Where to Honeymoon in the U.S., Depending on the Month You Said "I Do"
After the stress of wedding planning and the endless slew of tiny decisions you make leading up to the big day, packing your bags to head on your honeymoon can feel like a much-needed sigh of relief. Meant to be the first trip where you celebrate your newlywed status and a chance to disconnect from the chaos of your everyday lives and truly invest in intimacy, romance, and love, this once-in-a-lifetime getaway is a savored experience for couples. If you want to avoid worrying about packing your passport or getting a visa to travel abroad, you and your new spouse can consider exploring United States destinations. With climates that vary across the states and islands, American honeymoon spots offer a variety of options, from land to sea, depending on what month you say "I do."
From Arizona and San Francisco to Hawaii and North Carolina, here's our month-to-month guide to where to book your honeymoon.
Even if you don't live on the East Coast and battle snowstorms during the winter, January can be pretty rainy, unpredictable, and chilly. After your New Year nuptials, celebrate by boarding a flight to Hawaii. With sunsets you won’t believe, fresh fish, and plenty of secluded beaches fit for two, your honeymoon will be just about as magical as you make it.
Not sure where to stay within the eight islands of Hawaii? While we suggest exploring as many as you can over a few weeks, make sure to book a few nights in Lahaina, Hawaii, located on the island of Maui. Here, you can stay at the Montage Kapalua Bay Resort, which is nestled between three white sand beaches and offers a private beach club, sunset pool, private cabana, canopy daybeds, and dedicated pool servers just for your twosome. Here, you can customize what you want out of your honeymoon— from private snorkeling lessons to couples' massages and dinners by the ocean.
If you'd like a bit of wildlife spotting as part of your honeymoon, book a few nights at Wailea Beach Resort; if you stay November through March, you might spot a whale. Another consideration at this luxe resort is The Water Awaits package, which includes a private canoe ride, a swim with turtles, a casabella rental, and sunset cocktails over the water. Can’t you imagine the Instas?
Do you and your S.O. prefer the snow to the water? Maybe so, if you decided to get hitched in some of the coldest days of winter in February. For a honeymoon that feels like a winter wonderland, consider visiting Cle Elum, Washington. This is the home of the Cascade Mountains and the Suncadia Resort, which looks like it might be out of a castle out of a classic fairytale. Here, you can book everything from private snowmobile tours and horse-drawn sleigh rides to snow tubing and more.
Depending on your honeymoon budget, you can stay at one of their intimate 18 rooms; or spend a bit more and enjoy a luxury private rental home, where you can truly escape from it all. When you're not busy near the fireplace or sipping on red wine, grab your coats and take a walk down the iconic 1000 steps, which is a great outdoor staircase that leads you to the Cle Elum River. After your adventure, book a massage at the resort's spa and a private tasting at its underground cellar at the on-site winery. Cheers to love!
Named for its shape, Camelback Mountain is a must-see destination in Scottsdale, Arizona. Though the area attracts many hikers looking for a challenge, you and your new spouse might savor the privacy of this tucked-away area that's rife with wine and sunsets. In March, temperatures here are still comfortable, mid-70s to 80s, making it warm but not balmy. Book your honeymoon oasis at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, where the Romance in Paradise package includes a slew of dreamy details that’ll get you in the nuzzling mood.
From dinner for two at the on-site restaurant, Elements, led by celebrity chef and Food Network star Beau MacMillan, to chocolate and champagne and a rose petal turndown, you'll wake up and fall asleep in style. Plus, from each suite, you'll see panoramic views of the Sonoran desert—also visible from the infinity pool. Continue your relaxation with a sunset stroll or sip on wine by the outdoor fire-bowls. We don't blame you if you decide to extend the celebration to soak in just one more quiet, sun-drenched evening together before heading back to reality.
