Your honeymoon is one of the most special vacations that you get to take in your life so it’s a good idea to find the perfect destination and hotel to fit your taste.
The East Coast of the United States certainly has a lot to offer. From lazy beach towns to scenic country getaways, there is plenty to choose from: check into an oceanview inn in Rhode Island, lounge on the beach in Florida, go hiking in the mountains of Virginia, or stay on secluded island in Georgia. If you are looking for ideas from specific cities, we've already written about amazing weekend escapes from New York City, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago and other cities.
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»Naples - LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort
[LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort]
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida lets you relax and rejuvenate in style. The 4,500-square foot spa has traditional outdoor Japanese Relaxation Tubs, seven spa treatment rooms, including four poolside rooms with sliding glass doors that can be opened during spa massage experiences.
SpaTerre is decorated with Asian-inspired furniture and white washed wood panel walls. Play a few rounds of golf on the scenic LaPlaya Golf Course. Enjoy sunny climate, beachside setting and lush fairways flanked by mangroves and colorful bougainvillea. After enjoying a round of golf, relax in the sun and get a soothing massage at the spa.
This oceanfront resort has 189 guest rooms and suites with four-poster beds and scenic views. If you are planning a romantic trip, ask for a Premium Beachfront Guest Room with a whirlpool bathtub. Read more.
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»Connecticut - Delamar Greenwich Harbor
[Delamar Greenwich Harbor]
Just a short drive north of New York City, Delamar Greenwich Harbor in Connecticut is a coastal New England getaway with its own private marina and a relaxing spa. Book a treatment ahead of time because the spa can be busy on weekends.
Ask for an ocean-facing room or suite on the top floor which offers the best views. During the summer months, dine outdoors with a view of the water. Work out at the 24-hour fitness center or request a massage at the spa.
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»Martha’s Vineyard - Menemsha Inn & Cottages
[Menemsha Inn & Cottages]
Plan a honeymoon to the Menemsha Inn and Cottages, a beautiful inn tucked away in the 300-year old fishing village of Menemsha, on the isolated island paradise of Martha’s Vineyard.
Steeped in history and surrounded by incredible seascapes, this award-winning seaside retreat will leave lasting memories. Capturing the quintessential ambiance of Menemsha, 16 charming rooms are beautifully furnished with plush, cottage-style décor in warm, natural tones, crisp linens and breath-taking views.
A wood-burning fireplace promises cozy nights and a sunny breakfast room with outdoor deck is the perfect way to start the day. Two nearby restaurants serve delicious fare – savor succulent seafood and clam chowder over beautiful sunsets at The Home Front, or enjoy a romantic fine-dining affair in an intimate setting at the Beach Plum Inn Restaurant.
Keep up your workouts at the fitness center or on the tennis courts, take a morning yoga class, or ride the bikes to the Aquinnah /Gay Head cliffs. Spend the day swimming and relaxing on the spectacular private beaches of Lucy Vincent and Squibnocket. Rooms start at $235 per night (website).
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»The Berkshires - Stonover Farm
Nestled in the heart of the Berkshires, Stonover Farm is a beautiful bed and breakfast that offers a luxurious country escape. Overlooking a glassy pond and surrounded by acres of rolling lawns and thick forests, the estate has three types of lodging, ranging from luxurious suites in the main house, to separate cottages for couples and families.
Plush décor, cozy fireplaces and contemporary amenities create a charming home-away-from-home appeal. After a delicious breakfast overlooking the duck pond in the sunny breakfast room, guests can relax by the open fireplace with a book from the well-stocked library. Cheese and wine is served in the late afternoon, while the magnificent grounds call for a tranquil stroll.
Visit nearby attractions such as the Hancock Shaker Village, the Norman Rockwell Museum or the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, which offers wonderful hiking trails. Catch the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s classical, pop and jazz performances under the stars in the summer. Rooms start at $385 per night (website).
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»New Jersey - Congress Hall: A Cape Resort
[Congress Hall: A Cape Resort]
Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey is the oldest seaside resort in the country with a history dating back to 1816. Every room has Victorian touches and modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and individual climate control as well as high-quality toiletries, cotton terry robes, and luxurious cotton sheets.
There are several choices for rooms, including the King Ocean View, Ocean View, Town View, or Annex View, letting guests select their amenities and the vista. Although the beaches in front of Congress Hall are public, staying at the resort provides access to beach service and private cabanas. The Sea Spa at Congress Hall has bright rooms for receiving all-natural spa and beauty treatments using Thalgo products.
While at the pool, you can take advantage of the Pool & Cabana Bar and during the rest of your stay, enjoy full room service, a quick snack or drink at Tommy’s Folly Coffee Shop, or a full meal at Blue Pig Tavern, where you can enjoy classic American comfort food. Rooms start at $119 per night (website).
