- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014
Hello fellow Bees!
I’m hoping I can get some ideas for a honeymoon. My fiance and I are getting married July of 2014. We’ve got a plethora of parameters that’s making a decision hard on us (please keep negative comments to yourself).
We’re young and broke, so we’ve got a budget of $2,500. There is absolutely no wiggle room. We have to take our honeymoon immediately following the wedding (waiting would cause us to run into insane conflicts). We want to take a honeymoon lasting AT LEAST 7 days (this is very important to us, as our schedules force us to spend very little time together and we never go on vacations to get alone time).
We live in Florida, and are sick and tired of the ocean, the beaches, and the hot humid summers. I know, it’s a July honeymoon, it’ll be some sort of hot everywhere- but not FL hot. We want to avoid those mentioned as much as possible. Also, I’m sorry to say it, but we can’t stand kids. It’s our honeymoon, a romantic getaway, and we want to be as far away from children as possible. Now, I know it’s summer and they’ll be scurrying about regardless, but it’s possible to avoid the masses. I just know it!
We were hoping to cut back on some expenses by driving our own car to our destination, but we’re only willing to do that up to, say, 1500 miles. After that we’ll have to fly, and that can get really costly and inconvenient (think lost luggage and broken souvenirs).
One thing we do have to exclude is leaving the United States. We do not and will not have passports by the time we get married. Quite frankly, we don’t want to leave the USA just yet, so please avoid recommending abroad ideas.
Here’s what we’d originally thought of- a place called Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, WA. We had to nix that idea because of price and a severe allergy to pine trees (it’s in a pine forest). Now, if we could find a place like it (a spa lodge that’s isolated on top of or adjacent to a waterfall/body of water) on the East Coast we’d be in paradise.
Our second pick was a B&B in Wallingford, CT. It’s isolated, and no more than a 90 minute drive to NYC, Great Barrington MA, RI, which were all places we have an interest in seeing (NYC ONLY for the museums- otherwise I detest NY). We were going to visit some small wineries and bring a bottle home from each as souvenirs, enjoying one bottle each year on our anniversary. Awww, how cute, right? Well it is, and we haven’t exactly ruled it out, but to tell you the truth it’s not what my heart is set on. The man, he’s happy with anything.
Here’s the thing: I want us to stay in the middle of nowhere but be no more than an hour drive away from various attractions. I want us to look out our windows and see beautiful landscapes. I want to be able to get a massage without leaving the grounds, have champagne, truffles and rose petals in our room each night, an enjoy a whirpool jacuzzi tub in the room.
We don’t want to go to some worn-out widely known spot, like New Orleans or Charleston. We’re from the South, we don’t want to see more of it. For various reasons New Mexico, Missouri, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and East Massachusetts are out. As are the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
The husband-to-be, he’s going to want to try new activities, but not new food, and he doesn’t eat seafood. I, on the other hand, love food, but am a Vegan, so that whole thing is kind of whatever for me. As far as activities go, eh, I’ll do it if I have to. But they’ve got to fall within our budget.
Ever seen the TV show Once Upon A Time? To be honest, if we could find a ritzy B&B in a town like that we’d be ecstatic (by ritzy I mean a stellar tub, not some soaker tub but something with jets).
Seems pretty unrealisitic, huh? So… Help?