In a world that seems encapsulated by COVID, people still want to travel and desperately want a chance to feel some sort of normalcy. Included in the group of travelers who want to get away are the honeymooners. Some are ready to finally take their honeymoon after getting married in the midst of the pandemic; others are wanting to get married and immediately go on their honeymoon without delay in the upcoming months. Either way, my goal is to give travelers (including brides and grooms) an opportunity to brush the dust off of their suitcases in order to safely see the world again.
After booking several stateside honeymoons, doing research, and traveling to most of these destinations, I have been able to pull together some recommendations for some of the top stateside honeymoon destinations in the continental US.
With incredible sunsets, highs in the 80s, vineyards, impeccable dining and a highway designed for convertible cars, San Diego is the perfect getaway spot for newlyweds.
Fine Dining Recommendations:
Addison - San Diego’s 1st Michelin Star Restaurant
C Level – Dining with views of San Diego and the Harbor
Cesarina – Italian dining for lunch or dinner
…and if you are going to San Diego you have to rent a convertible and drive down Hwy 1 to check it off of the bucket list.
Honeymooning in New Orleans means walking down jazz-filled streets with drinks in your hands while snacking on a fresh and powdery beignet.
If you are a couple that loves seafood and Cajun food, New Orleans may be the spot for you. On my trip to New Orleans, my husband and I found 2 pearls in the first two oysters he had- maybe you’ll have the same luck, too!
Royal House – Ask to sit on the patio, so you can enjoy your food with views of the French quarter.
Café du Monde – If you love donuts or sweets, you must go here for the original beignet.
Acme Oyster House – The oyster shooters here are very popular, and my hubby loves them!
Live Music Spots:
Carousel Bar – Enjoy this rotating bar with live music and great cocktails!
21st Amendment Bar - The live music here will have your feet tapping and your hands moving.
NOLA Tip: It is important to travel here at the right time. Try to go between February and May, as it gets extremely humid during the other months of the year.
If you love getting outdoors, hiking and enjoying the scenery of nature while enjoying local wine and food, this may be the honeymoon destination for you.
Places to Eat:
Mariposa - Latin inspired fine-dining
Hideaway House - The broccoli and chicken alfredo was amazing, but the views were even better!
The Hudson - A neighborhood restaurant with views of the red rock
Hikes to Go On:
Bell Rock Pathway
Devil's Bridge Trail
Oak Creek Canyon
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Key West is known for its beautiful water, island time mentality and Duval Street, but did you know there are also local chickens walking around? It is a destination that is so unique, and it has so much to offer for the honeymooners.
Things to Do:
- Bike around the island.
- Sip on a cocktail while walking around town.
Places to Eat:
Moondog Cafe & Bakery - The perfect brunch spot for breakfast food and delicious mimosas!
Seaside Cafe at the Mansion - Oven baked pizzas with clear water views
Caroline's Cafe - Stop by here for some appetizers, sandwiches, and salads while getting a view of the shenanigans happening on Duval Street.
Grand Cafe Key West - We ate here two times because we loved it so much. The views were great, there was an intimate setting, and the food was delicious. Try the Truffle Shrimp Penne of Chef's Tasting Plate
** Have a gluten allergy? All of the restaurants in Key West listed above can accommodate you. As someone with a gluten allergy myself, I trust each of these spots!
If you are looking for fine dining options, moss covered trees, and a city that has mastered the art of a cocktail, Savannah might be the honeymoon spot for you.
Bars to visit:
Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar - 3 awesome spots in one
(Be sure to try out the Bamboo Room inside this spot if you want tiki inspired cocktails!)
Jenn & Friends - Martini bar with over 300 martinis to choose from
Alley Cat Lounge - Speakeasy vibes
Pounce Cat Cafe - Wine and beer with furry friends
Restaurants to enjoy:
Vic’s – The Shrimp and Grits and French Onion Soup are two of the many delicious dishes here. Make sure to request a seat by the window for incredible views.
Alligator Soul- This unique restaurant is a wonderful fine dining option for the adventurous diner. Enjoy a delicious steak or try the exotic meat of the night. We enjoyed elk and alligator when we dined.
Funky Brunch Café- Stop by here for breakfast, order pancakes, and cook them on the griddle at your table. It is a great spot for those who love interactive dining!
** Have a gluten allergy? All of the restaurants in Savannah listed above can accommodate you. As someone with a gluten allergy myself, I trust each of these spots!
PS- If you click on the blue writing, you will be directed to the website of the recommended restaurant or thing to do.
If you enjoyed reading this article and are interested in taking a honeymoon to one of these destinations, please reach out to me! As a franchise owner of a travel agency, I am able to pull down customized quotes with some of the best deals around and can customize your trip until it is exactly what you envisioned.
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