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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Honeymoon Inspiration: Shipwreck Beach (Greece)

Heading to Greece for your honeymoon? Don’t miss out on Navagio Beach, better known as Shipwreck Beach.

Situated on the island of Zakynthos, this incredible travel destination features a white-sand beach, steep limestone cliffs, and crystal clear water.

It’s easy to see why this Ionian Island site is a favorite with honeymooners.

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Hoping to visit? It’s not quite as easy as you’d think. The beach is only accessible via boat, which you can find in the small port of Porto Vromi.

Be sure to add this one-of-a kind excursion to your registry to ensure a most memorable honeymoon.

 

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6 Must-Add Food and Drink Experiences for Your Honeymoon Registry

Use your honeymoon registry to add a host of unforgettable food and drink experiences to your upcoming getaway. From romantic dinners with a view to poolside cocktails, here’s our list of must-add dining and drink options to include on your honeymoon itinerary.

Sunday Brunch

Whether you prefer buttermilk pancakes or made to order omelettes, don’t miss out on an unforgettable spread at your hotel or destination.

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Photo courtesy of St. Regis

For example, the Sunday Brunch at Makana Terrace at the St. Regis Princeville features a carving station, hand crafted sushi, and specialty omelettes, among many more options. With panoramic views of the lush mountains of Kauai, this oceanside dining experience is truly spectacular.

Sunset Cocktails

Whether poolside, at the hotel bar, or around town, mojitos and pina coladas will be memorable just about anywhere. But a drink will be even more special if there’s a premium view of the day’s sunset.

Cheap Eats

We guarantee that your friends and family will get a thrill at gifting you interesting foodie experiences like roadside stands, food trucks, diners, and other impromptu stops along your journey. Some of the most delicious, authentic meals derive from these spots.

Nightlife and Shows

Be sure to add this category to your registry if you’re planning to attend exciting events such as luaus, concerts, jazz clubs, and dinner shows.

For instance, the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui is one of the most authentic luau experiences honeymooners can find. In addition to its gorgeous waterside setting, the luau includes an excellent Hawaiian feast and bottomless Mai Tais.

Romantic Dinners for Two

This is a popular gift item among family and friends — and it’s easy to see why. Whether at an acclaimed steakhouse or upscale bistro, a romantic dinner will be remembered forever. Truly a must for every couple’s registry.

Room Service

Hoping for a late night snack or maybe just breakfast in bed? Make a honeymoon moment by adding room service to your registry.

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POLL: Which Island Would Be Your First Choice for a Hawaii Honeymoon?

POLL: Which Island Would Be Your First Choice for a Hawaii Honeymoon?

hawaii_na_pali_coast1Complete with undulating mountains, soft sand beaches, and miles of tropical rainforest, it’s easy to see why Hawaii ranks as one of America’s most popular honeymoon destinations.

The Aloha State also features six main islands, each one completely different from the next. So our question for couples this month is this: Which island would be your top choice for a honeymoon trip to Hawaii?

Browse through the poll options below and vote for your choice!

After voting, share your pick with other newlyweds over on our Facebook page.

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Tune in later in the week to check the results!

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Whether a scenic sunset sail, romantic dinner with a view, incredible safari adventure, or anything else in between: What was the number one moment of your honeymoon?

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Tell us in the comments section on our Facebook page. Then check back next week to read our favorite responses!

 

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