Honeymoon Hotspot: Pacific Coast Highway

Road trip!! Who’s in? Maybe not the most traditional of honeymoons, a road trip is a great way to see a bunch of places in one trip while saving some money by driving instead of paying for multiple flights. There are also no memories like road trip memories. You’ll have plenty of time to recount your favorite memories from the big day, take fun selfies, and explore together. For this road trip in particular, we’re looking at the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This destination is beyond stunning with some great attractions you can’t miss. But what are they? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

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Fort Bragg, CA - Glass Beach

A true testimony of trash to treasure, glass beach is covered in what one day was trash. Over the years, the ocean has turned all the glass bottles into beautiful stones. Definitely worth a stop to stretch your legs and get some awesome pictures! After all, how often do you have the opportunity to see a rainbow of sea glass?

Los Angeles, CA - Santa Monica Pier

The historical Santa Monica Pier is another must-see attraction. As the end point for Route 66, it’s definitely a popular road trip stop -- and for good reason! This pier has everything you could want: arcades, classic rides, food, people watching, and amazing sunsets. Sign us up please!

Monterey Bay, CA - Monterey Bay Aquarium

What’s so special about the Monterey Bay Aquarium? Well, it focuses on showing the local marine life. There’s a great deck with a phenomenal view of the bay. Some of the most popular and can’t-be-missed exhibits include the Kelp Forest (three stories tall!) and their Open Sea Community exhibit.

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Big Sur, CA - McWay Falls

Located in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, you’ll find the awe-inspiring McWay Falls. Only a brief half mile walk from the parking lot, this is one you can’t miss. An 80-foot fall that you can see year round and is just breathtaking. This one pretty much speaks for itself if you ask us.

San Simeon, CA - Hearst Castle

If you’re looking to view some real extravagance, we highly recommend Hearst Castle. This castle boasts a mere 165 rooms, 3 guest houses, two massive pools, and 127 acres for you to explore. Yup… pretty crazy! You won’t be left disappointed by these ornately decorated rooms. Make sure you reserve your tickets ahead of time… over one million people visit on an annual basis and tickets will most likely be sold out if you try to buy day-of.

Grass Valley, CA - Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

If your trip happens to fall between November and February (which it most likely will as that’s the majority of the year!), you have the unique opportunity to see thousands of butterflies flocking to the area. This grove of eucalyptus trees is on the southern edge of the beach and we really think it’s a must-hit spot. Scientists are unable to explain this natural phenomenon, but it’s certainly not one to miss!

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San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park

The Golden Gate Bridge is such a landmark, you can’t miss it! While the highway will actually take you across the bridge, we highly recommend stopping in the National Park for a stunning hike as well. There are some stunning photo ops of the bridge within the park, too!

Honeymoon Hotspot: Assateague Island

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We decided to switch it up with this month’s Honeymoon Hotspot! Have you ever heard of Assateague Island? This island falls in both Virginia and Maryland, and is very unique in its habitat. In fact, it’s protected by three different federal agencies. Why do we love it so much? The incredible wildlife experience! Assateague Island is home to a variety of wildlife, but our favorite has to be the wild horses. How cool is that? Additionally, over 320 species of birds can be found on the island. A real nature-lover’s dream come true. Bonus points for being super accessible on the east coast!

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What else is there to do? Lots! Pick from sightseeing cruises, kayak tours, crabbing, bird watching, fishing, hunting, biking and so much more. Oh, and Assateague Island has over 37 miles of beautiful beach -- who doesn’t love a good beach? Walking, swimming, gathering shells, you name it! There aren’t accommodations on the island itself, but both entrances to the island offer a variety of places to stay, places to eat, and even more things to do!

To get onto Assateague Island, you’ll need to come from either Ocean City, Maryland or Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Chincoteague Island is right by the most picturesque parts of Assateague Island and only minutes away. If you’re looking for a more low-key, romantic place to stay, this is your place! While there are plenty of hotel and rental options for housing (camping too!), and many restaurants to choose from, your nightlife and entertainment options are certainly more limited and slower paced. There are a handful of museums for your enjoyment as well!

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Ocean City is another great option. It’s about 20 minutes away and is home to a really fun boardwalk. So if you’re someone who also really enjoys activity and being around people and entertainment, opt for Ocean City instead. Aside from the boardwalk, there’s plenty of other recreational options. From water sports, to golfing, mini golfing, amusement parks, beaches, you name it! There’s certainly no lack of activity here.

