10 Fun Cities in America You Never Thought to Honeymoon
When envisioning your perfect Honeymoon, what is it that you see? Do you want to be whisked away on a luxurious European getaway (a picnic below the Eiffel Tower, historically sightseeing in Rome) or is your preference catered to white sandy beaches, the scent of the ocean and the taste of margaritas? Both sound enticing, but what about the cities right here in America that may have been overlooked with your newly betrothed? Are you an outdoorsy couple who want to feel the wind in their hair or boulders under your shoes? Are you more contemporary and enjoy the holistic feel of those seemingly self-sustaining towns? Maybe you are the couple who enjoy the beach atmosphere but want to avoid the commotion of potential spring breakers. Whatever you are your beau and are notorious for, I hope to guide you in finding some inspiration towards your unforgettable romantic retreat.
Known for its magnificent red rocks, energy vortexes, and healing retreats, Sedona encompasses romance and wonder within its tiny borders. With evening sunsets guaranteed to illuminate the sky, Sedona is unparalleled in its natural color palette of luminous reds, oranges, and pinks.
If you are seeking the utmost in luxury, look no further than L’Auberge Hotel and Resort. Ranking number one as my favorite Arizona resort, you will find no greater romantic setting than that of L’Auberge. Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure Magazine, AAA and more, L’Auberge De Sedona is unmatched in romance. It is home to both world-class L’ Apothecary Spa as well as an award-winning restaurant, Cress on Oak Creek. If in search of something a bit more humble, Sedona also hosts a plethora of charming bed and breakfasts. Regardless of your preference for accommodation, Sedona is sure to provide.
While there, visit the splendor that is Tlaquepaque. Since childhood, Tlaquepaque remains my favorite comfort spot to visit when I need an emotional pick me up. It is an outdoor Spanish style village filled with boutique shops, a variety of restaurants, and upscale artwork. It is the perfect afternoon setting to walk hand in hand with your love.
I bet you never thought of Montana as your go-to honeymoon destination. If you and your partner love the wide-open spaces and the great outdoors – consider heading out to Billings.
This city is perfect for those who appreciate old, American history, and large parks filled with wildlife and adventure at any turn. Take a memorable hike, viewing ancient rock paintings at Pictograph Cave State Park. Go for a horseback ride along the lush green backdrop of mountains and streams at Bitter Creek Outfitters. Feed the Koi at ZooMontana’s Botanical Park. Become part of history at the Moss Mansion Museum with a gift shop sure to please even the toughest of trinket critics.
There is plenty of discovery within Billings, all before heading back to your ranch house on the outskirts of town. Wake up early every morning (or stay up until the sunrise,) cuddle up in your jammies with a hot cup of coffee, bird watch, and get lost within the peaceful still that surrounds you.
Florida is renowned for its retirees, amusement parks, oranges, music festivals, and spring breakers. However, if you head out to one of the southernmost cities, Sarasota, you will find calm in a life that is much more relaxed.
Sarasota does not lack activity – from local crab shacks, infamous margarita stands, and sandy white beaches, you will fall in love with its charms. Spend a morning grazing on food samples at the local Farmers Market, or dress up to aboard a romantic sunset dinner cruise. If you’re lucky, you may even find yourself in the company of dolphins swimming alongside your boat while eating your entree.
If you are prone to motion sickness, opt for an unforgettable dinner on land at Roessler’s Restaurant. Voted Sarasota’s Most Romantic Restaurant, Roessler’s will tantalize your tastebuds in a euphoria of flavor and leave you with an indelible memory.
Consider staying at the Carlisle Inn, situated in the heart of Sarasota’s Amish community. With an in-room jacuzzi, you are bound to find the Carlisle both intimate and affordable. The following day head on over to Siesta Key (just 10 miles away from the airport) where you can spend hours sunbathing, reading, and jumping into crystal clear waters. If you are looking for a busy nightlife, downtown Siesta key will not disappoint. Filled with colorful eateries, theatres, and live music playing on the sidewalks- you won’t resist dancing the night away.
While everyone is heading to the literal hot spots of the world like Cabo, you and your love may prefer the adventure that the snow brings. Grab your skis and hit the mountains as you spend your honeymoon in the ever romantic Aspen. (Is anyone else immediately picturing scenes from Dumb and Dumber? )
After gliding down some of the most luxurious slopes in the world, you can venture downtown and look at the amazing modern art museums that are notoriously overlooked by tourists. Visit the iconic Wheeler Opera House, or perhaps you are big John Denver fans? You can visit his beautiful and sacred sanctuary as well.
Temporarily transport to Paris while dining at French Alpine Bistro Creperie du Village. Lose yourself in conversation while divulging in the beloved Schokoladepalatschinke, a decadent mixture of strawberries, chocolate, and caramel. (Don’t worry, no one will judge you for pointing at the menu over attempting the correct pronunciation.)
Stay at Limelight Hotel, where they are known for their friendly atmosphere, rooftop terrace, and beautiful suites. They will be sure to incorporate specialized touches to aid in the magic of your honeymoon.
If you two are all about supporting local communities with a quirky twist, Columbus is the place to go. The locals have a huge sense of community and town pride – ask anyone you run into for the best coffee, brunch, or cocktails and they will always direct you to a locally owned establishment. Similar to Austin, Texas, you will not find your share of mainstream events and products in Columbus. Beating to the tune of their own drum, Columbus is known for its craft beers, live music, and eclectic festivals.
Discover romance at The Refectory Restaurant and Wine Shop. Situated in a former church, The Refectory is known for its French fare and gourmet dishes. With soaring ceilings, stained glass windows, and a world-class wine cellar, The Refectory will exceed even the most stringent expectation.
