Post # 1
So, I am getting married next October and FH and I would like to honeymoon in the US. He isn’t a huge beach fanatic but I am. I’d like to find a place that we could take a day trip to the beach but doesn’t necessarily need to be on the beach. Of course I am open to no beach as long as the weather is nice! (We vacation to the OBX every year so not having the beach wouldn’t be the worst thing :))
We are big beer and food fanatics and very laid back so having local pubs and budget friendly dining options would be really great. We aren’t looking for a fancy resort just a decent place to stay that isn’t too pricey but still offers a nice vibe.
I’ve heard great things about Arizona but never been (we are born and raised in VA). I have been scouring the internet and having a hard time because of never having been to a lot of the reccomended places so if you all have suggestions on good spots that sound like what we are looking for I would really appreciate it!!
Thank you 🙂
Post # 3
I am also planning a local HM. But I am in Mexico so I am not much help hehe.
http://www.tripadvisor.com has been a HUGE help to us, since it has true and honest opinions/photos from real travelers. It is great! They also have reviews of restaurants and other stuff.
Post # 4
If I were to go to AZ again, I would probably do something like Sedona. The Phoneix area is okay, but not what I would call romantic in the least bit.
Day trips to the beach are out, but it’s a beautiful town.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@TKinfinity2362: In October your options are somewhat limited in regards to beaches. You pretty much only have Florida where it’s pretty much guaranteed to be warm enough to still enjoy the beach. The Keys are my favorite and there is plenty to do other than lay on the beach all day. Key West can be expensive but the rest of the Keys are pretty reasonable.
How much time do you have? If you have an entire week, why not do a roadtrip down the East Coast stopping in Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, and St. Augustine, FL? You could even drive a bit further for a day on the beach in Daytona Beach. Charleston is known for its food, Savannah is known for its bars, and St. Augustine is known for its history. All great romantic cities to spend a honeymoon.
Post # 6
It’s still quite hot in October in the Phoenix area (plus Phoenix is super boring and not pretty) so I would recommend Sedona and/or Flagstaff. If I were you, I would go to Santa Barbara for the beach since you have done the East Coast. You could also do Yosemite and San Francisco for a cool Nor Cal trip. Wyoming (Jackson Hole is very nice) or Montana for wilderness and fewer people.
Post # 7
How about someplace like Denver? If my SO liked beer as much as I do, that’s where I would want to go!
Post # 8
Savannah, GA. It’s a very romantic area with lots of food and music options. New Orleans is another one that comes quickly to mind.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@TKinfinity2362: I think San Diego would be perfect for you guys. The weather is amazing there year-round, the beaches are lovely, and there’s lots to do both in the city and the surrounding areas. It’s very romantic, too.
DH and I went to San Diego for a 3-day weekend in March or April, and we stayed on Coronado Island. If you stay out there (honestly it’s only a 10-15 minute drive back into the city!) you get a really nice resort-y experience, but it’s not very expensive. The Hotel Del Coronado is very famous, but it was pricey so we stayed at another nearby resort (I think ours was ~$140/night – not too bad!). Coronado has lots of cute shops and restaurants and some beaches.
There’s a whole lot of luxury, upscale shops and boutiques in LaJolla, along with a pretty cove where you can see seals out sunning all day long.
Then in the city of San Diego, there’s the zoo (it’s HUGE and famous and is even fun for adults, we spent a whole day there!), Balboa Park, old town, some historic missions and churches, old Victorian mansions, etc.
Overall San Diego has tons of great food, so you guys would be happy with that aspect. I really think it fits the bill!
Another really fun place is Seattle – I went to college there and can never get enough of that city. It would be rainy in November, but if you don’t mind the rain there’s a million things to do there, and there are some beaches in the city as well as tons of beaches along the coastline if you rent a car.
@Misswhowedding: +1. Phoenix is *definitely* not romantic. Sedona could be, although there’s not a whole lot to do there if you aren’t avid hikers.
Post # 10
@TKinfinity2362: I loved Vegas! It’s soooo much fun we are getting married at Paris hotel. I’m not a gambler at all. But the sights, the food, shopping, shows and luxury of it all was so much fun And October is good weather ( we went June one year and I died of heat)
Post # 11
What about a place like Austin? That is a huge place for microbreweries! Oregon also has a lot of breweries too and it is really beautiful.
I recently went to Napa and Sonoma for a wedding and it was so beautiful You could do a few days in San Francisco and then drive to wine country (about an hour away) and go see wineries, many of them are free to tour.
Post # 12
Thank you all for your suggestions!!! We talked, A LOT, and have decided to do the Savannah/Charleston trip!! We are so excited and I think it’s going to be exactly our kind of place 🙂
You are all so amazing!!
Post # 13
@TKinfinity2362: We flew to CA and road tripped it from San Diego to Santa Barbara. I would recommend staying in San Diego or traveling Santa Barbara north. Youll definitely have beach and beer and fun places to hang out.
Post # 14
@Mrs. Wallaby: i was going to suggest SD, too!
@TKinfinity2362: parts of LA would be great…pasadena has a beautiful old town section that is especially magical at night. you could do the pier/boardwalk at santa monica, drive down to laguna beach in OC, which is super pretty.
if you love pubs/beer/relaxing, portland is also pretty great. weather in october should be fairly nice, too. you could go to the coast for a night, and then maybe a do a night at timberline lodge on mount hood, or spend a day in hood river (the columbia river gorge is so beautiful and lots of breweries!)
Post # 15
Hi @TKinfinity2362: I see you are NEW to WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
YOU will fall in LOVE with the “Low Country”… Savannah & Charleston are GORGEOUS cities… some of my personal faves in the whole USA (Mr TTR & I are semi retired… we get down that way a few times a year)
The two Cities are about 2 Hours apart. And they are great because they have some “southern” similarities, but they are also vastly different from one another.
If you are looking for Beach… then 2 Hours NORTH of Charleston is Myrtle Beach… a real “recreation area”
And 2-1/2 Hours South of Savannah you can be St Augustine Florida (and St Augustine Beach) another great Historic City in the USA (the OLDEST City in the USA)
If you haven’t already, you may want to check out this past topic here on WBee that talks quite abit about these various Destinations = http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/where-to-go-charleston-chicago-or-elsewhere#axzz2nRLF44gi
And if you have any more Questions… just ask, I’d be happy to help you out.