Many couples are now considering a mini-moon– a short weekend getaway to a destination close by.  Why? Often times this option is used when couples want to save for a lengthier trip or it may be that a couple has a career that does not lend itself to an extended absence as it is with a honeymoon.

Before you plan a mini-moon, consider these tips:

  • Choose a destination that will not take a long time to reach. After all, you don’t want to spend time traveling which interferes with a planned 3-4 day stay.
  • As you may know, many hotels and restaurants will offer special treatment and complimentary beverages when they know that a couple is newly married. A mini-moon is just as important and should not be thought of as less than an acknowledgement. So celebrate the same as you would if you were on an exotic honeymoon; let the establishment know that you are newlyweds!
  • Choose a place that has been discussed and offer the kind of interest and intrigue for each person. Often times your mini-moon can be done in the city you live. You can relax and visit sites that you have not taken time to explore.  Try out exclusive restaurants that offer fine dining. Also consider your needs: do you need R&R, adventure, or recreational activities.
  • Leave the cellphones and computers home! No business should be considered.  All attention should be focused on each other.

Here are places ideal for mini-moons as suggested by Martha Stewart Weddings:


  1. California Wine Country—Farmhouse Inn
  2. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico—Capella Pedregal
  3. Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico—Coqui Coqui Merida
  4. Jamaica—Goldeneye Hotel & Resort
  5. Newport, Rhode Island—Forty 1 degree North
  6. Bajas Del Toro, Costa Rica—El Silencio Lodge&Spa
  7. Turks and Caicos—Parrot Cay
  8. New Orleans, Louisiana—Soniat House
  9. Smoky Mountains, Tennessee—Blackberry Farm
  10. Santa Fe, New Mexico—Inn of the Five Graces

Feature image by James Simmons

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