Busy couples who don't have time for a long honeymoon have many great options closer to home. The properties that made our list include full service resorts, quiet hideaways and coastal retreats where you can get pampered at the spa, have gourmet dinners and enjoy scenic views. If you are looking for honeymoon getaways from specific cities, we've already written about amazing weekend escapes from New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities.
1. North Carolina - Old Edwards Inn and Spa
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Old Edwards Inn and Spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains offers European style and romance. Rooms feature period antiques, fine Italian linens, rainfall showers, and private terraces or patios. Cottages are available in three different locations, as are three guest estates. The spa has steam rooms, whirlpools, rainfall showers, a solarium, a ladies’ sauna, and couples treatments as well as a Spa Cafe.
Guests can plan a round of golf on the Old Edwards Golf Club, go shopping at Acorn Boutique, play tennis, relax in the outdoor heated mineral pools or poolside cabanas, and enjoy entertainment at the Kelsey Game and Theater Room. You can get a bite to eat and enjoy live entertainment from Art’s at the Lodge, or taste farm-fresh cuisine at Madison’s Restaurant. Visit the Wine Garden or take advantage of alfresco dining at the Rooftop Terrace. Or attend themed dinners at the Grill Room, get a snack at the Spa Cafe or Pool Cabana, or relax with a premium cocktail at the Hummingbird Lounge. Rooms start at $219. Read more.
445 Main St., Highlands, NC 28741, Phone: 866-526-8008
2. South Carolina - The Willcox
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The Willcox in Aiken, South Carolina, is known world-wide and considered one of the top hotels, providing guests with a true southern experience full of hospitality, relaxation, and amenities. The majority of guest rooms have crackling fireplaces, deep-soaking tubs, and turn down service, including a warm water bottle under the blankets. The four-poster beds with feather-top mattresses allow you to relax in comfort.
The Willcox includes a seasonal pool, exercise room, bicycles, and facilities for your pets, including a dog concierge and a horse concierge. The spa offers a diverse selection of treatments and in-room massages. The on-site restaurant follows the state’s Fresh on the Menu program, which means that all meats, fruits, and vegetables are fresh and from state growers. Rooms start at $189 per night.
100 Colleton Avenue SW, Aiken, SC 29801, Phone: 877-648-2200
3. Colorado - The Stanley Hotel
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Featured as one of the most haunted hotels in America and an architectural wonder set against awe inspiring nature, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO is noted as Stephen King’s inspiration for The Shining. With 140 rooms, you will have an abundance of choices while staying at this Colonial Revival. Choose to stay in room 217 where some of the more famous supernatural events occur. Resting next to the Rocky Mountains and Estes Park, the area is full of outdoor activities regardless of season.
If you’d rather stay in, then head over to The Amethyst Spa and experience Amethyst Ritual for deep relaxation. Choose from options such as massages, facials and salon treatments for yourself or go as a couple. You have three different restaurants to choose from including; Cascades for classic upscale American cuisine and award winning wine, the Whiskey bar for snacks and rich drinks, and The Table for a truly unique experience hosted by invited Chefs. Don’t forget a psychic consultation from Madame Vera, who’s been in business for over 27 years. Rooms start at $191 per night. Read more
333 Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517, Phone: 800-976-1377
4.Windsor Court Hotel
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Elegant and sophisticated, Windsor Court is a luxury hotel located in the New Orleans’ Central Business District, just a short distance from the French Quarter and all the fun the city is famous for. The European-style décor extends from the spacious, beautifully furnished lobby to opulent rooms with Italian marble bathrooms and original art. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and iPod docks, while luxury suites have wet bars and balconies. Club rooms have access to a private lounge with complimentary breakfast, snacks, hors d’oeuvres, and evening drinks. Guests enjoy a rooftop pool, a gym, a full-service spa, and four restaurants, including an elegant tea room. The lounge has live jazz in the evening.
