So for our wedding anniversary, Lee and I took Megabus down to Ghent. (FYI, you'll have to take a local bus into town from their drop off point. And you'll need to bring cash with you to pay for the local bus. As of the time we travelled, there was no ATM in the drop off area and the number you can text to get a bus ticket did not work from our Dutch phones.)
We hadn't researched too much beforehand but knew that Ghent, along with Bruges, was supposed to be romantic. Plus, it was easy to get to from Amsterdam. We used Frommers Walking Tour Guide as our plan to explore the city. I must say that they did an excellent job. It really touches on each of the places to go see. Plus, it's very easy to explore the old part of the city in 1 day. As for our hotel, we stayed in Ghent at the "ibis Gent Centrum St. Baafs Kathedraal" (great location, horrible wifi.)
From our basepoint in Ghent, we took a train to Bruges. The train station is very easy to get to from the historic part of town. And, there is no need to book your tickets in advance. Just go to the train station and use the ticket machines. For Bruges, rather than using a guide, we just kind of went about our way and explored. I got the cutest little lace owl as a souvenir! And of course we indulged in chocolate. :)
Bruges, on a rainy Sunday in February, was bustling with tourists. Much more than we ever imagined there would be. And while we didn't explore it in depth, we enjoyed it all the same. As with Ghent, it's pretty easy to explore as a day trip. Below we have a slide show from our weekend.