Post # 1
So we are trying to plan a honeymoon for hopefully October of 2014 (Depends on if the green card process is still going on for us, hopefully we will be done by then!). We need it to be lowish-cost – so probably around $1000-$1500 over for 5-6 days. We would like to probably rent a little cottage so we can cook most nights and go out to eat a couple times as a treat. We are probably driving as well. We live in southern CT, close to NY, so preferably the destination wouldn’t be more than 6 hours away. Some ideas we had were Acadia, ME, Ocean City, MD or Cape Cod, MA. We love places that are a bit quirky, full of culture or naturey/not as touristy, and aren’t into the whole spa/resort stuff so offbeat ideas are welcome!
Post # 3
I am from Maine, and this state is beautiful in the fall! If I were you, I would go to Camden, Maine. It is a coastal town, very quaint. The foliage will be great that time of year. There are several restaurants and B&B’s around that you could stay in, plus alot of festivals going on in the fall that might be fun to attend.
Post # 4
I’ll assume you’ve been there, done that on Mystic Seaport, but if you haven’t, I remember having fun there as a child. How do you feel about wine? Delaware has a wine trail, and there are many vineyards around Cape May as well. The Finger Lakes, while not right on the coast, are beautiful. I can also recommend a bunch of tiny beach towns in NJ, but I’m not sure how much they would have going on that week since they are pretty low-key.
ETA: my parents have done the Berkshires and RI, and like both very much!
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
Post # 6
@Sea_Ashley: Camden sounds adorable! I will definitely look into that. What sort of festivals are going on? Definitely a bonus if they involve seafood haha
@Laurenplusalex: Yes Mystic is very close to us – actually neither of us have been to Delaware so that could be cool. If I just google “Delaware wine trail” will I find info?
We also haven’t been to the Finger Lakes so thats definitely a possibility. And the Berkshires are great!
Thanks so much for all the ideas!
Post # 7
Charlottesville, Virginia is basically the best place on the planet. It’s historic (Monticello is just around the corner), the people are friendly, there’s a lot of nature nearby (hiking, vineyards, lots of gorgeous leaves in the fall), and there’s a lot of great food.
Post # 9
@secretbee33: I agree with @Sea_Ashley:
I had a fantastic fall stay in Maine a few years ago. We rented an awesome & cozy bungalow in Portland but took some day trips around to other places. We both loved it, I can’t wait to go back. I didn’t know Portland was such a “foodie” town before going, we ate excellent food for the price of slop in other places! Beautiful, state, nice people, romantic, quaint but still “with-it” if that makes sense? Loved it.
Post # 10
Davis, West Virginia is really cute and pretty. If you like hiking there’s a lot around there and it will be gorgeous with the fall colors.
Post # 11
DC, with a side trip to Charlottesville (I saw PP suggested it – Charlottesville is a gorgeous area, chock full of amazing wineries!). In October, tourist season is pretty much over, so you’ll have less of that to deal with, plus the weather is usually gorgeous in the fall! With free museums and attractions at every turn, it’s actually very budget friendly (unless you live here, then..it’s not, haha).
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@secretbee33: Florida is really cheap in October, especially if you want a beach condo. The weather is typically really good and you can book through priceline or Hotwire at the last minute if you’re worried about hurricanes.
Post # 13
If you do DC and want wineries, Loudoun County is equally gorgeous and has tons of wonderful wineries. It is only about 45 minutes to an hour from DC (depending on traffic), Charlottesville is maybe 2.5-3 hours. October is PERFECT winery season!
I really like Tarara, Doukenie, and Casanel, but there are lots of greats one. Hotels in Leesburg should be pretty reasonable as well, and then rent a car or do a wine tour through Chariots For Hire or Reston Limo!
Post # 14
@secretbee33: What about Newport, RI? I LOVE it there! Loads of great restaurants and beaches and lots of great places to visit like the mansions.
Also, I did a half marathon in the finger lakes and agree on the wine tasting up there. It’s super fun BUT only if you like sweet whites.
Post # 15
DC, BECAUSE all of our museums are free and you just need to get metro passes. hotels aren’t that expensive, PM me and i’ll tell you where to stay.
Post # 16
@Washingtonian: Well, you should budget for cabs/Uber or CaBi as well since Metro is terribly unreliable. Though really most of DC is walkable, you shouldn’t need Metro too much – it doesn’t save a ton of time. Especially on weekends.
Recommended reading for tourists using Metro: http://unsuckdcmetro.blogspot.com/2010/03/tourists-guide-to-metro.html
But yes – lots of free (and inexpensive) museums, good restaurants, big events in DC. I hate the city myself (a product of commuting from the ‘burbs) but it really is great and there’s lots to do. I think in October you could maybe even catch a Nats or Caps game?