through the woods and collecting all the leaves, and even soaking our feet in a brook, we decided to go have the perfect indoor fall day. With all the apples we picked, we decided to try this recipe for apple pie.

While it was baking, we decided to play some family card games and then it was Sunday football time. We also found these soup seasoned packets when we were at Cabot and decided to make that for dinner – and wow was it good soup! We all cozied up by the fire and watched the games while we munched on our cheese from Cabot, drank our cider from Burtt’s, ate our soup, sipped our beer from the Alchemist, and enjoyed our pie! The best part was once it got dark out, the clouds had cleared and the stars were shining, and to our luck, we caught a meteor shower! I saw about 6 shooting stars – it was really the perfect ending to our trip! 

Some tips I would use on my next Vermont trip:

  • There is a lot of dirt and a lot of hills and rocks – don’t be me and choose cute shoes – wear the sneakers.
  • There are also a lot of dirt roads, with no lights, so drive carefully and be prepared – your car will end up getting dirty.
  • The fall foliage is beautiful, but don’t expect to see all those bright colors on Instagram – they are filtered, but it’s still totally worth the drive to see in reality!
  • Visit Stowe if you’re in Vermont. I wish we had more time there.
  • It’s very country, so pay attention to your gas because they aren’t gas stations everywhere!
  • GO, go to Vermont! It’s one of the most beautiful states, the people were all so nice, and it’s just so chill!

If you’re looking for a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend away with your family, look no further than Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos! Kristy was heading to PA for her nephew’s birthday, and when she realized she would only be ten minutes from Great Wolf Lodge, she thought she’d grab the kids and pack the bags and head up a day earlier than originally planned. She doesn’t get to sneak away often with the fam, but when she does, she tries to make the most of her trip – so she thought “let’s make this a weekend to remember!” and booked the room. See her recap of her weekend at Great Wolf Lodge with her family below.

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It was about a 3.5-hour trip from where we live, so we stopped for lunch at Barley Creek Brewing Company prior to checking into the hotel. Let me tell you, we were so satisfied – get the fried pickle appetizer, it was so good! Everything really was delicious…we had nachos, the B.L.T., wings (my husband especially loved that they were dry rubbed – he said they were super tasty) and two kid’s meals. No dessert for us – that stuffedddd me beyond my waistband. They make their own beer and spirits and have a great variety of drinks options, too! 

Upon arriving at Great Wolf Lodge, we noticed lots of construction happening, and naturally we became nervous about how it would interfere with our stay. Parking was a bit confusing, and we weren’t sure if we were going to find a spot or not. I later found out that the weekend we chose happened to be a Pocono race and people were just checking in to attend it (even if they didn’t have kids). This really is a hotel that is geared towards families, so that was a bummer, but we didn’t let that stop us from making the best of it.

When it came to booking our room, I wanted to make sure it was going to be spacious for the 4 of us. The wolf den option was AMAZING! My daughter would not stop talking about having her own TV in her room. We even had a pullout sofa that helped with my littlest one when my kids didn’t want to sleep on the top bunk! They also have a wolf den that sleeps 3.

I was able to get an all-in-one package with my room which, hands down, is so worth it! I added the Pup Pass onto my package because it included a little more with my stay! The all-in-one package with the Pup Pass included: a souvenir cup that was refillable with soft drinks for our entire stay for FREE, a build-a-bear stuffed animal that your little one can make and stuff with a heart they make a wish on, 15% off an outfit for their plush toy, a candy cup that they can fill with candy, 25% off bubble wands (the wolf snow wand is awesome!), unlimited water park, mini golf, bowling, coal maze, discount on the gem rocks, a breakfast voucher, $100 dinner voucher, magi quest wands with light, a $20 arcade card, and the kids even got free wolf ears at the front desk to get them in the wolf mood…am I forgetting something?! We didn’t know where to start…my kids knew though – onto the Magi Quest!!

This was so neat! Throughout the hotel, there were “stations” that the kids could wave their wands over to collect coins and gems and complete different tasks! We were running from one end of the hotel to the next, but it was so fun. My kids were so excited to see what our next task was going to be…if you tried to jump ahead it would quickly remind you that you’re not there yet and tell you to come back later, so it kept you on the right track! Even after the quest was finished, my kids wanted to bring their wands every time we left our room so they could interact with everything all over again! The bottoms of the wand were the ones that came with my package, but they have more options you can upgrade to! My kids picked the two LED lights, and they had many more to pick from! (That also came included in my package).

Each hallway of the hotel had a different theme and a different item to unlock with your wand. I loved the blue light effect. 

After our quest, the kids wanted to make build-a-bear plushes that they could cuddle with in bed. They had a couple that came included in our package and more you could upgrade to. My kids went with Violet and Oliver (both came included), and I grabbed 15% off each outfit my kids chose for them! 

Before we knew it was time for dinner! From what I heard, this Fireside restaurant was a new addition they added to replace a buffet that was there prior. This American restaurant was great – we had dinner vouchers and breakfast vouchers that applied to Fireside (you do need to sit down and eat in order for it to be applied). What didn’t we order?? The crispy Brussel sprouts appetizer was so good we ordered it twice! My son loved the kids’ chicken fingers, and my daughter ordered the cheeseburger and devoured it. My husband ordered the strip and we shared the pretzel bread crumb mac and cheese. I had the BBQ chicken salad, and it was huge but so good with lots of flavor! Lastly, they had a mushroom flatbread special that I could not pass up! It was also super tasty. Highly recommend. When dinner was done – off to get our free scoop of ice cream from their woodland creamery (yup, that was included too)! We went with scoops of cotton candy and mint chocolate chip! 

