It’s a new year, and with the dawn of a fresh calendar comes the desire to set goals for the next 365 days. For many couples, the goal for the year is to amp things up in the romance department, and there’s no better way to do this than to check out a cute B and B. You get a little bit of everything in a short trip, and best of all, you get a chance to get away from the noise that can sometimes frazzle even the strongest of relationships.

But if you’ve never been to a B and B, all you have to go on is what you’ve seen in TV and movies, or what you read as you look for the right place to stay. Your intentions may be good, but choose incorrectly, and you might be dealing with an icy shoulder on the drive home.

If you’re thinking about a romantic B and B getaway this year, here are a few things you should know:

Plan Early — Don’t wait too long to book! B and B stays are one of the most popular getaways for couples in the country. This means that there are other folks vying for the same spots you’re hoping to snag. The ease with which we can book travel plans these days makes it easy to procrastinate, but you might just have your special trip blow up in your face.

Made Just For You — We’re not talking full customization, but if you know a little about what things your significant other likes to do, then you can find a place that serves your needs & isn’t too far away from the cool things your sweetheart is all about. This can include anything from antiquing, shopping, hiking, or sipping wine.

Be All About The Surprises — B and Bs are usually tucked away in small, quaint towns but still only a short drive from major cities. As you plan your trip, why not surprise your significant other by scoring tickets to a band they love or checking out an art gallery they’ve always wanted to see. Day-trips are great because you can do something in the big city & still find peace back at your B and B.

Be Spontaneous — You’ve checked into your B and B & you’re getting settled in, but you discover that there’s a killer winery or restaurant a short drive away. You’ve now got the perfect recipe for an impromptu outing. It’s these little things that make all the difference in the world on a trip like this.

The perfect B and B is out there for every couple. The beauty of these gems is that everyone can find exactly the right setting & mood for them. Just be sure to plan early so that you don’t end up missing out. However, perhaps the most important element of planning a B and B excursion is that you don’t lose sight of the trip’s purpose — the two of you.