Unconventional Honeymoon Spots for Citydwellers
Hawaii and Fiji are the classic honeymoon destinations. They’re exotic, they’re romantic. The water’s clear, the beaches are white. They look how a honeymoon destination should look, right?
Well, not really. A honeymoon doesn’t have to be on a tropical island. (It’s your honeymoon, after all.) If you want something a little more unconventional, or somewhere closer to home, you’re in luck! Leave your passport behind and set off on one of these fantastic post-wedding getaways.
The red-tile roofs and white stucco buildings of Santa Barbara, California, give the city a laid-back, Mediterranean feel. But that’s not the only reason to spend your honeymoon here. There are upscale wineries, restaurants, beaches and, of course, the gorgeous mountain backdrop. Stay at the serene San Yisdro Ranch, where cozy cottages sit peacefully among lush green gardens.
Savannah, Georgia, is a uniquely romantic place. It’s one of the oldest cities in the United States, and it’s endured a lot over its long history to emerge as one of the country’s most charming locations. It’s known for manicured parks, tree tunnels, antebellum houses and Spanish moss, but there are also award-winning restaurants, museums, and art galleries. Stay at The Courtyard Savannah Downtown—it oozes southern charm.
From the Coast to the Mountains
In Stock Island, Florida, The Perry Hotel Key West offers its guests private outdoor showers and “boat-to-table” seafood. There’s also an on-site distillery and a number of great restaurants nearby. Maybe best of all, newlyweds can charter a luxury cruise to Cuba that leaves from the hotel’s private marina.
Swap the beach for the mountains and spend your unconventional honeymoon in Aspen. This is absolute luxury, and though it’s a town known for snow-capped mountains and skiing, it’s just as stunning in the summer. If you’re an active kind of couple you can mountain bike or go fishing. Or you can simply sit back, relax and admire the view. The St. Regis Resort makes for a perfect mountainside retreat.
Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine, is chic, boutique and an ideal country getaway for citydwellers. It’s a B&B with a bold modern edge, combining the rustic charm of country living with luxury tech, including rainfall showers and whirlpools. Each morning, a breakfast of fresh local ingredients is served, and in the afternoon, guests are treated to the inn’s famous chocolate chip cookies. The inn overlooks the Kennebunkport river and it’s only a short walk to dozens of restaurants and shops.
Asheville, North Carolina might be one of America’s most underrated honeymoon destinations. There’s the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway, Skinny Dip Falls and balloon rides over the Blue Ridge region. It’s romantic without trying to be, making it a perfect spot for newlyweds looking for something a little different. Drive a little way out of town and rent a cabin with a fireplace and outdoor jacuzzi for the ultimate secluded retreat.