Honeymoon / Minimoon in the Eastern US (driving distance from NYC)

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
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616 posts
Busy bee

The North Fork of long island has awesome beaches and wineries along a bikeable road. Also, shelter island has lovely inns. 

Post # 3
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

There’s great hiking and whitewater rafting in West Virginia!

Post # 5
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

What about the Outer Banks in North Carolina?  October is a great beach month in NC… not as many tourists, lower rates, and the weather is usually very nice.  I used to live on the southern part of the coast and would frequently go to the beach well into November!  I think it’s about 8 1/2 hours from NYC too, so within your limit!


ETA:  I just reread your post and realized that my suggestion doesn’t really apply to what you’re looking for.  The beach can be relaxing though & the OBX does have wild horses roaming around! 🙂

Post # 7
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

hopscotch:  What about the Berkshires?! Or southern Vermont. Either would be BEAUTIFUL at that time of year, with all of the foliage out. FI and I got engaged in southern Vermont last October and it was prime foliage season. Absolutely gorgeous and so many cute little towns and hotels. Very romantic.

Post # 8
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013


What about the cabins that are in the mountains of eastern NC? I always thought they looked romantic and relaxing. THey usually have jacuzzis, lakes, outdoor activities, etc and should be within a decent driving distance from here (NY).

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3836 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

hopscotch:   What about Assateague/Chincoteague – horse back riding on the beach?  

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4732 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The Greenbriar in WV? It’s gorgeous, has an awesome spa, and several activities.

Similar to that is The Homestead in VA.

Otherwise, I’d say the mountains of NC? Ashville? You could rent a cabin, visit the Biltmore Estate, Winery Tours, lots of craft brewed beer, etc.

Post # 12
3242 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

How about St. Michaels in Maryland? Bed and breakfast kind of place with spas, little shops, wineries and good food. 

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1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We went to Pokono Palace. It totally is one of the old school uber cheesy love resorts, but we had tremendous fun (and knew what we were getting into). We went on some really pretty hikes and were able to ride horses. Our room had a heart shaped jaccuzi, but others have a wine glass shaped one! If cheesey romantic and fun is your thing, I highly recommend.

Also it was all inclusive, bar lunches and alcohol.

Post # 14
1653 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

hollyberry4:  Great suggestion!


OP, I’ve been a few times..lovely area with B&B’s, a small winery, cute shops, restaurants, and the water!

Post # 15
1653 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

hopscotch:  Couple of Suggestions:


Charlottesville, VA-GORGEOUS in the Fall, lots of activities-wine tasting, great restaurants, you can visit Monticello.




Just outside of DC (I’m from that area)-Leesburg, Va area and west.  There are a couple of really nice resorts-Lansdowne Resort and Salamander Resort and Spa.  Should have some great foliage and if you’re into Wine-PLENTY of wineries!

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