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»Florida - Hammock Beach Resort
[Hammock Beach Resort]
Hammock Beach Resort on Florida's Northeast Coast offers 90 holes of championship golf, a great beach, Racquet Club and a 80-slip marina. There are also three swimming pools, beautiful jogging trails and the Children's Activity Island.
The area surrounding the resort offers numerous wildlife watching opportunities,
including 400 different kinds of birds, dolphins, manatees, pelicans, herons,
ospreys, eagles, sandpipers and ibis.
The resort is a half-hour drive from St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. Nearby attractions include the Bulow Plantation Ruins, Kennedy Space Center, Marineland and the World Golf Hall of Fame.
There are several distinct accommodations to choose from. The 149-room Harborside Inn offers spa bathtubs and waterfront views. The Harborside Villas and Canopy Walk Villas come with a kitchen, washer & dryer, living and dining areas. The Canopy Walk community has a clubhouse facility with pool, spa, fitness center and activity rooms. You can also book one of the 20 luxury rooms at the Lodge or rent a condominium at Cinnamon Beach and Hammock Beach.
Dining choices include the Atlantic Grille and Lounge at The Lodge, Flagler's Seafood and Steak Restaurant, and Henry's Harborside Bar. The resort is situated 30 minutes north of Daytona International Airport, 65 minutes south of Jacksonville and 90 minutes north of Orlando. At the Harborside Inn, rates start at $89 per night during the value season; from $199 per night during the high season. The Lodge at Ocean Hammock room rates range from $195-$425 (800-654-6538, 386-445-3000, website).
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»Rhode Island - The Chanler
Housed in a beautiful European-style mansion on the famed Cliff Walk, The Chanler in Newport, Rhode Island, offers 20 luxurious rooms and suites. Individually decorated in various period styles, rich, opulent décor is complemented by beautiful fabrics, priceless antiques and fine artwork which add to the glamour. Breath-taking views over the gardens and the sea complete the picture.
In true Gilded Age tradition, the five-star boutique hotel offers an array of first-class services, including a complimentary chauffeur service, daily newspaper delivery, concierge services, free fitness center passes and an exclusive beach butler service. Savor a fusion of classic French fare and modern New England flavors at the Forbes-Four-Star Spiced Pear Restaurant.
Dine alfresco-style on fresh salads at the Cliff Walk Terrace, enjoy modern New England cooking with beautiful views at The Verandah, and sip handcrafted cocktails at the elegant Bar. Rooms start at $479 per night (website).
»North Carolina - Sanderling Resort
The first-class amenities at Sanderling Resort in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina make it the perfect destination for those looking for natural beauty on the beach, outdoor activities, and a spa. The rooms combine high quality linens and stellar views with elegant decor and balconies.
The North Inn rooms feature two queen beds, while the South Building and Beach House feature rooms with king beds. You can also stay in one of five custom vacation homes that provide access to all the amenities on site. The Spa at Sanderling offers yoga, acupuncture, massages, body care, other spa treatments, nail care, salon options, and even a bridal package. There is a pool inside the spa, and the tranquility pool, which is adults-only.
You can rent surfing, kayaking, or paddle boarding equipment right on site or enjoy a round of golf. The newly-renovated Lifesaving Station restaurant offers three meals a day and a kid’s menu, Kimball’s Kitchen has steak and seafood, and the Beach House Bar has pastries, coffee, and cocktails. Rooms start at $169 per night (website).
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»Adirondack Mountains - The Sagamore
»Shelter Island - Shelter Island House
[Shelter Island House]
A stone’s throw from the famous Crescent Beach on Shelter Island, New York, Shelter Island House is a beautiful, beach-inspired boutique hotel ideally located for exploring the little island.
The hotel boasts eight beautifully appointed and luxuriously furnished suites, with spacious en-suite bathrooms, Jacuzzi tubs and large windows that let natural light stream in and offer stunning views over the gardens and swimming pool.
A romantic Victorian gazebo is perfect for al fresco dining under the stars, while newly restored pétanque courts offer a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. The hotel offers free use of bicycles, newspapers and board games. An old-fashioned covered porch with comfortable wooden rockers and wicker furniture beckons for lazy days with a book.
Refill your joie de vivre meter with a brunch of homemade pastries, cocktails on the wraparound porch, a leisurely bike ride to the beach, or an indulgent soak in your suite’s oversized tub at this delightful beach retreat. Rooms start at $195 per night (website).
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»Surfcomber South Beach
Surfcomber South Beach is a great place to relax in the sun while enjoying stylish guest rooms, a gourmet restaurant and luxury amenities such as a hosted evening wine hour.
