Post # 1
So I’m about 7 weeks out and still haven’t booked our mini-moon (yikes!!!). I’m starting a new job 3 weeks before the wedding, and they have been great in accomodating some time off before/after the wedding. However, because the vacation is unpaid and because it’s a brand new job, I don’t want to take more than a week off after the wedding for a mini-moon. We will be going to Tahiti for our big, luxurious honeymoon next August/September (when the weather is better than the end of October), however, we wanted to go for a little getaway after the wedding. We want it to mostly be relaxing, but somewhere we can connect with nature and explore (we’re huge on hiking) as well as try good food (we’re big foodies).
We are big west coast fans and have done the California coast and Yosemite already. We’ve also both been to Vancouver (separately). Some ideas I had are:
– Sedona, Arizona
– Portland, Oregon
– Vancouver, BC and drive to Portland through Seattle (mini road trip, although this may not be very relaxing and a bit rushed in a week)
– East coast Canada (Cape Breton/Nova Scotia and PEI again, may not be very relaxing but pretty doable in a week)
Has anyone been to this locations or done similiar trips? Any suggestions on itineraries/where to stay? Or suggestions on other places we can go to relax while also explore a little?
Post # 2
Mackinaw Island, Michigan should be gorgeous that time of year, along with Maine or Vermont/ or NS? Mackinaw is a pretty fun town from what I heard- no cars allowed at all! Plenty of hiking and biking.
Since you’ve done so much on the WC maybe try some midwest or EC areas? where are you from?
Smoky Mountains could fit the bill too
Post # 3
Vermont is on our list of places to travel, so that is a definite possibility too!
We are just outside of Toronto, Ontario, so it’s pretty easy for us to even drive to eastern US/Canadian cities. We’d have to fly if we’re going out west.
Post # 4
We are doing Maine for our honeymoon. We are flying into Portland, renting a car, and driving up scenic Route 1. We’ll stop in some cute towns along the way and then end up in the Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park area where we will rent a cottage. Our plan there is to hike, kayak, and enjoy Bar Harbor itself. We’ll drive back down to Portland, enjoy the city, and fly home. We planned it specifically because it is a lower cost trip. We are focusing on saving for a new home so decided to do something simpler for our honeymoon. Maybe it could be a good option for a mini-moon too!
Post # 5
I would say Vegas! Only 3-5 hours from the Grand Canyon which affords tons of hiking and exploring opportunities. It’s also not far from Arizona where there’s tons of areas to explore. And if you’re a foodie, you’er going to be in HEAVEN in Vegas. Have fun whatever you decide!! (I just got back and it was amazingggggg)
I’ve been to Portland, OR and I liked it a lot — TONS of hiking, you have to go to Multnomah Falls — but personally it doesn’t have the relaxing vibes I’d want on a mini-honeymoon. To each his own, though!
Post # 6
I vote Arizona! There are great hikes and day trips, as well as nice spas and resorts where you can kick back by the pool.
Post # 7
We did an amazing trip to Lake Placid area (did a BnB in Keene) and visited Vermont as well in mid October a couple years ago. It was beautiful with all the leaves changing and the weather wasn’t too hot or too cold. Hiking and good food was abundant!
Post # 8
We’re doing Portland for our mini moon.
Spending 3 days in willamette for some down time and wine tasting followed by 2 days in portland.
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Post # 10
we love treehouses! I will look into this as an option as well.
that’s exactly what our plan was going to be if we did portland. a day or two in willamette, a few days in the city with trips out to some of the state/national parks for hiking
unfortunately we’ve both done vegas a few times and neither of us are a huge fan (FI doesn’t drink or party really, and I find it overwhelming there lol.) I will definitely check out Multnomah Falls if we decide on portland!
Post # 11
You could look into the Seattle area. Im not a huge city person so I would do just one day in Seattle itself then visit the San Juan islands, Olympic NP and Mt Rainier.
Post # 12
Love the Seattle/Portland/BC area. Favorite spot. Lots to do, great food, etc.
Northern Minnesota is GEORGEOUS in the fall. If you are looking for cute small town getaway, look at Two Harbors and Grand Marais. Tons of hiking and sights to see.
We are outdoorsy so we are going Fishing on Lake of the Woods and staying at a resort.
Post # 13
I have been to Sedona, Portland, and Seattle. Love them all but they do all have a very distinct “vibe” if that makes sense.
If you twisted my arm an made me pick one for a honeymoon I would say Sedona. Small town, slow paced, romantic, great places to eat (both high end and more budget friendly places too) amazing scenery everywhere you look, fantastic spas, hiking, tours, art galleries …. but not overwhelmingly large that you’re trying to cram in too many things in a week’s time. Fiancé and I went in January to celebrate our 7 year anniversary. Loved it!
He proposed on vacation while we were in Portland at the Rose Garden there ….. so of course Portland holds a special place in my heart as well ❤️️….. but for a honeymoon I would do Sedona.
Post # 14
If you’re just outside Toronto, I’m assuming you’ve considered it but just in case – Prince Edward County! The Drake hotel or the June motel are amazing, tons of cute anitque & art shops in the area, and wineries, cieries and brewiers galore! It’s a great long weekend type of vacation if you’re worried about unpaid time off.
Post # 15
i’m actually headed there this weekend 😉 looking very forward to it!