Post # 1
My FI and I will be getting married next October, and we live on the eastern side of the US — we both are so uncomfortable with flying that it’s almost a phobia, so we’re looking for a honeymoon destination within about a day’s driving distance.
We live in the Blue Ridge mountains, near the Smoky Mountains, so Gatlinburg is just sort of bleh for us, since our families both vacation there frequently. I was really hoping to go to the coast somewhere, but I hadn’t even though about hurricane season until I started reading wedding stuff. We’d been thinking maybe the Outer Banks of NC, maybe somewhere near Myrtle Beach or Ocean City. Are these parts of the east coast considered prime territory for hurricanes in October?
If we don’t do the coast, I’m having a slow start trying to think of other destinations. Really, when it comes to honeymoon decisions, I’ll just be happy to be somewhere with my new husband, so it’s hard for me to get too fired up about the particulars. Anyone have any suggestions?
Post # 3
Hurricane season runs from June thru November. You’re much more likely to get hit in the Caribbean that in the Carolinas. But if you’re really worried about it, I would head north to Cape Cod. You’ll find beaches, history, culture, and great food there.
Post # 4
You could do Charleston!! Another great NC beach is Ocean Isle. What about DC?
Post # 5
There are lots of parts of the east coast of Florida that are often avoided during huricane season. Hurricanes typically go south into the carribean or north past Florida. Its not a guarantee but theres lots of fun places.
Check out Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine, Daytona, and Cocoa Beach. All are great beachs with plenty of resorts to try out.
Post # 6
oooh – you live where I love to visit! I’m in love with hiking in the GSM!
Anyway, I live in Wilmington, which is about an hour north of Myrtle Beach. We haven’t really had any issues with hurricanes in October – usually if we have any “scares” they happen in early september right when school starts – and even then, they’ve been mild and a big “to-do” about nothing.
Outer Banks are fun, but there’s not much to do during the off-season. The Wright bros. memorial is pretty cool though. We went during the off season, and it was kinda nice b/c we just got to enjoy each other the whole time, not a lot of distractions.
Myrtle Beach has lots of stuff for families, and lots to do in general, but it’s very commercialized (that may/may not be a factor in the ambiance you are looking for). Kinda the opposite of OBX. They do have the House of Blues though, so maybe check their calendar and see if there’s an act you want to see playing during the time you plan to visit.
Savannah or Charleston might also be destinations to consider – lots of history for each. Savannah is one of my favorite cities to get away for a weekend.
Hope that helps!
Post # 7
i second charleston! so pretty and romantic. it so full of history and great for shopping or tours (do the ghost tours! so fun) they have beaches nearby.
i would also suggest Savannah GA
if you are looking in the myrtle area i would go further south down by surfside/murrels inlet or pawlys island.
outer banks is awesome! i havent been in years because its so far for us but when we lived in DC it was a shorter drive and we would go every summer. beautiful!
ever thought of doing a cruise? Carnival has cruises to bahamas out of charelston! – if there are hurricanes they will avoid them for the most part switch ports or something.
Post # 8
another thought – plan a road trip 🙂 FI and i drove down to miami for a cruise a few years ago and stopped a few places along the way (savannah, daytona, jacksonville). you could hit several different areas that way…just a suggestion
Post # 9
@totheislnds: Oh man – I just looked at some of the October/November cruises on Carnival’s website — are the prices they quote per day or for the whole shebang?