Post # 16
I love Austin and I’m there a lot for business, but the traffic! It’s horrible, and I’d hate to be in that traffic driving on my honeymoon. Even in the middle of the day it’s bad.
San Antonio River Walk is great–lots of places to sit and drink a margarita and people watch, and very fun shopping in the Mexican Bazaar nearby.
I’d do Fredericksburg in a heartbeat. There are tons on wineries around to sit and sip, and the main street has lots of shopping, eating, German food and beer, bakeries. A great place. Also there are a lot of houses to rent, just google Fredericksburg TX rentals. There are a couple of websites that specialize in houses in that area. If you stay in a house in town, you can walk or have a very short drive anywhere.
Post # 17
Fredericksburg all the way. I live in San Antonio which is another place I recommend visiting. But if you want quiet and quaint, Fredericksburg! You can always take a day trip into San Antonio or Austin. 🙂
Post # 18
I grew up in Asheville and am getting married in Charleston so either city would get my vote, they just have very different vibes!
Charleston is a wedding/bach destination and is very romantic, but can be a little overrun with the wedding crowd if that’s what you’re trying to avoid. It could be an issue with spring break coming up too – I know lots of girls that go to Charleston for Spring Break. If you don’t mind that crowd it’s a pretty town with beauitful history and architecture, and has an airport about a ~25 minute uber or cab ride from downtown. Downtown is walkable and you can have a good time just wondering around if you don’t want to plan. The beach isn’t super close, so you’d need to Uber it over there or have a rental car.
Asheville is the weird, artsy, hippie central of NC! There are a million breweries, art galleries, and clothing shops downtown – mixed in with some very good restaurants. You could also visit Biltmore one day, but you would want to buy tickets for that ahead of time – wine tasting is included. There are also other outdoorsy things to do in the area like ropes courses, hiking trails, canoeing/kayaking, etc. Getting around may be more of a problem here, I believe they do have Uber but it isn’t as big as in Charleston and some areas have bad cell service. There is an airport here but it’s very small so flying here may be expensive and time consuming.
Post # 19
carbucciahowell: A lot of what you love about Nola can be found (wish a latin twist) in Cartagena, Colombia. We went last year and absolutely loved it.
Post # 20
I’m glad to see Fredericksburg has gotten so many votes! It is a great place to visit. If you want to be a little closer to San Antonio and Austin, you might also check out New Braunfels.
Post # 21
carbucciahowell: Austin (i used to live there) is not a great food city. It’s better if you’re really into bar hopping, partying, and live music. To be fair the tex-mex is good, but the other food is pretty blah. FWIW, I live in nyc and have done a fair amount of food writing in different cities, and New Orleans is one of my absolute favorite food locales.
Savannah is beautiful and I think you’d like the architecture. Charleston is pretty too, but IMO a little sleepier.
Another option might be Chapel hill, NC. It’s very pretty with lots of stuff to do and pretty good food.
Miami could be a great option too! Excellent food, lots of culture and fun things too do . I’d say the downside is the architecture. There are some pretty areas but there are also areas that are more highways and strip malls.
The only other city I’d add to your list is St. Augustine, Florida. It’s one of the oldest cities in the country and since it was originally settled by the Spanish the architecture is very European. There are tons of music venues and restaurants but ther’s also gorgeous natural beauty, haunted tours, historical tours, shopping, etc. I also found the food to be very good for a city that size.