After ice cream, we all wanted to play some games!! I swear I get more excited over arcade games than my children do…brings back childhood memories, and those claw machines don’t stand a chance with me! (My kids walked out with 11 stuffed animals).

Even though checkout was 11am, we still had the option to use the amenities, and we took advantage of mini golf, bowling and – my daughter’s favorite – the interactive coal mine maze followed by a gem search! (Gems/stones were extra but I also got the discount with my package). We didn’t even get the chance to do the waterpark, but they are expanding their outdoor area by 40,000 square feet with seven new slides! We will be back for sure and if you have little ones, I highly recommend taking a trip to the Poconos and checking them out! Our next stop – Kalahari in November…hopefully!

Groupon currently is running special rates for Great Wolf Lodge, and if you’re looking for some Halloween fun for the family, check out the Howl-O-Ween Events that the lodge is holding from September 28 – October 31!! Events vary by location, but include things like a Monster Bash Dance Party, a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Howl-O-Ween Crafts, Howl-O-Ween Trivia and Boo Bingo, a costume contest, and more!!

If you’re looking for a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend away with your family, look no further than Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos! Kristy was heading to PA for her nephew’s birthday, and when she realized she would only be ten minutes from Great Wolf Lodge, she thought she’d grab the kids and pack the bags and head up a day earlier than originally planned. She doesn’t get to sneak away often with the fam, but when she does, she tries to make the most of her trip – so she thought “let’s make this a weekend to remember!” and booked the room. See her recap of her weekend at Great Wolf Lodge with her family below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

It was about a 3.5-hour trip from where we live, so we stopped for lunch at Barley Creek Brewing Company prior to checking into the hotel. Let me tell you, we were so satisfied – get the fried pickle appetizer, it was so good! Everything really was delicious…we had nachos, the B.L.T., wings (my husband especially loved that they were dry rubbed – he said they were super tasty) and two kid’s meals. No dessert for us – that stuffedddd me beyond my waistband. They make their own beer and spirits and have a great variety of drinks options, too! 

Upon arriving at Great Wolf Lodge, we noticed lots of construction happening, and naturally we became nervous about how it would interfere with our stay. Parking was a bit confusing, and we weren’t sure if we were going to find a spot or not. I later found out that the weekend we chose happened to be a Pocono race and people were just checking in to attend it (even if they didn’t have kids). This really is a hotel that is geared towards families, so that was a bummer, but we didn’t let that stop us from making the best of it.

When it came to booking our room, I wanted to make sure it was going to be spacious for the 4 of us. The wolf den option was AMAZING! My daughter would not stop talking about having her own TV in her room. We even had a pullout sofa that helped with my littlest one when my kids didn’t want to sleep on the top bunk! They also have a wolf den that sleeps 3.

I was able to get an all-in-one package with my room which, hands down, is so worth it! I added the Pup Pass onto my package because it included a little more with my stay! The all-in-one package with the Pup Pass included: a souvenir cup that was refillable with soft drinks for our entire stay for FREE, a build-a-bear stuffed animal that your little one can make and stuff with a heart they make a wish on, 15% off an outfit for their plush toy, a candy cup that they can fill with candy, 25% off bubble wands (the wolf snow wand is awesome!), unlimited water park, mini golf, bowling, coal maze, discount on the gem rocks, a breakfast voucher, $100 dinner voucher, magi quest wands with light, a $20 arcade card, and the kids even got free wolf ears at the front desk to get them in the wolf mood…am I forgetting something?! We didn’t know where to start…my kids knew though – onto the Magi Quest!!

This was so neat! Throughout the hotel, there were “stations” that the kids could wave their wands over to collect coins and gems and complete different tasks! We were running from one end of the hotel to the next, but it was so fun. My kids were so excited to see what our next task was going to be…if you tried to jump ahead it would quickly remind you that you’re not there yet and tell you to come back later, so it kept you on the right track! Even after the quest was finished, my kids wanted to bring their wands every time we left our room so they could interact with everything all over again! The bottoms of the wand were the ones that came with my package, but they have more options you can upgrade to! My kids picked the two LED lights, and they had many more to pick from! (That also came included in my package).

Each hallway of the hotel had a different theme and a different item to unlock with your wand. I loved the blue light effect. 

After our quest, the kids wanted to make build-a-bear plushes that they could cuddle with in bed. They had a couple that came included in our package and more you could upgrade to. My kids went with Violet and Oliver (both came included), and I grabbed 15% off each outfit my kids chose for them! 

Before we knew it was time for dinner! From what I heard, this Fireside restaurant was a new addition they added to replace a buffet that was there prior. This American restaurant was great – we had dinner vouchers and breakfast vouchers that applied to Fireside (you do need to sit down and eat in order for it to be applied). What didn’t we order?? The crispy Brussel sprouts appetizer was so good we ordered it twice! My son loved the kids’ chicken fingers, and my daughter ordered the cheeseburger and devoured it. My husband ordered the strip and we shared the pretzel bread crumb mac and cheese. I had the BBQ chicken salad, and it was huge but so good with lots of flavor! Lastly, they had a mushroom flatbread special that I could not pass up! It was also super tasty. Highly recommend. When dinner was done – off to get our free scoop of ice cream from their woodland creamery (yup, that was included too)! We went with scoops of cotton candy and mint chocolate chip! 

After ice cream, we all wanted to play some games!! I swear I get more excited over arcade games than my children do…brings back childhood memories, and those claw machines don’t stand a chance with me! (My kids walked out with 11 stuffed animals).

