In Week 2 of our Plans in Paradise travel series, Stephanee shares some of her favorite honeymoon locations west of Wisconsin! Next week she’ll take us on a tour of some of her favorite destinations out east. Don’t forget: there will be a travel GIVEAWAY at the end of the series so stay tuned!
If you are looking for a relaxing (or exciting!) honeymoon in the United States, there are several destinations to consider.
Wine Country is a great destination to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery. Napa Valley is a popular destination for couples young and old! The resorts range from budget friendly to pure luxury. A few great properties I recommend are:
Budget-friendly: Wine Valley Lodge
Located in the heart of Napa, Wine Valley Lodge is close to many delicious restaurants and several wineries. This resort is simple and is a great option for budget minded travelers who want to enjoy this beautiful area.
Moderate: The Meritage Resort and Spa
If you’re looking to upgrade your stay, this Tuscan themed resort overlooks the hillside vineyards on the estate.
Luxury: Auberge du Soleil (pictured above)
And if you are looking for pure luxury, Auberge du Soleil which is nestled in a 33-acre olive grove on the slopes of Rutherford Hill. This amenity filled resort is known for its culinary excellence. While you are in wine country, you must take a hot air balloon ride!
This area offers everything from beaches to celebrity sightings to amusement parks that will make you feel like a kid again! My top choices for areas to stay is in the heart of the action at the famed Beverly Hills Hotel or the Garland. Staying in, or near, Los Angeles allows you to walk the well-known Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the infamous Hollywood Sign from the Griffith Observatory, and venture out to Santa Monica and experience the pier. No visit is complete without a stop at Disneyland.
Other California Destinations
If you are yearning for a relaxed beach vacation, Laguna Beach will deliver on this with its slightly slower pace and breathtaking sunsets over the Pacific Ocean at the Pacific Edge Hotel. A trip to Southern California wouldn’t be complete without a road trip down Highway 1 to San Diego and a stop at SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo.
If you are looking for a nonstop, excitement filled honeymoon; Vegas baby! Vegas offers so many hotel options downtown and on the strip. A Vegas honeymoon can fit into any budget. Airfare is super reasonable from many Midwestern airports. From gambling, to cuisine, to shows and shopping; Vegas has something for everyone.
Budget-friendly: Four Queens
The Four Queens is a great place to experience old Vegas in the downtown area. You can stay in the heart of the excitement of Fremont Street. While downtown, be sure to zipline and when you are ready to head to the strip, catch the super affordable buses.
Moderate: Treasure Island
Treasure Island is in a great location on the strip so you can stay in a beautiful renovated room with amazing views of the city. You can walk right out the front doors and join in the liveliness of Vegas!
The Bellagio is one of the most well known resorts on the strip! It takes your breath away from the moment you arrive at the property. The fountains are a must see on any Vegas strips and the shopping and food around this resort will satisfy everyone.
Honeymoons don’t have to be about beaches and dining! If you are a nature-loving couple, Colorado is right up your alley! This great state offers hiking, camping and even luxury resorts. Denver is a hub for excitement, but outlying areas such as Aspen, Telluride and Creede will make you go WOW!
If you like skiing: the Residences at The Little Nell in Aspen sits adjacent to the Aspen Mountain Ski Lifts (plus this little city has some of the best shopping).
If you want to relax: Telluride allows you the option to stay at The Hotel Telluride and warm up by a fire while you watch the snow fall outside your window in this stunning modern stone lodge.
If you want an authentic experience: Stay at the 4UR Dude Ranch in Creede. This is a town of approximately 400 people that sits near the head of the Rio Grande and is known for having parts of the film Lone Ranger shot there.
Colorado offers so much more than just mountains, BUT if mountains are what you want, Colorado is where you need to be!
Stay tuned! Next week Stephanee will share her recommendations for Eastern USA honeymoon destinations!