The property has a heated outdoor pool surrounded by lounge chairs, cabanas and palm trees just steps from the beach (from $280, website).
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»The Berkshires - Rock Hall Inn
[Rock Hall Inn]
Set in a luxurious 23-acre estate surrounded by the Litchfield Hills in the Southern Berkshires, Rock Hall Inn combines refined elegance with charm and grace. Beautiful accommodation, exceptional cuisine, and outstanding service create a haven of tranquility in the heart of Connecticut.
Five exquisitely appointed guest suites command spacious corner enclaves with breath-taking views of the gardens, meadows and surrounding forest. Boasting vast beds dressed in imported linens, suites feature en-suite bathrooms with designer toiletries, wood-burning fireplaces, and modern amenities.
Savor a sumptuous Mediterranean-inspired breakfast in style with beautiful views over the garden and enjoy complimentary cocktails and light snacks in the afternoon. Picnic baskets can be arrange for alfresco dining in the gardens and there are a number of signature restaurants nearby for fine dining in the evenings.
Rock Hall offers guests an array of year-round facilities and activities. Work out in the fully equipped fitness room and swim laps in the 75-foot heated swimming pool, relax poolside or soak in the Jacuzzi, indulge with a spa treatment, play tennis on the state-of-the-art grass court, enjoy movies in the home theater, or explore Connecticut's beautiful Northwest Corner by bike. Rooms start at $225 per night (website).
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»New York - Breathe Inn
Located a few miles from Phoenicia and Woodstock, a two-hour drive from New York City will take you to this modern, relaxed bed and breakfast, which is surrounded by the most breathtaking natural scenery.
Seven beautifully designed rooms are airy and light, with chic, modern décor, splashes of bright color and boast lovely garden views. King or queen-sized beds are dressed in quirky, artistic comforters and rooms feature modern amenities. The cozy retreat has a salt-water swimming pool and infrared sauna for pure relaxation, as well as a yoga room for meditation and stretching.
Private yoga classes and massage therapies can be booked on request and there are lovely nature walks and hikes to enjoy around the property. Guests are served a delicious homemade breakfast each morning made by owners Camella and Marlon, who will also recommend good places in the area to dine in the evenings. Rooms start at $150 per night (website).
»The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne Near Miami
Located on a barrier island near Miami, Florida, the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is a Florida offers attentive service, modern amenities, a choice of numerous activities and attractive packages.
Guests can get pampered at the 20,000 square-foot ocean view spa, play tennis at the Tennis Garden, and relax on the beach. In line with the brand's Gold Standards of service, the resort offers a number of services to simplify your stay. There is the Technology Butler, available 24-hours a day to fix any computer problems and help you access the Internet or rent a cell phone. Then there is a Tennis Butler, a Travel Butler and a Pool Concierge who make sure that no guest's request remains unanswered.
The 20,000 square-foot spa complex has 21 treatment rooms, including a Couples Suite. The spa offers signature treatments and daily fitness classes, including Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, and sunrise power walks. Browse more spas. The Tennis Garden features one hard court and ten soft-clay Hydrocourts. The facility was designed by Cliff Drysdale, the resident pro. Resort guests can take videotaped tennis lessons. Rooms start at $289 per night website).
»Greyfield Inn, Georgia
Tucked away in tranquil seclusion on Cumberland Island, one of Georgia's Golden Isles, Greyfield Inn is a grand all-inclusive country retreat. Echoing the ambiance of a 19th century hideaway, this award-winning hotel is an exclusive and romantic weekend getaway.
Beautifully appointed rooms are decorated with family heirlooms and antiques to give each room an individual and distinct character of its own. Romantic four-poster beds, plush carpets, and cozy sitting areas create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with lovely views over the salt marshes and gardens beyond.
Begin the day with a sumptuous homemade breakfast and enjoy picnic lunches, which can be ordered on request. Toast the setting sun with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by an elegant dinner by candlelight, accompanied by fine wines from the hotel cellar. Spend peaceful days exploring the protected island with long strolls along the beach, swimming, biking, hiking, kayaking and fishing. Rooms start at $475 per night, including, all meals, round-trip ferry, naturalist-led tours and unlimited use of sports equipment (website).
»Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod
[Chatham Bars Inn]
Plan a trip to Chatham Bars Inn, an oceanfront resort located in Cape Cod, New England's favorite summer destination. The property offers a great selection of activities and accommodations located in the historic main building or private cottages set on 25 acres.
The property has a quarter-mile private white sandy shore, great for swimming,
sand castle building and volleyball. The Activities Center is well
stocked with sand toys and games such as wiffleball, frisbee and paddleball.
The outdoor heated pool and a separate kiddie pool are located right next to the ocean. Poolside and beachside cabanas are available for rent.