Before parties and temperatures start to pick up, April is the best time to make it to the West Coast and explore Palm Springs for your honeymoon. Located far enough away from the chaos of more bustling California cities, Palm Springs offers R&R—and of course, another R, romance—when you stay at one of the many luxe resorts around town. For the true sensual honeymoon experience, consider booking your stay at Korakia Pensione, which was voted one of the sexiest hotels in America by Forbes Traveler. This adults-only destination features a mere 28 rooms, suites, and villas, making your experience truly intimate and discrete, from check-in until catching your car service to the airport.
When you're on the property, you might have to double-check your itinerary to make sure you're not in Morocco, since the design blends elements of the iconic silhouette of Tangier with the subtle breezes of the Mediterranean Sea. Within the property, you might be overwhelmed with scents—from citrus blossoms and oleander bushes to date palms and olive trees—all blooming around April. If you want to add adventure to your itinerary, consider booking the Hiking and Relaxation package, which includes an afternoon exploring Tahquitz Canyon with a guided tour of the sacred grounds of the Cahuilla Indians, complete with waterfalls, house pits, dams, and exotic desert life. Once you're back on the property, you can recover from the hike with a couples' massage and poolside lunch.
Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this newly popular destination in western North Carolina is known for its culture, art, and fine dining scene. Here, you can spend your day wondering around the downtown area, which might remind you of a mini New York, since the Vanderbilt family, who created much of Asheville in the 1800s, hailed from the north. You can visit the historical dwelling the Biltmore House & Winery, which is the largest privately owned home in America.
Where to stay in May to celebrate your nuptials? The Omni Grove Park Inn, originally built in 1913, which offers the best view in this southern city right from its Sunset Terrace restaurant and cocktail bar. In addition to the luxe suites and rooms, you might also fall in love with its 43,000-square-foot subterranean spa with cavernous rock walls, mineral-based pools, and 15 waterfalls. You can add on the Retreat to Romance package that includes a bottle of Chandon sparkling wine, sweet turndown amenities, late check-out, a $100 food and beverage credit, and a pre-call from concierge to assist with any special request you might have for your honeymoon.
Every couple has a different appetite for what they want out of their honeymoon. While some might want to spend the evenings wrapped up together under the covers or a cabana bed, others might want to rise early to hike at sunset. If you and your fellow newlywed are outdoorsy, head to Raton, New Mexico, in June for warm-weathered days that won’t have you profusely sweating. Here, you can stay at Vermejo Park Ranch which offers a long list of intimate experiences for adventurous honeymooners. From private romantic picnic dinners prepared by chefs by the Instagram-worthy Munn Lake or the veranda at Casa Grande to a prepared hike and champagne toast at the gazebo overlooking the Vermejo Headquarters and more, you'll feel the love all around the desert.
And when you're not preoccupied canoodling, you'll be busy exploring the 585,000 acres (yes, you read that correctly!), which is the largest of the Ted Turner Expedition vacation properties. Vermejo is home to abundant wildlife populations, including deer, pronghorn antelope, bison, black bears, and mountain lions. Like at all Ted Turner Expeditions, you'll also exercise your mind learning about the rich history of the Vermejo Park Ranch, including adobe ruins, gold-mining settlements, and abandoned charcoal ovens. To see as much as you can while you're celebrating your honeymoon, you can hike, horseback ride, bike or take a photography tour. One thing is for sure: You won't be bored!
When you think of the Colorado mountains, you probably think of a skiing destination, perfect for the New Year or the holiday season. But think again: Telluride, Colorado, is also a gorgeous destination for summer honeymooners, especially if you both have an appetite for exploring and enjoying the serenity of the mountains.
Madeline Hotel and Residences could top your list for the best place to book your great post-wedding escape. Here, you can't miss stunning views of the San Juan Mountains from any room or suite, since the resort is surrounded by the 14,000-foot peaks of this mountain range. You can choose from guided tours on foot, bike, or horseback, and then head back to your temporary homestead to enjoy dinner at the intimate M Club, which is truly a farm-to-table experience offering local beef, elk, and lamb.
When you're not busy trekking the mountains, you can also book a couples' treatment at the hotel's on-site spa, take a class at its yoga studio, or swim under the stars at the Sky Terrace, featuring a large pool and deck, complete with hot tubs, fire pits, and, of course, mountain views.
