Post # 1
So it looks like we will not be able to take a honeymoon until next year – we are thinking March of 2011 – but we are considering taking a minimoon for 4 days to relax and spend time together. Our locations/ideas right now are staying in Chicago(least favorite idea), going to Nashville, Lake Geneva, or maybe Mackinaw Island in Michigan. Have any of you and your SOs taken a few days? Where would you recommend in the midwest?
Also, recommendations of romantic places to stay are appreciated!
Post # 3
Oooh Nashville sounds fun : )
Post # 4
Seems like Nashville has a lot of history… might be neat and romantic!
Post # 5
I live in Nashville so I’m biased.
I’d recommend staying in the Opryland Hotel if you can, just because it’s so cool inside. It’s like something out of Vegas. For shopping there’s Opry Mills and Green Hills. You can take a lot of historic tours of old plantation houses, like the Belle Meade plantation and Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s house. Try to go to a show at the Bluebird Cafe, where up and coming songwriters perform in an intimate setting.
Also, in March, the weather is likely to be better in Nashville than farther north!
Post # 6
One of my friends was married in October and had a minimoon on Mackinaw Island. She said it was perfect because it is SO peaceful there. Another friend and I gifted the new couple their ferry tickets, a carriage ride, and dinner. There are a lot of romantic, secluded places where you and your sweetie can get away with one another for a few days! And you definitely should stay at the Grand 🙂
Post # 7
Gatlinburg TN. I’ve never been there, but J used to go with his family and he raves about it. He practically begged me to go there on our honeymoon the first time we ever talked about honeymoons. Then he realized we could go to Europe and promptly got over it. 🙂
Post # 8
We are going to Las Vegas (not my idea…BUT told the Fiance since I get to decide everything for the wedding he can pick this). We are going to a tropical island earky next year for a bigger honeymoon.
Chicago was fabulous!! We stayed @ the Knickerbocker Millenium Hotel in the middle of all the fabulous shopping!! We were there for a wedding so we only stayed 3-4 days. Lots to do (the museum, shopping, baseball games, dinner, etc.) BUT now I see that you’re having your wedding in Chicago so you probably want to get away huh?
Post # 9
Ive never been but Ive heard from 2 people that Mackinaw Island is AMAZING. I have always wanted to go – it looks beautiful! There are no cars and you have to walk or get around by horse and buggy!
Post # 10
Yes Gatlinburg! I voted for Nashville (although Tennessee is not in the Midwest) but either would be awesome. My hometown is about 3 hours from Gatlinburg, we used to go there a lot it is a ton of fun! You can rent a mountain chalet with hot tub, etc. It is a popular place for honeymoons for sure!
Post # 11
Hubby and I went on a roadtrip to gatlinburg and it was magical. Of course, that’s not a choice on your list and I don’t consider TN midwestern…lol.
Post # 12
@maryjojo – Bluebird Cafe sounds like it will be a stop if we do Nashville!
@Ashmarie – the Grand looks soo picturesque!
@MrsJKH2b3 – I just had a friend go to the Knickerbocker for a wedding and she said it was amazing too!
I’ll check out Gatlinburg too… thanks for the recommendation! The mountain chalet that @Westie mentioned sounds awesome! I know Tennessee isn’t technically the midwest, its just that it’s close enough to get to in a days drive so I kind of lumped it into the the area we were looking!
Post # 13
I have been to Mackinac Island and I thought it was kind of overrated. The hotels are SO expensive–if you’re thinking of the Grand Hotel, room start at around $300 a night in the summer. Even just to go in and tour the lobby costs $10. And while Mackinac Island is beautiful, I found it to be kind of a family place–filled with older couples and children, with not much happening at night. Plus when I was there, which was in July, no one was swimming in the water! It was too cold. I just didn’t get it. Oh, also, people call all of the horse poop “horse apples” to try to make it sound charming…but I just thought that it kind of smelled like poop there. But I know that a lot of people, especially from Michigan, love it, so I may just have had a bad experience! I’m sorry to sound like I’m raining on the Mackinac Island parade.
I haven’t been to the two other places on your list, but have you considered Traverse City, Michigan? It’s a bit closer to Chicago (on the western coast of MI), and it looks really nice–beaches, wineries, bed and breakfasts. I meant to go there when I was living in MI but I moved away before I had the chance.
Post # 14
@chocolatemalt – I’ve been to Mackinac Island a lot of times, and I have to agree about the families and old people. It can be fun though – they have a lot of cute restaurants and shops, you can rent tandem bikes and bike around the island or around town (or regular bikes), etc.
The horse apples thing isn’t just a Mackinac thing, you had me laughing pretty hard. It’s not trying to make it sound cute, it’s trying to be proper. My formerly-farmer grandparents all say it, it’s an alternative to the rougher farming language (horse sh*t). Seriously though, that’s so cute you thought they said it to sound charming, hahahahhahha…..
Traverse City IS another good choice; there are a lot of really cute B&Bs there, and a suppppper cute downtown area. Still expect to see a lot of old people though. I think there are just a lot of old people in northern michigan in general. Maybe that’s just my perception from growing up in MI. We used to vacation in the north every summer. With my grandparents. 🙂