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With all that goes in to planning a wedding, more couples are considering a smaller honeymoon – or mini-moon – right after the big day, and waiting to splurge on the traditional two-week getaway down the road. We rounded up five incredibly romantic options all over the US. No passport required.
This intimate, ultra-luxe oasis blends romance with the otherworldly landscape of Canyon Point. Spend your first nights as husband and wife soaking in your private plunge pool while stargazing across an endless desert sky. When you’re not relaxing in the Navajo-inspired Aman spa, explore the Grand Canyon or Monument Valley on a private guided tour, or go horseback riding, hot air ballooning and rock climbing.
BLACKBERRY FARM, TENNESSEE
The foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains offer the backdrop for this 4,200-acre foodie haven. Honeymooners can get the lay of the land indulging in a champagne carriage tour of the farm. Rates include meals, which are served in one of three restaurants, including The Barn, a James Beard Award winner. In addition to growing its seasonal produce, the farm is also home to a charcuterie, bakery and creamery. After a romantic dinner, a couples massage in the Wellhouse is highly recommended.
LAKE KORA, NEW YORK
If celebrating with a few friends and family after the wedding is more your speed, Lake Kora in the Adirondacks offers a magical forest setting. Open July through October only, this all-inclusive resort is perfect for buyouts of up to 16 guests and even has an on-site chapel. The wedding couple has their pick of the top romantic lodges including the historic Treehouse, the secluded Gardener’s Cottage or the Island House, accessible only by boat.
Less than an hour from central LA, this Mediterranean-style resort is a California dream. Couples can enjoy the privacy of an adult-only bungalow with indoor and outdoor fireplaces and views of the ocean. Nature lovers can go kayaking, whale watching and hiking. Relaxation seekers can enjoy the bliss of couples treatments in the spa’s Ocean Suite. There’s even a beach cove on property for a romantic photo shoot. Book with F1S through July 31st for up to 50% off room rates from Thanksgiving to the end of the year.
THE RANCH AT ROCK CREEK, MONTANA
This impeccable retreat captures the romance of the American West in rugged style. Set in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, the 19th-century homestead offers the true American safari experience with year-round activities, gourmet meals, and expert guides included in your room rate. In warmer months, newlyweds can enjoy a private horseback ride with surprise picnic on the creek banks. In the winter, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowshoeing and skiing are all available.