Toward the end of the August, the beach- and lobster-loving crowds in Maine will start to head back to the office, making it a sweet oasis for your honeymoon. With the weather still warm enough to enjoy and soak up the rays, without being too hot on the beach, this New England state can be your opportunity to disconnect from the madness of wedding planning and truly recharge together.
Stay at Chebeague Island Inn, where you can have a cocktail on the front porch while taking in oceanfront views or tour around on its exclusive L.L. Bean bicycles. It's just 10 miles off the coast of Portland, but you'll feel like you’re in another universe since this rustic area is truly away from everything, including the news. That’s right, there are no TVs or phones in the 21 individually designed guest rooms, encouraging you to spend more time chatting and connecting. While you're there, ask about booking a private beach bonfire, a sunset cocktail cruise, or a deep-sea fishing and lobstering excursion.
If you've ever visited the Bay Area, then you know that the one item you can't forget is a sweatshirt or light jacket. That's why it might be surprising to know that the hottest days of the year actually fall between September and November, around the same time that tourism slows down, making for quieter streets and more opportunities for private moments.
Saying "I do" this year? It's a good time to visit San Francisco, since the city is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love! For a luxe honeymoon experience, book your stay at the St. Regis San Francisco, located downtown and offering gorgeous views of the city. After a day of exploring the area—from the Golden Gate Bridge to the dozens of critically acclaimed restaurants—you can relax at its 9000-square-foot Remede Spa, featuring an indoor saltwater infinity pool with views of SF, relaxation lounges, and, of course, handmade truffles and champagne, cedar wood saunas, whirlpools, and more.
Visiting the off-season but always popular Florida Keys in October is a way to savor the sand and sun without fighting your way through other honeymooners frolicking about the beach. During October, the weather forecast is just about near-perfect, with 70- to 80-degree predictions daily. For an intimate and luxe honeymoon experience, stay at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa at Big Pine Key.
Here, you will definitely feel like singing Bill Withers's "Just the Two of Us," since seclusion is of utmost importance at Little Palm. Since it's only accessible by boat or seaplane, this 5.5-acre private island will feel less like the States and more like the Caribbean, with lush landscaping, crushed-seashell walkways that lead to private beaches, and plenty of mangroves. With its honeymoon package, not only will you enjoy a six-night experience in a private bungalow suite, but you'll have the chance to experience everything from fishing and snorkeling to the spa, and more.
The Virgin Islands
Take your pick: The U.S. Virgin Islands is a territory of the United States, so you can jet to St. Thomas without technically leaving the country, or go a little further to the British Virgin Islands, which boasts some of the best resorts in the region. Yes, you will need a passport to travel here, but if you enter via boat, the customs process is surprisingly simple.
Both options are a great escape from your daily routine (and the cold weather of November!), with light-blue waters and classic white sand. For a luxe experience that offers privacy, book your stay at Peter Island Resort & Spa, a secluded destination on a private island. Here, you'll catch a glimpse of plenty of wildlife and breathtaking views, especially since only 300 of the island's 1800 acres have been developed, allowing you to see paradise as it was intended.
For the adventurous, saltwater-loving couple, the resort can organize a dive trip to one of the Caribbean's top dives—the wreck of the Rhone or Dead Chest Island, where the infamous Blackbeard pirate abandoned his crew. After you wash off the ocean, soak up the aromas and sensual treatments of the resort's 10,000-square-foot spa, which includes outdoor bohios, couples' suites, and beautiful views of Big Reef Bay.
After you've said your vows and eaten the cake, the only thing left to do is relax. That's why jetting off to Puerto Rico might be your best honeymoon hot spot in January, when airfare rates drop. With a must-see rainforest to explore and plenty of beach time to go round, Puerto Rico is passport-free but full of intimacy and adventure. Consider staying at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, where the Grand Romance package will help you ring in your new title in charm. Including daily breakfast, champagne and berries upon arrival, private dining under the sun, complimentary cabanas on the beach, an excursion of your choice, and much more, this package is worth the upgrade to celebrate your lifelong love.
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