300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone:504-523-6000
5. Maine - Captain Fairfield Inn
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Overlooking a tranquil, meandering river in the heart of historic Kennebunkport, Maine, The Captain Fairfield Inn is a chic, boutique bed and breakfast. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and just a short walk from the Kennebunkport harbor and lively Dock Square, this stylish inn is an ideal country getaway. In a subtle blend of historic charm and modern functionality, nine exquisitely furnished rooms offer guests havens of luxury. Plush designer linens, spacious en-suite bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology offer modern conveniences, while some rooms enjoy special extras such as cozy gas fireplaces, rainfall showers and double whirlpools.
Guests can savor a gourmet multi-course breakfast every morning, freshly baked homemade cookies in the afternoon, and a selection French press coffee, organic teas, soda and ice from the 24-hour guest pantry. There is both an indoor and outdoor lounge with fire-tables and complimentary wireless Internet throughout the grounds. A personalized concierge service will take of every need, from arranging reservations for dining, spa services, tennis or golf, to organizing excursions such as whale watching, charter fishing and harbor cruises. Rooms start at $318 per night.
8 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, Phone: 207-967-4454
6. California - Bardessono in Napa
Bardessono is a LEED Platinum certified hotel with an exceptional restaurant and a luxury spa. The hotel, located between Napa and St. Helena, has a fantastic restaurant which grows its own herbs and vegetables. Guest rooms have organic cotton bed linens, hand-crafted bath products and comfortable modern decor that relaxes the body and mind. The designer suites are perfect for a romantic weekend getaway, complete with a gas fireplace and a balcony or courtyard.
Spa fans should book a Spa Suite which has a spacious bathroom designed as a private spa with a concealed massage table. Personalized spa treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of your Spa Suite. The Spa Therapy Center's pool, hot tub, and locker room facilities are complimentary to hotel guests who purchase a spa treatment during their stay. Yoga is offered several times a week, a perfect complement to a relaxing weekend trip. Lucy Restaurant serves seasonal dishes which incorporate the freshest local ingredients combined with an extensive wine list, including many organic, sustainable and biodynamic options. Read more
6526 Yount St. Yountville, CA 94599, Phone: 707-204-6000
7. Colorado - Smith Fork Ranch
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Surrounded by the towering beauty of the Rocky Mountains and forested valleys filled with rushing streams, Smith Fork Ranch epitomizes the great outdoors. Straddling three miles of the Smith Fork River Valley, midway between Aspen and Telluride, this luxurious western ranch is home to organic farms, fruit-filled orchards, and some of the best wineries in Colorado. Accommodation is made up of beautifully restored historic farmhouses, lodges and homesteads, tucked away in quiet corners of the farm with magnificent views over the landscape. Comfortably furnished with original Native American art and crafts, cozy furnishings, wood-burning fireplaces and deluxe amenities make each cabin a welcome retreat. Relish acclaimed farm-to-table cuisine at the ranch, grown in the organic gardens and served in a fusion of local and international culinary delights, accompanied by wines from the award-winning wine cellar. Activities include horseback riding, fishing and hiking in the magnificent valleys and mountains around the ranch, followed by a rejuvenating massage and various treatments at the exclusive spa. All-inclusive rates start at $1,200 per room, per night with a four-night minimum stay. Read more
45362 Needle Rock Rd., Crawford, CO 81415, Phone: 970-921-3454
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8. Northern California - Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley
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Escape to Bernardus Lodge to enjoy great food, wine and relaxing spa treatments. The resort, located in one of the best wine growing regions in Northern California, prides itself with an exceptional collection of award-winning wines.
Bordered by vineyards and the Santa Lucia Mountains, the hotel offers 57 guest rooms situated in nine adobe-style buildings. Each guest room has a fireplace crafted from local limestone and a two-person bathtub, providing a perfect setting for a romantic couples' getaway.
There is a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a croquet
lawn and a bocce court. The lodge guests enjoy golf privileges at Quail Lodge
Resort & Golf Club, Bernardus' sister property. You can also go horseback
riding, biking, and try various watersports in Monterey Bay. The Spa is a 5,300 square foot facility with eight treatment rooms. Book the Couples Massage, performed in a private room for two ($230 for two for 50 minutes). After the treatment, quiet your mind in the serene meditation garden.
