You don’t need to travel to Hawaii, Fiji or Paris for an unforgettable honeymoon. It’s just as easy to find the romance in the welcoming main streets and the laid-back allure of the speckled towns. Here are six all-American honeymoon hamlets worth booking a suite.
Wylder Tilghman Island – a town of just 1,000 people on Tilghman Island, Maryland, and one of the last remaining small fishing villages on the Chesapeake Bay – is an oasis straight out of a Hallmark movie.
The summer splendours of the Chesapeake Bay are plentiful, but you can knock out almost all of them at this lovely 50-room boutique property (from $245 a night). Chief among them are eating blue crab along the waterfront at Tickler’s Crab Shack, enjoying s’mores by the evening bonfires, or reliving your childhood camp memories with your better half. on canoes or kayaks.
Be sure to take a sunset cruise ($65) or book a charter fishing trip (prices vary) through Wylder before your stay is over. If you decide to venture further off-site, Assateague Island National and Coastal Park is a two-hour drive away and offers lovebirds the chance to watch wild horses frolicking on the sand.
Oenophiles will also find several stops along the Chesapeake Wine Route, less than an hour from Tilghman Island. Or get your fill of environmental history and science at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum ($16), about 20 minutes away in St. Michaels.
Amagansett is one of the smallest hamlets in the Tony Hamptons with just 510 year-round residents, and its top hotel, Roundtree (from $895 a night), is very luxurious.
Located directly opposite the Hampton Jitney bus stop, this seaside village hideaway offers a selection of rooms, suites and cottages. Check in for neutral palettes, Frette linens, Grown Alchemist bath products plus daily wine and cheese happy hours and freshly baked cookies and tea each afternoon.
Once you’ve taken a nap, stroll through the nearby art galleries, shops, and restaurants (our votes are Il Buco al Mare and Wölffer Kitchen, both within walking distance). Or head to the white sand beach and enjoy the waves and people watching.
For another toast to your new chapter, raise your glass for a sunset wine tasting at Wölffer Estates. If you can’t get enough of these Long Island wineries, Channing Daughters and Duck Walk are also great options. Be sure to check in with the Roundtree Concierge to ensure all your local experiences go off without a hitch, from private tours of the Parrish Art Museum at Water Mill to a relaxing bonfire on the beach.
Blissville, United States
Everything is bigger in Texas except idyllic Salado (population: 3,002), which sits halfway between Austin and Waco.
Once there, head to the Shady Villa Hotel (rooms from $155 a night) and grab a lavender daiquiri by the pool before dining at Stagecoach Restaurant, a Bell County stronghold since 1861 .
Don your cowboy hats and stroll along Main Street, which is packed with shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants, and nearby trails, where favorite activities include exploring the garden of Salado’s sculptures and the observation of glassblowers at work at Salado’s glassworks.
After all that walking, quench your appetite at Stagecoach with chili cheese and a hot pretzel and arguing over who should get the chicken fried steak (both of you should). Fun Fact: Post-Civil War era, the Chisholm Trail cattle drive descended Main Street, passing the stagecoach lines that served central Texas, and Sam Houston, George Custer and Jesse James would all have visited the Shady Villa Hotel.
You might think Big Sky, Montana is ski resort central, but this mountainous nabe of some 3,591 residents is also ripe for summer get-togethers. Opening in 2021, Montage Big Sky (from $1,395 a night) will celebrate its first summer season with a whirlwind of activities, from golf on the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club course and from hiking to horseback riding and hiking. fly fishing.
In town, if you’ve recovered from all that wedding cake, head to Sweet Buns, a new bakery that will wow you with red wine cracked peppercorn macaroons, key lime pie and cupcakes. Or, embrace your craving for ‘tail at the Riverhouse BBQ, which hands out Texas staples on the banks of the Gallatin River.
You’re also close to Yellowstone National Park (this year marks its 150th anniversary), should you decide a night in a tent is in order. Admittedly, we’re in favor of settling into Spa Montage for a couple’s massage and facial. But hey, a romantic evening camping under the stars doesn’t sound too bad either.
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Natchez, Mississippi, a historic steamboat stop on the state’s eponymous river is known as the “Little Easy,” making it the perfect place to relax with your new spouse.
Dripping with Southern charm, Natchez is renowned for its beautiful historic homes, approximately 1,000 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of its biggest is Dunleith, a sprawling 1855 house-turned-bed and breakfast with an outdoor pool and on-site restaurant and bar (from $143 a night).
If you aren’t wowed by the Greek Revival architecture around Natchez, take a horse-drawn carriage with Southern Carriage Tours, a ghost tour with Downtown Karla Brown, or learn the art of cookie-making in the courtyards kitchen by chef Regina Charboneau.
On another day, book a historic tour of Longwood Mansion or Stanton Hall with Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, followed by a sunset picnic at Bluff Park by the river.
Welcome to Cape Neddick, a town of 2,563 on the rugged south coast of Maine that brings the scenic in spades. The Cliff House Maine (from $509 a night) is the fanciest resort in town, perched atop Bald Head Cliff with spectacular views of the Atlantic (which are especially mesmerizing when it’s sunny). ‘thunderstorm).
Choose from guest rooms, suites and a self-contained chalet and an itinerary consisting mostly of spa days, poolside relaxation and lobster galore.
At the spa, book an exclusive suite with two treatment tables, an experience shower for two and an integrated lounge area with a fireplace. Then, head to Tiller’s Restaurant or Nubb’s Lobster Shack to blow post-bridal calories on crab and chorizo mac and cheese, Maine mussels, duck fat-poached swordfish, clam chowder and more lobster rolls than you can count.
Take time away from Cliff House in nearby Ogunquit, with access to top-notch beaches, restaurants, two museums, and the Ogunquit Playhouse, an acclaimed theater company founded in 1933. In Ogunquit, the trail Marginal Way, which runs along the foamy coastline, is a must to let this provincial magic soak up your soul.