Even though checkout was 11am, we still had the option to use the amenities, and we took advantage of mini golf, bowling and – my daughter’s favorite – the interactive coal mine maze followed by a gem search! (Gems/stones were extra but I also got the discount with my package). We didn’t even get the chance to do the waterpark, but they are expanding their outdoor area by 40,000 square feet with seven new slides! We will be back for sure and if you have little ones, I highly recommend taking a trip to the Poconos and checking them out! Our next stop – Kalahari in November…hopefully!

Groupon currently is running special rates for Great Wolf Lodge, and if you’re looking for some Halloween fun for the family, check out the Howl-O-Ween Events that the lodge is holding from September 28 – October 31!! Events vary by location, but include things like a Monster Bash Dance Party, a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Howl-O-Ween Crafts, Howl-O-Ween Trivia and Boo Bingo, a costume contest, and more!!

There’s nothing quite like the gentle touch of an ocean breeze, the tangy smell of salt in the air, and the warm kiss of sunshine on your face to help you feel well-rested and rejuvenated. And when you get to experience these things with the people you love, that makes it even more special. The Frugal & Thriving team took a quick weekend trip to Ocean City, Maryland for some good fun, great memories, and much-needed relaxation. See the highlights from our seaside getaway below.

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Does anyone else feel like the most exciting part of a trip is deciding where to go?! We knew we needed a girls’ getaway, but we wanted to go somewhere close enough to drive and also somewhere we had never been. The fact that it’s summer and our shared love for the beach made Ocean City, Maryland an easy choice for us! We booked our stay at the Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites and started the countdown!!

We arrived at the hotel for our two-night stay on Thursday morning. When we walked into the lobby, the view took our breath away. It was absolutely stunning and we couldn’t believe how close we were to the beach!! When we checked in at the front desk, we got to spin this Whirl of Fun wheel for a little prize…and we won 1000 points towards Hilton Rewards! We grabbed our bags and headed up to our room to unpack and get settled. Stepping into our room was like opening the gates of heaven. This room was unreal! Complete with a sitting area, kitchen, walk-in shower with three (yes, three!!) showerheads, a jacuzzi tub, and two queen beds, plus an amazing view of the ocean, we were tempted to spend the entire trip in our room!

Once we had gotten settled and unpacked, we were ready to grab some lunch. We headed to Liquid Assets, an adorable bistro with the most delicious charcuterie boards and espresso martinis! We snacked on truffle cheese, prosciutto, fruit, and homemade marmalade and sipped on our frothy caffeine-filled cocktails. If this lunch was any indication of how the rest of the trip was going to go, we knew we were in for an awesome time. Once our bellies (and hearts) were full, we traipsed over to the boardwalk for a little afternoon exercise and, of course, shopping. Candy Kitchen and Sunsations were two must-see shops for grabbing souvenirs for the kiddos…we’re always thinking of the family, even when we’re away!

We worked up an appetite from all of our exploring and money-spending, and we decided to check out The Hobbit for dinner. This place did not disappoint!! With unrivaled views of the coast through giant glass windows, this was the perfect place to enjoy a mouthwatering meal and catch a picturesque sunset. We ordered calamari, beef carpaccio, cheddar pierogies, and the stuffed filet. We definitely had the *treat yourself* mentality and it was so worth it…the evening felt like magic. Huge bonus: the service was impeccable – all of the staff was friendly and knowledgeable and really helped make the experience even more enjoyable.

Beach days are the best days!! After a day of traveling and exploring, we woke up on Friday ready for some sun, sand, and surf. We packed our beach bag with all of the essentials (like a cute beach towel and these stylish sunglasses) and scoped out the perfect place to post up for the day. The beach was pristine and the water was so enticing…it was great for dipping our toes in to cool off! This was the epitome of bliss – the sun shining down, listening to families laugh and play, sipping a chilled beverage, and taking in the gorgeous views.

The day flew by and before we knew it, it was time to start thinking about dinner! The hotel’s restaurant, 32 Palm, serves up the highest quality local ingredients and fresh seafood in an inviting, warm atmosphere, and that sounded like exactly what we needed to finish off our Friday. We indulged in the ceviche appetizer and shared the lobster tail with a crab cake for dinner. And of course, you can’t forget about dessert. We ended with the DELICIOUS lava cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream- we would definitely recommend this to pretty much anyone we know. It was the sweetest finishing touch. 

32 Palm also serves breakfast, which we enjoyed from the comfort of our balcony!! The açaí bowl, bacon egg and cheese on a bagel, and avocado toast were a great way to start the morning and give us the boost of energy we would need for the day ahead!

We got back to our room after dinner to witness the most mystical scene – this full moon over the ocean! It felt like Ocean City was showing us just how special this place was, and we felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude to be there together, experiencing this moment. This was the second time on a girls’ weekend we encountered a perfectly aligned moment of awe – there’s really nothing quite like that feeling. We woke up on Saturday sad to go but ready to get back to reality. From start to finish, the trip was a resounding success and we left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and most definitely blessed.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed our getaway recap…what were your favorite parts? Where are you planning your next getaway and who are you bringing? Let us know! xoxo

There’s nothing quite like the gentle touch of an ocean breeze, the tangy smell of salt in the air, and the warm kiss of sunshine on your face to help you feel well-rested and rejuvenated. And when you get to experience these things with the people you love, that makes it even more special. The Frugal & Thriving team took a quick weekend trip to Ocean City, Maryland for some good fun, great memories, and much-needed relaxation. See the highlights from our seaside getaway below.

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Does anyone else feel like the most exciting part of a trip is deciding where to go?! We knew we needed a girls’ getaway, but we wanted to go somewhere close enough to drive and also somewhere we had never been. The fact that it’s summer and our shared love for the beach made Ocean City, Maryland an easy choice for us! We booked our stay at the Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites and started the countdown!!

