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A few weeks ago, I was at work on a Friday afternoon when my husband called. My husband rarely calls my work phone, so I wondered what was going on. He said, “Pack your bags, honey. Let’s go on an overnight date to Des Moines!”
Something came up at work, so we couldn’t discuss it anymore over the phone. It actually turned out to be a blessing because it gave me time to think about it. Initially, my first thought was, “I have too much to do!” But then, I remembered, “Wasn’t I just saying that I feel burned out and need to get out of town?” After a quick mental conversation, I knew I would be a fool if I passed up what would be a great date.
When I got home from work, I quickly called the pet kennel, cleaned our house, packed a few things in a backpack, and booked our hotel. By the time he got home from work two hours later, everything was ready to go for our weekend!
The two-hour drive from Mason City to Des Moines was the perfect opportunity to just be together. No cell phone calls from work (him) or mindless Instagram scrolling (me) because we were so far in the middle of nowhere that there was no cell phone signal. Just time for the two of us to talk. When we usually travel out of town, we take my car since it has better gas mileage, but due to the impending snow, we drove Andy’s truck. I always sit in the middle seat whenever we’re in Andy’s truck– it’s a habit we started when we were in that “new boyfriend/girlfriend” phase and it just stuck. (Side note: All of the gate guards at Fort Knox knew us as “that couple” haha!)
When we got to Des Moines, we immediately went to our hotel. Since I had a free anniversary night certificate for my Marriott credit card, I booked a 4-star hotel called the AC Hotel. I joked a bit that Andy and I were the Beverly Hillbillies at the hotel! 😛
The AC Hotel has a shuttle that takes hotel guests anywhere they’d like to go within a 5-mile radius. Instead of going to the bars or to the airport like most normal people, we decided to go to Qdoba for dinner. There’s not a Qdoba in north Iowa and I missed my favorite Mexican fast food chain. (It’s the little things in life.)
On Saturday morning, we were able to sleep in as long as we wanted since our friend’s flight into Des Moines didn’t land until lunchtime. Again, it’s the little things in life!
Our spontaneous overnight date was just $100: $20 for hotel parking, $20 at Qdoba, $35 for the pet kennel and $25 for gasoline. Obviously, we didn’t pay a dime for our hotel since we used our Marriott rewards. Those hotel rewards gave us another benefit: the mental freedom to even go on that overnight date. Generally, if we’re paying a few hundred dollars to go somewhere, I want to do something more than just go eat at a fast food place and stay in a hotel. We’d spend more than 12 hours in the city. We certainly wouldn’t have stayed at a 4-star hotel; when we travel, we stick to mid-range hotels because they’re more of our price point.
Because of our Marriott card, we let ourselves break those imaginary rules. We had a wonderful weekend. Dare I say, we enjoyed our weekend as much as (if not, more than!) the well-planned, pricier trips we’ve been on. We’re both looking forward to using more hotel points for our date nights!
Do you prefer spontaneous or well-planned date nights?
What has been your favorite date night?