A couple’s honeymoon should be a time for relaxation and reconnecting after months of wedding planning. It’s a vacation that is well-deserved after all your hard work planning. It’s a time to get back to being yourselves and settle into your new marriage.
The possibilites are endless when choosing your destination. Why not stick with a vintage theme and make it a classic retreat to remember with one of these five fantastic vintage honeymoon destinations:
1. Travel down Route 66.
What could be more fun than starting off your marriage with a classic honeymoon road trip? Beginning in Chicago and ending in Los Angeles, this historical highway is filled with iconic saloons, motels and kitschy pit stops. The route is dotted with authentic old fashioned cafes and inns reminiscent of days gone by – a vintage lover’s dream vacation.
The highway was paved in 1938. It provides scenic path across the nation, with stops at The Grand Canyon, The Mississippi River, Arizona’s Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, The Mojave Desert, and Santa Monica Pier. You’re getting a little bit of everything: history, scenery, sun, sand and surf all in one trip! Some portions of the road have now become a national historical highway. Here are ten places that are not to miss along the route.
Grab a bottle of wine, sit down with your sweetie and map out your All-American adventure!
2. The South of France
A honeymoon on the French Riviera is the epitome of old-fashioned glamour. On the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Nice has a charming old town, a gorgeous beach (if you can get past the lack of sand and find a way to get cozy on the rocks) a beautiful promenade that you can bike or rollerblade around and some of the best wine and cuisine in the world. Test your taste buds on escargot, or visit a local vineyard. All the glitz and glamour of Monaco is just a short drive away, where you can try your luck at the Monte Carlo Casino.
There’s also the charming seaside town of Villefranche-sur-Mer with its brightly coloured, shuttered houses, the sophisticated playgrounds of St Tropez and the celebrity playground of Cannes – a truly luxurious trip.
3. Venice, Italy
Whether it’s approaching the city by boat, exploring the narrow streets, or soaking up the scene from the sun-drenched Piazza San Marco, Venice is a simple yet glorious place to unwind and indulge in some of the world’s best food, wine, scenery and culture – the perfect spot for foodies, wine lovers, and culture seekers. The city has the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre.
Spend an afternoon on a gondola floating down a canal with a bottle of Chianti in hand. Get lost in the hundreds of winding back alleys throughout the city, stopping for some fresh tiramisu and espresso at one of the little street cafes you stumble upon. Don’t forget to visit one of the many markets filled with treasures created by local artisans – lace makers, glass blowers and authentic leather goods.
4. A castle or a cottage built for two
How about a classic English honeymoon? The UK is filled with romantic getaways from glamorous castles in the Scottish Highlands to quaint thatched-roof cottages in the Cotswalds.
Cottages make the perfect love nests. Outside and in, they ooze character and often have exposed beams, stone or slate floors, wood-burning stoves and other fabulous features. Expect well-tended gardens and welcoming, flower-filled terraces. Check out Skye Cottages for some truly traditional structures, or Under The Thatch, a company that buys unique properties and restores them to their former glory, whether that means a secluded thatched property, an old railway carriage or a gypsy caravan that needed converting.
Everyone wants to be treated like royalty on their honeymoon, and what better way than by staying in a castle? Or how about a castle’s watchtower? Nestled alongside the River Taw in Northern Devon, surrounded by beaches with country charm in abundance, The Watchtower provides a quintessentially English honeymoon - genuine hideaway for two. The tower has panoramic views across the water, with a country pub just around the corner.
5. Niagara Falls
For a truly retro honeymoon, there is no substitute for Niagara Falls. Honeymooners have been making their way there for over 200 years, and since 1949 they have handed out just under a million “Honeymoon Certificates” signed by the mayor that proves you spent your “official” honeymoon in Niagara Falls. You can even spend your vacation in two different countries by simply crossing the American-Canadian border over the Falls.
The Maid of the Mist takes visitors right to the base of the waterfall; what’s more romantic than kissing under crashing, plunging, thundering water?
So there you have it, folks! A few of our heart’s desire when it comes to packing a suitcase or two. We hope this will inspire you to make your own honeymoon just as exciting, and we’d love to hear about it too!