Post # 1
It’s only been up 12 hours, so many of you may not have seen my last post, but my darling J has gotten it into his mind that we should take a roadtrip from Michigan (where the wedding is) out to Boston and then down the coast to DC (where we’ll be living) as our honeymoon.
Now, I can appreciate a good roadtrip as much as the next 26 year old grad student, but … for our honeymoon? The same honeymoon he’s been talking about Ireland for incessantly since we got engaged?
(The progression went like this: “Let’s get engaged… hey, let’s honeymoon in Ireland! … wait, taxes are really freaking expensive! … let’s rent a car and road trip 20 hours in 4 days instead of taking a honeymoon!”)
I’m pretty sure I can get him to come around to reason, if I have a good solid suggestion to give him as an alternative – I’m thinking Mini-moon in early October (immediately following the wedding – maybe Sunday-Wednesday), and we can do 2 weeks in Ireland when he has a school break (he teaches) sometime later in the year.
So now I just need to figure out what to suggest we do for the mini-moon!
Any suggestions? We’ll only have 4 days and thus can’t go far – we start in Michigan on Sunday and want to be back in DC in time for work on Thursday. So anything relatively ‘on the way’ is fair game – as long as it doesn’t involve renting a car and driving 13 hours!
Post # 3
Hmmm, what about a B&B around Niagara falls? Although, that’s not really on the way to D.C.
Post # 4
I would fly into Charlottesville VA and do a week at the wineries, presidential estates, and Shenandoah National Park. It should be absolutely gorgeous in the fall with the leaves turning, and there are oodles of cute bed and breakfasts. You could rent a car and drive around there and then either drive back to DC or take Amtrak back (there is a direct line from Charlottesville to Union Station).
Post # 5
What about Mackinac Island?? Its on Lake Michigan. Another good spot would be doing New England because it will be fall and its gorgeous there in the fall.
Post # 6
We roadtripped for our honeymoon. It was a blast. We drove from California to Montana and spent a week in Glacier Nat’nl park then drove back to California and to Washington State 🙂
Post # 7
You could always do a long weekend in a city like NYC, Boston or Philly on your way back. You should be able to find flights pretty easily and can look online for a hotel deal.
If you want to go off the beaten path maybe a hotel in the mountains (NH or VT). There’s a super cute one in NH that offers rooms with their own fireplaces overlooking a lake and has a heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool. It’s called the Inn at Church Landing and Mill Falls (there are actually 4 hotels owned by the same company). http://millfalls.com/ (I just looked it up). The weather shold be pretty decent still and you’ll have fall leaves, day hikes and maple syrup!
Post # 8
@Stephanie – Niagra is a thought; it’s relatively close
@Cinnamon – that actually sounds really great!
@clare – I’m pretty sure Mackinac is closed by October (? maybe not)
@DG – how many hours of driving did you put in daily on that trip? Just curious. It’s not the driving that bothers me as much as wanting to do 13 hours on the first day, and then 6 hours on the last days, when we’ve only got 4 days!
@slicey – wow that sounds awesome!
Post # 9
I would absolutely recommend NH in the fall!!! I have lived here my entire life and am moving to TX soon and one thing I will miss is the amazing foliage! I also second going to the Inn at Mill Falls – it is beautiful!!!! Although I may be bias because it is the venue for our wedding lol But we chose it because it is right on the water and the hotel is very nature-ish and pretty!