Post # 32
I have always wanted to stay at the Auberge du Soleil, which is technically in Rutherford, just north of Napa, but it is a bit on the spendy side. Try looking for B&Bs in the area. Yountville is a great home base. Calistoga is at the far north end of Napa Valley, but there are lots of spas (day spas & overnight) for relaxing. If you want more of a city environment, downtown Napa has lots to do. There is a place called Meritage Resort in Napa proper. Not sure how expensive it is. Honeymoon planning is so much fun!!
Post # 33
If you’re looking in to Napa I would acutally rec Sonoma. Napa is fine but the town itself is icky. Sonoma can also sometimes be a tad less expensive.
Post # 34
If you fly to Alaska, there are plenty of beautiful places that you could go that would not need a passport…. and you could go on a cruise from here.
But then again, I am rather biased. *sigh*
Post # 35
On of my favorite places: Nantucket Island, about 30 miles off the coast of Masachusetts.
It’s Martha’s Vineyard seemingly younger, more casual sister. BLISSFUL place!
Post # 36
We went to New Orleans and it was fun. Kind of hot in the summer, but a lot less crowded too. Good reason to buy strawberry daiquris the whole time 😉
Small disclaimer about Alaska: my mom went on a cruise and she DID need a passport because she had to go through Canada to I think get on the ship? I can’t remember, but just be aware that some Alaska cruises will require it. I’ve heard Alaska is very nice in the summer though!
It probably won’t be under $2000, but you can look into some of the US owned Carribean islands like the US Virgin Islands, I think Samoa is ok (idk if it’s a good vacay place though- never looked into it), and then there’s always Puerto Rico and Hawaii (and HI might be slightly more affordable for you since you’re already in CA so the flight wouldn’t be so killer and if you went in the summer, the weather wouldn’t be as fun, but you could get some better rates. When I was looking for us, the hotel prices and such were very managable in May, but th flight from NYC was way too much).
Post # 37
Colorado is pretty nice in the summer. The ski resorts clear out and it’s pretty low key and calm. Plus lots of pretty nature!
Post # 38
I second the suggestions for Charleston, SC and Cape Cod. They’re both perfect honeymoon locations, IMO.
Post # 39
I’m currently planning my Napa/Sonoma honeymoon and have found that renting a vacation home for a week is the mot affordable option. Not only can you find a place for a week for less than $1,000 but having a whole house/cottage to yourself is SUPER romantic! 😉
Post # 40
I’m pretty sure you can do Puerto Rico. Sometimes flights become very discounted and they’ve got a bunch of pretty spots.
Post # 41
My first idea was the same as Kittyachi – wine country. Napa’s gorgeous.
I’ve always wanted to do that drive down PCH too.
I dunno if you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico? That’d be awesome.
If you’re thinking of the East Coast – there’s also the North Fork of Long Island which is also a big area known for wine & you can sneak in a little NYC as well. I’d stay away from Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard in early May since it’s still kinda cold up there. Definitely romantic, but not really beach weather yet.
The Florida Keys & some of the other islands come to mind too (although I think South Padre, TX might be a little spring-breakish).
Post # 42
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
We’re doing San Francisco and Big Sur.. I think. I’ve never been to California, so it felt like the most exotic thing in the US. And this way we’ll get some city and nature activities.
We toyed with Napa but ultimately decided we’re not that into wine — we like it, but we definitely don’t have good wine taste yet 🙂
Post # 43
new england has a lot of raves along with new york and DC
Post # 44
May 8th could still be a little chilly, but I’m from Maine, and the coast is beautiful here. I would recommend either south (York, Ogunquit, Kennebunk) or Down East (Bar Harbor, etc.). Lobster is cheap right now. 🙂