Quiet, Relaxing Honeymoon with Beautiful Hikes?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Are you guys planning on the US? because what you both want can be found in the beautiful British countryside. Lake District or the Peak District have beautiful hikes, countryside AND their fair share of high end hotels.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Hood river in Oregon is an adorable little town with amazing hiking nearby in the columbia river gorge on both the oregon and washington side. Multnomah falls is close, my personal favorite hikes nearby are triple falls loop and angel’s rest.

However for hiking in the pacific northwest I would wait until spring/summer unless you are okay with cold weather hiking and potential ice/snow.

There is also some really good food there ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Sounds like how our honeymoon will be! I found a luxury cabin in Vermont, we went in January for our anniversary and booked it for the honeymoon before we left! They have miles of hiking trails and are dog friendly, so we can bring our pup and it was so nice and quiet. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Not sure how far you’re willing to travel but the resort is in Jeffersonville, VT 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Jackson Hole Wyoming? Lake Tahoe? 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Take a look at Mammoth Lakes, CA.  Super quiet town with plenty of nature adventures.  Or maybe Lake Tahoe too.  

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

You won’t be able to do much hiking in th Canadian Rockies (or Alaska) in the first 1/2 months of the year as everything will be snowed in. That time of year it’s more ice-climbing and hardcore mountaineering rather than hiking.

You could check out Edison Hill Manor in Stowe, VT. Stowe is a resort town with lots of great art galleries, restaurants, etc but also has fabulous XC skiing/snowshoeing as well as Stowe Mountain for downhill. As long as you’re not there during a school holiday week it’s very quiet in the weekdays.

For actual hiking (i.e. non-snowy hiking) you’ll want to stay further south and lower altitudes at that time of year. I’m not much help since I’m in the snow in the winter ๐Ÿ˜€

If you’re on-board with leaving the US definitely check out the two UK areas suggested above (Lake District and Peak district — also check out Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons in Wales but all will be chilly and grey that time of year). 

Other fabulous (but more “exotic” optiosn would be the Canary islands (particularly Grand Canaria has gorgeous hiking and very comfortable luxury hotels) or the Atlas mountains in Morocco! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

ilyik :  Just outside Leavenworth Washington there are a group of peaks called The Enchantments. The town itself is small and fairly remote (about a 2-2.5 hour drive from Seattle) but there are plenty of options for lodging. I’d look at AirBnB, myself. 

There are some amazing day hikes as well as through backpacking opportunities. You can plan a pretty wide variety of options in terms of length & style. 

Here are some photos from my trip…

Google Colchuck Lake

 

As for Hood River or the Gorge, I’d recommend against it if you want to avoid crowds. Hood River and Multnomah Falls in particular have become major tourist hubs and there isn’t really a time of year you can go without running into lots of other people.

If you’re looking for something more secluded the southern Oregon coast or anywhere along the McKenzie Pass have beautiful scenery, great hiking, and are much less crowded. Samuel Boardman state park is an excellent place to start.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t know how far you are willing to go, but Kauai (Hawaii) is a quieter island and has some amazing hikes: http://www.kauai.com/hikes.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

Where have you looked in Colorado? We went to Glenwood Springs for our honeymoon. Between the rental car (we live on the other side of the state,) the hotel, and the stuff we did, wekept it under $800 total. It was extremely relaxing! There are incredible hot springs and vapor caves (natural saunas in a cave) as well as an adventure park with cave tours. There’s also plenty of hiking.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We just went to Banff NP for our honeymoon in March and it was AMAZING. There was snow everywhere and it was gorgeous (we aren’t used to seeing snow at all). We were told there wouldn’t be much for us to do but we found plenty! We did several “hikes” (check out Johnston Canyon, you can walk that anytime), and we also stayed at Emerald Lake Lodge. I was very offput by the bad reviews and almost canceled, but sooo glad I didn’t! It is much more than just a hotel, it’s more of an experience. No phones, tv, wifi (except at main lodge), the view is breathtaking and you just feel disconnected. Now, if you are used to luxury traveling, then Emerald Lake might be a disappointment. There was really nothing wrong with our room at all, but it wasn’t fancy….the bathroom was kind of basic, and there were small things like one of the blinds were broken and I think one of the door knobs didn’t want to work but I was super surprised that the reviews are so bad. Maybe people go thinking it’s a 5 star hotel, it’s not, but if you care more about the scenery around it and the view over the room itself, you will love it. We are already planning on going back. Our room had a cozy fireplace and we loved sitting in front of it and drinking tea. We also hiked/snowshoed around the lake, it was 5km. If you do end up going to ELL go eat at Truffle Pigs in Field around 10 minutes away. The town has a population of 200 people and you would never imagine that a gourmet, unique restaurant would be stuck there but it was utterly amazing, and we ate there twice. During our week stay we also went dog sledding (most awesome experience of my life), took a helicopter ride, walked around the town of Banff, rode up the gondola and hiked up there, walk around the Fairmont Banff Springs (there is a lovely area to cross country ski/walk behind the hotel. Supposedly it is where wolves are commonly sighted, we didn’t see any but it was so peaceful and we didn’t see anyone else back there. Also we did a day at Lake Louise which I think is my favorite place in the world; we did a sleigh ride there and ate at the restaurant. I think the lakes start thawing sometime in June, so if you went them you could see the bright colors. Regardless, Banff and the surrounding areas are breaktaking no matter the time of year. When we went it was also extremely quiet, and we loved that.

We also have been to the Smokies 10+ times, and it is beautiful, but no match to the Canadian Rockies. They don’t compare at all in my opinion. They’re nice to visit, but for a honeymoon that would blow you away I think Banff is much better.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Banff is beautiful – I’m currently on vacation in Alberta and it’s gorgeous. We did all Airbnbs for our acommodations and we were able to get great places for around $200 USD. We’re currently at a great Airbnb in Revelstoke for $130 per night, so you can definitley have nice accommodations without feeling like you’re in a motel. I can send you more specific recs on hikes / things to do / stay.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

ilyik :  I don’t think you could really go wrong with any of your ideas, but narrowing it down would be tough.  Great Smokies, which I visited last year, is a mob scene though, so probably best that your fiance vetoed that.  Relaxing is the wrong word for it, unfortunately.

How about Moab, UT?  If you were to go in May, it should be a nice time of year.  There’s the CO river, the La Sal Mountains, the desert, so a huge climate variety.  Arches and Canyonlands national parks, gorgeous drives, a ton of hiking opportunities, boating, ATV riding, some decent places to eat.  This is where we got married, at a rental place called Pack Creek Ranch, which has some cozy little cabins and is about 10 miles outside of town.  Great views, peaceful, we loved it and stayed again for our first anniversary.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

If youre coming up to the canadian rockies, schedule your trip for after may long weekend. Many things are closed due to snow before then. You could fly into Calgary or Edmonton, rent a car and travel through jasper and banff. Moraine lake is just stunning, emerald lake lodge is not for everyone but IS a really cool little place. Tons of air bnbs available around the area too. I love pimping out canada to our US neighbours – the dollar is in your favour so you really get a good bang for your buck! 

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bow lake https://i.ytimg.com/vi/yNKe4h2hu_0/maxresdefault.jpg

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lake minnewanka http://www.frenchydutchy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Lake-Minnewanka-featured.jpg

peyto lake http://banffandbeyond.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/people-standing-on-edge-of-cliff-looking-at-peyto-lake-in-banff-national-park.jpg

taylor lake http://www.outdooralberta.com/fishing/taylorL.jpg 

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