Sure, there’s always Hawaii. Or Fiji. Or the Bahamas. And while those destinations certainly have their own alluring attractions and cultural offerings, why not try one of these incredible gems instead to toast to forever? Whether you’re seeking a majestic winter getaway or a laid-back summer trip, read on for the best honeymoons that will have you antsy to get away with your other half.
1. The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va.
Get your snowbunny on in this quaint Virginian town for an idyllic winter honeymoon. Guided snowmobile tour? Check. Snow tubing on scenic trails? Check. Ice skating at the Allegheny Springs rink, followed by a romantic dip in the all-weather spring-fed heated pool? Check plus. The Omni Homestead Resort is a peaceful and romantic retreat that has you a stone’s throw away from all of these activities. Wrap up your day in winter wonderland by enjoying fireside s’mores with your new hubby at the firepit on the Casino Lawn.
2. Carillon Miami Beach in Miami, Fla.
Spring honeymoon? With local temperatures hovering around 79 degrees, you’ll experience beautiful weather along with the calming tranquility of North Miami Beach. March also spotlights Miami Sailing Week, a gathering of the sailing community for an impressive lineup of regattas, parties and cultural exhibits along with the annual Winter Party Festival, with no shortage of festivities, capped off by a beach dance part. The iconic Carillon Miami Beach Hotel & Spa sets an ideal backdrop for your romantic retreat with its spa offering a giant menu of choices along with the couple’s sound massage relaxation therapy to enjoy with your vacationer, erm, partner-in-crime. And new in November 2015, indulge in a meal at THYME, its top-notch restaurant serving up progressive American cuisine.
3. Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
If you’d like to carry forward the rustic-chic vibe from wedding venue to honeymoon, there’s no better option than the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa for the Honeymoon Pinterest-dreams are made of. With hiking, boating, and mountain relaxation, you’re also just a 90-minute, scenic drive away from LA, if you want to bookend your trip to paradise with some urban frolicking. Ease into your day with a laidback 6-mile hike on the Goat Trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. At the end, dip your toes in the Deep Creek Hot Springs and soak in the stunning views of the mountains. Sore from all that dancing (and, uh, wedding planning)?
Try lakefront yoga to release tension or relax your muscles at the Spa of the Pines with a custom couple’s massage or body treatment that incorporates indigenous natural plants and scents such as pine, sage, lilac, and holly. Next, try embarking on a sunset chartered boat tour of the lake where you can clink champagne glasses to your future together and drool over impressive celebrity mansions along the shore. As you pull into the resort’s dock, be sure to make a pitstop on the beach for s’mores by the fire, followed by a romantic dinner with panoramic lake views at BIN189. And just trust on this one: Share the restaurant’s delicious Cast Iron Skillet Cookie Dessert — a cookie baked to order, smothered in vanilla ice cream, chocolate, and caramel sauce for a sweet finale you won’t soon forget.
4. Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pa.
In May, you’ll get to watch spring foliage inspire vivacity into the stunning scenery framed by the Allegheny Mountains. Try a hike along the new Heritage Trail, a route once taken by Native Americans for centuries. A sprawling property, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort has three first-rate restaurants on site, along with the acclaimed Springs Eternal Spa to keep you pampered in style.
Lovebirds can take in the resort’s storied past by browsing the historic archives in the lobby while sipping on custom-blended Wigle Whiskey by the fire for a lowkey activity. Couples can also get some much needed relaxation in the private romantic setting of the Spa Suites with marble deep-set bathtubs. Looking for something over-the-top? Try the “Jetsetter Package,” which includes a private jet service from Washington D.C. area airports to Bedford, a personalized dining menu, four spa services (including a couples massage), and much more.