Rent a car and drive two hours north to stay at the most romantic hotel in the U.S. According to Trip Advisor, Belamere Suites. Belamere Suites in Perrysburg came in number one, beating hotels around the country for the top honor. Booking their best suite not only comes with a hefty price but with its own in-room swimming pool, sauna, dual body massage shower, and two-person jacuzzi. Be sure to take advantage of their in-room couples massage, 24-hour concierge, and world-class snack baskets.
If you don’t mind throwing caution to the wind and letting fate take the reins on your honeymoon, you will love exploring this fun, eccentric Ohio town.
Known as the gateway to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, you will find this coastal town surprisingly beguiling. Trenton prides itself on keeping the story of early America alive. Sit atop Oli’s Trolley for a fun and educational tour of the town’s best-preserved historical sites.
If you’re a seafood lover, Trenton is the town for you. Specializing in fresh coastal lobster, (that is often used in homemade mac and cheese!) succulent steamed clams, corn chowder, and other delicious Maine Coast fare. Consider tasting your way through downtown on a Maine Foodie Tour where you will sample a variety of crab cakes, lobster rolls, blueberry cake, and of course, beer.
Let your inner child break free at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show which is sure to be an experience you will never witness elsewhere. Continue the child’s play at Pirates Cove, where you can test your mini golf skills during sunset. If you find yourself in need of more adventure, satisfy your surge of adrenaline while zip-lining at Wild Acadia Funpark. Afterward, head to Thompson Island where you can unwind in the sun and cool off in the lake.
If an endearing bed and breakfast is more to your liking over a grandiose resort, you will fall in love with the Acadia Bay Inn. This 7 bedroom B&B offers oceanview rooms, a private beach, breathtaking views, and an elegance that will not soon be forgotten.
Albuquerque is definitely one of the most overlooked cities in the Southwest, and arguably the United States. Rich in both history and culture, the landscape of New Mexico is simply beautiful, inhabited by forests, mountains, and deserts.
When it comes to cuisine, Albuquerque is home to some of the countries’ best barbecue, Mexican, and Chinese restaurants. If you and your other half enjoy a variety of food, Albuquerque is the town for you. Consider sampling one of their notorious food trucks in the afternoon before heading to Antiquity Restaurant for a dinner filled with elegant charm.
New Mexico will offer both ritzy hotels, hidden cabins, or rustic bed and breakfasts all in a picturesque setting. I would suggest the Bottger Mansion of Old Town. Situated right in the heart of Albuquerque, Bottger Mansion is an intimate Bed and Breakfast and home base for a variety of romantic activities.
From hot air ballooning to mountain biking, and shopping to entertainment, Albuquerque will ensure you get the most out of your Honeymoon.
From Guy Fieri approved restaurants (inside gas stations, might I add,) to the most recent Super Bowl champions – Kansas City has made a name for itself lately.
For our music lovers, enjoy the rich and soulful heritage of the American Jazz Museum and the Vine Jazz District. For our history buffs, they house the Truman Home and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
For timeless elegance combined with a casual yet sophisticated ambiance, make your reservations at The Ambassador. With numerous honors and awards, ask about their Honeymoon package and the Ambassador Hotel will cater to your every romantic desire.
For quaint and romantic dining that the locals prefer, head to Osteria il Centro. Specializing in Italian Fare and an extensive wine list, you can anticipate a passionate evening filled with delectable entrees and romance.
Grand Rapids has rapidly become a huge and very modern city in America and has been praised for its progressive ways of life. With modern art walks nearly every weekend in the summer and museums at every turn, your art-lover heart will be content with this grand city.
Plan a day visiting one of their many gorgeous zoos or gardens that temporarily offer an escape from the city. If you’re seeking a bit more adventure and one of a kind experience, test your skills at The Ruse Escape Rooms. A true test of teamwork, you and your partner will race against the clock, helping one another solve puzzles and challenges in hopes to successfully escape.
After working up a sweat in the Escape Room, you’ll be thankful for the cities booming community of local breweries. When the weather is nice, you can find brewery tours for you and your spouse as you drink your way through the town.
Sober up at The Chop House where you will find the best steak in the city.
Settle in at the Castle in the Country. A romantic bed and breakfast offering beautiful rooms, exceptional service, and special and personalized touches throughout the duration of your stay. Sip on a glass of champagne while cuddling up in front of your in-room fireplace. Wake up to breakfast in bed before going on a stroll. With 65 acres of land, you will have unlimited walking trails to choose from. Come back to a chilled bottle of Asti Spumante, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a side by side couples massage, exclusively reserved for Castle guests.
Louisville ( don’t ever say Lou-E-Ville to locals, they’ll just laugh) is such a fun and vibrant city. With the Ohio River running through the center, you can have everything from water skiing to hoverboard tours throughout the city.
Grab your sweetheart and head out for an afternoon of romance. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Louisville. Stop off at Waterfront Park and rent a bicycle built for two. Later that evening, hop on an evening cruise on the Belle of Louisville to float atop the Ohio River, illuminated by the lights of the Louisville skyline. After some quiet conversation on the deck, see a live show at one of many Louisvilles performing art centers.
Stay at the Omni Hotel where you are guaranteed love and luxury. With several different romance packages to choose from and a personal concierge, you will want to extend your dream stay in Louisville.
Home to the best-fried chicken and a spicy nightlife, there is a little something for everyone here in sweet little Kentucky!
Whatever destination you and spouse find yourselves at, I sincerely hope these suggestions sparked a little inspiration and send you off on a great start to your happily ever after. Wishing you the largest of congratulations, may you two share love and happiness forever.
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