We arrived at the hotel for our two-night stay on Thursday morning. When we walked into the lobby, the view took our breath away. It was absolutely stunning and we couldn’t believe how close we were to the beach!! When we checked in at the front desk, we got to spin this Whirl of Fun wheel for a little prize…and we won 1000 points towards Hilton Rewards! We grabbed our bags and headed up to our room to unpack and get settled. Stepping into our room was like opening the gates of heaven. This room was unreal! Complete with a sitting area, kitchen, walk-in shower with three (yes, three!!) showerheads, a jacuzzi tub, and two queen beds, plus an amazing view of the ocean, we were tempted to spend the entire trip in our room!

Once we had gotten settled and unpacked, we were ready to grab some lunch. We headed to Liquid Assets, an adorable bistro with the most delicious charcuterie boards and espresso martinis! We snacked on truffle cheese, prosciutto, fruit, and homemade marmalade and sipped on our frothy caffeine-filled cocktails. If this lunch was any indication of how the rest of the trip was going to go, we knew we were in for an awesome time. Once our bellies (and hearts) were full, we traipsed over to the boardwalk for a little afternoon exercise and, of course, shopping. Candy Kitchen and Sunsations were two must-see shops for grabbing souvenirs for the kiddos…we’re always thinking of the family, even when we’re away!

We worked up an appetite from all of our exploring and money-spending, and we decided to check out The Hobbit for dinner. This place did not disappoint!! With unrivaled views of the coast through giant glass windows, this was the perfect place to enjoy a mouthwatering meal and catch a picturesque sunset. We ordered calamari, beef carpaccio, cheddar pierogies, and the stuffed filet. We definitely had the *treat yourself* mentality and it was so worth it…the evening felt like magic. Huge bonus: the service was impeccable – all of the staff was friendly and knowledgeable and really helped make the experience even more enjoyable.

Beach days are the best days!! After a day of traveling and exploring, we woke up on Friday ready for some sun, sand, and surf. We packed our beach bag with all of the essentials (like a cute beach towel and these stylish sunglasses) and scoped out the perfect place to post up for the day. The beach was pristine and the water was so enticing…it was great for dipping our toes in to cool off! This was the epitome of bliss – the sun shining down, listening to families laugh and play, sipping a chilled beverage, and taking in the gorgeous views.

The day flew by and before we knew it, it was time to start thinking about dinner! The hotel’s restaurant, 32 Palm, serves up the highest quality local ingredients and fresh seafood in an inviting, warm atmosphere, and that sounded like exactly what we needed to finish off our Friday. We indulged in the ceviche appetizer and shared the lobster tail with a crab cake for dinner. And of course, you can’t forget about dessert. We ended with the DELICIOUS lava cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream- we would definitely recommend this to pretty much anyone we know. It was the sweetest finishing touch. 

32 Palm also serves breakfast, which we enjoyed from the comfort of our balcony!! The açaí bowl, bacon egg and cheese on a bagel, and avocado toast were a great way to start the morning and give us the boost of energy we would need for the day ahead!

We got back to our room after dinner to witness the most mystical scene – this full moon over the ocean! It felt like Ocean City was showing us just how special this place was, and we felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude to be there together, experiencing this moment. This was the second time on a girls’ weekend we encountered a perfectly aligned moment of awe – there’s really nothing quite like that feeling. We woke up on Saturday sad to go but ready to get back to reality. From start to finish, the trip was a resounding success and we left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and most definitely blessed.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed our getaway recap…what were your favorite parts? Where are you planning your next getaway and who are you bringing? Let us know! xoxo

Everyone deserves a little rest and relaxation now and again, especially during the holiday season when things can be so chaotic and stressful. A quick weekend away does the body and mind wonders, and some quality time in a peaceful place with your loved ones is definitely worth the investment. The Frugal and Thriving team took a girls’ getaway to the Woodloch Resort in the Poconos and we had the most restful, restorative weekend. See our trip details below.

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A birthday is as good a reason as any to take a trip, right? As most of you may know, our leading lady Kristy recently turned 36, and we decided a girls’ weekend was the best way to celebrate her and this new year to come! We booked a Girls’ Getaway package at Woodloch Resort, which included a two-night stay in beautiful accommodations, four meals at the resort’s clubhouse (two breakfasts and two dinners), a spa credit, and an extensive list of recreational activities and entertainment. We planned to have a good balance of fun and relaxation during our two days at the resort.

We arrived late Friday afternoon, checked in, and headed straight to the luxury spa for our treatments. This spa was GOR-GEOUS….a secluded sanctuary nestled away in the middle of the woods. Complete with waterfall jacuzzies, a swimming pool, men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms, fireplace lounges, an outdoor horizon-edge whirlpool, and SO MUCH MORE, we felt like we were walking into heaven. The facilities were quiet, pristine, and slightly magical with the surrounding views of the woodlands. Fun fact: Woodloch’s spa at The Lodge was voted as a Top Destination Spa in the World by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards (among a ton of other awards and accolades). But – the world!! One visit to this place and you’ll easily see why. The best part? The Lodge even has accommodations so you can stay right here. That’s on our list for the next girls’ trip.

Our package included two dinners and two breakfasts. We expected to have to grab a light lunch at one of the many restaurants on the sprawling property – we were wrong. The breakfast (pictured above) was served family-style and holyyyyy food. This was for only three people! Fluffy eggs, crispy bacon and sausage, fresh fruit, deliciously seasoned potatoes, and sweet scones and pastries were all included in this indulgent spread. Needless to say, we stuffed our faces and didn’t even think about lunch come afternoon. Dinners were served a la carte from a specially curated menu of seasonal dishes and those were equally delectable. The salmon dish with spinach and kale, raisins, and olives was a favorite entrée, while the grilled Mediterranean salad was the perfect option for a lighter dinner. And everyone knows dessert is the most important part of a meal…the homemade ice cream was melt-in-your-mouth ahhhhh-mazing. We definitely regretted not bringing home gallons of that…at least now we know for next time.

