(Closed) Honeymoon ideas – Not a lot of cash, but also don’t want to stay local

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hm, I’m not sure what type of vacation you’re looking for, so here are just some ideas:

*SW US, stay at a B&B in Sedona or Taos, both are known for great food, art, wine, etc. Golf is near by. OR, rent a car and drive to the grand canyon, Vegas, etc. 

*If you want more of party atmosphere, Vegas usually has really good deals for travel & hotel. 

*Look for deals on timeshares in places like Steamboat, Vale, or places on the coast like Cannon Beach, Oregon. I see your wedding is in May, and this would be the off season at the Colorado vacation spots – and they are lovely and romantic in the spring. The OR coast is AMAZING. We did a timeshare there for a great deal. 

*Fly into San Fran or Sacramento CA and drive up to Napa Valley. Lots of B&Bs and great little restaurants and vineyards. 

Check the local airlines for deals around when you’d like to travel. Sometimes you can find really cheap flights to places you wouldn’t otherwise think of. 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You could rent a house in CO and hike/snuggle/hot tub it up. THat’s what we did, and it was amazing! We rented in Estes Park, CO. It was about the same price as a hotel room, but you get a ton of room, big hot tub, great kitchen/tvs, etc.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@crayfish: That’s exactly what I was picturing! They have really good prices on houses/TS in CO… and cuddling in a hot tub with some wine sounds perfect to me.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

What about somewhere in Florida or North Carolina? One of my favorite places is Sanibel Island, FLA. Also the outer banks arent too far from you and they are really cute and relaxing all year round. Im sure there are good deals on houses during the off season!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Have you ever been to Charleston SC? we got engaged there and it is a beautiful city. It is full of history and so romantic. There are some amazing B&B’s there but also hotels like Marriott and Hilton if you want cheaper options. There are many beaches as well and May is the perfect time to go. There are so many things to do, romantic carriage rides, ghost tours, plantation tours, the straw market and so much more. i would highly recommend checking it out.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

If you are in VA, you could drive to FL, saving on airfare and rental car.  Orlando is fun, you don’t need to do the traditional theme park thing….hotels are cheap and plentiful.  West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami is expensive….but the Tampa area, St. Pete, etc. has great beaches, lots of fun and inexpensive restaurants and is less costly.  I think a driving trip could be cool and lots of fun.  Do a little research, the weather in FL is great in May.  All the best to you!!!!!    

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I second Napa!  We really loved it, and spent only 3 days there.  If you stay in the actual town of Napa it’s usually cheaper than staying at some of the hotels up in the valley, and they do have some very nice options.  We stayed at the Avia there, which was so beautiful.  You can also do several tours and/or tastings for free or small charges.  Several wineries will also give you corkage fee waivers for certain restaurants if you ask.  We found it cheaper to fly into Oakland rather than San Francisco, but I’d look into both options depending on which airline you want.  Car rentals were also cheaper from Oakland for us. 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Also consider doing a home exchange. Accomodation will be free- leaving you more $ for travel and fun at your destination.

I have exchanged several times and always had good results.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have to second Charleston – it is one of the most romantic, charming and beautiful cities I have ever been to! There are so many things to see and do, lots of amazing restaurants (especially if you like seafood) and you can also go to the beach while there. It really is a great vacation destination!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m getting married in Charleston so I’ll agree with that one.  Also, we’re going to Savannah for a minimoon so that may be another option.  I would also suggest seeing what you can find in Niagara Falls, Boston, or Maine (I know I have no west coast ideas but I’ve always wanted to see San Francisco).

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