We believe that every couple deserves a lavish honeymoon, but there's no reason that a big event has to happen right after the wedding. Maybe your dream destination isn't open for tourism at the moment, or your schedule doesn't allow for two weeks off after the big day. Perhaps you're feeling a financial strain of this past year, or you splurged on your dream dress and are looking to save after an expensive ceremony.
Whatever your reasons for postponing your honeymoon, you can be sure that after the months of planning and whirlwind of celebration, you're going to be craving some alone time with your partner. Enter the "mini-moon"— a short, romantic trip closer to home that's perfect for newlyweds looking to relax after their nuptials without the expense or logistics of a full-blown honeymoon.
We've put together a selection of magical mini-moon destinations and hotels for every budget to help you connect and unwind:
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel — 4 Stars, Rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor
For a mini-moon full of southern charm and hospitality, head to warm and welcoming Charleston, SC for a romantic getaway. Take an evening stroll or carriage ride through historic streets scented with blooming jasmine, visit one of the city's many art galleries and charming boutiques and dine on world-class cuisine with your loved one.
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel hotel a perfect blend of Old South opulence and contemporary style where chic interiors meet languid verandas and antebellum architecture. Rooms start at $212 a night.
The Yankee Clipper Inn — 3.5 Stars, Rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor
An easy drive or train ride from Boston, Rockport is a delightfully quaint seaside town with tons of quintessential New England charm. Its pleasant beaches, picturesque granite quarries, rocky coastline, and eclectic boutiques make Rockport ideal for a romantic coastal getaway.
The historic Yankee Clipper Inn offers gorgeous ocean views and romantic accommodations for newlyweds. Rooms start at $150 per night.
Puerto Vallarta, MX
Garlands Del Rio — 4 Stars, Rated 5/5 TripAdvisor
A short flight from Southern California, Puerto Vallarta is a fantastic choice for couples looking for a warm-weather getaway with character. There are plenty of resorts (all-inclusive or otherwise) located near this coastal Mexican city, but in order to appreciate Puerto Vallarta's cobblestone streets, stylish restaurants, and quirky boutiques, we suggest opting for a stay in historic Old Vallarta.
Located in the Zona Romantica, the charming Garlands del Rio bed & breakfast offers an outdoor pool, sun terrace, riverside dining, and attentive hospitality. Enjoy the river breeze (or air-conditioning!) from your eclectically decorated guest room. Rooms start at $99 a night.
Amara Resort & Spa — 4 Star, Rated 4.5/5 TripAdvisor
Head to Sedona for striking desert landscapes, inspiring sunsets, and starry skies. A two-hour drive from Phoenix, Sedona boasts a mild climate and a vibrant arts scene, with plenty of top-notch restaurants, New Age shops, and galleries for a laid-back getaway.
Treat yourselves to a luxe stay at the secluded Amara Resort & Spa, set amid beautiful red-rock canyons. Prices start at $349 a night.
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch — 5 Star, Rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor
If you're looking for some cozy fireside moments with your partner, consider heading to Colorado's Vail area for a romantic, alpine getaway. Located on Beaver Creek Mountain, the fabulous five-star Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is a luxurious, four-seasons mountain resort with stunning views and impeccable style.
Like something straight out of a Ralph Lauren fall/winter catalogue, this glamorous yet cozy resort features warm interiors, outdoor fire pits and fine-dining. Rooms start at $229 a night.
Napa Valley, CA
The Cottage Inn & Spa — 5 Star, Rated 5/5 on Trip Advisor
Only two hours from San Francisco, the Napa Valley was practically made for mini-mooning. Take a drive or bike ride through scenic vineyards, sample wine from hundreds of world-class wineries, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants.
Unwind at the Cottage Inn & Spa, an enchanting accommodation with peaceful courtyards and award-winning Mediterranean architecture. Rooms start at $199 a night.
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