Post # 1
Bees. My wedding was wonderful and perfect. The weather was gorgeous and there was sooooo much love all around me. We’d planned on a Honeymoon in Key West, Florida this weekend and next week. And then…IRMA. (Literally, our dates are September 8 through 16; Irma is expected to hit on September 10.)
We haven’t cancelled everythig officially yet – because once they give an evacuation order, we’ll automatically get refunded in full. But now there’s about a 90% chance that we won’t be going to Key West. (I have hope – naive, yes, but still hope)
I need some serious help figuring out were we can go this last minute. Here’s the criteria for the wish list of things we’d like:
- Something cultural/artsy in the area
- Not a ton of driving
- Somewhere to lay in the sun
- Mildly unique and romantic
Small note, we do have active passports, but will not go to Mexico. Here’s a map of the US, where we are and where we are able to go (with enough time to relax) for our 8-10 days.
Post # 2
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 # 4
Mackinac Island, or Saugatuck, Michigan? Definitely artsy, relaxing and unique. There are no cars in Mackinac Island! And the fudge is amazing!
Post # 5
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.
cape code/martha’s vineyard/natukett
Post # 6
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
- 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
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 # 9
I’m looking into all of your suggestions! Thank you so much and keep ’em coming!
A quick note about Bermuda – the larger chain resorts are taking bookings by priority from those who are displaced from the other islands. And the price gouging has begun in full for travel to and from Bermuda.
As to our area of choice, the biggest thing was we didn’t want to deal with much of a time change or a full day of travel time for an already kinda short honeymoon. Last night we decided that we would look in the area in green on the map to keep our search on track and focused. While we would love to go outside that area, it’s not quite feasible.
Also, I know our wish list is rather long and kinda daunting (and Key West hit every point perfectly), so we do know and are accepting of the fact that we will not have the same experience, nor should we expect it. The important part is that we’re together and getting some much needed time alone/relaxing in an interesting place that we both want to explore.
We’ve even discussed doing a shorter mini-moon (the Savage River Lodge was a perfect suggestion for that idea, btw) that would only be a few days away instead of the whole week and a half, and then going for a long vacation in 1-2 years for an anniversary.
Post # 10
i just came across this article on 10 car free island getaways in the US this morning, many are fairly convenient to you.
Post # 11
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
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 # 13
It’s official – Key West is evacuating. We’ve already had multiple reservations we’d made cancel on us in the past hour. So the hunt really is on. I’d cry, but that would take time away from searching for somewhere to go.
My husband(!) and I are looking at all the options you’ve suggested, but in all seriousness, we’d love to have more because of availability issues that we’ve seen for a few of them for the duration of our intended honeymoon.
There is no suggestion too weird or not “cool” enough, please, we are terribly sad about this change and any and all help you can give is so greatly appreciated.
Post # 14
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?
Post # 15
Budget is around $3,000 at this point (up from the $2,000 we had already reserved with) for the lodging and travel. Food and other stuff are gravy above that.
We’d prefer to fly and just get there and enjoy – the original plan was to take 2-3 days to go down the keys, stay for 4 and then take another couple to come back up. Not a lot of driving at all.
Lakes are good – really anything next to a stable body of water that has the chance we could lounge with paper bagged wine at this point! Wooded and natural are totally good – I personally love the mountains.
As far as doing – it really is just someplace that is interesting to explore. We really wanted a much more down-to-earth honeymoon that wasn’t go-go-go like all of our vacations have been. :/