Marinus restaurant serves contemporary cuisine by chef Cal Stamenov. Dishes incorporates organic seasonal produce, regional seafood, artisan farmed meats as well as fresh vegetables and herbs grown in the chef's two-acre organic garden. The wine cellar houses more than 1,400 different wines, including bottles from the acclaimed Bernardus Winery & Vineyard. For casual meals, visit the Wickets Bistro which offers indoor and outdoor seating, overlooking the resort's croquet lawn. Nearby attractions include Carmel Valley Village, beaches and art galleries of the Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Point Lobos State Reserve, a wildlife sanctuary two miles south of Carmel. The dramatic coastline of Big Sur is also just 23 miles south of Carmel. The lodge is 20 minutes from Monterey Peninsula Airport and one and a half-hours from the San Jose Airport. Doubles start from $475 per night in the summer and fall; from $375 in the spring and winter. Look for spa deals to save.
415 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, Phone: 831-658-3400
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9. Wyoming - Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa
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With Grand Teton National Park just a mile away, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa is a getaway for honeymooners who enjoy hiking, climbing, wildlife watching and skiing. With accommodations that range from Lodge Rooms and Luxury Studios to Suites of varying sizes, including a luxurious Penthouse, there is plenty to choose from.
The hotel has vaulted ceilings, stone-face gas fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs for relaxation, as well as kitchens in all suites. The Solitude Spa, named after Lake Solitude, includes 10 treatment rooms and offers salon services, skin care therapies, body treatments, and an oxygen bar. There is a Rooftop Motion Studio for Pilates and Yoga, a fitness center, multiple whirlpool hot tubs, and heated pools both indoors and outdoors. Spur Restaurant & Bar serves upscale versions of mountain cuisine in a fire-lit setting with a scenic patio that is open during the summer months. If you are looking for unique honeymoon resorts in USA, rates at this property start at
$152 per night.
3385 Cody Lane, Teton Village, WY 83025, Phone: 307-201-6066
10. Washington - The Willows Inn on Lummi Island
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Tucked away on the secluded island of Lummi in the San Juan Islands, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island is a romantic and tranquil retreat. Luxurious accommodation, exceptional cuisine and warm hospitality make this charming inn a veritable treat. Comfortable accommodation is offered in the form of beautifully appointed suites in the main house and a selection of guesthouses for added privacy. Seven cozy rooms enjoy plush contemporary-chic décor, spacious en-suite bathrooms with underfloor heating, and modern amenities, while the larger guesthouses are ideal for families with full kitchens, dining rooms and wide verandahs with spectacular views.
Dining at The Willows Inn is nothing less than indulgent with an award-winning menu that boasts seasonal and local fare that has been fished, farmed and foraged daily. Recharge at the Lummi Island Wellness Spa, which offers an array of pampering massages and treatments onsite or in the privacy of your own room. Once you are re-energized, explore the island, which is dotted with mountains, rivers and lakes and offers a wide variety of activities. Rooms start at $240 per night. Read more
2579 W Shore Drive, Lummi Island, WA 98262, Phone: 360-758-2620
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11. New York - The Benjamin
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The Sleep Concierge at the Benjamin hotel at Lexington Avenue and 50th Street in New York City ensures that all guests enjoy the best possible sleep at night. From a diverse pillow menu to having access to the specially designed Benjamin Bed, guest comfort and great sleep are top priorities at this boutique hotel. Sleep Consultant Rebecca Robbins recently made improvements to the hotel's sleep program, incorporating the latest studies in the area of sleep medicine.
If you like the experience, you can replicate it at home since the Benjamin Bed is available for sale. The pillow menu includes side sleeper pillows, back and stomach. Other luxuries include Frette sheets, massages at the spa and sound-proof windows. Federico Hair Salon & Spa is one of the top places in the city for spa treatments, haircuts and manicures. The fitness center, open 24 hours, offers yoga, stretching classes, strength training and cardio equipment. The Benjamin recently completed a $10 million renovation and is a Five-Globe ECOTEL certified property. The 209 rooms and suites feature cream and taupe decor, sitting areas and kitchenettes where you can prepare some of your own meals on your honeymoon.
Room rates start at USD $338 per night.
