A Honeymoon in Napa Valley: Top 5 Things to Do (Besides Wine Tasting)

With gorgeous scenery, beautiful small towns, top-notch accommodations, and an endless activities list, California’s Napa Valley makes for a terrific honeymoon destination.

Here are some of our favorite things to see and do (in between your wine tasting outings and vineyard visits, of course).

Hiking

Napa and Sonoma Counties offer more than just vineyards. Actually, they are both packed with wilderness as the unique topography gives way to foggy forests, petrified trees and crazy rock formations. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Sugarloaf State Park are both great places for exploring the backwoods.

Biking

The biking options in wine country are plentiful and highly recommended. Check out Napa Valley Bike Tours for rental information and suggested routes. No matter if you’re a biking enthusiast or just a casual biker, there’s an itinerary available for you. Blaze past vineyards on backcountry roads or take the main drag through some of the beautiful small towns dotted throughout Napa Valley.

Hot Air Ballooning

After a few days of wine tasting, there’s nothing better than a tour of wine country by balloon. From lift off and landing to the views of the region (and even San Francisco on clear days) and the bird’s eye view of the vineyards, a trip to wine country isn’t complete without a hot air balloon tour.

Small Town Discoveries

Take a few days to explore the beautiful Napa Valley towns of Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. The relatively small size of these villages and proximity to each other make for a perfect day trip away from wine tasting. Each destination offers something a little bit different, but visitors can certainly still expect great dining, late night options, local shopping and boutiques, and unique galleries.

Spas

Northern California wine country is widely recognized as a top destination for spa treatments with sophisticated gems like Solage Calistoga and the Spa at Silverado. Experience invigorating massages, mineral baths, mud baths and a vast array of beauty and body treatments in a tranquil, one-of-a-kind setting.

 

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Real Honeymoon Registries: Best of Europe

Beginning to design your honeymoon registry this month? Pick up some ideas and inspiration by browsing a few of our favorite registries created by real Wanderable couples.

From Iceland to France and everywhere in between, the following couples traveled to destinations in Europe. Click on their registry pages below to trace their journeys.

Kristen & Clayton

We LOVE their mix of one-of-a-kind activities and experiences while visiting France. Highlights include a picnic lunch in Luxembourg Gardens, wine tasting in Nimes, and various museum visits (including the Chagall Museum and Jacquemart-André Museum).

Nicole & Karl

From a chauffeured day trip through renowned whiskey distilleries to a tour of the Isle of Skye (including famous Eilean Donan Castle), these newlyweds featured a little bit of everything on their Scotland-themed honeymoon registry.

Chontel & Costa

While visiting Iceland, these newlyweds went on a foodie tour in Reykjavik, visited the renowned geothermal spa Laugarvatn Fontana, and even had a dog sledding experience!

 

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Honeymoon With a View: Explora Patagonia Hotel, Chile

Our latest edition of “Honeymoon With a View” takes us to Chile’s spectacular Patagonia region.

Patagonia is sometimes referred to as the end of the world, and the Explora Patagonia hotel is situated right in the thick of things, as the only hotel inside Chile’s Torres del Paine national park, the southernmost tip of South America.

Glaciers, lakes, rivers and forests are framed by mountains and enormous granite pillars, while exotic species of bird, puma and deer roam the land.

Room: Exploradores Suite
View: Untouched Patagonia landscape

TV-free rooms keep the focus on the natural landscape outside, and the wide windows bring an almost IMAX-like feeling into your bedroom.

The hotel happens to host over 50 adventurous outdoor expeditions, but we won’t fault you for taking a day (or few) off to soak in this scene from the comforts of your bedroom.

 

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Top Hotel Picks for a Honeymoon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

With extraordinary mountain vistas around every corner, easy access to a pair of renowned national parks (Grand Teton and Yellowstone), and an endless list of activities, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a fantastic honeymoon destination for newlyweds — especially those seeking a mix of relaxation and adventure.

Below we’ve compiled a list of our favorite honeymoon-worthy hotels in the region, all terrific options for dropping your bags during this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Anvil Hotel

We can’t get enough of this wonderful boutique property, located just steps from Jackson’s town square. Completely refurbished in 2017, the charming 49-room hotel boasts an inviting lobby complete with a general store and coffee shop, plus cozy rooms with a mountain-rustic design.

Don’t miss the Anvil Explorer’s Program, which aims to connect guests with unique experiences in and around Jackson Hole, from dog sled trips to yoga classes at a local studio.

