(Closed) California Minimoon suggestions??

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hi There- 

We are headed to Catalina Island for our wedding anniversary and pretty much plan to do everything you would want to do on a mini-moon…romantic walks by the ocean, great meals at restaurants, time in the hotel. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have heard from a lot of people it can be a great place to go.  

Check out this thread where I recently asked for ideas: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/catalina-island-honeymoonanniversary-ideas

Feel free to add your own specific thoughts/questions there if you have them. 

I also did a search for California honey/minimoons when I was first planning our trip and a lot of great ideas (Carmel, Napa Valley. etc.) popped up throughout WeddingBee so check that out too! 

Post # 4
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you want something relaxing, Carmel, Napa Valley, Santa Barbara…you have a lot of great location choices! For a unique experience, Monetery Bay is a fantastic little old-charm type place (with an excellent aquarium if you’re into that!). For something more urban, get a room at the W San Francisco (one of my favorite hotels!) or head to San Diego. Or there’s always Disneyland- you may think it’s a bit ridiculous for adults to go to but my fiance and I go EVERY year as a rule and have a blast staying in the Disneyland Hotels and dining at Napa Rose ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

San Diego!  I’ll be posting my minimoon soon for Honeymoon in My Hometown! 

Post # 6
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

I was going to second the Monterey/Carmel suggestion. I love it there! Lots of great & beautiful hotels for much less than $300 a night.

Post # 7
596 posts
Busy bee

How about the Sycamore Springs Resort and Spa in San Luis Obispo?  I believe each room comes with its own personal hot tub.

Post # 8
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m thinking of taking a cruise as a 1st anniversary trip- it leaves from San Diego and stops on Catalina Island, Ensenada Mexica then back to SD.

Around the time of your wedding it’s about $300 a person for 4 nights (and includes all your meals!).

I’ve never been on this particular cruise, but I’ve been on 2 other Carnival cuises and they were A LOT of fun.


Post # 9
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

Ditto to Miss Duckling! SD would be a GREAT place for a minimoon ๐Ÿ™‚ or honeymoon for that matter.

Post # 10
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

any beach locations are awesome to visit. san diego is a super cool city, love huntington beach, and i live in santa barbara so i’m definitely recommending it.

Post # 11
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

MrsSpitzer: We are most likely going to Catalina for our minimoon! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is beautiful and reasonable. Can’t beat that!

Post # 13
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Wow, THAT is a beautiful place in Big Sur… I wanna go there someday!

But we are also saving for a bigger honeymoon on a later date and live in L.A.  We are spending our mini-moon in San Diego.  Definitely spending half that amount on our hotel, plus there’s lots to do there, nice weather, etc.   There might be a few hidden gems around La Jolla area, maybe? 

Also, you might want to look in the Santa Barbara area or possibly San Luis Obispo, near the wineries. 

Post # 14
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m going to second (I mean, fourth?) Catalina Island as a great minimoon spot in SoCal!  Just enough things to do in a 3-4 day period, it’s such a fun, cute little getaway.

Post # 16
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I love big sur: The Big Sur lodge is nice. My Fiance and I have been wanting to stay in the yurts at Treebones. I like the Ballard Inn in Santa Ynez/Solvang. Also, someone said the Sycamore. That is a lovely place.

For our wedding night, we are staying at the Montecito Inn. It’s lovely and it’s Charlie Chaplin’s old house. Next door, Lucky’s is amazing! I like the Mexican Food restaurant across the street too! 


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