Post # 1
Fiance and I are starting to think about our honeymoon (which wouldn’t be until Septemer 2013). Originally, we were trying to think of somewhere more traditionally honeymoon-ish to go: Hawaii, Caribbean, Greece, Fiji, Bali, etc. I love all of those ideas, but we don’t have a huge honeymoon budget and I want to stay in beautiful hotels and go to a spa and really just live luxuriously after the wedding.
I said something about really wanting to visit California and New Orleans recently, and fiance piped in saying he thinks we should go party in Vegas once in our lives (we aren’t the rowdiest 23-year-olds but we do like to try and have fun every now and then 🙂 )
This led us to think of a really fun domestic honeymoon idea. What if we went to Vegas for the first 4 nights, relaxed in the pool and spa, saw a great show, partied and celebrated a bit, all while staying in a super nice hotel for a relatively low cost? We could then venture over to San Francisco for another 5 nights, explore the city and take day trips to see Alcatraz and wine country, again, in a nice boutique hotel. To top it off, we’d go to New Orleans for the last 4 nights, go on some historic tours, eat great food, and celebrate a bit more while listening to great live music.
What could be better? It gets us more bang for our buck, it allows us to stay in nice hotels and resorts, it has some relaxation, some history, some shopping and some partying, and all three places will have beautiful weather in September.
What do you think, bees? Good idea? Is anyone doing something similar? Other suggetsions?
Post # 3
Oh that sounds wonderful! Darling Husband & I have been to Vegas a few times and it is always a good time 🙂 If you go, definitely see Zumanity at New York- it’s a cirque du soleil show, but it’s definitely risque!
Post # 4
I think it sounds like a lot of traveling. If you are fine with spending so much of your honeymoon on planes then I would say go for it.
Have you looked into hotels and spas and other costs like that? Average cost of a hotel room (in a decent area) in both Las Vegas and San Francisco is going to be above $200 a night.
Post # 5
Sounds like my kind of honeymoon, although I would have to cut out the spas.
Post # 6
I think it sounds awesome, and that is a great amount of time in each place.
Post # 7
I think that sounds awesome! Vegas, San Fransisco, and New Orleans are all on my list of places to go to someday. I would love that kind of honeymoon!
Post # 8
Sounds like a great idea to me!!
A lot of people don’t think of Vegas as romantic, but I disagree. I had a great time partying, gambling, eating out and drinking with my Fiance there on my birthday this year!!
New Orleans is a bit out of the way compared to Vegas & San Fran. Although it is a great city, it might involve some longer flights and layovers. Could you save NO for another trip (maybe 1 yr anniversay?) Then you could add another city on the west coast maybe (Portland, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, San Diego) or do a drive up the California coast! I’ve always wanted to do that!
Post # 9
@Bunny82: You are very wrong with your pricing. I’ve stayed in a few hotels right on the strip, for anywhere from $50 and up per night. I’m not talking about the stratosphere either, I’m talking centre strip locations, MGM Grand and that vacinity.
Also there are a couple of hotels that are ‘off-strip’ but you are really just right behind or beside the hotels on the strip. ‘off strip’ hotels tend to have amazing prices. Hooter’s resort for instance we $17/night for a week stay in August. Hooter’s resort is located just across the street from the front entrance of the MGM Grand, and right next to the front entrance of the Tropicana.
Hotels in vegas often have very low prices available if you book the right amount of time in advance.
Post # 10
I think that sounds like fun, and I want to go to San Fran and NOLA so bad, but it’s too much traveling for me.
Post # 11
I think it sounds lovely!
Post # 12
Fun idea, but I honestly think you’ll spend more on plane tickets going to Vegas, then SF, then New Orleans than you would just flying somewhere expensive and staying there for a couple weeks. Our flights to Venice, Italy were only $795 per person, and we rented an apartment with a jacuzzi for like $1500 for the week.
It sounds like a great time, but I’m not so sure it would actually be cheaper than a traditional honeymoon!
Post # 13
I think you would really enjoy yourself. I grew up in San Francisco and also lived in Vegas for a few years and now getting to go back and stay in hotels I appreciate both places so much more. I agree with another bee about Zumanity! Most of the Cirque shows are amazing and you can’t really go wrong. The newish city center hotels are nice- Mandarin Oriental was great as was Aria. In San Francsico, even if you stayed outside of the city and commuted in via BART you’d have a great stay. If you get the chance, make your way to Carmel and Monterey, especially if you love the beach. Good luck and have fun!!
Post # 14
@DaneLady: I didn’t enjoy zumanity, I found it more over the top stupid sexual humor, then actually risque. Maybe it would help if the performers didn’t spend the entire show cracking jokes and trying to get laughs from the audience.
I recommend peep show. I will see it everytime I’m in vegas now.
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
That is a great trip (I did a mini-trip almost like it a few years ago and loved it!) I spent three days in Vegas and two days in San Francisco. Both cities are great and offer very different experiences. Vegas is great for shows, gambling, and partying. Don’t forget the Dam Tour or a bus ride to the Grand Canyon.San Francisco is hands down the prettiest city in the U.S. Make sure to book at least a day trip to see the redwood trees and sample wine at a few vineyards in Sonoma.
New Orleans is our super budget mini-moon, a backup plan for just in case we aren’t able to save enough for our London/Paris planned honeymoon. Another great choice!
Post # 16
I live close to New Orleans and go 4x a year. I find the city to be amazing, dirty, crazy, yet super romantic. If you need any information about the city or anything, let me know!