Destination Honeymoon On a Budget: London, England

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You may have seen our Honeymoon Hotspot pieces where we share a different location in the continental US each month that would make a great honeymoon location if you’re working with a tight budget. But what if you have your heart set on some international travel but don’t know where to start? What’s possible with your budget? Well, we’re taking our Honeymoon Hotspots international with how to Destination Honeymoon on a Budget! First up, London, England! London is a popular destination for many, but what to do, where to stay, what prices are good? It’s a lot to sort through! So let’s break it down.

Where to Stay

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There are tons of great places to stay in London. Two of our top picks are Stüdyo Paddington by Bridgestreet and Point A Hotel, Kings Cross. Stüdyo Paddington is a new hotel on the scene. They’re actually a hybrid type accommodation that’s a hotel/apartment combo. In addition to your usual hotel amenities, you also get perks like a free washer and dryer facility and guest kitchen. These are great things to have if you’re planning a longer trip. Location is A+, just a few hundred yards from London Paddington Station and for this price and location, you really can’t do much better! Point A Hotel is another great option. While there are reports of smaller sized rooms, you won’t be spending much time in your room awake and location is also a huge plus here. You’re only a 10 minute walk from the Eurostar terminal, which you’re sure to be using quite a bit. If you’re looking for a different option, there are loads of wonderful Airbnbs to choose from as well!


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Where to Eat

We love food! So where do you eat? What’s the best? What can you afford? We’re here to help. A top pick is Da Maria, family-run and super yummy! Pizzas, pastas, and more. Most meals are under 10 euro which is a huge plus. You can’t go to London without having fish and chips! Head to The Golden Hind for your fix. What about your late night snack fix? None other than Brick Lane Beigel Bake for that. Apparently their salt beef bagels are to die for. Yes, please! If you have more of a sweet tooth, head to Bread Ahead for some massive and delicious doughnuts.


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What to Do

London is home to many of free attractions. You can experience places like Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Southbank Centre art complex, Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath without dropping a dime. Central London is set up really well if you’re looking to walk or bike. This will save you a lot of time and money on transportation as well as giving you a real immersive experience. Also consider grabbing The London Pass - which gets you access to top attractions like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge Experience and the Thames River Cruise. Yes please!!

Honeymoon Hotspot: Nashville, TN

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We love a good southern getaway… and Nashville certainly fits the bill! This city is filled  with life and music and definitely has no shortage of things to do. Talk about the holy grail of country music! We put together a travel guide including some of the must-hit activities for your country honeymoon visit.

Places to Stay

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If you’re looking for a cozy and homey place to stay, the Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast is perfect! This B&B is quaint and relaxing with it’s gardens and European charm. However, there is only three rooms at this bed and breakfast so make sure to keep that in mind and book in advance!

If you’re looking for something a bit more urban, the 21c Museum Hotel is just the place. This hotel is sleek and also home to a phenomenal contemporary art museum. In addition to the amazing art exhibits, there is also a restaurant and pet friendly rooms!

Things to Do

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Nashville, or the “Music City,” is famous for its country music scene. Visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the easiest and most entertaining way to learn about the story of country music, in addition to seeing lots of interesting exhibits and even some live performances! The Honkey Tonk Highway is another iconic attraction of Nashville. This strip is packed with different bars, each of them having at least one stage. Not only do you get to enjoy some nice drinks, but all the amazing live music is free!

If you’re looking to do some shopping, there are tons of amazing places to shop til you drop in Nashville! Some of our favorites are Draper James, our girl Reese Witherspoon’s stunning brand, and Uncommon James.

Places to Eat

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There are great places to eat all over Nashville! If you’re looking for a nice breakfast place, look no further than Pancake Pantry. They are famous for their 21 different selection of delicious waffles. If you’re craving some authentic Southern cuisine, some of the most popular places are the Loveless Cafe, Hattie B’s, and Puckett’s.

Honeymoon Hotspot: Montana National Parks

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If you’re in the midst of planning your honeymoon and the price tag of a tropical vacation seems a little too steep, but you aren’t exactly up for the hustle and bustle of the city, think a little outside of the box! The National Parks all over the U.S. offer gorgeous backdrops and incredible adventures for any couple looking to get past all of that wedding planning stress and enjoy newlywed life together. Take, for example, Montana’s Glacier National Park and Yellowstone - these are two of the most underrated honeymoon spots out there, and it’s easy to count them out if you aren’t really a camping kind of girl. But between their beautiful “glamping” campgrounds and stunning log cabins, the National Parks in Montana offer an absolutely breathtaking romantic getaway suitable for any budget!