Saturday was our one and only full day at the resort and we wanted to take complete advantage of it! After our hearty breakfast, we spent some time exploring the vast acreage and finding hidden little gems around the property for lots of fun (and silly) photo shoots. The scenery was stunning with the expansive, glistening lake outlined by endless trees…we were lucky enough to get some end-of-season leaf peeping in and the vibrant colors of the changing foliage were simply majestic. After a few hours of exploration, we grabbed our “Weekend Vibes” tote, posted up on one of the many outdoor decks overlooking the water, and set up a picnic around this adorable firepit. We were fortunate enough to have this scenic area all to ourselves, although with all the snacks we brought, some company to share with would have been very welcomed!!

Rosemary crackers, pita bread, baklava, olives, fruit spreads, caramel-filled chocolates, pretzels, and more cheeses than we even knew what to do with were packed in our basket. We grabbed the Picnic Gift Basket from Harry & David to bring along as well, and the chocolates were courtesy of Kristy’s mother-in-law who knew we would need a little something sweet after all of that savory! The fire kept us warm, the food kept us full, and the picturesque surroundings kept us in awe.

Speaking of being in awe, about half an hour into our quaint al fresco afternoon, while completely absorbed in spending time catching up, laughing, and counting our blessings, Kristy looked up to find this breathtaking double upside down rainbow. This was the most unique rainbow any of us had ever seen! It continued to get brighter and bigger for about 10 minutes and then slowly dissipated into the sunny blue sky. It was fleeting and ephemeral, yet left a lasting impression of good fortune and fate aligning all around us. We may have been feeling just a tad emotional, but the experience was really something special to be shared in that moment.

After our picnic we decided to try out an escape room. None of us had ever done one before, and we were both curious as to how it worked and excited to give it a go! We chose the Wizard of Oz-themed escape room because it was slightly less difficult than the Clue-themed one. We figured it was better to give ourselves a fighting chance of making it out…you get 60 minutes to solve all the clues and unlock the room. The best time to beat was 25 minutes. I voiced that I thought we could do it in 12 (I’ve always been a little ambitious and just a bit competitive). Not really knowing what to expect, we walked in, got locked in, and the timer began. No more than three minutes into our escape and we were ready to use our first of only two hints. It was a lot more challenging than we anticipated! Thankfully our escape room attendant was on our side, and gently guided us in the right direction when we got a little stuck so we didn’t have to use our clues right away. With a little teamwork, a handful of help, and a lottttt of laughs, we made it out with 10 minutes to spare – so much for finishing in 12 minutes!! This was by far one of our favorite parts of the trip, and now we’re ready to do even better next time around.

Sunday morning came way too soon, and we were having a hard time getting ready to say goodbye. Our two bedroom, two bathroom condo was already feeling like home and none of us were eager to leave our newfound haven. Kristy and I had some work to catch up on after pretty much an entire day off (we’re always thinking about you guys!!), but it was a much-needed reset. Even after a forgotten suitcase, a long drive, and a weirdly ominous polaroid found in our living room that was giving total “Blair Witch Project” vibes, this trip was one of the best weekends we had in a long time, and we’ve decided to make girls’ weekend an annual event. Getting to spend some time away with the people closest to you is a huge blessing, which we certainly don’t take for granted, and making it a priority is something we’re now conscious of. We got to celebrate a birthday, friendship, and the start of many wonderful things to come. We couldn’t ask for anything better.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed our getaway recap…what were your favorite parts? Where are you planning your next getaway and who are you bringing? Let us know! xoxo

Everyone deserves a little rest and relaxation now and again, especially during the holiday season when things can be so chaotic and stressful. A quick weekend away does the body and mind wonders, and some quality time in a peaceful place with your loved ones is definitely worth the investment. The Frugal and Thriving team took a girls’ getaway to the Woodloch Resort in the Poconos and we had the most restful, restorative weekend. See our trip details below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

A birthday is as good a reason as any to take a trip, right? As most of you may know, our leading lady Kristy recently turned 36, and we decided a girls’ weekend was the best way to celebrate her and this new year to come! We booked a Girls’ Getaway package at Woodloch Resort, which included a two-night stay in beautiful accommodations, four meals at the resort’s clubhouse (two breakfasts and two dinners), a spa credit, and an extensive list of recreational activities and entertainment. We planned to have a good balance of fun and relaxation during our two days at the resort.

We arrived late Friday afternoon, checked in, and headed straight to the luxury spa for our treatments. This spa was GOR-GEOUS….a secluded sanctuary nestled away in the middle of the woods. Complete with waterfall jacuzzies, a swimming pool, men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms, fireplace lounges, an outdoor horizon-edge whirlpool, and SO MUCH MORE, we felt like we were walking into heaven. The facilities were quiet, pristine, and slightly magical with the surrounding views of the woodlands. Fun fact: Woodloch’s spa at The Lodge was voted as a Top Destination Spa in the World by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards (among a ton of other awards and accolades). But – the world!! One visit to this place and you’ll easily see why. The best part? The Lodge even has accommodations so you can stay right here. That’s on our list for the next girls’ trip.

