Honeymoon Ideas You May Not Have Considered

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To help our readers find the best honeymoon destinations for their taste and budget, we have assembled 24 incredible honeymoon ideas for an unforgettable getaway, here in North America. Each destination offers a unique experience, unlike the place before it. For instance, clearly a honeymoon in the tropical islands of Hawaii will be very different from the red rocks of Arizona. Still all these honeymoon ideas have a few things in common: they are special, unique, and will leave you with lifelong memories.

We chose these destinations with two things in mind: the location (for example, Sedona, AZ) and a specific resort or hotel (i.e. Wave Spa and Resort) that we consider to be uniquely fit for a honeymoon couple. Of course, you can find other suitable facilities at the recommended locations, if you so choose.

Please share with us below your honeymoon ideas, or if you spent your honeymoon in one of our recommended locations, we would love to hear about it. In the coming months, we will be elaborating on each one of these locations in more detail.

Note: the order of the locations is not a measure of rank.

 

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a magical, exuberant, colorful place, full of fascinating art, history, and culture. The small city is filled with hundreds of art galleries and diverse visual arts that span from ancient traditional art to the most contemporary. Santa Fe also offers top-notch cuisine, colorful markets and interesting architecture. This lovely destination is the oldest capital city in North America and the oldest European community west of the Mississippi.

It’s no wonder it was rated number five “City in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, and “Top 10 Foodie Cities in America” by Infogroup.

Santa Fe also offers interesting day excursions to its magnificent and historical surroundings.

Santa Fe Honeymoon

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Our recommended hospitality:

Ten Thousand Waves Spa

Ten minutes from downtown Santa Fe, Ten Thousand Waves is a Japanese inspired spa, restaurant Izanami and lodging. Ten Thousand Waves follows the old Japanese concept of powerful healing and release gained by sitting in hot water surrounded by the beauty of nature. They offer a unique ‘Japanese-adobe’ aesthetic, combining the traditional with state-of-the-art technology. Ten Thousand Waves also offers’ 14 unique rooms, Japanese style. Surrounded by twenty acres of Pinons and Junipers, yet only ten minutes away from downtown.

Santa Fe honeymoon hotel

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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is a small charming town of about 15,000 people, located about 30 miles south of Flagstaff, and 110 miles north of Phoenix. Sedona has stunning scenery of red rocks that you can see from anywhere. Downton is filled with small art galleries and charming stores. Surrounding the city are trailheads to Red Rock (State) Park and other locations, which offer bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots.

Due to its elevation of around 4500 feet, the weather is typically mild and not as hot as it gets in Phoenix. Sedona is also located a mere 2-hour drive from the Grand Canyon National Park.

 

Our recommended hospitality:

The Enhancement Resort

Tucked away in the stunning red rocks of the Boynton Canyon sits the breathtaking and secluded Enhancement Resort. Perfect for honeymooners who are looking for a retreat to decompress after their big day and to enjoy their first few days or weeks as a married couple. Spend your days basking in their pool with a stunning view and prickly pear margarita in hand, or head through the canyon for breathtaking views and hikes. The Enhancement Resort also offers a top-notch spa, rated one of top 10 destination spas in America for 2016 by Travel & Leisure.

Sedona hotel

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Quebec City, Quebec Province, Canada

This is a unique, romantic destination – North America’s version of Paris. A gorgeous destination which combines old and new, shopping and dining, culture, and history. Quebec City in Canada, a mostly French-speaking province which dates back to 1608, offers a makeup of stone buildings and narrow streets. Its picturesque Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with narrow cobblestone streets, 17th- and 18th-century houses and soaring church spires, with the splendid Château Frontenac towering above it all. A sparkle of Old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes and manicured squares. You can also spend a few enjoyable days taking day trips around the city.  Just remember the city is about 200 miles north of Bangor, Maine and can get really cold in the winter.

quebec city honeymoon

Credit: Quebec City Tourism website

 

Our recommended hospitality:

Auberge Saint-Antoine

This is a luxurious hotel in the heart of the Old Port of Quebec City, a historical property facing the majestic St. Lawrence River. Nearby lay the lively streets of the Petit Champlain district, winner of the 2014 Best Street in Canada Award. Enjoy a great shopping experience with one-of-a-kind boutiques and bistros in a romantic atmosphere. The hotel has perfect reviews by more than 1000 couples on Trip Advisor. One of them states: “Delightful hotel in the old city. Walking distance to many restaurants, galleries, and shops. The hotel has been beautifully renovated and is very comfortable. The room we had was very large, beautifully decorated with a lovely view of the St Lawrence. Service was impeccable. “

Saint Anto hotel

Credit: Saint Antoine Hotel

San Francisco, California 

San Francisco is no doubt one of the most romantic and beautiful destinations in the world. We may also be a little bias, since it is also the “hometown” of this blog and our company, BrideBox Wedding Albums. But objectively speaking. there are so many things to see and do in SF and its surrounding areas.

