Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married during the carribean’s hurricane season. We are debating between a minimoon in October and an actual honeymoon in March (our dating anniversary) or going to a place nto affected by the hurricane belt.
What are some suggestions for minimoons? What are your favorite things to do in these spots? Favorite night life spots, restaraunts, activities, toursity spots?
Post # 3
We’re "mini-mooning" the couple days following our wedding in the town where we’re having it (Asheville, NC). There’s tons to do there. Asheville has a great website, but there’s the Biltmore, Blue Ridge Mountains, all kinds of rafting and outdoors/mountain activities and tourist destinations close by in Western North Carolina. The downtown area is cute for shopping and dining. We’re having our rehearsal dinner at the Charlotte Street Pub, which I’ve read rave reviews about!
Post # 4
if our budget ends up being tighter than we expect, we plan to mini-moon in vegas 🙂 it’s one of our favorite places to visit but we’ve stoped visiting when we started wedding planning. we love to kinda gamble, shop a lot, eat at a buffet, take in a show, and dance in vegas.
Post # 5
I’d love to do the Carolinas eventually! I was thinking of places close to home, but its also great to hear about places we’d like to do mini vacations! Vegas is another on the list!
Post # 6
I also suggest Vegas! My fiance and I just went on an engagi-moon (that word seems awkward, I don’t think I’ll use it again!) to Cabo for four days. The entire time, we wished we were in Vegas! While the sun and ocean were kind of nice, it’s difficult to find affordable luxury like you can in Vegas. When you think about it, there really are amazing things to do in Las Vegas–super nice hotels, shows and concerts, amazing restaurants, tons of sights, etc.. When we take vacations, we usually love to totally indulge with delicious food and drinks and hit the spa and relax (although other times we go to see the sights, but not when we only have a few days–it’s too overwhelming and exhausting to try to run around and see a bunch of sights with only a few days). Right now, you can fly into and stay at any of the major Vegas hotels for dirt cheap! Our favorite is the MGM Signature–it’s on MGM campus, so you’re close to all that action and the monorail, but it’s a little removed from all the chaos and has a really nice grown-up and relaxing ambiance.
Keep us updated with your plans!
Post # 7
Hey girl! We’re going on our engagimoon for four days to Jamaica (Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton) and got a great deal on bookit.com! Also, I’d suggest if you wish to remain stateside, one of my state’s loveliest places, Savannah and St. Simon’s Island. Both have excellent MISS records with regards to hurricanes and hurricane season with no real direct hits in a long time.
Savannah is gorgeous, lush, and uuber romantic. Many historic inns and wonderful areas to stroll hand in hand. That was our first trip together as a couple. Savannah and St. Simon’s Island and Jekyll Island. Jekyll Island Club is lovely as is the ocean club lodge (?) and the King and Prince (where we stayed also). We spent one day in Savannah and two more at the beach!
Post # 8
How about San Francisco? You can drive up to Napa and Sonoma to go wine tasting, bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and Tiburon, or just stay in San Francisco and enjoy all the fun stuff it has to offer, from great restaurants to an Alcatraz tour.
New York City is also a great minimoon destination. I love the museums and Broadway plays!
Post # 9
We are minimooning in Niagara Falls in April.
I also recommend San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa. New York would be fun too.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! We are from the east coast, Newport, RI not Newport county, CA. So if we choose to minimoon it will probably be local. I didn’t specify that at the start of the post because we like taking short getways too, so I am really enjoying hearing everyone’s suggestions.
Bellenga, Savannah sounds beautiful! I have heard many great things about Jamaica, I have a friend whose family is from there and they go pretty often and love it! The beaches are gorgeous (I only know from pictures!)
I wish I could afford ot travel to all these places, every where sounds great!
Sofar I have considered just staying in Newport for an extra few days post wedding, then planning a big trip in the late winter, maybe North Conway? It will be foliage season. Not too sure, still open for suggestions, unless we go with Aruba. It is one of the only spots we were interested that we found out isn’t in the hurricane belt!
Post # 11
There are cruises that leave from Boston that go up to Canada.
That might be lovely in October with all the foliage. And because it leaves from Boston, you don’t have to pay for airfare!
Post # 12
Why not go to the White Mountains in NH or the Green Mountains in VT? You could go to a great B&B or hotel and enjoy the foliage.
This isn’t a shameless plug for my venue, but Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in NH is wonderful. (It’s where we are getting married) I have a colleague who mini mooned there and said it was fabulous….
Post # 13
I think due to the ecomony we will be doing a mini-moon to Miami because we will have frequent flyer miles! But at some point I want do some kind of international, maybe Jamacia or Mexico! We’ll see where the economy takes us!
Post # 14
I totally second Erindesmar’s suggestion to go see the foliage up in VT or NH. A lot of hotels and B&B’s have specials tht time of year. And if I can remember the name, tehre is a cute cider mill near one of the AMC huts in the Whites which could be a fun couple of hours while you’re up there.
Another thought, what about planning a fun weekend in Boston? I’m sure you’ve been there reasonably often, but I find that it can be really fun to take a weekend out to really enjoy a nearby city that you otherwise only go to occasionally. (We’ve done that for SF from where I am 45 minutes away and it’s totally different than just hanging out for the day or evening). There are so many great things to do there, and since you won’t be travelling far maybe you can splurge on a fancy hotel with a view or something. And so many great restaurants to boot!
Post # 15
Technically, yes, hurricane season is from June to November, but most hurricanes happen in July, August, and September. You really don’t need to worry about hurricanes in October. Not to say there won’t be one, but every hurricane in my recent memory has been in August or September.
I think that following the leaves to VT or NH is a great idea, but I didn’t want you to rule your #1 out. Also, most places will refund your money if your travel plans are impacted by a hurricane.