Our package included two dinners and two breakfasts. We expected to have to grab a light lunch at one of the many restaurants on the sprawling property – we were wrong. The breakfast (pictured above) was served family-style and holyyyyy food. This was for only three people! Fluffy eggs, crispy bacon and sausage, fresh fruit, deliciously seasoned potatoes, and sweet scones and pastries were all included in this indulgent spread. Needless to say, we stuffed our faces and didn’t even think about lunch come afternoon. Dinners were served a la carte from a specially curated menu of seasonal dishes and those were equally delectable. The salmon dish with spinach and kale, raisins, and olives was a favorite entrée, while the grilled Mediterranean salad was the perfect option for a lighter dinner. And everyone knows dessert is the most important part of a meal…the homemade ice cream was melt-in-your-mouth ahhhhh-mazing. We definitely regretted not bringing home gallons of that…at least now we know for next time.

Saturday was our one and only full day at the resort and we wanted to take complete advantage of it! After our hearty breakfast, we spent some time exploring the vast acreage and finding hidden little gems around the property for lots of fun (and silly) photo shoots. The scenery was stunning with the expansive, glistening lake outlined by endless trees…we were lucky enough to get some end-of-season leaf peeping in and the vibrant colors of the changing foliage were simply majestic. After a few hours of exploration, we grabbed our “Weekend Vibes” tote, posted up on one of the many outdoor decks overlooking the water, and set up a picnic around this adorable firepit. We were fortunate enough to have this scenic area all to ourselves, although with all the snacks we brought, some company to share with would have been very welcomed!!

Rosemary crackers, pita bread, baklava, olives, fruit spreads, caramel-filled chocolates, pretzels, and more cheeses than we even knew what to do with were packed in our basket. We grabbed the Picnic Gift Basket from Harry & David to bring along as well, and the chocolates were courtesy of Kristy’s mother-in-law who knew we would need a little something sweet after all of that savory! The fire kept us warm, the food kept us full, and the picturesque surroundings kept us in awe.

Speaking of being in awe, about half an hour into our quaint al fresco afternoon, while completely absorbed in spending time catching up, laughing, and counting our blessings, Kristy looked up to find this breathtaking double upside down rainbow. This was the most unique rainbow any of us had ever seen! It continued to get brighter and bigger for about 10 minutes and then slowly dissipated into the sunny blue sky. It was fleeting and ephemeral, yet left a lasting impression of good fortune and fate aligning all around us. We may have been feeling just a tad emotional, but the experience was really something special to be shared in that moment.

After our picnic we decided to try out an escape room. None of us had ever done one before, and we were both curious as to how it worked and excited to give it a go! We chose the Wizard of Oz-themed escape room because it was slightly less difficult than the Clue-themed one. We figured it was better to give ourselves a fighting chance of making it out…you get 60 minutes to solve all the clues and unlock the room. The best time to beat was 25 minutes. I voiced that I thought we could do it in 12 (I’ve always been a little ambitious and just a bit competitive). Not really knowing what to expect, we walked in, got locked in, and the timer began. No more than three minutes into our escape and we were ready to use our first of only two hints. It was a lot more challenging than we anticipated! Thankfully our escape room attendant was on our side, and gently guided us in the right direction when we got a little stuck so we didn’t have to use our clues right away. With a little teamwork, a handful of help, and a lottttt of laughs, we made it out with 10 minutes to spare – so much for finishing in 12 minutes!! This was by far one of our favorite parts of the trip, and now we’re ready to do even better next time around.

Sunday morning came way too soon, and we were having a hard time getting ready to say goodbye. Our two bedroom, two bathroom condo was already feeling like home and none of us were eager to leave our newfound haven. Kristy and I had some work to catch up on after pretty much an entire day off (we’re always thinking about you guys!!), but it was a much-needed reset. Even after a forgotten suitcase, a long drive, and a weirdly ominous polaroid found in our living room that was giving total “Blair Witch Project” vibes, this trip was one of the best weekends we had in a long time, and we’ve decided to make girls’ weekend an annual event. Getting to spend some time away with the people closest to you is a huge blessing, which we certainly don’t take for granted, and making it a priority is something we’re now conscious of. We got to celebrate a birthday, friendship, and the start of many wonderful things to come. We couldn’t ask for anything better.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed our getaway recap…what were your favorite parts? Where are you planning your next getaway and who are you bringing? Let us know! xoxo

Sometimes a little reset is much needed, and while taking a week vacation is definitely ideal, a weekend getaway can be just as refreshing. These six travel destinations are perfect spots for a quick trip, whether you’re going with the family, with your significant other, with the girls, or solo. Find which one speaks to your soul and get planning…your destination awaits.

Lake Champlain, Vermont

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Lake Champlain is the 6th largest freshwater lake in the United States and is nestled between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. With plenty of outdoor recreational activities available like hiking, golfing, and boating, this gem of a lake is a great spot for a relaxing family weekend getaway. Stay near (or in) the city of Burlington and also take the time to explore the arts and culture of this quaint college town with its cobblestone streets and historic landmarks.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Hike and chase waterfalls at Ausable Chasm. This sandstone gorge is located in Keesville, NY, a little over an hour drive from Burlington, but the scenery is worth the trip.
  • For the arts and antiques fanatics, visit Shelburne Museum. This popular tourist attraction is the largest art and history museum in northern New England, with 45-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds comprised of 39 buildings and 22 gardens, among other attractions.
  • Shop and dine at the Church Street Marketplace in downtown Burlington. This outdoor shopping and dining mall is a National Register Historic District and has been named one of the Great Public Spaces in America.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

