(Closed) California honeymoon ideas?!

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Santa Barbara? Carpinteria? Mendocino?

Have you also checked out Bloomspot, LivingSocial, SniqueAway, etc?

Post # 4
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

There is a wine country in Temecula with nice bed and breakfasts, horseback riding etc…Santa Barbara is great, or Catalina. Crystal Cove/ La Jolla is beautiful. What about visiting the redwoods? Tons of stuff in LA.


One time we took a weeklong vacation and drove up the 1 and enjoyed the senic route with a tent, stopping to take photos and camping up and down the coast….

Post # 5
18 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you enjoy the mountains, fishing, hiking, scenery, try June Lake, or Mammoth Mountain. Sometimes you can find a good deal on vacations rentals/ weekend rentals  there, and there are different things to sight see. We go every year its very peaceful.

Post # 6
840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What about SF/Napa?

Post # 7
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013


Hi!  Congrats! I wanted to give you a link to the thread that I started on here because it is full of information and places along the CA coast.


We are also on a tight budget and are looking at priceline for the nights we are staying in, and groupon & living social for daily activities in those locations.  we are doing a Hwy 1 roadtrip along the CA coast. 

My Fiance actually proposed at Disneyland!  We thought of a Disneyland honeymoon, but it was just too pricey.  If you google the disneyland honeymoon or look at Disneyland’s website, you’ll see that they actually have honeymoon suites with the whole spa treatment and everything!  Plus you get to go to the parks!  They have a registry that you can set up for people to purchase things such as tickets, nights, spa stuff, dinners, etc, for you and your Fiance.  That could be an option over doing a traditional registry for household items.

It was just too pricey for us because I know that we wouldn’t have gotten much of it covered with the registry since many of our wedding guests are flying in & traveling to attend our wedding.

We have never been up the Hwy 1 coast like that though, and we are SOOO excited for our roadtrip! Once we know where we are staying for a night or 2, we can look up groupons for that area and get them for restaraunts, food, spas, activities, etc. 

Hope that helps some!

Post # 8
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Do you want an exciting, fast-paced, party atmosphere or a chill, private, low-key atmopshere?


Post # 10
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@fron330:  HI there!

I don’t know if you’re still looking but I wanted to warn you that pretty much all of March and April are going to be FULL of families on Spring Break vacations with their kids so Disneyland will be VERY crowded and possibly not the greatest use of your honeymoon time…

I live in OC and I love Laguna Beach or Newport Beach for all things beachy and fun.  There is a great 20-somethings bar scene along the pier in Newport and Balboa Island is fantastic for just renting beach cruisers ($5/hr) and roaming around the island… 

The weather is nice and warm during the days and a bit chilly at night in March!

I highly recommend OC!

Have you checked Travelzoo?

Post # 11
1338 posts
Bumble bee

I’m biased, but sonoma/napa are awesome. Safari west is really neat. =D


North toward shasta is beautiful. 


What about Yosemite?

Post # 12
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

How about Laguna or Newport Beach?

Post # 13
46 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

Still new to the site but so excited because it’s so helpful! We live in California as well and sadly cannot do a big week long honeymoon like I so wish we could. I think we will probably spend our first night as newlyweds in a hotel not far from Disneyland and then I’m going to ask a friend to sign us in to the park for the day! 🙂 It’s not much but better than nothing and we LOVE disney! We used to have season passes for two years in row and we would go every week if not more sometimes.


: )

Post # 14
1884 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What about the Sonoma area & the coast- say around Mendocino village. It’s very laid back relaxed vibe, lots of wine & wineries, local mom & pop shops, & kitschty shopping! I know in Sonoma they have some fun activities like a full day limo & wine tour, or a bicycle wine tour with a picnic lunch… 

Post # 15
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How about Santa Barbara? There are really nice B&B’s there. Great shopping, dining and activities (Beach). You can also visit Solvang while you are there (30 min drive) and visit the super cute Dutch town. Also a little ways from Solvang in Los Olivos is the BEST cupcake place. Enjoy! (Thats the name) There share a space with Sarloo’s and Son’s tasting room and thier cupcakes are wine infused. It’s on a street with lots of little shops and wine tasting rooms. Also down the road is a MINI PONY FARM!!!!!!!…Wine tasting all over the place if that’s your thing.

Anyway it’s a great relaxing place. Then you can hit up Disney afterwords! LOL.

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