So you’re getting married! Not only are you planning a fabulous wedding, but you’re worrying about where you and your new Hubby are going to go on your Honeymoon. Well not everyone can afford to go to Europe, or the Bahamas, right? The wonderful thing about Raleigh is that The South is that there are so many cities that you can easily travel for a romantic getaway, see amazing things, and not break the bank! I’ve picked 5 cities that I think would be quite romantic and there are ways to make them affordable.
When it comes to picking the place that you’re going to go, some people like the familiarity of a place that they have been before, and others want to discover somewhere new. You don’t always have to fly anywhere either, there are trains, buses, and always good a good old-fashioned road trip! There are even sites that you can create a Honeymoon Fund on (vs. a typical wedding registry) where your guests can put money towards plane tickets, a dinner, or even the hotel (www.honeyfund.com). This is a great option for couples that have been living together and have most household items and just want a honeymoon. Of course, Great Aunt Sue will probably still insist on a household item, so take advantage of online registries for a few things you guys might need an upgrade on.
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has so many great things to offer such as live music, fabulous food, and free festivals that happen quite often. There’s the French Quarter Festival that is in the Spring and The Seafood focused Oak Street Po-Boy Festival in November. Of course you can always enjoy Bourbon Street at night and during the day. Magazine street is known for its boutiques and unique shopping so that is always something to consider as well, ladies! Zip down there one morning while your man sleeps in.
4. San Antonio- Texas
What a beautiful city to visit during the cooler months, with the holiday decorations on the River Walk being a main attraction, sight seeing and dining with quite enjoyable weather. Take a day and visit the Alamo, learn the history, see the museums, and take the tours. You can spend the day at Six Flags, SeaWorld, and maybe that night, take a ghost tour. With limitless options, San Antonio would be a wonderful choice for a Honeymoon.
3. Nashville, Tennessee
The city of music. Enjoy the night life, daytime entertainment, museums and of course, you have to make a stop to have dinner where some of the most popular stars were discovered, The Bluebird Café. If you both are music lovers, this would be the perfect honeymoon for you!
2. Savannah, Georgia
Known for the beautiful oak trees covered with Spanish Moss, the scenery here will be sure to make your heart flutter with your new hubby beside you. So many different movies (including Forrest Gump) have been filmed here. Enjoy a culinary, or historical tour of this city during the day, and at night venture downtown to enjoy the pubs and restaurants in the historic district.
1. Charleston, South Carolina
If you read my last blog post, you already knew this was coming. Charleston has many things to offer that are budget friendly. Head over to the beach during the day or walk downtown and enjoy the scenery. At night you can enjoy an art walk, carriage tour, or even head over to Shem Creek for dinner with the most fantastic view.
Of course with all of these places, there are things that you can do for free and things that cost but to keep costs down, go simpler on the place you stay, or the event that you participate in during the day. Your honeymoon is about spending time with your brand new HUSBAND! You guys love each other and will enjoy what you are doing no matter what. I highly suggest doing some research and making reservations online ahead of time for certain events (hotels, dinner reservations, concert tickets) to make your trip more enjoyable and one less thing to worry about when the time comes. Maybe one of these places is near and dear to you from the first vacation you took together, or maybe its going to be an adventure! Don’t stress about booking a trip to Paris, enjoy the beauties of The South! (save that trip to Paris for an anniversary)