green grass on sand overlooking body of water

Myrtle Beach is a vacation resort on the Atlantic coast known for its golf courses, beautiful beaches, and Southern hospitality. Spend a long weekend soaking up some sun, shopping and dining at the beachfront boardwalk, and exploring the city’s natural wonders. Home to various waterparks, amusement attractions, and one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels, Myrtle Beach is the perfect destination for family fun.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Make memories at Broadway at the Beach. With everything from shopping and dining to attractions like zip lining, an aquarium, and various games and mazes, this outdoor amusement area is full of adventures waiting to happen.
  • Fly high on the SkyWheel. This 187-foot tall observation wheel towers above the oceanfront boardwalk, giving you a rare and absolutely unforgettable view of the breathtaking high-rise hotel skyline and bright blue Atlantic water.
  • Explore nature at Myrtle Beach State Park. This 312-acre nature wonderland is a quiet escape from the busyness of the beaches. The park provides educational opportunities, a nature trail, and some of the best fishing in the area, along with gorgeous ocean views.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is the best choice for girls’ getaway, as it has no shortage of parties and events! The distinctive nightlife, music scene, and cuisine are just a small part of this city’s rich history. Explore world-class museums, take a tour of the extraordinary homes, and browse antique shops. Grab your girlfriends and get ready for a weekend of bar-hopping on Bourbon Street and making memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Drink, dance, eat, and shop on Bourbon and Canal Streets. The party never stops on these famous streets located in the French Quarter, and if you want a little side of history with your main course of fun, check out this guided New Orleans Cocktail History Tour.
  • Tour a plantation. Learn about plantation life, see antique farm equipment, and marvel at the grandiose architecture. Bonus – some of the plantation tours available also include a ride on a swamp boat! See NOLA tours here.
  • Get jazzy at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. This music museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of jazz music, starting in the city where it was born.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

Sedona, Arizona

brown mountain painting

Head to Sedona, Arizona to find yourself in an oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert. This little piece of paradise is filled with mystery, history, and breathtaking scenery. Adventurers will feel called to these red sandstone formations which are ideal for hiking, biking, and spiritual exploration. If you’re itching for a solo trip, Sedona is the place to be.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Have a photoshoot at Cathedral Rock. This natural sandstone butte on the Sedona skyline, with a summit elevation of 4,967 feet, is one of the most-photographed sights in Arizona. While this hike is on the difficult side in some places, and more of a rock climb, adventurers who are feeling up to the challenge will be handsomely rewarded with spectacular views.
  • Browse art and grab a bite to eat at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. This internationally renowned village boasts an outstanding collection of galleries, shops, and dining establishments, and has been a Sedona landmark since the 1970’s. Tlaquepaque means the “best of everything,” and this village certainly does not disappoint with its vine-covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways, and magnificent arched entryways.
  • Stargaze and be on the lookout for UFOs. Sedona’s low light pollution and high altitude make it a premier spot for experiencing the magic of the night sky. While you’re guaranteed to spot constellations and maybe even a couple planets, you never know what else you might encounter surrounded by the gorgeous and mysterious red rock formations.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

america close up daylight geyser

Yellowstone is regarded as America’s first (and probably most famous) national park, and for good reason. Known for its stunning wildlife and unique hydrothermal wonders, particularly Old Faithful, one of its most popular geysers, Yellowstone makes for a camping experience like no other. Comprised of lakes, rivers, canyons, and mountain ranges in an area of more than 3400 square miles, the exploration possibilities are endless. Lodges, campgrounds, and campsites are scattered around the park so you can stay in accommodations that fit your precise travel needs.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Visit the Upper Geyser Basin (home to Old Faithful). About an hour drive from Gardiner, MT, this two square mile area contains the largest concentration and nearly a quarter of all the world’s geysers.
  • Explore the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces. Walk on boardwalks above the steaming hydrothermal features or take a drive around the vibrant travertine terraces, which are constantly changing.
  • Go hiking! Explore one or more of the many trails of the park and look for wildlife, check out a few waterfalls, and maybe find some evidence of glaciers.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

Napa Valley, California

grapes vineyard vine purple grapes

World-famous Napa Valley is loved for its pristine vineyards, elite wineries, and luxurious hotels and is considered one of the premier wine regions of the world. Great for a couples weekend, Napa Valley boasts plenty of things to do like winery tours, hot air balloon rides, and relaxing spa days. Surround yourself with the lush greenery and fresh air and feel all your worries drift away. The top-quality wine may have a little something to do with that too, though.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Sip wine at a winery. You can’t visit one of the most famous wine regions in the world and not tour a winery (or three). Take in panoramic views while sampling delicious wines and learning about the wine-making process. If you want to get a little exercise during your stay, opt for a biking winery tour.
  • Have a spa day. Book a massage, a facial, or a body treatment and relax in the hot springs as you feel at ease surrounded by the beauty of Napa Valley. Check out spas in Calistoga here.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride. Experience the stunning views of the valley from high in the sky and appreciate the scenic vistas of wineries, geothermal hot springs, and mountain ranges.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

Flights/Car Rentals

If you’re booking a flight to your destination, check out these sites to find the best flight prices:

And if you need to rent a car when you arrive, these are a few great car rental companies:

If you need travel essentials for packing, or a cute travel outfit, we’ve got you covered!

Thanks for reading! What long weekend getaway are you planning?

woman looking at the map

Sometimes a little reset is much needed, and while taking a week vacation is definitely ideal, a weekend getaway can be just as refreshing. These six travel destinations are perfect spots for a quick trip, whether you’re going with the family, with your significant other, with the girls, or solo. Find which one speaks to your soul and get planning…your destination awaits.

