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: 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!