One of the most amazing vista points in this city (on a clear day) is high above the Golden Gate Bridge, called Marine Headlands Vista Point, on Conzelman Rd. It’s not for walking or biking (unless you’re very athletic and up for an adventure), but an Uber or Lyft driver will be happy to take you there and back. Just make sure to come equip with clear directions, since this location is less touristy, and even many locals may not know of it.

San Francisco city has endless accommodation options, depending on your taste and budget. For your honeymoon, we recommend checking out one of these two amazing places:

San Francisco honeymoon

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Our recommended hospitality:

Hotel Drisco

Hotel Drisco is a charming boutique hotel located atop San Francisco’s iconic Pacific Heights neighborhood. It is important to note that this elegant 1903 Edwardian San Francisco hotel is closed for renovation until Spring or early Summer 2017. The hotel prides itself for some unique extras including a gourmet complimentary breakfast and nightly wine tasting. It’s also worth mentioning if you like to “walk the city”, their location is a little “off the grid”.

SF Drisco hotel

Credit: Hotel Drisco

Fairmont San Francisco

If you prefer a San Francisco classic, consider the Fairmont San Francisco – a real piece of SF history.  The grandeur of the luxury hotel atop Nob Hill coupled with its reputation for impeccable service promises a truly memorable experience during your San Francisco honeymoon. The hotel carries so much past grandeur and history which can be seen today all around the hotel. The hotel also accommodates three fine dining restaurants.

The Fairmont is centrally located, just a short cable car trip from downtown, Union Square and Fisherman’s Warf.

SF Fairmont

Credit: Fairmont Hotel

The White Mountains, New Hampshire

The White Mountains region in New Hampshire is located about 150 miles north of Boston.  The region offers one memorable experience after another. Beautiful hikes, scenic drives, golf and many small charming villages. The White Mountains are popular year-round, however they’re especially incredible in the autumn when the foliage is at peak, easily becoming one of the most romantic and colorful scenes you can experience.

White Mountains NH

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Our recommended hospitality:

Omni Mount Washington Resort

The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort has a grand history behind it. This National Historic Landmark opened in 1902 and is one of the last surviving grand hotels in the region. The Omni Mount Washington Resort is located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and has a gracious ambiance and generous amenities. The hotel delights guest with enchanting music, refined dining, and luxurious décor. The resort has a classic Donald Ross-designed golf course, award-winning Alpine and Nordic ski center, luxurious signature spa, decadent dining facilities and nine high-flying zip-lines. A 3.5 hour thrilling adventure will give you a bird’s-eye view of scenic forests. Beyond all the attractions the hotel offer, the surrounding area has so many beautiful things to do, including Mount Washington Cog Railway, which is the first mountain–climbing cog railway in the world.

Washington Hotel NH

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, surrounded by mountains, is a valley 48 miles long and around six to eight miles wide. Jackson Hole is a hub for outdoor recreation activities, as well as wildlife watching, fishing and in the winter, skiing.  Located in Wyoming there is so much to do in the surrounding area. Close by are the legendary landmarks of Yellowstone National Park and Teton National Park.

Jackson hole WY

Credit: Amangani Hotel

 

Our recommended hospitality:

Amangani

Amangani is an impressive site, the first outpost of the Singapore-based Aman chain in the Americas. The location is extraordinary, seven thousand feet above sea level overlooking the meadowed valley of Jackson Hole. The suites are comfortable and luxurious, including a fireplace, king-sized bed, and a private balcony with a breathtaking view of the valley below.

The Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a redwood-paneled dining room. The cuisine is Western with organic leanings, serving steaks and seafood with regional produce.  The site includes a world-class spa and a hundred-foot swimming pool and heated whirlpool. The Amangani also offers adventurous activities, including hot-air balloon riding, 4×4 jeep wildlife safaris, golf, horseback riding and hunting.

Jackson Hole, WY

Credit: Amangani Hotel

 

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For more wonderful honeymoon ideas that you may not have thought of, stay tuned for our continuing posts!

Interested in some international and local affordable honeymoon destinations ? check out our past posts:

10 Affordable and Exotic Honeymoon Destinations

Best Budget-Friendly Honeymoon Locations in the USA

The 7 Best All Inclusive Resorts for Your Honeymoon

Honeymoon Road Trip Ideas

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