The hotel offers a number of activities: eco-programs, ballroom dancing, twilight cruises, kayaking tours, fishing, tennis and biking.
Sign up for one of the pampering treatments at the Health & Wellness Center. Book a Vichy Shower experience or a massage on one of the plush spa rooms with a private shower and a hydrotherapy tub. Doubles start at $150 during the value season; from $200 in early spring and late fall; from $320 in the summer. VacationIdea.com Tip: Ask about packages, especially if your travel plans are flexible (website). Browse more ideas from NYC.
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»The Nantucket Hotel & Resort
[The Nantucket Hotel & Resort]
The Nantucket Hotel & Resort is the premier year-round hotel, offering relaxed luxury and a beautiful natural landscape. Guests have the choice of hotel rooms, one or two bedroom suites, one or two bedroom cottages, and three or four bedroom premium suites.
Even the basic hotel rooms are perfect for romantic getaways with flat panel TVs, wireless internet, DVD players, and a common exterior deck. The Nantucket Club is the health club that includes fitness equipment, two heated outdoor pools and a kid’s pool, yoga, massage, saunas, and a hot tub for you to enjoy while your children play at the Drop-In Children’s Day & Evening Programs. Outside of the fitness club, you can leave your children at the Kids’ Club or take them with to enjoy the fire pit, biking, tennis, water sports, or jeep and car rentals.
Catch a snack or meal at the Breeze Bar and Cafe, where you will find all meals, including a Sunday brunch. Rooms start at $196 per night (website).
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»Maine - Berry Manor Inn
[Berry Manor Inn]
Immerse yourself in the elegance and grandeur of the Victorian era with a stay at the award-winning Berry Inn Manor. Tucked away in a quiet residential area of Rockland, this elegant guesthouse combines refine luxury with modern conveniences to offer a tranquil and secluded retreat in the heart of Maine.
Individually designed and decorated to echo the Victorian era, guest rooms have plush furnishings, romantic four-canopy beds, flickering fireplaces, luxurious en-suite bathrooms (some with whirlpool tubs or body jet showers), and deluxe amenities. Complimentary breakfast is served in the bright breakfast room overlooking the gardens, and a pantry area is stocked with soda, ice and delicious sweet treats for a midday snack.
Relax in the quiet surrounds of the manicured gardens or take a stroll into the nearby town, which is home to museums, art galleries, historic shops and an array of great restaurants. Rates start at $125 per night (website).
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»Plaza Athenee New York
[Plaza Athenee New York]
Hotel Plaza Athenee New York is a luxury getaway, offering stylish accommodations, gourmet dining and a relaxing spa.
Choose from 142 luxury hotel rooms and suites with contemporary European townhouse decor. Accommodations on higher floors offer the best city views.
All rooms have in-room wireless Internet, plasma TVs with 300 channels, two line speaker phones, large writing desks, and marble bathrooms.
Luxury suites have hardwood floors in the living room, one and half bathrooms, sofa beds and full kitchenettes.
Guests enjoy complimentary access to the on-site business center and fitness center. Other complimentary services include a choice of morning newspapers, overnight shoe shine, tea/coffee service daily between 5:00-6:30 a.m. The spa features four Asian themed private treatment suites, a great romantic vacation idea.
Room rates start at $495/night (website).
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»Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate provides a convenient location for visiting the area's attractions, such as the Walt Disney World theme parks, Sea World Orlando and Universal Studios Florida.
The resort has a outdoor heated swimming pool, an activity pool with water slides and a 850-foot lazy river with tunnels, rapids and canyons. Stay active by working out at the health club and playing golf on two championship courses designed by Greg Norman. Or visit the European Spa and beauty salon to indulge in relaxing treatments. There are 730 guest rooms and suites with modern furnishings and scenic views.
Dining options include an Asian restaurant, Mediterranean-style
eats, and casual American fare. If you don't want to leave the pool all day
you don't have to since Croc's poolside bar and grill serves meals throughout
the day. Right on the golf course, Clubhouse Restaurant serves full meals and
Fly to Orlando International Airport which is 25 miles from the resort, or to Tampa International Airport, 62 miles away. VacationIdea.com Vacation Tip:
If you are flying to Orlando, it's a good idea to rent a car so that you will be able to drive to all of the attractions in the area.
The hotel is about 5 miles from the Walt Disney World, and 15 miles from Sea World Orlando and Universal Studios Florida. Busch Gardens and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are about 70 miles away. Room rates with breakfast start at $179, depending on when you go (800-843-6664, omnihotels.com). If you need even more ideas, visit our weekend getaways section or browse more weekend getaways and romantic trips in Virginia, Vermont, Maine and Florida.
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