5 Exciting Mini-Moon Destinations for 2017

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.

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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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We cannot wait to announce our partnership with The Bach, The Big Fat Indian Wedding, Manhattan Walking Tours, On Location Tours, and The New York Nightlife to give away an incredible New York City bachelorette party for 8!

Here’s what’s included:

– A 1-hour bachelorette planning session with Joanne Barken, CEO of The Bach

– A Sex and the City Hot Spot Tour from On Location Tours

– A VIP Nightclub Experience from The New York Nightlife

– A Times Square Walking Tour from Manhattan Walking Tours

– A $400 voucher for a ladies luncheon or dinner from The Big Fat Indian Wedding

Goodie bags provided by The Bach and The Big Fat Indian Wedding

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Here’s what you need to know:

The Bach is an online resource that provides classy bachelorette party ideas, curated venue recommendations, and the tools necessary to simplify the planning process. The Bach will be offering a 1-hour bachelorette planning session with Joanne Barken, the CEO, as well as goodie bags.

The Big Fat Indian Wedding is a South Asian wedding inspiration blog to help brides and grooms plan their wedding, help guests navigate the cultural world of South Asia, and inspire wedding lovers. The Big Fat Indian Wedding will be offering a $400 voucher for a ladies luncheon or dinner, as well as goodie bags!

Manhattan Walking Tours was created to give the NYC sightseeing tour an advantage over the tour bus. Manhattan Walking Tours will be providing a Times Square Walking Tour to show you the best kept secrets of this famous NYC attraction.

The New York Nightlife is the leading promotional company of choice for New York’s fashion and entertainment industries, with a large focus on tourism. The New York Nightlife will be offering a VIP Nightclub Experience so you and your ladies can have the time of your lives in the City That Never Sleeps

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Top 5 Things to Do in New York City

A true New Yorker at heart, Maddy Douglass of Ginger & The Fizz shares her top 5 favorite things to do in New York City. 

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 Maddy enjoying a coffee in the city that never sleeps.

I know, I know – not another list, right? But this one is a legitimate, friend-curated, New Yorker-approved list of things to do and eat if you have a quick two or three days in the Big Apple coming up! You probably already know by now that you can’t see everything in New York on a shorter (or even sometimes lengthier) excursion, so you’ve got to prioritize – and, if we’re being honest, the Statue of Liberty probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Make the most of the exhibits and restaurants that are around now and you won’t regret a single subway swipe (or cab ride) across the island.

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 A close-up of the Guggenheim Museum’s iconic building.

1. The Guggenheim Museum

If the Met is the prom queen, the Guggenheim is her slightly hipster younger sister. Wander in and out of the galleries on each floor (when I was there I saw Indian tapestries and Kandinskys in addition to the main exhibit: On Kawara – Silence ) while making your way up the spiraling center concourse to the very top. This Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is a must see for the architecture alone, although they always have great exhibits going on too. After you’ve had your fill, head down the street to the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky for a sumptuous hot chocolate (or an iced coffee depending on the time of year), or go to Luke’s nearby for a hunger-quelling lobster roll.

And if you still want to see what The Metropolitan Museum of Art has to offer, it’s right down the street as well!

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 Bagels and lox at Russ & Daughters, the perfect breakfast.

2. Russ & Daughters Café

Russ and Daughters has long been known as the go to place for fresh bagels, lox, and any other “appetizing” needs you might have (appetizing: most commonly known as “the food one eats with bagels,” like smoked and cured salmon, salads, etc.)

Luckily for, well, everyone on the planet, they’ve recently opened a café a few short blocks from their original location that serves up an incredible variety of traditional Jewish dishes – some of my favorites where the chopped liver and the latkes – all for the small proverbial price of a sometimes lengthy line. If you go around 10am, there should be no problem getting in under twenty minutes.

If you’re still interested in exploring the East Village after your brunch, try grabbing a cup of broth at Brodo on 12th and meandering through the little side streets.

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Reynard will redefine how you do brunch.

3. Reynard restaurant in the Wythe Hotel (also: Mast Brothers Chocolate)

If you’re looking for a lunch or dinner that is a bit more upscale, Reynard in the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg can’t be beat. Their brunch menu (which included French toast with duck confit on my visit) is pleasantly original, and their dinner hour can be easily followed up by a trip to the rooftop bar to see the Manhattan skyline across the water. Built in what was originally an old warehouse, the dining areas perfectly demonstrate this blend of refined style and traditional architecture, making a meal here an event for the eyes as well as the, well, stomach.

If you go midday, be sure to check out the Mast Brothers Chocolate factory a few short blocks away. You can walk in to their show room to get a small peak of their factory process and buy some brightly colored bars for the trip home, or you can buy tickets in advance (they sell out at least a week ahead) to their actual factory tour.

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 The chocolate display at Mast Brothers Chocolate: heaven!

4. Golden Unicorn/Chinatown dumplings

Ready to go back to Manhattan? Head to Chinatown to get Shanghai dumplings (also known as soup dumplings, those delectable little bits that have savory broth inside the dumpling and deliver it straight to your senses with every bite) at Golden Unicorn, one of the best known dim sum places in the city.

If you don’t have time for a full sit down meal, head to Chinatown and wander down Canal street for a gander at the sights and sounds of authentic Asian fare. Pick up a few (or a whole bag of) steamed dumplings in any one of the shops and take them back to your hotel or hostel or friend’s apartment for a comforting, easy dinner. My favorites are the steamed pork buns, pan fried chicken buns, and sesame balls with marzipan inside for dessert!

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 A classy cocktail at Refinery Rooftop bar.

5. Refinery Rooftop for drinks in Midtown

If you’re looking for somewhere nice but comfortable for evening or after dinner drinks, there’s no better place than Refinery Rooftop bar atop the Refinery Hotel in Midtown. The covered rooftop ensures that the panoramic views of the city (including an up close and personal look at the Empire State Building) are available to you year-round, and the rustic décor and exposed brick ensures that you feel cozy and comfortable regardless of how snow-covered the patio is just outside the bar. Oversized outdoor light bulbs are strung up across the ceiling, adding a romantic and celestial feel to bar’s atmosphere – and their drinks are just the icing on the cake. I personally loved the hot Chef’s cider (similar to a hot toddy), while my drink dates both enjoyed stronger martini cocktails.

If you’re looking to stay in Manhattan, check out Refinery Hotel just below – that’s one way to ensure you’ll make it to the rooftop bar during your visit!

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 The view from the top of Refinery Hotel is surreal.

Regardless of where you go or stay, New York City always casts a spell over its visitors, ensuring that you never feel like you’ve gotten your fill of this city. Hopefully these places will offer enough of a taste that you’ll want to keep going back!

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Maddy navigating the streets like a pro.

With these tried-and-true suggestions from Maddy, we can’t wait for our next trip to New York City! All the iconic art, amazing food, and beautiful views are calling. 

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