First comes the wedding. You say your vows, share a public kiss as bride and groom and walk down the aisle. Then it's time to celebrate! As you dance your first dance as a married couple, toast to your future and tenderly serve each other slices of wedding cake at the reception, you know what's coming: the honeymoon.
Ahh, but before all that can happen, meticulous planning must take place. Create the distinctive destination or adventure honeymoon of your dreams, then relax and enjoy marital bliss at one of these inns that offer affordable packages.
The Inn at Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville, Virginia provides true southern hospitality. Indulge in two luxurious nights in the two-room Owner's Suite with a claw foot tub or three romantic nights in the Music Room with a private library. The honeymoon package includes breakfast, fresh flowers, and a celebratory bottle of champagne. Take your romance to new heights when you book a hot-air balloon ride for a birds-eye view of Shenandoah National Park.
Strong House Inn in Vergennes, Vermont, congratulates couples with chocolates and sparkling wine upon arrival. Watch the sunset from the balcony of Le Petit Chateau or curl up next to the stone fireplace in the Adirondack Room. Cherish two nights together, a relaxing Swedish massage, and breakfast each morning for $810 ($870 during fall foliage). Escape from the rest of the world with a romantic honeymoon in the smallest city in the country.
Greenville Inn at Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine, boasts an elegant Victorian setting and romantic mountain views. You and your sweetie can take advantage of the four-night honeymoon package starting at $842. Sip champagne, nibble on cheese and crackers in a guest room or suite and listen to a commemorative CD of soft music. Take a walk on the wild side together from May until October, and schedule a guided safari to see gigantic moose, the largest animals in the north woods.
Hotel Charlotte in Groveland, California, combines the grandeur of Yosemite with an Old West, gold rush-era ambiance. Sink into the oversize spa tub in a romantic deluxe suite. Say a toast to your everlasting love with champagne, and indulge in decadent flour-less chocolate cake. Prices start at $740 for four nights and include a buffet breakfast. Adventuresome newlyweds like to explore the area and hike scenic trails. Find a favorite vintage to bring home as you sit and sip in one of the 26 nearby wine-tasting rooms.
Snow Goose Bed and Breakfast in Keene Valley, New York, is a great location for a pampered, passionate week in the woods. Hike the tranquil paths right outside the inn or snuggle up on a sleigh ride. Toast wedded bliss with complimentary wine and chocolates then dine at the historic Deer's Head Inn. A king or queen room with private bath and an all-natural breakfast is included in the package for $979.
The Youngtown Inn in Lincolnville, Maine, offers a unique package for $480. Spend two nights in the 1810 farmhouse. Savor a gourmet breakfast each morning and linger over a four-course dinner at the nationally reviewed Youngtown Inn Restaurant. Travel in style to the Cellardoor Winery with a private ride in Clyde, a 1926 Model T. Share quiet moments sitting together on the verandah or see the sights of nearby Camden Harbor while holding hands.
Chantilly Lace Country Inn in Johnson City, Texas, offers a two-night getaway that begins with six long-stem roses. Settle into a private suite with champagne and hors d'oeuvres on the first evening. The next night, linger over a candlelit, four-course dinner. Stroll along six acres of scented garden paths accented by lavender and butterflies, and sit together on a secluded bench. This romantic Honeymoon Package is only $395.
Governor's House in Hyde Park, Vermont, welcomes honeymooners with fresh flowers in a romantic guest room and a gourmet breakfast in bed. The Green Mountains beckon couples with promises of scenic bike rides and thrilling ski trails. Any time is the right time to feed each other strawberries while sipping champagne by the fireplace. The Romantic Interlude Getaway Package at this restored Georgian house is offered at a special price of $379.
No matter what direction you want to go, or which season you will travel in, you can find a memorable honeymoon package that will be all you hope for and more. Whether you fell in love with the quiet, shy type or an adventuresome, thrill seeker, one of these amazing inns will be perfect for the romantic honeymoon of your dreams.