Mini-moons for newly married couples are on the rise. Instead of jetting off to foreign destinations as soon as the reception ends, couples are opting for relaxing and quick getaways. Why mini-moon? Weddings are seriously exhausting. While escaping reality and heading straight to your honeymoon might be tempting, you may be too tired to take it all in. Planning a wedding is also a huge task, and for some couples, planning the honeymoon at the same time is too much to handle. Additionally, by delaying your honeymoon, you’ll have something to look forward to after the excitement of the wedding has ended
Instead of celebrating with your new spouse at home (what fun is that?), up the romance factor and book a mini-moon. With honeymoons increasing in extravagance (think Bora Bora and African Safaris), mini-moons are the perfect way for couples to get away from home and celebrate, without going overboard.
When planning your mini-moon, consider timing, travel and cost.
Timing: If you're expecting the post-wedding blues to hit hard, aim to take your mini-moon within two weeks of the wedding.
Travel: Did you travel for your wedding? Then aim for something within driving distance of home. If your wedding was local in the D.C. area and winter is coming, California might be just right.
Cost: Is your honeymoon a bank-breaker? Keep your mini-moon costs low and escape for just one night. Don’t be afraid to ask for special mini-moon deals, as many hotels and resorts are more than happy to throw in a little something extra to make your stay memorable.
Now where should you go? Here are 4 local travel destinations for your mini-moon:
Goodstone Inn & Restaurant: Set in the heart of Middleburg’s wine and hunt country, and just a one-hour drive from D.C., Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is the definition of intimate romance. The 18-room inn features a cozy lobby with a fireplace and bar featuring over 1,500 bottles of wine from around the world, plus an on-site French Country farm-to-table restaurant. Book the Romance Package, which includes a two-night stay in deluxe accommodations, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, a four-course dinner for two, afternoon refreshments and a full country breakfast with eggs right from the farm. After indulging, get active with a stroll through the gardens or take a bike ride or hike through the miles of Goodstone trails. Once you work up a sweat, relax in the hammocks, lay by the gorgeous pool, or book a massage at the spa.
The Ivy Hotel: If you’re tying the knot in Baltimore, head straight to The Ivy Hotel. The hotel is located amid all the greatness that Charm City has to offer with restaurants, galleries and boutiques nearby. Embracing the mini-moon trend, The Ivy now offers a “Tiny-moon” package: one-night accommodation, breakfast in bed, a three-course dinner at Magdalena, a couples massage and a tour of Baltimore in a restored London cab.
Keswick Hall & Golf Club: Just two hours from D.C., this five-star resort is set at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia, near wineries and craft breweries worth exploring. Newlyweds can relax at the spa, or opt for an active getaway with tennis, archery, croquet, badminton or swimming in the Horizon pool, heated and open year round. Keswick offers guests complimentary bike rentals that you can use on biking trails located right on the property.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort: If you want a unique and romantic experience, Nemacolin is the place for you. Hey, it was even featured on an episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette, and if it’s good enough for a rose ceremony, it’s good enough for us! Book the Sweetheart Package, which includes two nights, champagne and strawberries upon arrival, breakfast each morning and resort credits. Head to the spa for a couples massage or go for adventure with dog sledding, a safari tour, or take an off-road driving course. And now that the wedding diet is over, indulge in a custom dessert bar set up in your room or dine at Lautrec and go totally overboard with the dessert tasting menu.
Want to get a little further away? Hop on a flight and go west.
Carmel-By-The-Sea: Head to the other coast to feel like you’re really getting away from it all, without leaving the US. Carmel-By-The-Sea was voted “#3 Best City for Romance in the World” by Travel & Leisure -- the ideal spot for a mini-moon to remember. Especially if you’re doing an east coast winter wedding, head to Carmel-By-The-Sea for a warm weather getaway. The seaside area offers a variety of accommodations and activities. Stay at the Carmel Cottage Inn, Carmel Country Inn or Cypress Inn. Explore beautiful Carmel via a food tour, a walking tour, or even a wine walk tour. Rent a bike at Bay Bikes to see more of the coastline. Weddings are stressful, so schedule a visit to the Yoga Center of Carmel for a few moments of zen. And of course, restaurants won’t disappoint. Experience coastal cuisine at Basil, Grasings or Cultura.
The Waldorf Astoria, Park City: Looking for a winter wonderland getaway that will be equal parts relaxing and adventure seeking on the slopes? Book the Waldorf Celebration package, which includes deluxe room accommodations, a complimentary bottle of champagne and a credit for the on-site restaurant Powder or room service. Book early for the upcoming ski season and receive two lift tickets to Park City Resort and a $50 credit per night of your stay. After your adventures on the slopes, sip a cocktail by the Waldorf ‘s outdoor fire pits and head to the spa for a relaxing massage