Ever just want to get away?
Living in Washington, D.C., sometimes I just feel trapped in the city and need to get away for a bit, clear my head, and come back refreshed.
Fortunately D.C. is in a wonderful location where I can be in a number of other fun cities, beautiful mountains, or salty beaches within 1-2 hours.
This past summer I was feeling that trapped feeling around mid-July and my summer vacation wasn't planned until late August so I had to figure out a way to get some fresh air.
One of my dearest friends here in DC has actually never been to the beach (she had only ever visited it once, but it was chilly, and she was fully clothed as opposed to in her itsy-bitsy bikini taking in the sunshine as she should have been). So I gave her a quick phone call and after an immediate yes I started planning.
It was an easy choice to visit Rehoboth Beach because it is just a darling little town and it's only about a 2-hour drive from the city (with my lead-foot of course).
The biggest thing about planning the trip was that it had to be budget friendly. Neither of us had really planned for this trip and we didn't want to take away from any of our other monthly expenses.
We decided on the itinerary:
Saturday: Depart D.C. 7:30am
Arrive in Rehoboth 9:30-10:00am
Beach all day
Sunday: Wake up
Depart Rehoboth 3:00pm
The biggest part about planning a spontaneous trip is that you have to be in the 'go-with-the-flow' mindset. We knew there would be little-to-no hotel rooms available. We knew the weather would be variable. We knew that we could only pick one or two of the many recommended restaurants and shops. Etc......
This is how I planned the trip for $150 per person for the weekend:
First cost: Hotel- $90 per personI checked all of the standard sites for available hotels: expedia/kayak/hotels.com/on-and-on... the issue with using these sites to book however, was that they usually require you to stay a minimum of 2 nights. So, I looked at one of the cheapest price, best location hotels that had been listed: The Beach View Hotel. So I CALLED the hotel to see if there were anything available for one night. And yes, they had one! For $180 a night and we could stay just one night.
***The internets a fantastic resource and I obviously use it for 95% of the things I do... but sometimes using outdated methods such as calling the hotel to book the room is actually a superior option. In essence, always make sure to compare your resources.
The hotel ended up being just absolutely darling, right on the beach, with a wine hour and continental breakfast, and the bed was SO comfortable!
I'd say my limited booking options and on-a-whim decision making really paid off on this one!
Second cost: Food- $28Neither of us are extremely heavy eaters so the food portion was easy to keep to minimum pricing. We grabbed a $5 coffee on the way. We split an order of the famous Thrasher's French Fries for lunch (with salt and vinegar of course)- $3 per person.
We did splurge a bit on dinner and went to Fin's Fish House and Raw Oyster Bar because we just had to have seafood while at the beach. I had a delicious Lobster Roll and she had Clam Chowder and Calamari. All-in-all, still only $20 per person.
Sunday morning was super easy because the hotel had continental breakfast so we ate up enough to hold us through getting back to D.C. for dinner.
Third cost: Gas- $30 per personOur grand total ended up being $148 per person for a relaxing, enjoyable weekend on the beach.
All either of us really wanted was to soak up some rays, read a new book, grab a good meal, and get a goods night sleep and that's EXACTLY what we did.