125 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022, Phone: 866-222-2365
12. Southern California - The Resort at Pelican Hill
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The Resort at Pelican Hill is one of the newest additions in Southern California, set on 500 scenic acres, with 36 holes championship golf, a beautiful spa with 22 treatment rooms, and luxury accommodations. Hire a boat and go for a romantic dinner cruise or take your significant other whale watching. The Spa offers de-stressing programs which are a great way to feel relaxed.
22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, CA 92657, Phone: 855-315-8214
More romantic ideas: The Botanical Building in Balboa Park and Griffith Observatory.
13. Wisconsin - Canoe Bay
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If you are looking for romantic weekend getaways from Chicago, check into Canoe Bay, a 300-acre estate with three private lakes in northwestern Wisconsin. There are just 26 guest accommodations which offer its guests privacy and seclusion. Designed especially for couples, all rooms and cottages feature a two-person whirlpool tub, a fireplace and a private deck with views of the surrounding nature. Ask for one of the cottages with a private sauna on your romantic trip. The main lodge has a fitness center and a library.
Activities at Canoe Bay include swimming, canoeing, romantic walks through the woods, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and relaxing with in-room spa treatments.
A breakfast basket is delivered each morning. The Edgewood guest house is the most luxurious, featuring 3,500 square feet of living space with a wraparound deck, high ceilings, a huge fireplace, and panoramic views of the lake. The lakeside Dining Room serves a prix fixe Chef's Menu that incorporates fresh seasonal ingredients and fine wines. The atmosphere is romantic, complete with candles and tables for two.
The Hotel is located six hours northwest of Chicago and two hours east of Minneapolis. If you are flying, the Rice Lake Airport can accommodated private planes and is located 30 minutes from Canoe Bay; otherwise the closest airport is Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Rates range from $250 for a Fireplace Room to $999 per night for Edgewood, including breakfast. Dinner is $75 per person. Children are not permitted at this romantic hotel.
W16065 Hogback Road, Chetek, WI 54728, Phone: 715-924-4594
Romantic Wisconsin destinations:
Madison, Bayfield, Milwaukee and Green Bay
14. Michigan - The Landmark Inn
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Exuding old-world charm and historic grace, the Landmark Inn is a beautifully restored gem in the heart of Marquette in Michigan. Overlooking the shores of Lake Superior, guests can look forward to a luxurious and romantic retreat. Sixty-two individually decorated suites echo European-inspired elegance with plush furnishings, lovely en-suite bathrooms and deluxe amenities for added comfort. Special extras in some rooms include Jacuzzis, fireplaces and spectacular views of majestic Lake Superior. The nearby Northern Michigan University offers a range of fitness facilities, such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-size lap pool, an indoor climbing wall, and racquetball courts. Relish ‘American fusion’ cuisine in a warm and cozy atmosphere at Capers Restaurant or enjoy a pint of lager in the Old English-style Northlands pub. Sip aperitifs and cocktails in the elegant North Star Lounge as you soak up magnificent views over Lake Superior. Rooms start at $146 per night, including free Wi-Fi.
230 North Front Street, Marquette, MI 49855, Phone: 888-752-6362
15. Tennessee - River Inn of Harbor Town
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River Inn of Harbor Town combines European style and Old South charm, with views looking out at the Mississippi River, gorgeous architecture, and blooming window boxes. The hotel has 28 luxury boutique rooms, ranging from standard rooms to a junior suite and the Penthouse Suite. Each room includes breakfast, luxurious bathroom amenities, with some featuring large tubs and elegant sitting rooms. Upon checking in, guests receive a complimentary glass of wine or champagne. The hotel has sitting areas styled like libraries on each floor, a fitness center, complimentary guest computers, and The Terrace which has gorgeous panoramic views of Downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River. There are several restaurants on site, with Paulette’s being known for its attractive and charming atmosphere and award-winning dishes. Tug’s is a casual grill with river views. The Terrace is the main restaurant within the hotel and is intimate, with folding windows and shared portions alongside Southern-inspired cocktails. Rooms start at $257 per night. Read more
50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 3810, Phone: 901-260-3333
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16. North Carolina - Grove Park Inn
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The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, originally built in 1913, is a romantic getaway located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. The property has a beautiful spa and affordable rates. If you are looking for a quick weekend trip, the resort offers great scenery, old world charm and numerous activities.