Lake Champlain, Vermont

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Lake Champlain is the 6th largest freshwater lake in the United States and is nestled between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. With plenty of outdoor recreational activities available like hiking, golfing, and boating, this gem of a lake is a great spot for a relaxing family weekend getaway. Stay near (or in) the city of Burlington and also take the time to explore the arts and culture of this quaint college town with its cobblestone streets and historic landmarks.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Hike and chase waterfalls at Ausable Chasm. This sandstone gorge is located in Keesville, NY, a little over an hour drive from Burlington, but the scenery is worth the trip.
  • For the arts and antiques fanatics, visit Shelburne Museum. This popular tourist attraction is the largest art and history museum in northern New England, with 45-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds comprised of 39 buildings and 22 gardens, among other attractions.
  • Shop and dine at the Church Street Marketplace in downtown Burlington. This outdoor shopping and dining mall is a National Register Historic District and has been named one of the Great Public Spaces in America.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

green grass on sand overlooking body of water

Myrtle Beach is a vacation resort on the Atlantic coast known for its golf courses, beautiful beaches, and Southern hospitality. Spend a long weekend soaking up some sun, shopping and dining at the beachfront boardwalk, and exploring the city’s natural wonders. Home to various waterparks, amusement attractions, and one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels, Myrtle Beach is the perfect destination for family fun.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Make memories at Broadway at the Beach. With everything from shopping and dining to attractions like zip lining, an aquarium, and various games and mazes, this outdoor amusement area is full of adventures waiting to happen.
  • Fly high on the SkyWheel. This 187-foot tall observation wheel towers above the oceanfront boardwalk, giving you a rare and absolutely unforgettable view of the breathtaking high-rise hotel skyline and bright blue Atlantic water.
  • Explore nature at Myrtle Beach State Park. This 312-acre nature wonderland is a quiet escape from the busyness of the beaches. The park provides educational opportunities, a nature trail, and some of the best fishing in the area, along with gorgeous ocean views.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is the best choice for girls’ getaway, as it has no shortage of parties and events! The distinctive nightlife, music scene, and cuisine are just a small part of this city’s rich history. Explore world-class museums, take a tour of the extraordinary homes, and browse antique shops. Grab your girlfriends and get ready for a weekend of bar-hopping on Bourbon Street and making memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Drink, dance, eat, and shop on Bourbon and Canal Streets. The party never stops on these famous streets located in the French Quarter, and if you want a little side of history with your main course of fun, check out this guided New Orleans Cocktail History Tour.
  • Tour a plantation. Learn about plantation life, see antique farm equipment, and marvel at the grandiose architecture. Bonus – some of the plantation tours available also include a ride on a swamp boat! See NOLA tours here.
  • Get jazzy at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. This music museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of jazz music, starting in the city where it was born.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

Sedona, Arizona

brown mountain painting

Head to Sedona, Arizona to find yourself in an oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert. This little piece of paradise is filled with mystery, history, and breathtaking scenery. Adventurers will feel called to these red sandstone formations which are ideal for hiking, biking, and spiritual exploration. If you’re itching for a solo trip, Sedona is the place to be.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Have a photoshoot at Cathedral Rock. This natural sandstone butte on the Sedona skyline, with a summit elevation of 4,967 feet, is one of the most-photographed sights in Arizona. While this hike is on the difficult side in some places, and more of a rock climb, adventurers who are feeling up to the challenge will be handsomely rewarded with spectacular views.
  • Browse art and grab a bite to eat at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. This internationally renowned village boasts an outstanding collection of galleries, shops, and dining establishments, and has been a Sedona landmark since the 1970’s. Tlaquepaque means the “best of everything,” and this village certainly does not disappoint with its vine-covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways, and magnificent arched entryways.
  • Stargaze and be on the lookout for UFOs. Sedona’s low light pollution and high altitude make it a premier spot for experiencing the magic of the night sky. While you’re guaranteed to spot constellations and maybe even a couple planets, you never know what else you might encounter surrounded by the gorgeous and mysterious red rock formations.

Need more ideas? Plan your trip here.

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

america close up daylight geyser

Yellowstone is regarded as America’s first (and probably most famous) national park, and for good reason. Known for its stunning wildlife and unique hydrothermal wonders, particularly Old Faithful, one of its most popular geysers, Yellowstone makes for a camping experience like no other. Comprised of lakes, rivers, canyons, and mountain ranges in an area of more than 3400 square miles, the exploration possibilities are endless. Lodges, campgrounds, and campsites are scattered around the park so you can stay in accommodations that fit your precise travel needs.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Visit the Upper Geyser Basin (home to Old Faithful). About an hour drive from Gardiner, MT, this two square mile area contains the largest concentration and nearly a quarter of all the world’s geysers.
  • Explore the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces. Walk on boardwalks above the steaming hydrothermal features or take a drive around the vibrant travertine terraces, which are constantly changing.
  • Go hiking! Explore one or more of the many trails of the park and look for wildlife, check out a few waterfalls, and maybe find some evidence of glaciers.

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Napa Valley, California

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World-famous Napa Valley is loved for its pristine vineyards, elite wineries, and luxurious hotels and is considered one of the premier wine regions of the world. Great for a couples weekend, Napa Valley boasts plenty of things to do like winery tours, hot air balloon rides, and relaxing spa days. Surround yourself with the lush greenery and fresh air and feel all your worries drift away. The top-quality wine may have a little something to do with that too, though.

Where to Stay
What to Do
  • Sip wine at a winery. You can’t visit one of the most famous wine regions in the world and not tour a winery (or three). Take in panoramic views while sampling delicious wines and learning about the wine-making process. If you want to get a little exercise during your stay, opt for a biking winery tour.
  • Have a spa day. Book a massage, a facial, or a body treatment and relax in the hot springs as you feel at ease surrounded by the beauty of Napa Valley. Check out spas in Calistoga here.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride. Experience the stunning views of the valley from high in the sky and appreciate the scenic vistas of wineries, geothermal hot springs, and mountain ranges.

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Flights/Car Rentals

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Thanks for reading! What long weekend getaway are you planning?