Hotel Terra

This renowned property is situated slope-side to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In addition to featuring a contemporary and stylish design, the hotel stands out from the pack for its sustainable practices, from recycled steel to advanced water conservation systems. A great home base throughout the year, Hotel Terra is particularly convenient if you’re looking to participate in many winter activities.

Amangani

Situated at 7,000 feet above sea level, this upscale and award-winning property offers jaw-dropping views of the Teton Mountains. Meanwhile, Amangani’s heated, outdoor swimming pool overlooks expansive meadows. Oh, and did we mention that it’s completely surrounded by spectacular mountains? The ample facilities can be enjoyed year-round and are particularly magnificent around sunset.

Spring Creek Ranch

Spring Creek boasts a collection of inn rooms, condos, and mountain villas in a serene, ranch-like setting. On top of unsurpassed mountain views, the property features a notable spa, bar and restaurant, outdoor heated pool, fitness center, tennis courts, and horseback riding on site.

 

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8 Amazing Activities for a Honeymoon in Bermuda

Bermuda has attracted honeymoon couples for decades thanks to its pristine pink sand beaches, extraordinary resorts, and turquoise waters. Although tiny (it’s only 21 miles long by one mile wide), the island is packed with thrilling and one-of-a-kind activities. Below, we’ve revealed eight of our favorites, a collection of can’t-miss experiences that should guarantee an unforgettable honeymoon.

Hit the Beach

Bermuda has nearly 25 miles of beach ranging from long sandy stretches to intimate coves and rocky shores. Most of the island’s best sand beaches can be found on the South Shore where the water tends to be rougher and conditions are often ideal for body surfing. North Shore beaches tend to be rockier but the water calmer.

Located on the south shore, Horseshoe Bay is truly spectacular with its wide beach and rocky coves. Elsewhere, Church Bay is perfect for snorkeling, while John Smith’s Bay is long, flat, and usually untouched by tourists.

Scuba Diving

For divers, Bermuda boasts some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the world with more than 350 shipwrecks and 230 miles of reefs to explore. Bermuda’s reefs are home to more than 10,000 species of marine life from the humble sea fan to migratory whales. Crystal clear waters mean visibility is often good up to 150 feet. If you are not a swimmer, you can still enjoy the underwater world by going helmet-diving and walking on the ocean floor

Spa Time

Bermuda, with its unhurried pace of life, is the perfect place to unwind after a wedding. Take advantage of one of the island’s growing number of first-class spas to really relax while on your honeymoon. Whether you go for an invigorating hour or a full, indulgent day, it is the way to relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize yourself. Sense, a Rosewood Spa, Willow Stream Spa, and the Spa at Elbow Beach are three of the top spas on the island.

Explore the Island via Moped

One of the best ways to see the island is to rent a moped during your stay. Buzzing around on your moped, you will uncover deserted beaches, cricket matches, and other island life. The island’s speed limit is 25 mph so you can enjoy the beautiful views without having to worry that they are passing by too fast.

Rent a Boat

You can rent your own Boston Whaler or sailboat and enjoy a picnic on a secluded island, go snorkeling and relax on a beautiful beach. Or take a kayak and explore the dozens of coves and bays around the island. The turquoise waters are so clear that you will be able to enjoy the spectacular marine life without even going under the surface.

Jet Ski Safari

If you are an adrenaline junkie couple, take a jet ski safari or a high-speed catamaran tour around the island. Why not try a water-ski, windsurf, kitesurfing, or parasailing adventure after the safari. Whatever your choice, there is no better way to enjoy Bermuda’s natural beauty than being in, out, or under the water.

Shopping

Bermuda is a shopper’s paradise, whether you are hunting for luxury merchandise at affordable prices or exploring local arts and crafts. You will be tempted by a wide range of international goods and famous brand names: French perfumes, English bone china, Cuban cigars, Swiss watches, silver, crystal and jewelry, Irish linen, Scottish tweeds, Italian silks, cashmere sweaters and many other surprising treats. Better yet, with no added sales tax you can buy many of these goods up to 40 percent lower than in stores in Europe or the United States.

Golf

The island is home to six world-class golf courses, many with pink sand traps and ocean views. While Bermuda’s courses are not the longest, most offer a unique challenge, accentuated always by the ocean breeze and a distracting but breathtaking view at every turn. The Mid Ocean Club in Tucker’s Point is arguably the most famous and picturesque of them all.

 

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