There is a full service 16,000 square foot spa, a golf course, six tennis courts, two pools, an indoor Sports Complex, fitness center and resort shops. There are many treatments to choose from, including massage, facials, wraps and aromatherapy.
There are 510 guest accommodations located in the Sammons Wing, Vanderbilt Wing and in the Historic Main Inn. The rooms in the Sammons Wing and Vanderbilt Wing are more spacious than those in the historic Main Inn.
The Horizons is an elegant award-winning restaurant which serves innovative cuisine and has a great selection of fine wines. The Sunset Terrace offers views of the city skyline and the mountains from its outdoor terrace. Other dining options include the Blue Ridge Dining Room, Pool Cabana and the Great Hall Bar.
Summers are the best time to go because of warm temperatures. The Asheville Regional Airport is about 25 minutes away. Nearby attractions include the Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock Park, the Cherokee Indian Reservation and Blue Ridge Parkway. Room rates start at $110 per night during the value season (January through March); from $205 during the peak season (June through October); from $175 during the other months. Check for spa packages. Read more
290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804, Phone: 800-438-5800
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17. Oregon - Tu Tu' Tun Lodge
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Tu Tu' Tun Lodge is a stylish getaway near the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. The lodge, situated next to the Rogue River, is an active honeymoon destination, providing guests with an array of outdoor activities. Fly fishing is a popular activity throughout the seasons, especially salmon fishing in the spring, summer and fall. By walking and hiking through the forest and along the beach, visitors can take in the scenery, observe ancient trees and tide pools. Vacationers can also stroll through the herb and flower garden at the lodge. Other vacation activities to try at Tu Tu' Tun Lodge include bird watching,
wildlife watching, kayaking, jet boating down the river, and lounging
by the outdoor pool in the summer. Read more
Guests can choose from rooms and suites in the main lodge, and two private houses. Ask for one of the guest rooms with a fireplace and an outdoor soaking tub with scenic river views, especially if planning a romantic getaway. Choose from upstairs rooms with balconies and downstairs rooms with patios. Both suites, Chinook and Steelhead, offer stunning river views, sofa sleeper, romantic fireplace, and a kitchen great for preparing meals. Luxurious king bedroom overlooks a large deck, complete with BBQ. For even more space and privacy, book one of the spacious guest houses which can accommodate up to 6 guests. There are three houses to choose from: River, Garden and Osprey Bend.
River House has one king and one queen bedroom, private baths, outdoor Jacuzzi, kitchen and laundry. The vaulted great room with spectauclar views of the river is a great space for relaxing.
Garden House is located near the orchard, with three bedrooms and a full kitchen. There is a cozy river rock fireplace in the living room. The pergola has a soaker tub for two so that you can take relaxing baths. Osprey Bend has three king bedrooms, private baths, kitchen, and a wrap-around deck with panoramic views. From May to October, the Tu Tu' Tun Lodge restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Handy picnic baskets can be ordered if you plan to spend the day fishing or hiking. If you visit during the off-season (November through April), the lodge only serves breakfast. Room rates start at $185 in the winter and from $325 in the summer. Room rates start at $168 in the winter, and at $281 in the summer.
96550 North Bank Rogue, Gold Beach, OR 97444, Phone: 800-864-6357
18.Northern California - Rosewood CordeValle
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Rosewood CordeValle is a luxury getaway in Northern California set on 1,700 scenic acres with a golf course, outdoor pool, spa, and the Clos LaChance winery and vineyard. Vacationers who enjoy the outdoors can explore miles of hiking trails near the hotel. Clos LaChance Winery is open to resort guests for wine tastings and tours. The Spa offers services that range from massages and body treatments to vichy showers and relaxation in a Turkish steam room. The fitness room has cardiovascular machines, strength training equipment and a swimming pool. Locker rooms feature a steam room, jacuzzi, and a private garden terrace and lounge. Treat yourselves to a relaxing couples massage at this unique spa.
The 72 par, 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The Golf shop offers instruction and a professional caddy program. If you've always wanted to learn golf, take some lessons with a pro.