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Although Montana is filled with acres upon acres of different National Parks, Glacier and Yellowstone are the two most popular for couples looking to add a little adventure into their vacation. Both are the perfect spot for some “glamping” - glam camping, that is - because of the wide variety of accommodations available. A week spent in a cold tent under a sleeping bag is far from romantic, but the campgrounds and cabins at Glacier National Park make your trip luxurious and comfortable - and yes, there’s electricity! If your budget is a little on the higher end, consider renting out a large luxury cabin like this one. The mountain views are like none other, and there’s a full kitchen. It’s the perfect opportunity to sleep in and enjoy some breakfast in bed with your new hubby!

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If you’re looking to spend a little less and go back to the basics (still comfortably, of course), check out this adorable retreat in Helena National Forest. It’s the perfect compromise for the husband looking for a little bit of rugged adventure and the everyday girl that’s a little hesitant to sleep on the ground. Cuddle up in your queen-sized bed with your hubby, look at the stars, and sip on some wine - it’s the epitome of romance and totally within the budget. The best part? If you’re feeling hungry, you don’t have to grill up any lackluster campfire food! There’s a quaint but upscale 5-star restaurant on the campgrounds. Tons of other great options dot the mountains, but be sure to grab a homemade meal at the local favorite, Russell’s Fireside Dining Room.

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Montana is the ideal getaway for couples that are looking for a little bit of easy living post-wedding, so take advantage of the slow pace of it all. Sip on some delicious cappuccinos at Glacier Coffee House while you watch the sun rise over the mountains. Pack up some waters and a picnic lunch, toss on your comfiest shoes, and explore until you find the best spot in the park. Grab a camera and capture the beauty of the jewel-toned rocks below Lake McDonald’s clear water, or follow the path of the Bozeman to Norris Geyser Basin. Set aside a day to road-trip down the Going-To-The-Sun Road, a gorgeous stretch of highway that passes everything from glacial lakes to spans of forest. No matter how you spend it, Montana’s National Parks are the perfect budget-friendly spot to slow down and getaway with your honey for a little while.

Honeymoon Hotspot: Seattle, WA

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Looking to plan a romantic stay for you and your new hubby, but want to try out something a little different? Most people would write Seattle, Washington off for a honeymoon destination just because of the rain, but if you choose to go between May and October, you’re sure to see some sunny days! Even better? The weather isn’t sweltering hot, so it’s ideal for a downtown stroll or a morning hike to watch the sunrise. Seattle is a growing destination for a romantic getaway, and it’s definitely much more budget friendly than anything international. There are endless amounts of cozy and quaint coffee shops to check out, beautiful views to take in, and places to explore together!

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You can’t visit Seattle without taking in the city views, so pick your hotel accordingly! Pan Pacific Seattle is affordable given its great location downtown, and it offers an incredible and unobstructed view of the Space Needle with floor-to-ceiling windows. You should opt for something central to all the action downtown, because Seattle’s public transportation is lackluster and parking costs can be sky-high. Luckily, everything is in walking distance from Pan Pacific Seattle, which makes it a go-to for tons of travelers! If you’re looking for something that offers more Seattle charm, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle is a great option, especially for newlyweds. The hotel is gorgeous and offers complimentary wine hours every night, often times with live music, which makes for a romantic (and relatively free!) little date night!

There’s no shortage of places to explore and things to do in Seattle, but the best place to start is its most popular attraction: the Space Needle. If you’re feeling extra fancy and want to splurge a little, take in the view from their revolving restaurant SkyCity. Not everything in Seattle is this pricey, though, which makes it a great honeymoon destination! Check out Pike Place, a world-renowned market that overlooks Elliot Bay. It’s a hub for tasty, top of the line seafood! The Pink Door at Pike Place is one of the more delicious and romantic date spots in town, with its dim lighting and candle-lit patio. It also offers a view of the Puget Sound, which is a memorable day trip that you shouldn’t miss out on! Take the ferry across the sound, whale watch, and enjoy a quick break from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

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The most important thing to do on a trip to Seattle is to explore all of its quirks and hole in the wall destinations. Chihuly Garden and Glass is an absolutely breathtaking museum and exhibition, and if you’re looking to escape some rain, try out one of the classes they offer! What’s more Seattle than taking a Terrarium Garden Workshop class with your man? And don’t forget to stop at all the sidewalk coffee vendors while you’re out adventuring together, either. Some of the greatest coffee you’ll ever have is from Monorail Espresso, a tiny to-go only coffee bar. It might be tempting to stop by the Starbucks every day, especially since it’s the original location, but take the time to try out new things like a Maple Bacon Latte instead!

Honeymoon Hotspot: San Francisco, California

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Whether you’re trying to shake the stress of a winter wedding, or you’re looking for a romantic summer getaway after your walk down the aisle, San Francisco, CA is the perfect honeymoon destination! The coastal temperatures make for a gorgeous trip any time of year, and the city is full of history and charm that’s just waiting to be explored by you and your new hubby!


