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We are struggling to figure out where to honeymoon! We want to keep it inside the continental United States. We aren’t really “beachy” people, and would perfer a quaint town or city to explore, maybe hike or bike, etc. We love cobblestone streets, historical mansions, live music- something cute and laid back to spend some time exploring. Does anyone have any ideas? One place we thought of was Charleston, SC but we don’t know much about the area. Any other ideas?? Thanks guys!
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Have you been to New Orleans? It’s amazing, and as long as you stay out of a few of the bars on Bourbon St, it’s not all drunken and crazy. It has a lot of what you described – gorgeous architecture and history, fabulous music, amazing food, big open parks, a very distinct culture. Of course it’s pretty brutally hot in the summer, not sure when you’re planning to honeymoon…
Post # 3
Hi SoontobeMrsKB! My boyfriend and I just took a week vacation to Charleston, SC over new years and it was pleasant, but I wish someone had given me pointers before we went! Like every city, Charleston has its charming areas and it’s not so charming areas. Downtown was fun to explore and had some awesome seafood, but don’t expect the shopping to be all that exciting. Just have fun exploring all of the cool historic streets. Definitely hit up the plantations; they were one of the best parts. The Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime museum was pretty interesting. It’s all inside of the USS Yorktown and was of special interest to my military man. 🙂
We chose to drive down to Savannah, GA’s historic district on our last day (only a 2hr drive), and I have to say, it was our favorite part of the entire trip. It was so green and beautiful, with the cobblestone streets and old buildings on the Savannah river. The whole district is incredibly pedestrian-friendly with art galleries, live music, local shops and restaurants, and a small park every couple of blocks.
My sister and her fiance will be going to Charleston for their honeymoon and will be staying in Myrtle Beach, which is between Charleston and Savannah. I think that may be the way to do it, so you can enjoy the character of Charleston, the beauty of Myrtle Beach, and the history of Savannah all in the same vacation.
Best of luck with your honeymoon and congrats on your engagement!
Post # 4
Have you considered Boston, MA?
Museums, seafood, history, culture…
Post # 5
I would agree with PP and say Charleston, Savannah, or New Orleans. I’d also throw in a vote for St. Augustine too. I haven’t been to Charleston in 10+ years, but I’m looking to go back soon because I’ve heard that the food is amazing now! New Orleans also has fabulous food and a lot of cool places to explore.
I went to Savannah a few years ago and went to this cooking school/class with my family – it was so fun! I would look into that if you go there.
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SoontobeMrsKB: I live in Boston and we have all of that! The other night I was at a bar with friends in the city and today I took my dog for a long hike in the woods. Both are less than 20 minutes from me. And we have a good public transit system so you can do all of this without renting a car (DON’T drive in Boston unless you are truly experienced with city driving). The Arnold Arboretum, Harvard, Cambridge, there is just so much to do. If you chose here, I’ll tell you all the secret places to go off the beaten path.
I also love Portland, OR and the Willamette Valley region. DF and I went last summer for his work and spent a week exploring tons of wineries and vineyards. We wound up shipping over 4 cases of wine home- over 50 bottles!
Post # 7
Laguna Beach, California! or La Jolla!
Post # 8
There are tons of great places – it just depends what you are looking for…
Key West – sun and relaxtion
California – trip up to Napa or maybe a raod trip down highway 1
Jackson Hole – adventure and outdoors
Post # 9
San Antonio, TX riverfront area is gorgeous and a lot of fun, but it is HOT in July and August. Sante Fe/Taos, NM is pretty amazing too.
Post # 10
For what you’re looking for, go to Boston, without a doubt! You’ve got the ocean, best italian food EVER in the North End, cobblestone galore, the Navy Yard, the harbor, Oh! How could I forget the best part! Take the ferry from the harbor and go to Cape Cod (2 hours on the ferry, maybe even less). BEAUTIFUL place. So laid back and chill. Quaint little streets, friendly people everywhere, you’ve got beaches, you can rent bikes and bike ride all around the cap… Catch a show at night. You can come back the same day OR better option is to spend 2 or 3 nights there to relax before going back to the city.
I would absolutely look into Boston if I were you. And I’m not even from there so this opinion is completely unbiased.
Post # 11
I second Charleston and Savannah. Another idea is Nantucket. It isn’t really a traditional beach destination, and it has a lot of what you are looking for. However, I wouldn’t recommend it if your honeymoon would be in mid June-early September.
Post # 12
Asheville, NC! it a perfect little mountain getaway area – you can tour biltmore, rent bikes, go hiking… It’s lovely!
Post # 13
Key West- plenty to do and explore besides the beach/ water activities.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2014 - Historic Rosemont Manor
My family went to Bar Harbor in Maine and it was absolutely gorgeous.
http://www.photographyplanet.net/MAINE/images/bar%20harbor%20street%20copy.jpg<br />http://www.newenglandtravelplanner.com/photo_gallery/maine/images/barharbor_inn5066.jpg<br /><br />If you do wind up going to Maine, everyone will say, “try the lobster!”, which is decent advice, but you CANNOT leave without trying at least 3 different kinds of blueberry pie as well 🙂
Post # 15
Before even finishing your question, I was saying Charleston. It really does sound like what you are looking for (cobblestone streets, historical mansions, live music- something cute and laid back to spend some time exploring). I just came back from a 4 night vacation and was absolutely enchanted by Charleston. If you decide on Charleston, do a walking tour. This will give you an idea of the area and places you might want to check out. For us four nights was perfect. I don’t know if we would have had enough to do if we stayed longer and one of those days was a drive to Savannah. Having said that there are other areas to explore like Isle of Palms, Folly beach and Mrtle Beach if you have a car.
Now after I have said all that, I love Boston and New England but I’m biased. I am from the Boston area. Boston has a lot of what you are looking for too. There would be so much to do and so many places to go or not. If you rented a car, you could combine three nights in Boston (I would not rent a car while in Boston) and a few nights in another part of New England like Newport RI or Portsmouth NH or… the list goes on.