(Closed) HELP: Honeymoon in Key West no more – Hurricane Irma; Need New Ideas ASAP

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
860 posts
Busy bee




This is close to you, and has acres of walking trails. They have an amazing spa area and adult only pool. Onsite horse riding and zip tours, although I haven’t done the zip lining.  The town is small, cute to walk around in, has boutique shopping and jewelry/art stores.  They have evening coffeehouse jazz and live performance stuff in town in the evenings, and if you’re drinkers you can walk into town to pick up alcohol to bring back to your hotel room.  Lots of food in town, too.  Overall just a really relaxing area  and experience.  They do evening bonfires with s’mores, they have chairs that sit out on the lawns surrounded by wooded areas.  Zero driving involved. It might not be quite the type of place you are looking for, but when I am working in the DC area, husband and I always make a point of visiting this place to stress-detox.

If you’re from Maryland/VA you might also know about this too.  They have a small, small private beach area, a dock to rent small boats and watercraft, good spa, good swimming in an indoor pool or outdoor infinity pool, nice dock on the water that people don’t stay at long so you get to have romantic private time to talk overlooking the river.


I picked two places that look like they are very close to where you are that I know well so they can be true last minute trips once you find out which way the storm is tracking.  Our airports into Houston closed and there was no coming home/leaving after that happened.  I feel like as often as I travel, I tend to hug the coastlines and have only been to the midwest/central US for work conferences so I can’t give suggestions for those areas.

Post # 3
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

What about California?  

Post # 4
4810 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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ginniesueneverblue :  Mackinac Island, or Saugatuck, Michigan?   Definitely artsy, relaxing and unique.  There are no cars in Mackinac Island!  And the fudge is amazing!

Post # 5
9561 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 rehobeth beach.  you could go into lewes state park for some hiking.

deep creek lake in maryland – or stay at savage river lodge.  i’ve only x-country skiied there, but it is gorgeous and romantic.


lake michigan

cape code/martha’s vineyard/natukett



Post # 6
13947 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

How about Bermuda?  It’s far enough removed that it won’t be affected by the storm (as far as I’ve seen) but will still give you a tropical island feel.

Post # 7
2168 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

Cape Cod and the Islands (Nantucket/Martha’s Vineyard) is absolutely beautiful this time of year. It won’t be Key West warm, but still warm enough for some beach time for sure. It’s post peak season, so it won’t be super crowded (or expensive), and there’s lots to do and see. The National Seashore is gorgeous, Provincetown is very artsy and there’s great whaling museums, etc. (and you’re not far from Salem–definitely unique culturally). There are certainly outdoorsy activities (kayaking/hiking trails, etc). as well as more organized activities (whale watching boat rides, etc). 

DH and I love the Cape in early fall. Definitely recommended! 

Post # 8
11376 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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DrunkInLove :  I second the cape in the fall, quieter, gorgeous, lots to see and do if you choose, not so hot that you can’t enjoy a long stretch on the beach. Perfection. 

Post # 11
70 posts
Worker bee

I see Duluth, MN fits into your preferred travel area and it does check off some of your requests. However, I doubt it would fit your “warm” criteria, based on your location and what you most likely relate to as “warm” (I think the high for your week is like 70 lol)

Though, I do feel it should be considered for what it does have to offer!

  • Warm – Eh. not so much.
  • Relaxing – Very! Just being in that gorgeous area is stress relieving!
  • Something cultural/artsy in the area – It’s a very artsy area. Tons of cute shops to check out!
  • Not a ton of driving – If you stay in town Duluth absolutely no driving is necessary. However, a short drive north will provide tons of falls and lovely areas to hike!
  • Hiking – TONS! And the colors in the trees are changing. Absolutely breathtaking! And have I mentioned waterfalls and light houses galore!
  • Swimming – Not unless you get a hotel/resort with an indoor pool.
  • Somewhere to lay in the sun – There should be plenty of sun but I wouldn’t wear a bikini in 60-70 degree weather.
  • Mildly unique and romantic – So romantic! I would suggest the revolving rooftop restaurant at the Radisson Hotel.
Post # 12
4316 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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jgfish :  :  DH and I have been trying to figure out a good quick trip for some fall colors in Oct and you just convinced me to check out Duluth! Neither of us have ever been to MN and flights are cheap out of Vegas!  

Post # 14
860 posts
Busy bee

I’m so sorry to hear that OP.  Better to be safe than sorry, though. My home is in Houston so evacuation is the best.  Being in FL during a hurricane is not something you want to experience, especially on a honeymoon.

Have you tried TravelZoo?  They have last minute deals for vacations and hotel deals and I have used them and traveled to places that I never would have even thought of or heard of.  It is worth checking out, and you can pick the region or territory that you are interested in traveling to. 


Would you be willing to share a budget or preferred travel days with us beyond your current dates? Would you like to drive or prefer to fly? What other things would you like to see/do during your honeymoon? Would lakes be OK or just ocean beaches?  Would wooded and natural be ok too?

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