If you’re looking to wake up, walk out the door, and hop on a cable car in authentic San Fran fashion, consider staying at the Chancellor Hotel in Union Square. The rooms are a bit smaller, but full of charm, and the prices can’t be beat compared to the rest of pricey San Francisco! If you want to be in the absolute heart of the city, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel sits at the top of famous Nob Hill. Enjoy a cocktail at sunset at their rooftop bar to toast to your new life together!

Looking for something a little more low-key and local than a fancy rooftop bar? Try out Mama’s on Washington Square for the best brunch you’ll ever eat. It’s a local favorite because of the huge portions and fluffy pancakes, so make sure you get there bright and early - there’s always a line to get in!

There’s no other city like San Francisco, so immerse yourselves in it as much as you can. A really unique option is to check out the incredible and diverse cuisine through EatWith, which is an AirBnB for food! Check out the local chefs listed on the site (Don of the Bimini Twist is a popular favorite) and book whatever time works for you. You’ll have a personal cook for the two of you at a fraction of the cost!

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Don’t leave San Francisco without heading to the Mission District to try out some authentic Latin food. La Taqueria is a tiny but adorable hole-in-the-wall restaurant with the freshest tacos you’ll ever taste, and it’s super easy to pop in and grab some to-go when you’re out and about exploring.

While you’re walking the streets of San Fran hand in hand with your love, there’s so much to stop and see. Window shop the quirky one-of-a-kind stores, and stroll around the local parks. The Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers is practically something out of a fairy tale and the perfect spot for a quiet afternoon picnic tucked away from the city. Another can’t miss spot is the famous row of Victorian houses called the “Painted Ladies,” (also known as the opening scene from Full House) which is ideal for a cute photo-op.

Some of the best San Francisco charm is found in the most touristy areas, so don’t count out a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge just yet! Get the best view of the bridge from Battery Park, and take the elevator up Coit Tower to admire the cityscape. The views are one of the most incredible parts of this city, and there’s nothing more romantic than watching the sunset with your honey!

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Honeymoon Hotspot: Miami, FL

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If you’re a couple that loves the beach and dancing the night away, Miami, Florida is the honeymoon destination for you! This hotspot is known for its colorful buildings, white sandy beaches, and trendy night clubs. To help get your honeymoon plans rolling, we’ve picked our top choices for hotels, beaches, activities, and restaurants to make your vacation romantic and fun!


LODGING

FOR THE LARGER BUDGET Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the #1 luxury hotel in Miami Beach. Set in the center of millionaires row it has 22 oceanfront acres of restaurants, nightlife, spa, beach, and endless pool. You can spend an entire day at Lapis Spa (the most beautiful spa in America according to Martha Stewart!), grab dinner at one of their 7 restaurants, and then grab a drink and dance at one of their nightclubs or bars!

FOR THE MODERATE BUDGET Recently renovated, Circa 39 is a charming hotel with an eclectic mix of styles. Conveniently located down the street from the beaches, Circa 39 also is home to a hidden courtyard garden and pool deck. It’s in house restaurant, Jules Kitchen, serves global comfort food, and the Wunder Bar serves delicious tropical cocktails!

FOR THE WALLET FRIENDLY BUDGET The New Yorker Boutique Hotel is set in a 1950’s motel in Miami’s Modern Architecture District. It is just 2 miles front the shopping district and 8 miles from Miami Beach! It offers a pool, continental breakfast, and free shuttle to the airport, beach, and Port of Miami. This is a great option for the couple who wants to spend most of their budget adventuring!


RESTAURANTS

FOR BREAKFAST Ham & Eggery is a go-to for the locals so you know it’s one of the best. This restaurant has been open since the 60’s and serves all the classics. Beachcraft, owned by the amazing Tom Colicchio, is on the pricey side, but definitely worth the splurge. It offers 2 unlimited breakfast buffets and a la carte mimosas and bloody marys! If you want an authentic Cuban breakfast, check out Las Olas Cafe! For only $3.99 you can get eggs, homefries, toast, and a cup of coffee.

FOR LUNCH If you’re on the go you must try Ms. Cheezious, the hottest food truck in Miami. It serves up amazing cheese-y sandwiches that put the regular grilled cheese to shame. If you want fresh seafood or an amazing salad go to Sabor a Peru. Indulge on all the delicious Peruvian food it has to offer! Having a fancy dinner and want to save on lunch? Try Frenchie’s Diner. For under $10 you can get a cheeseburger croque-monsieur, or escargot. 

