You’ve been pinning and planning for what seems like forever, but now it’s time to put them into action. With the unexpected nature of what’s to come in the following months, be sure to check out these honeymooning spots for a passport-free dream come true.
For Luxurious Serenity Within Nature: Great Smoky Mountains, TN
Escape from the stress of modern life by nestling yourselves in Walland, Tennessee with luxury Châteaux resorts that overlook the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Unwind with the southern charm, fly fishing lessons, horseback riding, top recognized restaurants and James Beard award-winning wine programs. From morning hikes to relaxing evenings under the stars, your cherished experiences will be nothing less than memorable.
For the Simple Beach Getaway: Wrightsville Beach, NC
From private surfing lessons on gentle waves to lounging around lazily with the sun beaming on your face, Wrightsville Beach offers the perfect little getaway that’s only a few hours’ drive. Whether you decide to stay at a resort nestled amongst the dunes with an oceanfront view or rent a beach house for extra privacy, you won’t find a lack of activities during your free time. Besides, it’s a wonderful opportunity to begin new family traditions to carry on with your children year-after-year.
For Those That Enjoy Night Life: Miami, FL
Find your favorite turquoise beach coastline to walk barefoot with a splash during the day, then transition into a romantic night with the glittering lights. The options are limitless when it comes to hotels with their stunning oceanfront views and restaurants to keep you culturally inspired without a passport requirement. Skip the plane hopping from Miami to Cuba with a visit to Little Havana for a little Bistec de Palomillo or Vaca Frita at one of the oldest Cuban restaurants; then you can satisfy that sweet tooth with a little Tres Leches for dessert. You may even start seeing the excitement begin as the locals roll in around 9pm if you find their favorite spot. Or, get up early in the morning to enjoy a little sipping of Cortaditos (Cuban coffees) with a little ocean breeze and sunrise to celebrate a new beginning with your forever. But, don’t be too quick to leave before you consider taking a short drive to one of the Keys to give you a taste of the island life or before booking a 1-2-hour salsa lesson in advance that will help you dance the night away Miami-style whenever the music starts to play.
For a Hallmark Town Charm: Charleston, SC
There is no better place to stroll down the cobblestone streets hand-in-hand with the love of your life than Charleston. Explore the town’s charming nature by first spending a few nights in the heart of downtown as you experience indulgent southern staples, then hop over to Kiawah Island which offers couples a luxurious oasis with exquisite oceanfront views. With their cooking classes recognized as some of the world’s best by Food & Wine Magazine, make sure you bring along your apron to take part in learning the secrets behind low country cuisine. Keeping the pace slow, unwind at the spa or grab your picnic basket for an afternoon in America’s oldest public gardens at Magnolia Plantation.
For the Music Lovers: Austin, TX
While Austin may not be known for its romance, it does have its spots that keep the honeymooners enthusiastic. Explore the city through food trucks, then cozy up to watch the vibrant sunset over incredible views of the city’s skyscrapers at Mount Bonnell and Lake Travis. Soak in the warm sunshine as you bike along Lady Bird Lake or relax in their spas’ saltwater pools with a cocktail in hand, and end the evening once again with locally sourced ingredients complemented by live performing local artists. With nearly 200 live music venues, you can fill each night with acoustic sounds of varying tunes. And, whether you prefer casual dining or a white tablecloth, you won’t be disappointed with any choice of seafood or barbeque.
Whatever your budget may be or your personality desires, there is a perfect southern destination that will bring life to your pins after all these years.