Marriage is a journey! It begins off easy and exciting. The road is unfamiliar and it is newness of the journey becomes an adventure. Around every corner there is something new, things to learn, a new experience to try and the anticipation of whats behind the next corner makes you charge ahead with arms and mind wide open. Sometimes you will hit rocky patches as a couple that seem impossible and other times, you will hit a heights that take your breath away. After awhile, the scenery becomes repetitive, sure there are new surprises every once in while, but you pretty much know what to expect around the next bend. It becomes comfortable, familiar and reliable.
Dh and I have been together 17 years and married 11. We have been through the highs (the birth of our kids, success, and experiences) and lows (job loss, money trouble, etc) and fought through it as a united front. Some nights we go to bed mad, others we fall asleep snuggled in each others arms. It hasn’t been an easy journey, just when you think you have the hang of the relationship, life throws another curve ball that you need to fight together or suffer apart. Through our journey, we have learned one important lesson; as busy as life gets, we must make our relationship a priority. In order for us to stay on the same page with the kids, deal with life stresses and to trudge forward, we need our relationship to be strong.
Since having kids, it has become more difficult to focus on our relationship. By the time the kids are in bed, the house work is done and we can finally have some alone time, one or both of us are passed out on the couch. Date nights, late night Saturday hot tub parties and special dinners after the kids go to bed, are some of the ways that we attempt to rekindle our romance but sometimes that isn’t enough.
This past weekend, DH and I celebrated our 11 anniversary and decided that we need to take a vacation for just us! (Our first since our honeymoon!). With busy schedules and the need for a babysitter, we could only manage to squeeze in a weekend away. That means it had be somewhere we could drive to. After checking out many destinations, we settled on a hidden gem just outside of Algonquin Park, called The Couples Resort.
Intimate interlude for two where everything is designed just for the 2 of you. It is here that couples enhance their appreciation for each other, yet everyone comes for their own reason: Getaway for Intimate romance. Escape to relax and cocoon, Pampered in the Spa or participate in endless activities & adventures. You decide what you need as a couple and the Couples Resort will be your hidden gem!
The Couples Resort prides itself on being a resort made for couples only! There are no children, no families, and no one to distract you from your significant others. From the minute you pull in, until the moment you leave your are surround by love and romance. From the breathtaking scenery to luxurious rooms to the delectable 5 course meals, you are pampered like VIP.
The Couple Resort ROOMS
We stayed in a Master Suite called the Botticelli. It was inspired by an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance and decorated to reflect his style in a romantic setting. The room was enormous! From the steam shower and dressing table in the bathroom, to the jaccuzi tub and king size bed in the bedroom to the hot tub and beautiful view of the lake, I felt like princess in my own private oasis.
The Couples Resort FOOD
When you stay at the Couples Resort, the focus is truly on your relationship, not every day tasks. Included in your stay is an over the top breakfast menu and a mouth watering 5 course meal. Having a gluten allergy, I always hang my head in shame when attending a restaurant and hate bothering the waiter with my food allergy. This was not a problem at the Couples Resort. They had it marked that I had a food allergy and the waiter already knew prior to coming to the table. They were equipped with substitutions and I didn’t feel singled out or left out of any of the experience.
The food options were amazing. We were provided with a menu and could choose whatever we wanted. We had an amuse de bouche, 2 starters, a main course and dessert. The portions were fabulous and you never went hungry! The dining room was set up in tables of two and although you were in a crowded restaurant, you felt you were the only two people there. If you weren’t in the mood for dinning out, your meal could be brought to your room!
The Couples Resort ACTIVITIES
Located in the beautiful Algonquin area, there are many activities to entice you to leave your room. From bike and hiking trails through the resort to self driven kayak exploration of the lake, you had the opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery well celebrating your relationship. DH and I took a romantic Kayak for two ride along the river in search of a beautiful waterfall. Unfortunately, we found rapids and a giant turtle instead, but the experience was one we won’t forget.
If you wanted to get away from the resort, horseback riding and the Algonquin park are only a 5 minute drive away!
Overall, in order to keep a marriage strong, you need to work at it. It won’t come easy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun along the way. Spend time getting to know one another again and focus on your relationship and what’s important to you. In my opinion, The Couples Resort is the ideal place to do it.