Local Mini-Moon Ideas

25 02 2009

Whether it’s the depressed economic times or the extended honeymoon is planned for a more convenient time, couples have asked me for suggestions on where to go for a mini-honeymoon immediate after their wedding. Sure, there are destinations across the U.S. that you can choose from, but how about some places within driving distance; some place far enough to feel like a real, romantic getaway but not too far that you spend a lot of time traveling. I personally like Bed and Breakfast type inns in quaint little towns. Here are some ideas.

The Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, VA

Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, VA

Photo courtesy of The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, VA

This is one of those places that is often listed in the Washingtonian Magazine for romantic fall weekend getaways and I hear their food is fantastic. Monticello, Jefferson’s home, is near by as are some wineries.

Goodstone Inn, Middleburg, VA

Photo: Goodstone Inn and Estate

Photo: Goodstone Inn and Estate

I’ve done several weddings in Middleburg and always thought it was a picturesque town.

The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, MD

Photo: Inn at Perry Cabin

Photo: Inn at Perry Cabin

Hubby and I spent an impromptu weekend at Easton, MD on the eastern shore 2 years ago and had the opportunity to drive around St. Michaels as well. What a beautiful and relaxing area, especially if you love the water like we do! Perry Cabin has a spa also. What’s not to like? Elizabeth Bailey, a planner in Baltimore, wrote a blog post review about her trip there.

Although I have not stayed at these inns before, they are on the list of places to go the next time I have the urge for a quick getaway with the hubby.

Let me know your experience if you have been to any of these places or if there are others you recommend!



One response

13 03 2009

Given that Clifton Inn is around the corner from us, it’s a convenient place to travel. And while proximity doesn’t guarantee quality, in this case the inn excels in so many ways. We’ve stayed in the main house as well as one of the cottages, wandered the grounds and down toward the river and basked in the high-degree of service, but the real draw is their food. The restaurant is my local favorite hands-down, and Anne has taken me there for my birthday two years in a row. Such creativity and tastiness! The inn and restaurant are both expensive enough to keep visits relatively uncommon, but that only makes the trips we make that much more special. We love Clifton! Thanks, Vicky, for posting this!

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