Luxury bungalows, villas and homes feature fireplaces and offer views of the golf course. The Bungalows measure 700 square feet in size and include a a wet bar, an open-air patio, and a bathroom with a separate shower and whirlpool tub. Five 1,100-square-foot Villas feature an enclosed patio with an outdoor shower and a private whirlpool spa, a great romantic weekend idea. The Dining Room serves contemporary American cuisine that incorporates fresh regional produce and wines from the resort's own Clos LaChance winery.
The Grill next to the golf shop offers outdoor seating on the patio.
The resort is located 45 minutes from Pebble Beach and 30 minutes from San Jose, California. Bungalows start at $575 per night, Villas from $900 and Fairway Homes from $2,500. Ask for spa and golf packages.
One CordeValle Club Dr., San Martin, CA 95046, Phone: 408-695-4500
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19. Massachusetts - Wequassett Inn Resort & Golf Club
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On the East Coast, head to Cape Cod where you can relax on the beach in the summer, and enjoy romantic walks with ocean views in the spring and fall. Wequassett Inn Resort & Golf Club offers plenty to do - championship golf, tennis, pool, beaches and water sports. There are five restaurants to choose from - Twenty-eight Atlantic is our favorite because of beautiful ocean views.
2173 Route 28, Harwich, MA 02645, Phone: 508-432-5400
More weekend & day trip ideas: 25 Best Things to See & Do in Cape Cod.
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20.South Carolina - Charleston Place
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Charleston Place is a historic spa getaway located in South Carolina, in the heart of historic Charleston. Known for its southern hospitality, the getaway is a for travelers wanting to combine a cultural visit with relaxation. Enjoy luxurious spa services, play golf at a nearby club, take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride, and explore historic sites in the area. There are 440 rooms and suites, some on the Club level. Guest accommodations are furnished in traditional style and feature luxurious marble baths, a great plus on a relaxing spa trip.
Splurge on one of the rooms on the Club since they offer the best views of Charleston. Club level rooms come with additional service. The property has an indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool, and a full-service health club with a sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi and gymnasium. Choose from a selection of fitness classes and get pampered at the spa.
Charleston Grill, a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, serves creative gourmet specialties
in an intimated setting featuring live jazz. A three-course dinner costs $75 per
person, not including tax and gratuity. For dinner reservations, call 843-577-4522. Palmetto Cafe is a casual-elegant restaurant overlooking a courtyard with a fountain and gardens. The property is situated 20 minutes from Charleston International Airport. You can contact the concierge to arrange a transfer, or take a taxi from the airport. Rates start at $359 per night. In the off-season, rates can drop to $189 per night. For reservations, call 800-611-5545. Room rates start at $359 per night. In the off-season, rates can drop to $189 per night.
205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-722-4900
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21.Arizona - Loews Ventana Canyon
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Set on a plateau above the city of Tucson, Arizona, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort offers beautiful scenery, two Fazio-designed championship golf courses and two swimming pools. This luxury resort is set on 93 acres in the Sonoran Desert, nestled into the foothills of the Catalina Mountains and designed to blend in with the mountains and the surroundings. The 398 rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies which help you feel closer to nature.
The resort features two Tom Fazio-designed championship golf courses, both located just steps from the front lobby. The courses weave through desert cactus and scenic canyons. The Canyon Course is available for guest play on odd dates and the Mountain Course on even dates. For those who want to improve their game, the resort offers clinics, private and group lessons. The 7,000 square foot spa offers a beauty salon and eight treatment rooms where you can choose from a menu of healing treatments. Tone your body by visiting the fitness center with amazing views. There are many classes to choose from, including yoga, aerobics and Tai Chi.
There are five different dining venues with a choice of classical favorites and innovative cuisine. Ventana Room, one of the most popular restaurants in the Tucson area, features beautiful views of the Sonoran Desert and the city. Canyon Cafe serves American fare in an outdoor and indoor setting. Book your activities ahead of time if traveling during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other major holidays since spa treatments and golf tee times tend to sell out. High season in Arizona is from November through March or April. Room rates start from $110 in the summer and from $230 in the winter. Look for family, spa and golf packages. The resort is located 35 minutes from the Tucson International Airport and 25 minutes from downtown Tucson. Read more and find more honeymoon ideas.
