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Bees, please help me with some ideas for inexpensive honeymoon in the midwest, or maybe Florida (is late June is a good season to go there?).. Any ideas/experiences you have? Is it better to travel by car or by plane?
I had one thread about not being able to afford a honeymoon and some helpful bees suggested to do a minimoon with small budget instead.
There were some mean comments as well, so I hope they will not find this thread to start the attack on me (carrying over from other threads), I am asking for ideas and if you have nothing relavant to say on the topic in title, then don’t say anything at all!
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- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
What’s your price range?
Any specific things you are looking for (pool, ocean, zipline, horse back, spa…)
Also… I vote plane 🙂
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@Anna10-05-2014: I think more relaxing than adventurous… I am unsure about the price range yet, just trying to get ideas on the minimum price 😉
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For a bit, I was really interested in Eureka Springs, AK as a wedding destination. However, they have some fun little cabins and small things like that for a cute honeymoon! I think there were even treehouse cabins.
You may want to look into things like VRBO or other vacation rental sites.
That way, you might be able to swing more spacious or interesting accomodations than you would at a hotel.
The travel method depends on where you’re coming from, but you should do some research into the best time to buy plane tickets (to get the best deal) and start comparing now to see patterns. Also gas prices/ station locations (can you make it to the next one between tanks?). And I always take my car to the mechanic before a big trip, to make sure it’s in good shape – not that you have to, bu tmine is 11 years old. 🙂
Kayak is a website that tracks airplane ticket prices over time, might be worth it to start checking that out.
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- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
In the Midwest I can mostly speak only for places in my home state of Wisconsin where a lot of my friends have taken some in state inexpensive honeymoons. Here’s some general ideas/locations. We’re looking at a week in the Apostle Islands, it will be around $1,000 total – all our expenses (gas, meals, hotel, etc).
Depending on your starting point, I would drive to most of these places. Nice to be able to have a car to get around in and there’s a lot of pretty scenery.
I mentioned Florida to FI and he said even in May he would not go because it would be too hot. His Dad’s wife seconded this and she used to live there. All depends on your heat and humidity tolerance I guess…mine’s pretty low so probably better for us to plan a FL trip sometime in a cooler month here to warm us up.
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@CakeyP: Eureka Springs is adorable! I think that would be a great place to have a relaxing honeymoon. The Local Flavor Cafe is SO GOOD.
@Ms_Purple: +1 to your suggestions! (I wrote most of my reply out and then got a phone call before I could post it)
OP, I’m not sure exactly where you are or where in the midwest you were thinking of, but there’s a lovely little place called Door County in northeastern Wisconsin that is great. It’s a peninsula, so it’s surrounded by water (Green Bay on one side, Lake Michigan on the other) and there are tons of great little B&Bs, restaurants, beautiful state parks, and they have at least one outdoor Shakespeare theater that’s great!
Florida in late June would be too hot for me, but to each their own.
In either Florida or the Midwest, you would need a car to get around locally. It really depends on where you now and where you decide to go whether it would be worth flying or driving to reach your destination.
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Where are you in the midwest?
My favorite midwest driveable location is Colorado.
Florida is HOT HOT HOT in June/July and so I would avoid it personally. I think really nice times to go there are April/late September/October.
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Oh so many places…
For a city feel, there’s always Chicago, but it will be on the slightly more expensive side. Going to Navy Pier, walking the Magnificent Mile, checking out Millenium Park, and Lincoln Park Zoo are all free, but the best stuff is stuff you have to pay for- ie Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd’s Aquarium, Field Museum, etc. It’s a great city to visit, but not necessarily a honeymoon.
If you and you FI like thrills, there’s always Cedar Point in Sandusky. It’s fantastic for roller coasters- basically the roller coaster meca for all thrill seekers.
But, if you’re going for relaxation (which I’m guessing you are), I have to plug my home state- good ol’ Michigan, USA. We’ve got the beaches along Lake Michigan- farther north you are, the clearer the water is (and colder too). Plus there are some neat sand dunes along that way. One of the “bigger” tourist cities for that is Traverse City. There’s Mackinac, up by the bridge, that has a very historic feel to it. It’s a bit more on the expensive side, but no where near anything like going to the Bahamas, and if you get a chance to stay on the island, it’s absolutely beautiful. In fact, all of northern lower peninsula and the UP are fantastic places to go nature sight-seeing. Seriously, you could just road trip around the UP for a week.
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@DomesticDiva: Ha ha ha ha ha… Yes, da UP.
Though to be fair “da UP” is more of what the actual yoopers say, and I’m a troll living under the bridge. 😉
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As other Bees have said Florida is going to be HOT & HUMID during June. Certainly wouldn’t be a month I’d go there. (April is the latest I’d look at Florida until after the Summer heat is long past… November & December… and then Winter Months again)
Plus it is also going to be a lot more expensive, if you are coming in from the Mid-West, airfare is ALWAYS going to add a lot more to the cost of a vacation vs a road trip holiday (and more than likely if you were to go to Florida, you’d want a car rental too… cause Florida is a big state with much to see… and public transit isn’t always the easiest choice… much easier to get about with a car)
The Mid-West is HUGE… and in some cases, means different things to different people on WHERE exactly it is… Wikipedia defines the area as 12 States… Illinois – Indiana – Iowa – Kansas – Michigan – Minnesota – Missouri – Nebraska – North Dakota – Ohio – South Dakota – and Wisconsin. A whole lote of territory (over 821,000 Sq Miles)… and a distance of aprox 1400 Miles East to West (20 Hours Driving Time)… and 1000 Miles North to South (13 Hours Driving Time).
A whole lot of area, but having been to much of the Mid-Western States, I can honestly say GORGEOUS Country… and lots of great things to see and do there, no matter what your interests are.
So knowing WHERE you are starting from (even just the state) would be helpful. As would be info on how much time you have for the Honeymoon / Mini-Moon. And what kinds of things you’d think you’d like doing… are you just looking for a romantic spot to veg out, or are you looking to sightsee? Have an interest in History, Geography, Adventureous activities, etc? Cause the more you tell us, then the more we can plot out ideas / Destinations that would be workable for you. And an idea to Budget would also be helpful.