Two for One
Maybe you don’t have the vacation days to swing a full two-week honeymoon right now, or you’re saving up to buy a house after the wedding. Whatever the reason, know that there are incredible spots right here in the U.S.
1. Walland, Tennessee
Don’t let the name fool you: Blackberry Farm is one of the world’s top hotels, so you won’t be spending your mini moon milking cows or anything. More like you’ll be tended to 24/7 by the bend-over-backwards-for-you staff at this 4,200-acre rustic retreat. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home (like cookies and milk delivered to your private cottage) with all the luxuries of a five-star hotel, including a top spa and the region’s renowned Foothills cuisine: traditional southern fare with a haute twist (from $345, BlackberryFarm.com).
2. Cumberland Island, Georgia
If you really want to get away from it all and unplug, head to Georgia’s southernmost barrier island. There won’t be other tourists cramping your newlywed style—just nature, the beach and you two. You have only two options here for accommodations: one of the National Park Service–regulated campsites or the 16- room Greyfield Inn, a secluded and low-key (there’s no Internet service) four-story converted Carnegie mansion set on 18 miles of white sand (from $495, including all meals, GreyfieldInn.com).
3. Montecito, California
Head to Southern California’s tranquil wine country for romance, scenery and plenty of vino for toasting your newlywed status. Visit local wineries, daytrip to Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches, play golf or hike through the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountains before retiring to San Ysidro Ranch—the same resort where Jackie Kennedy and John F. Kennedy stayed during their honeymoon. Enjoy in-room spa treatments, or share a romantic dinner at one of the ranch’s two restaurants or in front of your private cottage’s fireplace (from $650, SanYsidroRanch.com).
4. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Between the quaint towns (think: white picket fences and cute ice cream shops), beautiful beaches and dining options that range from fish shacks to haute cuisine, this New England fishing spot turned upper-crust beach destination is ideal for duos looking for a luxe yet laid-back escape. For easy access to the water and tons of water toys (like kayaks), stay at the Harbor View Hotel & Resort, which has its own marina with a full staff waiting to take you out for a romantic sail or give you lessons (from $99, Harbor-View.com).
Here is where Mother Nature puts on quite a show, providing remote beaches, otherworldly rock formations and colorful underwater reefs. You’ll probably need an off-roading vehicle and a taste for adventure to reach them — top sights like Shipwreck Beach and the Munro Trail are literally off the beaten (or paved) paths.