7000 N. Resort Drive, Tucson, AZ 85750, Phone: 520-299-2020
Popular destinations to visit in Arizona include Tucson, Phoenix and Sedona.
20 Best Honeymoon Getaways in the United States
- North Carolina - Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Photo: Old Edwards Inn
- South Carolina - The Willcox, Photo: The Willcox
- Colorado - The Stanley Hotel, Photo: The Stanley Hotel
- Windsor Court Hotel, Photo: Windsor Court Hotel
- Maine - Captain Fairfield Inn, Photo: Captain Fairfield Inn
- California - Bardessono in Napa, Photo: Bardessono
- Colorado - Smith Fork Ranch, Photo: Smith Fork Ranch
- Northern California - Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, Photo: Bernardus Lodge
- Wyoming - Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Photo: Teton Mountain Lodge
- Washington - The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Photo: The Willows Inn
- New York - The Benjamin, Photo: The Benjamin
- Southern California - The Resort at Pelican Hill, Photo: The Resort at Pelican Hill
- Wisconsin - Canoe Bay, Photo: Canoe Bay
- Michigan - The Landmark Inn, Photo: The Landmark Inn
- Tennessee - River Inn of Harbor Town, Photo: River Inn of Harbor Town
- North Carolina - Grove Park Inn, Photo: Grove Park Inn
- Oregon - Tu Tu' Tun Lodge, Photo: Tu Tu' Tun Lodge
- Northern California - Rosewood CordeValle, Photo: Rosewood CordeValle
- Massachusetts - Wequassett Inn Resort & Golf Club, Photo: Wequassett Inn Resort
- South Carolina - Charleston Place, Photo: Charleston Place
- Arizona - Loews Ventana Canyon, Photo: Loews Ventana Canyon
- Cover Photo: Old Edwards Inn and Spa
More Great Honeymoon Getaways
As one of the most majestic sights in the entire world, Niagara Falls are near the top of almost every avid travelers bucket list. Thankfully, there’s a ton of ways to see and explore the falls. There are several ways to get as close as possible to the falls. One of the top ways in Canada is through the Hornblower Niagara Cruises, which makes use of a 700-passenger catamaran to get tourists just a few meters away from the powerful falls. In New York, the Cave of the Winds Tour allows visitors to walk up into the stormy mist zone of the waterfalls and to be enveloped by the exhilarating force of Niagara Falls. On the other hand, the Maid of the Mist, also in New York, takes visitors on a boat excursion close to the base of the falls where the roar of the tumbling water is amazing.
Another heart pumping walking tour of Niagara can be enjoyed at Canada’s Journey Behind the Falls. Here, travelers go behind the falls and journey to the heart of the mighty natural wonder. To see the falls from a nearly Bird’s Eye view, Canada’s Skylon Tower is the perfect destination as it’s only a stones throw away from the falls. At 520 feet tall, the views are, understandably, magnificent. The view from the Niagara SkyWheel, a 175-foot ferris wheel, is equally brilliant. More ideas: 25 Best Romantic Places to Stay Near Niagara Falls.
Albany, New York
When in New York State, one of the best places to visit for a relaxing weekend getaway is the beautiful city of Albany. A historic landmark and a popular destination in the city is the New York State Capitol. Here, visitors can take hour long tours of the building’s architectural beauty and learn about its history. Another popular site is that of the New York State Museum. Here, thousands of pieces are carefully restored and exhibited ranging from historical to scientific artifacts. Explore a cannon-class destroyer escort ship at the USS Slater, and learn about its history of service in the American and Greek Navy.
Head to the Albany Institute of History and Art, one of the oldest museums in the country, and admire its over 20,000-piece collection. Some of the state’s most iconic and architecturally beautiful landmarks can be found within the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. Some of the top spots include the Egg, the Cultural Education Center, the Swan Street Building and the Robert Adams Building for Law and Justice. Albany also has some beautiful preserves to visit. One of them is the Albany Pine Bush Preserve where 18 miles of trails cut through 32,000 acres of land for the ultimate nature experience. Read more: Best Things to do in NY.