22 Destinations for a Romantic Mini-Moon Getaway
With wedding season '21 underway, it's only a matter of time before the planning begins — where to travel for your honeymoon, that is. No matter which wedding trend you've incorporated into your big day, the idea of forgoing a full-length trip for a "mini-moon" can have some major perks. Plus, a long weekend away can be more affordable and easier to plan, and it's a great chance to splurge on a place that's a bit more luxurious than usual. And best of all, if it's one of these destinations, there might even be so many things to do on-site, you never have to leave!
Watch Hill, Rhode Island: This classic seaside village checks every quintessentially New England box: art galleries, small boutiques, and even the oldest operating carousel in the US, but you may find it hard to leave Ocean House, a recently restored historic hotel dating back to the late 1800s. It has a calendar of activities and its own private beach. But if you do gather up the energy to go, you can travel in style — you can even use one of the hotel's four Mercedes-Benzes without charge. (Photo via Ocean House)
New York City: A perfect mini-moon could start with dinner at romantic bistro Frenchette and then a long weekend stay at the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park. It can't get any more posh than sipping Champagne while overlooking Central Park in the updated club lounge, indulging in a treatment at the La Prairie Spa, or even just stealing away to your room with some King's County bourbon and North Fork potato chips from the honor bar. (Photo via Ritz-Carlton New York)
Finger Lakes, New York: A five-hour drive from New York City, this wine region has so much to explore and do, including nature adventures at Bristol Mountain's new High Point Terrain Park and cultural activities at the new Equal Rights Heritage Center paying homage to New York state's history of women's, LGBTQIA+ and civil rights. The Inns of Aurora is a romantic lakeside resort with totally unique guestrooms featuring fireplace and balconies overlooking Cayuga Lake. For something a little more zen, try Ayurveda-certified Director of Serenity for essential oil and tea blending classes, Ayurvedic consultations, and even tarot card reading. (Photo via The Inns of Aurora)
Asbury Park, New Jersey: Classic Jersey beach town Asbury Park has undergone a huge revitalization over the last 10 years, transforming the boardwalk and surrounding town into a hipster-friendly year-round resort area. This year will see the opening of boutique hotel Asbury Ocean Club, which will be home to Light of Day, the area's legendary music fest where hometown heroes Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi frequently play. Test out your bowling skills at the just reopened Asbury Lanes or get cozy at the outdoor fire pit. (Photo via Asbury Ocean Club)
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This post has been updated.