FOR DINNER You have to go to Joe’s Stone Crab. Established in 1913 (it’s older than Miami itself!) this restaurant is famous for its stone crabs and seafood. If you’re craving Italian go to Macchialina. It serves homemade pastas and is said to be the best Italian in the whole city! Try the Yardbird Southern Table & Bar if you and your hubby are adventurous eaters. This restaurant puts a twist on your classic southern dishes, and you won’t be disappointed.


BEACHES

LUMMUS PARK BEACH Voted best beach by New York Times in 2017, this beach is the picturesque paradise you need to sunbathe on. Located in the the Art Deco Historic District, this beach is lined with retro buildings, palm trees, and shops and restaurants.

HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK If you want some peace and quiet this is the beach for you. Here you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes. The beach bottom is rocky so you may want to wear water shoes, but otherwise this beach is perfect for soaking up the sun!

HOBIE BEACH If you need a dog friendly beach, or just love pups in general, this is the beach for you. Hobie Beach offers shallow water, lemonade stands, and an amazing view of the Rickenbacker Causeway. Catamaran rentals and lessons are also available for those wanting a bit of an adventure!


ACTIVITES

ARTS AND CULTURE The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was built in 1910 as James Deering’s private Coconut Grove estate, but has now been preserved as museum showcasing European beauty. Take a stroll in the 10 acres of gardens, or take an audio tour of the mansion! The Pérez Art Museum Miami,  located in Downtown Miami Museum Park, features international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. A recently new museum, it has already been claimed as a must-see by critics and tourists. The Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is another must see. It boasts a state of the art planetarium and 500,000 gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium.

ATTRACTIONS The Florida Everglades are full of wildlife and unlike any other place in the world. Cozy up next to your man and take an adventurous boat ride through the Everglades and snap pictures of the alligators and snakes you may see along the way. If you’ve got some cash to spend take a breathtaking tour of the city via helicopter. Miami Executive Helicopters will customize your tour to be exactly what you want. Visit Coral Castle Museum if you want to be awed. A Latvian immigrant excavated and carved these amazing sculptures out of 1,100 tons of coral over a span of 30 years, and scientists are still guessing how he did it.

NIGHTLIFE If you want to dance the night away in a club, then LIV is the nightclub of your dreams. The 18,000 square foot venue has huge domed ceilings, a light show, and VIP tables up and down the dance floor. If you want to embrace the Cuban culture try your hand at salsa at the historic Ball & Chain. Here, there is a focus on live music, wood panelling, and palm fronds reminiscent of its heyday in the 50’s. Miami Improv is the comedic haven for those wanting a laugh. This comedy club has a 2 drink minimum, a full dinner menu, and is located in Coconut Grove.


Honeymoon Hotspot: New Orleans, LA

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The wedding dress may be hung up, but the excitement is just beginning - it’s time for your honeymoon! It’s easy to break the budget by planning a trip to a tropical island somewhere, but many people fail to realize the amount of incredible potential honeymoon adventures right here in the states. New Orleans, Louisiana is a great option for newlyweds looking to immerse themselves in a whole new cultural experience, all while basking in the new, romantic glory of marriage!

If you like bold, bright, and bohemian places, check out the Bywater neighborhood just outside of New Orleans. Jackson Square is a picturesque half-an-hour walk from the popular Maison de Macarty Hotel, which makes it a fantastic choice for newlywed couples looking for a bit of distance and alone time, while always having the option to explore.

For those who’d rather be right in the hustle and bustle of it all, the French Quarter is the perfect place to stay. Hotel Montelone is a luxurious (but low-cost!) option that’s central to the liveliest parts of the city. The best part? It’s home to the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge - a must-see for anyone visiting New Orleans.

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Because of the fantastic streetcar system in New Orleans, we suggest that instead of renting a car, you explore the city on the historic St. Charles Avenue line, the oldest in the world! This is a win-win-win - it’s cheaper, it’s efficient, and it’s another exciting new adventure to cross off the NOLA bucket list with your sweetheart!

Walking and exploring is also a great option for getting around New Orleans since the streets are always lined with music, food, and art. Here, you’re never just going from point A to point B - every little step is another entirely new experience! Stroll down the Moon Walk to hear live musicians, take in the great Louisiana weather, and see the best view New Orleans has to offer.

Guided walking tours are also available and some of the most popular are food-centric, of course! A super in-demand option is the French Quarter Tasting Tour, an inexpensive sampling of the area’s most popular restaurants. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all of the food choices and restaurants at your fingertips, this is a great place to start. Spend a day together eating classic Creole and Cajun food at the oldest restaurants in town, such as Antoine’s and Tujague’s. Walk around hand-in-hand and get a taste of NOLA, all at once! This tour, as well as its other options (a day-long cooking class where you can make your very own Gumbo and a cocktail tour where you can sip on classic drinks) are all sought-after, so be sure to book in advance.

