Destination Dilemma

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@D_Schoen15:  Come to Vermont! You can be in the middle of nowhere, but there’s a lot within a few hours. You could stay in the mountains, go to Montreal (2-3 hour drive), hit up Ben and Jerrys’ ice cream factory, cabot cheese! I live here so if you need suggestions on where to stay, let me know! Avoid the more popular touristy towns and you won’t have to spend a lot!

Post # 4
3623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@D_Schoen15:  Have you thought about the Finger Lakes in Western NY (I know you said NY was out, but this is like 8 hours from the city)– you could also do Niagra Falls, Buffalo, and Rochester. Or have you thought about the VA wine country– there is hiking and wine tasting, and cute small towns. DC is 2 hours away.

Post # 6
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@D_Schoen15:  PM me anytime! Believe me, there’s a LOT to do. Let me know what sort of things you like to do– more relaxing or more adventurous, etc. It’s just hidden 🙂 

Post # 8
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@D_Schoen15:  Burlington, Vermont is the littlest big city ever! TONS of gourmet/local-vore/vegan food, ALL affordable, TONS of tiny book stores/niche shops, the mountains, the lakes. It’s pretty fabulous!

But stay in Burlington… Stowe/Montpelier/every other city is a one-road town!

I also second the Finger Lakes!

Post # 9
3623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@D_Schoen15:  Western NY has some of the best wine in the world and is as far from the city as you can imagine. You can get a cottage on the lake and rent boats. There is also a lot of amazing wineries that love visitors: You have to visit the NY Food and Wine Classic. Plus, there is Corning (a cute small town with a great museum), Buffalo, Rochester, and Niagara in under a 1.5 hour drive.


VA wine sucks, but it is a pretty area. Lots of hiking and very chill. Plus, Charlottesville is cool, as is DC.

Post # 10
5162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

What about heading to the Great Smoke Mountains?

Post # 11
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Id also recommend Vermont or the Adirondacks in upstate NY based on what I think you might be looking for. It’s also within driving distance – though these days I would confirm that it would actually cost less to drive than fly. The Sagamore Resort ( is gorgeous and in such a quaint, cute little town, but if $2,500 is your TOTAL budget, it would likely be out of your price range. If thats just your budget for your lodgings, than it is totally doable. The Boathouse B&B in the same area ( is more in your budget, but I cannot confirm that they have jetted tubs…LOL

Post # 12
6812 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

The NY side of Niagara Falls (the honeymoon capital)?

ETA: You can fly into NY, do the museums, then rent a car and drive up. There are tons of hiking trails, see Niagara Falls, etc.

Or, I have never been to Colorado, but there’s tons to do and you two might enjoy it and it’s supposed to be beautiful in the summer.

OR – my FI and I were thinking about road trip. Rent a car, priceline hotels at every city we want to go to, nothing fancy, just us and adventure – completely spontaneous, just outline the cities we wish to hit and outline how long it’ll take to get from destination to destination and go. We were planning to hit New Orleans, something in Texas, the Grand Canyon, all of Cali (LA, San Diego, San Fran, etc), Washington State, Vancouver (this wouldn’t be good for you), Colorado, I think Tennessee and then drive back (to SC, where we live now). We’re still in the picking a honeymoon out phase, but this is one of our options.

Post # 13
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @D_Schoen15:  First and foremost I see this is your DEBUT post on WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

Allergy to pine is going to put a lot of western states like Colorado out of the mix.

The good news is although there are evergreens in the Northeast States, there is far more deciduous trees (those are the suckers that change colours in the Fall)… so you’ll have no issues in that regard for much of New England and New York State.

As someone who is a travel nut (Mr TTR and I are semi-retired, so we travel a lot)… I can tell you that ANYWHERE in New England is awesome in our book… including New Hampshire & Vermont.  A lot more going on there than meets the eye, you just gotta know where to look.*

Northern and Western NY State are both lovely too.  We love the Catskills, Adirondacks, and the Finger Lakes Region.

ALL of these areas will meet your criteria in regards to weather & driving distance (assuming you are midstate in Florida… in so much as FL is a HUGE State)

Your Time & Budget however are going to maybe present a problem…

Coming this far north you are looking at a long drive (15 to 20 Hours) and that is going to eat up your time (say 2 very long Days up and then another 2 back)

Budget is also going to be a tad tight… more so if you look at flying.  Accommodations like you’ve described with a jetted tub and massages, and the ability to have Champagne, Chocolates & Rose Petals automatically drive the price up quite a bit.

What I can tell you… is that if you are flexible a bit it might be possible… to at least get some of these (no matter where you end up)… flexible being perhaps that B&B with the jetted tub, but you’ll have to go elsewhere for the massage, and bring in your own Champagne & Chocolates (lol, NH has the cheapest booze in the whole USA)

I am tempted therefore to agree with the other Bees… you might want to further investigate the Smokey Mountains (Tennessee & North Carolina)… or the Blue Ridge Mountains (Virginia) … or even the Poconos (Pennsylvania). **

Overall if you adjust your expectations a tad… or your budget / timing… I think you can make this work.

Mr TTR and I like to travel with a Daily Budget of aprox $ 300 per day when we go on a road trip… that money meant to cover us for Accommodations – Food – Gas, Tolls & Parking – and Entertainment.  The key is budgeting.  Some days we spend more than the $ 300 somedays more… so it all evens out.

If you are going to be driving north, I’d say your nights on the road (vs at your Destination) is when you should be trying to get your best deals / save money… so you can do more once you finally arrive at your Honeymoon “spot” (the splurge)


* No matter where you choose to go, the key is going to be in the planning.  Do lots of reading & research ahead of time.  Start with Wikipedia (great for an overview of an area, and so easy to use, click around on for more info).  Also refer to a good on-line map, I like Google Maps for planning out road trips and the fact that now you can SEE so much with Street View – Satellite View – Google Earth etc.

Your second line of info should come from Tourism Websites… every State, Region, City or Town have these now.


Poconos Tourism =

Thirdly, a combo of actual Vendor Websites, and a good Trip Planinng Website (I like TripAdvisor).  TA is great cause they have Travel Guide Pages – Reviews (Accommodations – Attractions – Restaurants) – and Forums where you can ask Questions of TA Destination Experts & Locals.  Handy if you’ve found something elsewhere online and want more info or someone’s honest opinion etc.


TripAdvisor (Great Smokey Mountains) =


** The Poconos are an interesting spot… and a long time Honeymoon destination.  Not what everyone is looking for perhaps, but they do have most of the things on your list, and the resorts offer lots to do, and there is other stuff nearby to keep you busy as well.  I know there have been Bees who have done Recaps / Reviews on some of their experiences, I’ll see if I can’t find you those.

In the meantime… hope this helps,


Post # 14
1086 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

In Western Massachusetts: Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge, or Shelburne Falls.

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