5. Nines Hotel in Portland, Ore.
Wonderful for a summer honeymoon, Portland, the quickly-rising culinary mecca, makes for a chic, urban retreat to kick off forevermore. June welcomes the annual Portland Rose Festival in this Pacific Northwest haven, held throughout most of the month, which celebrates the Portland region with three separate parades filled with floral floats, more than 60 events throughout the city and concerts. While in town, stroll hand-in-hand (or hop on a bike) to Pioneer Square, Powell’s Books, and Voodoo Donuts, all must-visits for out-of-towners. Situated in the former Meier & Frank department store building (a veritable Portland landmark since 1908), the handsome Nines Hotel spotlights a collection of original artwork from top-tier local artists. First stop: Toast your happiness at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Departure, which features unobstructed views of the city and the surrounding Cascade Mountains and perfect for sunset cocktail imbibing. The city is also home to some of the most highly-renowned chefs in the country (Book your reservation at Le Pigeon STAT), while the nearby Willamette Valley offers some of the best Pinots in the country for vinophiles to enjoy.
6. Madeline Hotel and Residences in Telluride, Colo.
Telluride might strike you as ripe for winter action, but summer is an unexpectedly ideal time to enjoy all that this luxurious ski town has to offer with a mountain honeymoon getaway in August to Madeline Hotel and Residences. Situated in a former mining town in a box canyon, Telluride is surrounded by the 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains, which makes the region a great spot for hiking, biking and countless outdoor activities. After a day outdoors, couples can hit Black Iron Kitchen & Bar for an après-ski cocktail and snack, and then enjoy a romantic dinner at the intimate M Club, which offers local Colorado beef, elk, lamb and an extensive wine list.
After dinner, spoil yourselves to delightfully sweet treats at the hotel’s on-site Dylan’s Candy Bar and head outside to relax on plush lounges surrounding a welcoming fire pit. Seasonally, couples can enjoy special epicurean experiences, including foraging for local ingredients and enjoying a four-course meal in the mountains during the Telluride Mushroom Festival in August.
7. Solage Calistoga in Calistoga, Calif.
Just two hours from San Francisco, this Napa Valley hidden gem gives you everything you need for a honeymoon made for disconnecting with the world and connecting with your better half. An up-and-coming alternative to Napa’s busier (read: more touristy) regions, you’ll love the rustic, laid-back charm of the area. Fall honeymoon? October is peak season in Napa Valley, as the region’s finest wines are being harvested locally, and you can enjoy Harvest Season with the full winemaking experience,and the whimsy and romance of it all firsthand. At Solage Calistoga, enjoy the recently renovated 20,000 square-foot Spa Solage (swing by the geo-thermal soaking pools for a real treat), a peaceful yoga class, or a fantastic meal at six-time Michelin Star rated Solbar. Pro-tip: Don’t miss the biscuits and gravy at Sunday brunch.
8. Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, N.Y.
To enjoy a special and vino-infused honeymoon, hop in your car or on a flight to the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region. Simply take in the majestic outdoors during a peaceful, winter snowfall or in warmer weather, take a breathtaking hike and then meander around the shops and cafes for some quality time with your better half. At the Mirbeau Inn & Spa, in the storybook village of Skaneateles, N.Y., each of the 34 plush guestrooms comes equipped with a deep soaking tub and a crackling fireplace, both of which are just begging to be enjoyed while sipping a glass of local wine. Or, enjoy the heated whirlpool spa with a private bar at The Aqua Terrace or one of the spa’s signature couples’ treatments like “Monet’s Favorite Fragrance for Two,” an essential oils extravaganza or an aromatic herbal bath complete with chocolate covered strawberries and fireside massages. Did we mention there’s a bar with refreshing drinks and small plates?
9. Paradisus Cancun in Cancun, Mexico
Pyramids, barrier reefs and amusement parks, oh my! Why pick one when you can experience them all in Cancun, Mexico? If you can, also be sure to swing, erm, swim by the magical Cancun underwater museum. At the Paradisus Cancun, you’ll enjoy white sand beaches, golf, a spa, and more at just another day in paradise. With nine restaurants and seven bars on the premises though along with tequila tastings and sushi workshops, you’ll sure be glad you won’t have to fit into that tux again anytime soon.