For many of us, getting married presents one of the biggest opportunities we’ve had to indulge our inner superstar and host a wedding worthy of the Society Pages. Whether we decide to go traditional or get modern and funky, we labor over every detail to make sure our big day is one that reflects our creativity and personality while celebrating our love. Why stop the creative planning with the reception? Your honeymoon is a chance for you and your husband to go someplace uniquely suited to you. I’m not saying that Hawaii or Paris are not exquisite honeymoon destinations (they are!), but if you look around, you’ll find there are a lot of unexpectedly romantic places to spend your first days as husband and wife. You may even consider one of these lovely places for a destination wedding!
Here are five places I’ve travelled that I think would make lovely honeymoon spots:
With sandy beaches, hiking trails, and beautiful temples and shrines, Kamakura is a tranquil getaway. Nearby Enoshima Island has more active attractions like an aquarium, an observation tower and the stunning Iwaya Caves. Be sure to visit the Love Bell. They say if you and your sweetheart ring the bell together, then put your names on a padlock and hang it, you’ll stay together forever!
Pawleys Island, SC
Pawleys is extra romantic to me because it’s where my husband proposed! My perfect day here is kayaking through the marshes, then relaxing with an iced tea on a porch swing with a view of the ocean. Attractions include Brookgreen Gardens, with its thousands of flowers, trees, and sculptures, and Myrtle Beach, which offers everything from museums to mini-golf.
Part of the “Red Sea Riviera,” Dahab is great for windsurfing, snorkeling, and other beachy fun. It’s also an internationally renowned SCUBA-diving destination. All the perks of a Caribbean vacation, plus, with an inexpensive 3-hour flight, you can take a day trip to the Pyramids of Giza and contemplate the timelessness of your love.
This town is so welcoming, it’s easy to feel right at home. The pedestrian plaza has shops, pubs, and great street performers. Everything from fish and chips shops to Michelin-starred restaurants are in walking distance. And you can rent a car and take a drive on the Wild Atlantic Way to view some of the most dramatic natural beauty you’ll see in your life.
photo: The Galway Cow
Santa Fe, NM
Georgia O’Keeffe was on to something when she decided to live in Santa Fe. The place is beautiful and has so much variety! With a Santa Fe base, you can explore the desert; go river rafting; check out pre-Columbian petroglyphs; and marvel at both adobe architecture and a gothic cathedral. It’s an artists’ paradise and you can see works in galleries all around the city. Stop in at the Meow Wolf art collective for an immersive southwestern experience. My favorite Santa Fe attractions include the cave paintings at Bandelier National Monument, the O’Keeffe Museum, and the Tesuque Pueblo.
So, how about you? Have any of you gone off the traditional path with your honeymoon? Where’d you go? If not, have you traveled somewhere that would make an unexpectedly romantic destination? Let us know in the comments!
Patricia Mitchell has been an editor, an attorney, a theatre reviewer, a Girl Scout leader and a promoter for punk bands. She is currently a freelance writer based in Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more at www.patricia-mitchell.com.