Post # 1
I turn again to the ladies much wiser than myself…
so a quick senopsis… we want to go on a Honeymoon after our late October wedding, but we have a list of “obsitcals” and now we have no idea where to go or what to do.
1. my Fiance has ALWAYS wanted to go to Hawaii for his honeymoon.
2 we have limeted $$ left to spend on a honeymoon since we are paying for the majority of the wedding ourselves. (~$2000)
3. I don’t come from a family that travels so I don;t have a Passport and it makes no sense to get one right before I change my name.
4. We are from the Northland, and would like to go someplace warm.(pref. on a coast w/ a beach)
5. I love touristy stuff, and he loves being out side and camping and hiking so we would like to be able to do some of each.
6. Worried about hurricanes and being down on the gulf at that time of year. (please correct me if I am off base about this.. i am not from that area of the country)
so that about sums it up… what do you ladies think where should we go? any ideas?
Thanks in Advance!
Post # 3
Hmmmm…. Do you have to go in October?
Post # 4
If you can’t afford to go to Hawaii, what about Southern California? There’s lots to do in LA or San Diego, beautiful beaches, and hills nearby where you can go hiking/camping.
Post # 5
San Diego. I’ve been there a couple of times and absolutely love it. The weather is nice all year round and there is a lot of things you can do there.
Post # 6
by late october it is pretty chilly in the Northeast and theres always the chance for snow. (i see ur in MN so you know how it is with the snow!) It’s still technically hurricane season in the Atlantic, so any coastal areas may get hurricanes. I don’t live in the SE so I don’t know what the odds of getting one are. I went to a wedding in NC in october once and they were getting the reminents of a hurricane so it was warm but it poured the whole time! Maybe the west coast would be better? Or hold off and wait until spring/summer and you may have more options.
Post # 7
We went to Traverse City, MI and it was really beautiful. Lots of wineries, cool shops, and good restaurants.
Post # 8
Don’t let the passport/name change prohibit you alone. You can change your name on your passport for no charge up to one year after getting it (I only know because I just called about this yesterday).
The Keys are always our go to spot. There is a great little island for camping about 1/2 way through as well. If you love snorkeling Key Largo or Islamarada are prefect. Key West is a good place to party, and has great historical sites. Kind of the best of all worlds.
Post # 9
we’re doing a minimoon in santa barbars for a few days after our wedding. bike riding through wine country and staying in victorian bed and breakfasts….i think in october, it might be cheaper too so you can splurge on things like hotel and spa treatments etc.
Post # 10
Las Vegas. Grand Canyon is nearby…no beaches, but plenty of pools. 🙂
Post # 11
Another vote for Southern CA. Santa Monica/Venice would be fun. Not the most beautiful beaches in the world. But they’ll do. Malibu is nearby too. Lots of restaurants/shopping/dining/nightlife.
And there are lods of beautiful hiking trails in the Santa Monica mountains. And several beach camping sites (Leo Carillo, Thornhill Broome Beach, etc.)
Post # 12
I’ve never heard the northern part of the country called “the Northland” before ;-).
How about Key West? It’ll still be lovely and warm that time of the year, and very tropical feeling!
Post # 13
What about a really nice resort/spa in Sedona, AZ? Not to far, but still pretty warm and gorgeous!
Post # 14
We’re doing Napa. Not necessarily “beach weather”, but there is miles of beautiful coast line, and it is gorgeous there in the fall. If you go after Nov 1 you can get off season rates at a lot of hotels and b&b’s, and the weather is still nice. Again, not beach nice, but 60’s and 70’s. There’s lots to do besides the winieries too, like visiting San Francisco (less than an hour away), the coast (about an hour), lots of national forests.
However, if you have your heart set on someplace warm, I agree with the PP’s about So Cal. I have family all over there between Santa Barbara and San Diego, and it is gorgeous. Santa Barbara is my personal favorite. It is one of the lovliest places I have ever been.
Post # 15
I would definitely suggest california. Good beaches, tons of touristy stuff and definite areas to go hiking. No passport needed. No suuuuuuuper long flight to Hawaii. 😀
Post # 16
Door County Wisconsin is actually beautiful and there is plenty of touristy stuff, as well as sights and hiking. It is GORGEOUS in October.
A lot of people also go to Wisconsin Dells, ride the ducks, go to the water parks. Since you are from MN, you are probably looking to go father- but these are good places too, I wouldn’t lie 😉 If you are going in October they have indoor water parks.
I love Key West, very laid back- but it is a LONG way to get there- I used to fly to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, but then would have to stay over night and take an island hopper or rent a car (I took the bus once too) down the keys, so it is quite a journey.
I also love Joshua Tree and the coast of California.