So my one year anniversary with Adam is in just a few weeks! I can’t believe it’s already one year that we’ve been dating. I really wanted to do something special for him.
I could actually think of a number of things I could get him (which I won’t list here cause he still has a birthday AND Christmas on the horizon!). I just didn’t feel like a gift was really the best way to celebrate. Sometimes I feel like years down the road, you can forget why someone got you one thing or another, so I decided to take him on a short surprise weekend trip instead.
My friend “Chicago Mike” gave me a few tips including using Bidding For Travel to help eliminate some of the guesswork involved with Priceline. BFT is basically a giant message board website that people post what bids they placed on priceline as well as whether it was accepted or declined. This involved the requested star-level of the hotel as well as price, date, & location.
On the BFT website I was surprised to learn there’s actually only one 4-star hotel in the Savannah Historic District – which is exactly where i wanted to stay. This means that I could start with a really low-ball price on Priceline along with the selection of “4-star or higher” and “historic district” selected with minimal concern that I’d end up with a random unwanted hotel. Although I could tell this based on the BFT posts, there’s still always a risk! Plus – if its 4-star, I would be shocked if it were anything but amazing anyways.
In the end, I got a room for the weekend half the price I would have paid thru the hotel website or Expedia etc. Amazing! It was like getting the room BOGO!
So accommodations were set for the secret weekend – which I nicknamed Operation TGIF.
I kept everything a secret – which was REALLY, really hard – for a whole week and a half. I almost spilled the beans 3 or 4 times! On Friday, I made a cheezy sign and hung it on the door of the apartment to welcome Adam when he got home from work on Friday.
Wow was he surprised! He actually knocked on the door to enter… he lives here too, so that was kinda cute! As soon as he entered, I handed him a list that said:
#1 – Pack enough clothes for 2 nights, including swimming trunks, shorts, shirts, fishing gear & accessories, and running gear. (yup, can’t get outta that even on vacation!)
#2 – you have ten minutes
Well, that was a whirlwind!! He literally DID only get 10 minutes to pack, I think it only took him 9 minutes.
Here’s some highlights from our trip:
Friday night at an awesome rooftop bar called “Rocks on the River” on top of the Bohemian Hotel
Ahh thank you Foursquare – I was able to look up my check-in history to discover we were at The Rail Pub.
Saturday, during the day, we rented a pontoon boat (my fav.) from this super cool marina called Coffee Bluff Marina. Its family-owned and operated by Captain Ray and Amy – and they were super awesome! After seeing the great reviews this place had on Trip Advisor and that the boat rental was only $100 – I was sold!
FYI, we went fishing but caught nothing but SHARKS!! 8 sharks and 2
stingrays garbage fish (according to Adam).