Post # 1
We are getting super close to the wedding now and we are finally trying to decide how to spend the couple of days after the wedding. Since we can’t take a full-blown honeymoon right now, we are going to go somewhere nearby, leave on Sunday and comeback either Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
Option 1: A couple days in a big city. Probably Pittsburgh but Cleveland is an option also. Rent a nice hotel room and visit some museums, shop, and eat at yummy restaurants. We live in a small town/rural area so this would be something different for us. We live about an hour from Pittsburgh and maybe an hour and a half from Cleveland.
Option 2: We go camping for a couple of days. Find a nice campground within a couple hours drive. Sleep in a tent, go hiking, and relax in front of a fire at night.
Any other suggestions? Or if you live near Cleveland or Pittsburgh any suggestions for places to stay, go, or eat? Or know of any great places to camp in Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, or even NW West Virginia?
Edit: FYI, we are on a budget so nothing too pricey!
Post # 3
I would vote the city idea. It seems like it would be “special” since you aren’t able to do city stuff often. You could get a couples’ massage, have romantic dinners, sight-see, etc.
Sorry I can’t suggest anything specific as I haven’t been to either of those cities.
Post # 4
The city option would be my preference, but you have to figure what you two like to do. I say that but it’s not what I did, and I had a great time. I had a mini-moon at Hocking Hills, you can see how far that would be for you (Old Man’s Cave). We got a luxury cabin with a full kitchen and a hottub for a good price. We hiked and did outdoorsy stuff but had a really nice cabin as well. If you’re interested, I can give you more details.
Post # 5
I like the camping idea. You can really just be alone, just the two of you, to soak in the “newlywed” feeling. Also, I live in a rural area, too, and while I like visiting big cities, it usually stresses me out a little. Just dealing with crowds and traffic is a little bit more stressful for me than going camping where I can get away from everyone if I need to. Of course, you could not have that problem at all. 🙂
Post # 6
I vote “city” also. I haaaate camping though. To me it’s not romantic to have the comforts of home (a bathroom, etc) nowhere near. I like the idea of city fun, anyways, dressing up for a show, having dinner at some cheap ass hole in the wall dive that’s awesome, trekking a bottle of wine up to your room, going up to the rooftop bar and listening to the band, etc.
Post # 7
if you do pick camping, i would make sure it’s not too hot! a friend of mine went camping for their honeymoon and they were miserable from the heat! sucky way to start a marraige. i think it depends on your preferences, but i would pick camping.
Post # 8
I prefer camping. Our camping honeymoon was so romantic, and when we got back to camp at night we made great meals and drank a left over bottle of champagne every night. There is nothing like hiking, swimming, and snuggling under the stars. Very romantic!
Post # 9
The city option sounds like a blast (it’s what I would probably do!), but I’ve heard a lot of couples say they needed to decompress after the wedding and the city was a little too lively for them to do that. Something to think about for sure! 🙂
Post # 10
How about a compromise between the two? A lot of national parks have nice hotels nearby, you can enjoy the outdoors during the day and warm showers at night. If such a hotel is out of your price range, look into KOAs near you. Many of them have cute little “kabins” that provide privacy but still have the camping feeling. You’ll be stuck with communal showers, but they are nice and clean.
Post # 11
Oh you could do a nice lodge! What about a bed and breakfast nearby for 2 days? It’s super quiet but relaxing, too. If there’s a winery near you that might be a good option.
Post # 12
That’s such a tough choice! I adore camping, and can’t wait to do it with my husband, but after the hecticness of the wedding activities, I just wanted all the pampering I coud get. We needed some time to wind down, and just ended up spending a lot of time laying in bed.
Camping trips will definitley make great getaways in our future…but that’s just my take!
Post # 13
@mary-alice-me-Hocking Hills is definitley on our short list!
We love camping and the weather should be decent but I do think I want a nice comfy bed. A lodge is a good option.
Post # 14
EJS had a great suggesting with a B&B. Lodges are so much fun to stay in as well. I love to camp but I don’t think I would want to do it for a honeymoon — I kinda want to feel spoiled on the honeymoon, even if we’re not spending a lot of money. Plus, when you’re camping it’s hard to mention your *husband* to other people — and we all know that’s one of the most fun parts of being newly married (I know I can’t wait to call FI my husband in public)!