Post # 1
So the FH and I are getting married over Labor Day weekend next year and are trying to figure out where to go. Of course I have always loved the idea of Hawaii but I know how it’s a typical place for honeymoons so it’s more expensive. We do want the coast involved in our trip. I’ve never seen the ocean! But we don’t want the ocean to sit on the beach, tan and read, that’s just not us. We want fun activities (as in not underwater either-freaks me out but on the water is fine) like zip-line, four-wheeling, hiking, tours, history, FRESH seafood restaurants, see turning of the leaves (possibly go to the NE since fall will be starting), etc.
Anyone have some great ideas for along the coasts here in the US? Probably count out the SE since the heat and humidity and I are not exactly friends (I live in Colorado!).
Post # 3
How about the coast of Louisiana, New Orleans? You can go on alligator tours, but it’ll definitely be hot as heck here!!! I would also say maybe savannah and the maine coast would be gorgeous.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Rockport, MA and the New England area in general!
Post # 5
Why not a dude ranch? Seriously. I looked into it as a vacation on it’s own. Most of the ranches are privately owned and there are some very chic looking accomodations. I tried to convince FI that it would be a great idea for something offbeat, but he wouldn’t have it. He wants to leave the country.
Why not Baltimore, or DC area? There is a lot of history and good seafood in that area. Have you ever been to DC? I love it there!
Post # 6
We went to Glacier National Park. It was amazing. I really wanted to sit on a beach, but that wasn’t going to happen right now (maybe for a babymoon this winter if things work out!). We hiked and camped and got dirty and had a wonderful time!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2009 - Battery Gardens
I think Bruschetta is right re: New England although it may still be too hot for the leaves to be turning around Labor Day.
Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Newport (RI) where I went and Nantucket might be some good places to go.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
I vote for Los Angeles. There is so much to do there! Museums, bars, pretty drives through the mountains. And it’s on the coast! So much fun and the weather is always gorgeous.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2009 - Devil's Thumb Ranch, Colorado
What about Charleston, South Carolina, (I hear great things!) or maybe something like Seattle where you could visit the fresh fish market and go on hikes or sea kayaks? September and October are supposed to be the most stunning months for Northern California. How about a few days by the sea near San Francisco and then a few days in Napa?
Post # 10
Seattle usually turns rainy labor day weekend, so if you want to wring out the last of the sunny weather don’t come here! (Though it is Bumbershoot weekend, so if you love Indie rock, it may be worth it!)
Post # 11
My vote is for a cruise! I felt the same way as you–we didn’t want to hang out on a beach for a whole week. The cruise was great because we could go to a beach for an hour or two, go an a shore excursion, and do all the cruise activities while on the boat. Oh, and the food was great!
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
A long drive up the coast of Cali on Highway 1 sounds exactly like what you’d like! The coast drive is insanely gorgeous… and be sure to spend a few nights in the Big Sur/Carmel area if you do come!
Post # 13
I like Pengys idea of the Cali coast. But if you want all the adventure things you just described in one place, Hawaii really is a good option. And with the current economy, they are actualyl lowering prices drastically to try and get tourists to return.