Mini-moons have emerged as a popular honeymoon alternative for newlyweds in recent years. Ideal for those with budget limitations, timing constraints, or little vacation time set aside, a mini-moon will still enable couples to embark on an unforgettable honeymoon for a few days or long weekend, even if it’s not Paris or Hawaii. Here are five destinations to put on your list in 2017.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Paris and Venice may be far away, but you can still get a little taste of them in Vegas. Think luxury, endless entertainment, world-class gambling (if that’s your thing) and great food. Keep in mind that the summer heat brings cheaper prices.
Book your room at Encore Resort, truly a fantastic property across the board. Starting at 745 square feet, rooms are spacious and well-appointed. Service is attentive without being obtrusive. All the while, between the acclaimed 18-hole golf course and heated pools surrounded by gorgeous gardens, the amenities are terrific.
Quebec City, Canada
Expect old-world charm and European-like ambiance in this historic capital city. As the only completely walled city in North America, Quebec is absolutely enchanting and easily one of the most romantic cities on the continent. Meander down cobblestone streets in the Old Town, which consists of two distinct sections filled with lovely cafes, specialty stores, galleries, and unique shopping destinations.
Stay in a historic B&B in the Old Town or go for a contemporary boutique property downtown such as Auberge Le Vincent. Either way, you can expect an extraordinary and most romantic trip to one of North America’s oldest cities.
North Fork, New York
Less than two hours from Manhattan, the North Fork region of eastern Long Island is a go-to locale for food and wine activities. For starters, look to sample recent vintages at notable wineries such as Macari Vineyards and Croteaux Vineyards. Next, spend an afternoon browsing local farm stands like Briermere Farms before exploring miles of coastline and marshes via kayak at Eagle’s Neck Paddling Company. Be sure to pack along your produce selections for a memorable picnic. Make your home base in Greenport, a historic and charming port town filled with fine restaurants, shops, and fun detours like Greenport Harbor Brewing Company.
Drop your bags at Jedediah Hawkins Inn, a charming luxury inn surrounded by 22 acres of gardens and farmland.
Miami Beach, Florida
Beautiful beaches, perfect weather and its desirable Latin flair are all reasons that Miami is the perfect tropical oasis couples can escape to after the big day. Consider a stay in the heart of South Beach and if time permits, rent a car and drive a few hours south where you’ll find yourselves in the great Florida Keys.
Palm Springs, California
Situated at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains and about two hours from L.A., Palm Springs is a unique year-round destination. In addition to its well-preserved village atmosphere, the town boasts numerous galleries, boutique shopping, fine dining, and stylish accommodations. With about 350 days of sunshine per year, this is an ultimate mini-moon spot for sun-seekers. It’s also an ideal home base for exploring Joshua Tree National Park, just a 35-mile drive from town.
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