15 Quick Honeymoon Trips
Whether you want to enjoy the nature or get pampered at a luxury resort, there are a number of quick trips you can take that will let you relax and spend time together.
From Los Angeles
Drive to the scenic Ojai Valley where you can enjoy romantic walks and delicious cuisine. Stay at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, a popular Hollywood retreat since the 1940s.
Take a quick trip to La Costa Resort, a 90 minute drive from LA, which has a full service spa, tennis courts and two golf courses. If you prefer a more casual getaway, book a cabin at El Capitan Canyon, a luxury campground in Les Padres National Forest. Nature-oriented activities include ocean kayaking, surfing and whale watching.
Last Minute Ideas from New York City
While it may be best to plan well ahead of time to get exactly the room you want, that may not be always possible. Last minute trips from NYC are easier than people realize, even during the holiday weekends. Call your hotel, inn or resort and ask for last minute deals and vacation packages. If they do not have any rooms available, try calling again later because last minute cancellations are frequent. Don't forget to book your spa treatments, meals and other activities.
Living in a large city can have its advantages, and easy access to three major airports is one of them. From New York City, you can quite easily plan a quick getaway to a beach in Florida. If you are after sandy beaches and exciting nightlife, fly to Miami and stay at the Tides Hotel. The hotel has extra large rooms with scenic views and is located near popular bars and clubs of Miami Beach. You can also try the new Mandarin Oriental Hotel Miami on Brickell Key which has a private beach and a luxurious spa. Full-service resorts are not far from Miami International Airport either. Play golf at Doral and The Turnberry Isle Resort and relax at the spa. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is another great option.
The Sagamore is a romantic idea, located on a private island in the Adirondacks, surrounded by Lake George. The Castle on the Hudson is a 30-minute drive from Manhattan, offering romantic fireplaces and spa services. Elm Court, an all-suite hotel is set on 90 acres, ideal for romantic walks.
Canyon Ranch spas are famous for their complete mind-body programs. Canyon Ranch Berkshires is a 100,000-square-foot spa complex complete with indoor tennis, squash, racquetball, pool and jogging track. Mirror Lake Inn in the Adirondacks has a spa sanctuary with fireplaces, whirlpools, steam rooms and grooming areas. Choose from a variety of massages, body treatments and other services on your spa weekend getaway. You will find treatments that range from Thai Massage and Reflexology to Craniosacral Therapy and The Adirondack Maple Sugar Body Scrub. The Woodstock Inn has an outdoor and an indoor pool, golf, 75 kilometers of ski trails, and a 41,000 square foot spa and fitness center.
From San Francisco
From wine tasting to biking, golf and shopping, Napa Valley is a popular getaway from San Francisco. Stay at the Napa Valley Lodge which has a year-round heated swimming pool and spacious guest rooms. You can also try Harvest Inn in St. Helena.
If you are looking for a luxury resort to celebrate a special occasion, such as an engagement or anniversary, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay in California may be just the place for you. Ask the hotel concierge to arrange a few romantic touches before your arrival, such as chilled Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
At the resort restaurant, Navio, you will have the opportunity to sample delicious cheeses, fish and wines. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pacific, and a 1,000-square-foot exhibition kitchen. The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is only about 30 minutes from San Francisco, so if you live there you can get away for a short romantic break during the weekend or on a weekday. You can also play golf, visit the spa complex, and take long romantic walks.
Drive about 150 miles south of San Francisco to Big Sur and relax at the beautiful Post Ranch Inn. All guest rooms are quite unique and feature a fireplace, pull-out massage table, indoor spa tub, private deck and a complimentary mini bar.
Ideas from Boston
If you've decided to plan a quick trip first and splurge on a longer vacation a few months after the wedding, there are quite a few charming places to consider within driving distance from Boston. The White Barn Inn in Maine, located 80 minutes from Boston, is a good choice. In addition to charming rooms, you will also be able to enjoy a romantic dinner for two in the inn's Five-Diamond Award restaurant.
A three-hour drive from Boston, the Windham Hill Inn in Southern Vermont offers hiking and cross country skiing.
The Blue Ridge Mountains
The Grove Park Inn in North Carolina is a relaxing weekend spa vacation getaway. The 43,000-square-foot spa is inspired by the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, featuring mineral pools with soothing underwater music and nearby waterfall pools.
On your weekend spa getaway, you also get to enjoy contrast pools, a lap pool, an inhalation room, sauna and a eucalyptus-infused steam room. Separate Men's and Women's Relaxation Lounges serve herbal teas and refreshments.
The Spa Concierge at The Grove Park Inn can help you design a unique experience, offering plenty of pampering and relaxation.