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Bayona is another raved about restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter with a gorgeous courtyard. Its cell phone-free policy makes for a calming, romantic atmosphere: the perfect end to a busy day of exploring. After dinner, head to The Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta to enjoy a drink in an intimate music hall, or people-watch from your balcony as the night winds down.

Make sure to take the time to relax with one another, too. Wake up in the morning, grab a coffee at the iconic Cafe Du Monde, and get a romantic couple’s massage at Spa Atlantis to finally get past all that wedding stress!

New Orleans is clearly made up of more than just its incredible food. It’s the perfect go-to spot for a couple on a budget that still wants to experience something new and exciting. It’s the quintessential honeymoon spot for newlyweds looking for a romantic trip full of history, culture, and charm, and the Jambalaya definitely doesn’t hurt, either!

Honeymoon Hotspot: Sedona, Arizona

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Plan your honeymoon escape to one of the most beautiful destinations in America-- Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is a place of healing and spiritual renewal, so you and your hubby can relax and start your life together in zen and happiness. To help you get started on your planning, we’ve come up with lodging, adventure, and restaurant suggestions that won’t disappoint!

Almost all lodging in Sedona boasts stunning views of the Red Rocks. The hotel with the most amazing view is the Sky Ranch Lodge, located 500 feet higher than all of Sedona. Here, you have the best vantage point for the sunrise and sunset (perfect for romantic photos!), access to a saltwater pool, and six and a half acres of gardens to explore. If you are looking to stay at a bed and breakfast, check out the Cozy Cactus! Its patio borders the Coconino National Forest, is minutes away from a golf course (carts are provided!), serves a three course breakfast, and provides each room with private entrances, baths, and a king size bed! Have a dog and want to bring him along? Look no further than El Portal Sedona Hotel, a completely pet friendly luxury boutique hotel! It is located in the art district and directly adjacent to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Full time guides are available to help with your hiking adventures, and a full spa is conveniently located at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa next door.

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Sedona is full of activities that satisfy all interests. Love the outdoors? You will find endless adventures in the 1.8 million acres of national forest and Red Rock formations surrounding Sedona. Hike to Bell Rock of Cathedral Rock, two vortex spots located in the Sedona desert. Vortex spots are sacred areas where energy moves in a spiral motion. At these places you can supposedly feel the energy which helps with spiritual development. Be sure to bring a blanket and meditate here for a few minutes! If you have access to transportation, travel just two hours to the Grand Canyon, or three hours to Antelope Canyon.

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Want to indulge in less strenuous activity? Go hot air ballooning over the Red Rocks; you can’t get any more romantic than this! Visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, an outdoor shopping center inspired by Mexican villages. Forage the shops for handmade crafts and art as souvenirs or gifts, and eat at an amazing restaurant. If you enjoy wine tasting, visit one of the many wineries in the area. The Verde Valley Wine Trail, just 16 miles from Sedona, highlights 19 destinations in the Cottonwood area. Or check out Wine Tours of Sedona for a vast selection of wine, microbrewery, and raw chocolate tours!

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A romantic dinner is a must every night of your honeymoon. One night, visit Creekside, an American Bistro. It has sunning scenery and a menu that changes every week with the changing seasons! Another night dine at award winning René, where the chef cooks continental cuisine with a southwestern flair. For fine dining, go to Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona. Named one of best 10 Southwest restaurants by Condé Nast Traveller it offers a prix-fixe dining menu that features locally foraged and hand selected ingredients.

Honeymoon Hotspot: Woodstock, VT

Woodstock, Vermont is a quaint, historic town in the heart of New England. Beautiful at any time of the year, it is especially stunning during the fall season. Known for its picturesque foliage, outdoor recreation, and charming downtown, Woodstock is a romantic honeymoon destination where you are guaranteed to fall in love with your sweetheart all over again.

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Although you can find plenty of chain hotels in the area, we recommend the whimsical inns that embody the New England spirit. In Woodstock you will find the only premier 5 star experience in Vermont at Twin Farms, an all-inclusive inn and resort. Located on 300 acres, this adult only resort provides luxurious cottages, a private art collection, customized meals with farm-to-table dinners, and a plethora of outdoor activities and spa treatments with all natural organic ingredients.  Alternatively, if you and your hubby want the 5 star experience without breaking the bank, then check out Woodstock Inn and Resort or The Village Inn of Woodstock. Both provide spa services and access to Woodstock Country Club, so you can relax with a facial while your husband enjoys a round of golf. If conservation and green energy appeals to you, as it does greatly to the citizens of Vermont, try The Shire, a Green Hotel deemed by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center. It provides stunning views of the Ottauquechee River and Billings Farm and Museum, where you can sample cheeses, pick apples, learn about historic Vermont farming practices, and take candid pictures with their adorable Jersey dairy cows.

