Post # 1
I’m looking for somewhere to go that is within the US that is beautiful and has to do with nature. Our wedding and honeymoon will take place in late October and we live in Florida. We prefer something on the eastern half of the US, but are not limited to it for the right place.
I prefer cooler climates, but not SNOW and I don’t want tropical, as we live at the beach. I would really love something REALLY secluded – Just the two of us away from everyone else. You know, like where we have to drive into town to get groceries to cook dinner in the rental cabin. Or to go out to eat. Where no one else is around for miles and it’s just us and the wilderness. Is there anywhere like that? Does it exist? Tell me all about it! Being near swimmable water is a huge plus!
Post # 3
I know you said the east coast, but if you’re looking for a cabin in the mountains the Pacific Northwest is where it’s at. Of course I live here so I’m pretty baised. 😉
Here’s an example of a place I found with a quick google search, you should try places like airbnb if you want something a little more private than a hotel.
Post # 4
Eureka Springs AR is a goregous place! The Ozark mountains, pretty sure in October the leaves are changing, lots of nature/hiking and exploring but its also a pretty little town. Lots of B&Bs, cabins, and a nice small town feel if you go into town.
ETA: This is where we thought about for our HM. Little cabins in the trees!
Post # 5
October is a great time of year for the White Mountains in New Hampshire http://www.visitwhitemountains.com/
Post # 6
We went to Yosemite (so west coast) as part of our honeymoon and loved it. The scenery was spectacular and the hiking was geat. We also looked into Yellowstone which also looks amazing!
You could always venture into Canada as well if you are wanting to stay on the East coast.
Post # 7
Search the National Parks
Some of them have very nice cabins and lodges, and you get some amazing, untouched wilderness there — but with park rangers 🙂
Post # 8
Look into the Hudson Valley of New York State, and the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania. Baring freak early snow storms, you shouldn’t see any snow, but tons of gorgeous leaves turning colors, lights of beautiful sunrises, and nice cool temperatures. Theses areas also have – historic sites, shopping, caving, moutain climbing/hiking, and tons of other stuff depending on how far you want to go. You can also find the quiet out of the way secluded spots as well. Enjoy your vacation!
Post # 9
Wisconsin (Door County) or Minnesota (up around Duluth and into the Boundary Waters)
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
The Keys (particularly Isalamorada and Big Pine Key) are great (and cheap) in late October (except for Fantasy Fest.)
Asheville has a lot of secluded cabins nearby (check vrbo.com.) Prices may be a bit high if the leaves are changing but there are tons of things to do involving nature. Waterfalls, caverns, kayaking, Lake Lure, Grandfather Mountain, etc… are within driving distance of Asheville. Plus, who doesn’t like being in a cozy cabin with a fire and a jacuzzi overlooking the Blue Ridge?
Post # 12
I live in the southeast and LOVE the Smokey Mountains! We go hiking, camping, backpacking there quite often. I would recomend looking into somewhere around Boon NC or along the Blueridge parkway. I promise you wont be disapointed. And that time of year it wont be super cold and snowy yet.
Let usknow what you decide!
Post # 13
@batwoman: I second the Pacific Northwest, as well as Yosemite. If you’re getting married in October, the Pacific Northwest will be a little chilly when you’re at sea level, and colder up in the mountains – but there shouldn’t be snow yet in October.
One of my friends stayed in a treehouse in Oregon for her honeymoon: http://www.treehouses.com/.
Also, consider staying at a cottage/cabin on Orcas Island or San Juan Island, off the coast of Washington. They are SUPER romantic, and I think if you stay at a cabin run by the resort on Orcas Island they have an indoor heated pool. The islands have small populations, plenty of trees/woods, lakes, a fun hike up to the top of Mount Constitution with views of the whole archipelago of islands, and you can rent a vespa to get around the island. My grandma lives on Orcas Island and my BFF just went on a weekend getaway to San Juan island with her BF, so PM me if you want any info 🙂
Post # 14
October is prime leaf-peeping for New England, so anywhere up here would be perfect. NH’s White Mountains; Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME; Stowe, VT.
Also, the Adirondacks are in high foliage at that time, so upstate NY — Lake Placid, maybe Lake George — would be lovely.
The only thing you won’t get is swimmable water, in the sense that it’s FAR too cold. There are plenty of on-the-water activities like sailing and kayaking.
It’s pricey and books up very quickly because leaf-peeping (and the fall outdoor sports) is so popular, but you can find any kind of accommodation that suits your tastes: B&Bs, grand hotels, spas, cabins, camping, etc. You can be as secluded or interactive as you want, especially if you’re willing to give up a certain amount of luxury in exchange for remoteness.
Post # 15
You can go on a honeymoon to Virginia. Shenandoah has Yurts. They are like these really cool tree houses with heat and plumbing. If you go to Bass Pro (BlueGreen Vacations) and sign up to listen to their timeshare, you can go for a week and its cheap. “Luxury Yurts offer stylish furnishings including four-poster beds with plush linens, flat-screen TVs, elegant bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens, all with central heat and air. Stay in an open-plan yurt with one bed and pullout couch or a 2-bedroom unit, plus pullout couch (see Floor Plans). You’ll also enjoy a large wooden deck with a summer kitchen.”
Post # 16
I totally second Acadia National Park! FI and I are taking a mini moon to Bar Harbor the weekend after our wedding. The Bar Harbor Inn has amazing prices on vacation packages during that time. Also, the City of Bar Harbor website has a listing of places to stay and all the B&B type places in the area. Gorgeous town. Beautiful little stores & they have bike rentals, tours of the park, a sand beach, and even boat tours.