When Shaun and I were dating we used to go on several weekend getaways a year and while we've been on family vacations or weekend visits to my Dad's house we haven't taken a few days to get away and spend some time just the two of us since our honeymoon.
Now, since we don't have kids you might be thinking isn't it always just you two, why do you need to get away but while it is just us two at home it's also jobs, and a mortgage and buying a lawn mower instead of paying a service - you know, adult responsibilities. One of the perks of fulfilling adult responsibilities though is every now and then you can afford to take a break. When we decided to make the five hour drive to the Lauren James sale I knew that I wanted to make a fun weekend rather than drive shop and drive home. Last time we drove to Fayetteville we saw advertisements for wineries in the area and since going to wineries is one of our favorite hobbies it was a no brainer and when researching the local wineries I found the perfect place to stay - a Yurt!
Where you stay on a trip can really make or break a trip. If I'm planning a busy on the go the whole time trip I don't mind a place just to crash but when I'm looking for relaxation I think accommodations really add to the overall experience. Now, one thing you should know about me is that I'm the type of outdoorsy in that I enjoy drinking on patios - I don't hike and I certainty don't "rough it". But I do like nature and can appreciate a good view. Luckily, the Yurt had all the creature comforts of home and was the perfect glamping experience.
After dinner at the recommendation of our fabulous host we sat outside sipping beverages and enjoying the sunset. Back inside the Yurt we had a full bathroom, air conditioning, a kitchenette, futon, tables and chairs, and a queen sized bed beneath a sky light. One thing the Yurt didn't offer but we certainly didn't miss was a tv; even though we still had cell service it felt a little more one with nature to not have that distraction. Once it got dark we enjoyed looking through the skylight to see the stars before drifting off to sleep. The next morning a big thunderstorm rolled though the area - it was such a cool experience to really hear the rain and thunder without the buffer of brick walls yet the Yurt was perfectly secure and safe during the storm. We got super lucky in that right as it was time to check out the rain cleared - it was the best of both worlds.
When checking in the night before we tried several wines as our host also runs a winery on the property and on Sunday we were able to visit four more local wineries - we came home with quite the wine haul!
You can find this Yurt on airbnb.com in Altus, AR. I recently had my first AirBnB experience in April and am excited to continue to use the site to find unique and affordable accommodations when traveling. This recent getaway reminded us how much we enjoy our weekend getaways and need to make them a priority in our lives.
My outfit was the perfect comfortable chic for a day or sipping wines and checking out vineyards - the best part is nothing is over $25!
***This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. I have shared a referral link to AirBnB which would provide you a discount on your first stay and me a small thank you credit should you choose to use it***