 

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Woodstock is an outstanding destination for couples seeking outdoor adventure on their honeymoon. The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is decorated by iconic sugar maples and 400 year-old hemlocks, and boasts a full range of activities such as hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing if winter makes an early appearance. Here, you are guaranteed the most romantic backdrop of colorful mountains for photos of you and your partner.

If you have access to a car, we highly recommend checking out three of Vermont’s covered bridges, all located right in Woodstock! The Lincoln Bridge (1877), Taftsville Bridge (1836), and Middle Bridge (1969) are quaint, historic, and a perfect pitstop on an mid-morning drive. After your drive, head to Sugarbush Cheese and Maple Farm to learn about and sample Vermont’s most important agricultural products-- maple syrup and cheese (yum!). Then walk off your full stomach on the farm’s nature trail through the gorgeous sugar maple woods and reflect on your wedding in their charming chapel.

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Your Woodstock honeymoon would not be complete without a little souvenir shopping. Shop along historic downtown village, which is lined with locally owned antique stores, boutiques, and art galleries. Get lost in Vermont’s oldest independent bookshop, Yankee Bookshop (est. 1935), to find a good read or unique gifts. Then step back in time at F.H. Gillingham and Sons (est. 1886), a family owned general store that exudes tradition and charm.

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Wind down after a day of adventure at one of Woodstock’s award winning restaurants. The Prince & the Pauper is one of Vermont’s finest restaurants and conveniently located in the downtown village. It offers a prix fixe dinner menu that changes daily, and a dessert menu you must save room for. Located at the Woodstock Inn and Resort is The Red Rooster, a AAA Four Diamond Award winning restaurant. It features fresh, local ingredients and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so there are plenty of opportunities to try out their outstanding menus.

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This historic town is the charismatic, private getaway anyone could ask for in a honeymoon. The fall foliage is exquisite and iconic, and the abundance of activitiesare sure to bring you and your love excitement and happiness as you begin your lives together!

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Honeymoon Hotspot: Savannah, GA

Savannah, Georgia is a wonderful destination for any time of the year. This coastal city is a dream for the couple looking to explore a beautiful city, especially if you’re looking to do so on foot! Meander through the cobblestone street and soak up all the history the city has to offer.

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Savannah has a variety of accommodations depending on what type of experience you’re looking to have. For a more relaxing, tropical stay, look into the Beachside Colony Resort where you can spend time by the pool or beach and still be only 15 minutes from the historic downtown area. Looking to be more in the middle of the action? No problem. Check out the DoubleTree Savannah Historic District to immerse yourself in the city. You’ll be right between the well known River Street and a must-see: the City Market! Savannah also boasts their many wonderful Bed and Breakfasts, including Planters Inn and Ballastone Inn, also located in the historic district!

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There is an abundance of activities to consider in Savannah. From enjoying the beach at Tybee Island to exploring the City Market and all that the Historic District has to offer, there is no chance of finding yourself with nothing to do! Savannah’s River Street runs along the Savannah River and offers a variety of beautiful historic buildings, antique shops, boutiques, galleries, and numerous restaurants. The City Market acts as a hub to all activity. From nightlife to more shopping and dining, you’ll get a real sense of the culture here!

For those inclined, Savannah offers a variety of local breweries right in their Historic District. Make a day of exploring them and seeing what each has to offer! If you’re looking for a more structured option, there are tons of tours offered, including walking tours, water tours, carriage tours, and even ghost tours!

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After exploring the city, take some time to relax and unwind at Spa Bleu, one of the top day spas in Savannah. Spa Bleu uses only organic, all-natural ingredients for their customized spa treatments. Who wouldn’t want to treat themselves to a calming massage after a busy wedding?!

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Honeymoon Hotspot: Boulder, CO

