Honeymoon Destination: The Napa Valley

Auberge du Soleil. Photo courtesy of the resort.

Auberge du Soleil. Photo courtesy of the resort.

Whether it’s the palm trees, the flipped coastline or the six hours it takes to get there from Philly, there’s something about California that makes you feel like you’ve really gone somewhere, even though you’re still in the Continental U.S. Add in the western state’s variety of environments—from beach to forest to desert to city—and you’ve got the potential for one memorable trip.

The Napa Valley, nestled in the greater San Francisco Bay area, offers much of what a newlywed couple might hope to find in their honeymoon: breathtaking vistas, luxe accommodations, spa getaways, adventure, relaxation, romance—and, of course, the very best in food and wine. (The region is dotted with more than 400 wineries.) Stay in Napa’s bustling downtown at the Westin Verasa Napa or nestled into the hills of nearby Rutherford at the luxurious Auberge du Soleil. Whether you’re on your mini ’moon, your honeymoon or a stopover on your way to Hawaii, it’s hard to argue against spending your first days as a married couple enveloped in one of this country’s true treasures.

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6 Easy Steps to a Relaxing, Budget-Friendly Honeymoon

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iStockphoto.com/YinYang

There are a handful of reasons why a couple might decide to forgo (or postpone) a lengthy multi-destination honeymoon and instead venture off on a mini getaway post-wedding: Time and budget are two obvious restrictions—after all, you did just spend a year planning and paying for the biggest party of your life—though the time of year can be a determining factor as well (you want to make sure it’s the ideal season to visit whichever location you’ve decided on).

Mini-moons have become increasingly popular these days; for many couples a quick, budget-friendly vacation right after the wedding, during which they can relax, reboot and relish in newlywed bliss, is the perfect alternative to an extravagant, prolonged honeymoon.

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Honeymoon Inspo: 11 Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

Hello, Punta Cana. iStockphoto.com/Audrey Danilovich

Hello, Punta Cana. iStockphoto.com/Audrey Danilovich

With summer just around the corner, we can all look forward to some much-needed beach time in the near future. For us, it’s looking like the Jersey Shore will be a likely bet, but for youyou know, with your honeymoon coming up and allwe’re guessing the prospects are a little more enticing.

Maybe you and your new hubby will be soaking up the sun on one of the gorgeous, under-the-radar beaches in Spain and Portugal. Or, maybe you’ll be sinking your toes in the sand on one of the most unique beaches in the world. Or, maybe you’re headed down south to the growingly popular Dominican Republic, in which case today’s post is exactly the inspiration you need.

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7 Tips For Traveling During the Name-Changing Process

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iStockphoto.com/DragonImages

If you’ve done even the slightest bit of research into what it takes to change your last name post-wedding, you know that it’s not the simplest (or quickest) of processes. Between the endless legal forms, phone calls and office visits that are often required, it can take weeks to make your Mrs. title official—and it’s likely you’ll be heading off on your honeymoon sometime before the process is completed.

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Attention Travel Lovers: These Are the Wedding Registries You Need to Know About

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iStockphoto.com

It used to be that asking for contributions to your honeymoon as part of your wedding registry was the new, cool thing to donow it’s become totally mainstream, with more and more couples forgoing the typical kitchen gadgets and dinnerware in favor of honeymoon experiences and money for flights and hotel stays.

We’ve talked about the concept many times here on the blog, and have often singled out Honeyfund, one of the most popular choices for couples who want to dedicate their registry to their post-nuptial getaway. But as it turns out, there are so many more options to consider.

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Honeymoon Inspo: The Best Beaches in Spain & Portugal

Hi, Playa de Las Catedrales. iStockphoto/Pedre

Hi, Playa de Las Catedrales. iStockphoto/Pedre

Whenever we talk about the top travel destinations for couples who want nothing more than to lounge on the beach with a drink in hand for the entirety of their honeymoon, it’s usually locations in the Caribbean that rank highest on the list. And for good reason: As someone who has taken her fair share of trips to the islands, I can vouch for the gorgeous beaches (and tasty drinks) they’ve got down there.

But as wonderful a place as the Caribbean is for your post-nuptial getaway, it’s not the be-all end-all of beachy honeymoon destinations—there are plenty of amazing beaches elsewhere in the world, you just have to know where to look.

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Honeymoon Destination: The Island of Anguilla

Honeymoon here. | Photo courtesy of Cap Juluca.

Honeymoon here. | Photo courtesy of Cap Juluca.

If a secluded, uninterrupted honeymoon is what you’re after, you’ll fall in love with Anguilla, a small island tucked away in the eastern Caribbean. With near-perfect weather, intoxicating blue waters and white, sandy beaches, it’s a rather ideal place in which to spend your first married days.

Anguilla is one of the more underdeveloped countries in the Caribbean—you won’t find any cruise ships or high-rises here—but its natural charm and authen- ticity are what make the island such a gem. (This also means that the majority of your vacay will be spent at your resort, with the exception of any boat trips you take to neighboring islands.)

On the western tip of Anguilla, along the crescent of Maundays Bay, you’ll find luxurious Cap Juluca, a honeymooner’s paradise with dreamlike views that’s so peaceful and private, you’ll feel like you have the entire island to yourselves.

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Honeymoon Inspo: TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Travel Destinations For 2016

Agung Besakih complex temple on Bali, Indonesia

Bali, anyone? iStockphoto.com/master2

Whenever we do a honeymoon roundup of sorts (whether it be luxury spots, must-visit islands or what have you), there are certain destinations that always pop up: Hawaii, Maldives, Greece, Bora Bora, all of the popular places in the Caribbean. And these are lovely spots for surewe’ve got a few of ’em on our bucket listsbut sometimes we crave something a little different; places that haven’t already been branded classic honeymoon spots.

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Wanna Honeymoon in Costa Rica? Here Are 15 of the Best Resorts in Central and South America

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Sign us up for a week at Costa Rica’s Hotel Punta Islita. Facebook.com/HotelPuntaIslita

In today’s installment of honeymoon inspiration, we’re taking you to Central and South America, where gorgeous weather, exotic wildlife and the perfect mix of landscapes (beaches! rainforests! jungles!) await you and your new spouse. Whether you two are the adventurous type or more of a relaxing-by-the-pool-with-a-cocktail kind of couple, these lush regions have something to suit everyone’s taste.

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