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The breathtaking natural beauty of Boulder, Colorado will attract the couple who cannot deny their fierce passion for adventure, despite their hopeless romantic tendencies. Both close to home and a refreshing change of pace, Boulder offers a much needed escape from reality after the anxiety of wedding planning has finally passed. In addition, for couples who wed in the summer, Boulder’s high altitudes promise cooler temperatures than other typical honeymoon destinations. This allows more opportunity for outdoor activities and exploration, and a chance to grow as a newly married couple while reveling in nature's bounty in its purest form.
Relaxation is promised by the many local B&Bs, especially The Bradley Boulder Inn--a TripAdvisor favorite, with reviews praising everything from the complimentary beverages to the delicious breakfasts. Located only a short walk from many local restaurants and shops--giving you a chance to explore some of the local nightlife after exploring during the day--The Bradley Boulder Inn is both convenient and comfortable--and utterly romantic in its simple, rustic elegance. The establishment offers everything from complimentary wine and cheese tastings to ideal downtown location for the ultimate leisurely getaway!
However, despite the temptations of the Inn, the real adventure lies beyond the homey comforts of your room. A brief car ride away awaits Chautauqua Park--one of Boulder, Colorado’s many attractions. Though the vast expanse of the mountains gives the impression of untouched wilderness, the park offers marked hikes and picnic areas for an experience you both will remember for a lifetime. You will not lack for scenery, as the many varieties of foliage and varying terrain will keep you out hiking and chasing that feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment which the end will bring for hours. One highly recommended hike is on Mesa Trail--a gorgeous intermediate level hike with well marked paths. We suggest bringing along a bag packed full of your favorite cheese, crackers and wine for an intimate moment together, and a chance to avoid the more touristy, crowded areas of the city. While the park offers a destination for your itinerary, Boulder is rich with other natural beauty to discover--particularly the Flatirons. Ancient reddish sandstone formations along Boulder’s foothills, the Flatirons are stunning to look at, and a rewarding struggle to trek along--or climb, for the adventurous spirit up for the challenge! The unknown and unexplored lies in the comfort of your backyard!
If an outdoor picnic does not live up to your ideas of romance, look no further than Blackbelly restaurant--a taste of local farm-fresh flavors in an upscale setting. Given the chef’s title of “Top Chef” champ, any hesitations can be thrown right out the window. Among their many delicious dinner options are the highly recommended fresh cuts of steak from their butchershop. However, their menu extends far beyond beef, with everything from crispy pig ears to delicious seafood. They also boast an extensive wine, beer and cider list--the cherry on top to any perfect dinner.
Though the list of activities and sightseeing are endless for your honeymoon, we still like to emphasize the importance of the little things during these trips. For her, Boulder Blooms florist shop offers a wonderful opportunity for a thoughtful surprise. A soft and delicate bouquet also serves as a reminder that, despite the chaos of daily life, you’ll always find moments to remind her how deeply you care. For him (and you!) we suggest a couple’s massage at nearby Elements Massage as a way to further encourage the escape from reality and time for indulgent relaxation which your honeymoon offers.
 

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Honeymoon Hotspot: Austin,TX

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It’s time for another U.S. honeymoon hotspot! This week, we have all the details for you to plan your perfect honeymoon in Austin, Texas. From legendary live music to the surrounding unique culture, Austin is a great place to celebrate your new marriage life!

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There are so many options for hotels in Austin to celebrate a romantic getaway! Experience a life of luxury at Travaasa Austin with their spa, walk-in-showers, and plush robes. On the other hand, you can stay at the Hotel Saint Cecilia that takes you back in time to the 1960s. Each room is inspired by a famous musician or band, how fun! 

Austin is home to numerous beautiful parks and a diverse choice of activities. Attend a show at the historic ZACH Theatre, or visit the famous botanical garden at Zilker Metropolitan Park. Get some fresh air and exercise and enjoy the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird that takes you around the lake. 

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From food trucks to elegant dining options, Austin is the place to go to try a variety of foods! If you’re feeling Mexican, try Licha’s Cantina. Enjoy your Mexican cuisine with your favorite margarita! Another favorite is Swift’s Attic which offers an electric blend of dishes full of fresh ingredients, and also offers an extensive list of delicious craft beers! 

Honeymoon Hotspot: Charleston, SC

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With your big day coming to an end, it’s time to embark on your honeymoon! While it’s more popular to travel outside of the U.S. to a tropical island, there are also many places to visit and celebrate your marriage within the states. One hotspot for a honeymoon getaway is Charleston, SC. With its southern charm and beautiful beaches, this town is hard to pass up!

There are countless cute and charming hotels in the Charleston area! We recommend finding a hotel that is near the heart of the town. There are boutiques and restaurants within walking distance, romantic horse drawn carriage rides through the streets, and so much more. The Planters Inn is a great choice! With its elegant architecture and romantic charm, you can’t go wrong with spending your honeymoon with your sweetheart here!

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With a great town comes great food! Charleston has a variety of restaurants and cuisine for you to try. From oyster bars to classic southern meals, there’s so much to choose from! Some top-rated restaurants in the area include Husk, Hominy Grill, and Fig.

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In such a beautiful town full of history, there are so many sites to see and activities partake in! Take a stroll down the oak tree-lined streets of Boone Hall Plantation, or gaze into the sunset on the harbor side of Charleston. Aside from tours, fit some relaxation into your trip with a couple's massage and spa day as well!

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