Best Honeymoon Destinations for the Fall
Honeymoon Ideas for Your Travel Personality
by Kwin Mosby
If you’re getting married this fall and still haven’t planned your honeymoon, then this is must-read article for you! We know that finding the perfect place to spend your first days as a married couple can be a daunting task. Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone could provide some suggestions on where to honeymoon based on which month you’re planning to travel? Like a honeymoon and wedding destination scheduler? We know that when you’re planning a wedding, you’re making hundreds of decisions on a daily basis, so here is our way of making your life easier. You’re welcome!
FOR LEAF-PEEPING ROAD TRIPPERS
Nothing says fall like the amazing red, gold and orange hues painted across the Green Mountains. And there’s no better place to hop in a car with your significant other to see the fall foliage ablaze with color than in Vermont. Yes, we know it’s high tourism season, but how can you not fall in love with some of the state’s quaint and historic towns such as Brattleboro, Jeffersonville, Montpelier and Stowe. Not only do these towns along Route 100 and I-91 have the best views, but also they feature museums, art galleries and unique Vermont experiences like maple syrup tapping at Plummer’s Sugar House in Grafton, hand-crafted beverages at the Appalachian Gap Distillery in Middlebury and an unforgettable ice cream experience at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Stowe.
Wow Factor: Take a gondola ride to the summit of Killington Peak, and enjoy a farm-fresh dinner by starlight on the observation deck.
ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao)
Looking for 80-degree temps below the hurricane belt this fall? Head to the Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao for some honeymoon island hopping. Although there’s no ferry service between the islands, you should pick at least two to visit during your stay because each one has its own distinct personality. Aruba offers great beachfront hotels, hip nightlife, windsurfing and beautiful white sand beaches.
Bonaire is a prime scuba-diving spot because it’s surrounded by a national marine park that preserves wildlife like flamingos and sea turtles. Bonaire is a sleeper and less-developed island when compared to the other two islands, which translates to a quieter, calmer experience.
And finally, on Curacao, honeymooners can stay at one of the island’s beach resorts, enjoy its vibrant city scene, go diving and visit the Sea Aquarium – one of the best in the Caribbean. This island also has private beach coves along its coastline, which should be added to every couples’ must-do list.
Wow Factor: If you’re adventurous, don’t miss out on hitting Bonaire. It has more than 80 diving sites, and locals suggest renting a truck with tank racks to cover more area.
Napa Valley & Sonoma
There’s nothing more romantic than California’s Wine Region in the fall. Not only do you avoid the crowds, but Napa Valley & Sonoma provides wine connoisseurs the opportunity to enjoy the region’s best wines – cabernet sauvignons, merlots, zinfandels, pinot noirs, chardonnays, and sparkling wines – at more than 900 wineries, such as Robert Sinskey, Failla, Wind Gap and Medlock-Ames.
And if your significant other is a foodie, then he or she will enjoy tasting some of the best locally sourced culinary delights. For example, at the French Laundry, the chef gathers ingredients from a garden directly across from the restaurant. With restaurants like the Michelin-starred La Toque Restaurant (Northern Cali cuisine), Morimoto Napa (sushi) and La Taberna (Spanish tapas), the Napa Valley and Sonoma area has something to offer the most discerning eater.
Wow Factor: In the fall, visitors get to see wineries in action as they harvest grapes. And don’t miss out on soaring to new heights in a romantic balloon ride for a bird’s-eye view of the region’s wineries.
FOR URBAN ADVENTURERS
Yeah, it’s not hard to imagine why Paris made our list of places for the perfect honeymoon in the fall. There may be a coolness in the air, but the City of Light exudes romance with such popular sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Temple of Love, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens and the Wall of “I Love You’s.” This popular destination is more attractive in the fall when the summer crowds have thinned out and prices are more affordable. Get lost with your new spouse on the city’s quaint side streets, explore world-renowned museums like the Louvre, go shopping at small boutiques in Le Marais, pick up two tickets to see a play at the Palais Garnier (setting for Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera) and enjoy an authentic French country meal at Robert et Louise or splurge at Le Train Bleu.
The Wow Factor: Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, and savor some French cheese as you watch the sunset along the Seine. The sights (Notre Dame), foot traffic (people watching) and action along the waterway is enough to keep you entertained even when there’s a lull in the conversation.
FOR CULTURAL IMMERSION
It’s not the first place mentioned when you think about a popular honeymoon destination for the fall, but Morocco is an exotic alternative for couples looking for something unique. A popular fall honeymoon destination according to The Knot, Morocco’s high season is usually April through October with slightly chillier weather from November through March. What should be on your list of places to see? Visit Fez, Chefchoauen, and Marrakech. It will almost feel like a land that time forgot as you stroll through Marrakech, a city filled with fortune tellers and snake charmers. Museums, mosques, spas and traditional hammam will offer excellent ways to unwind after your wedding. Hey! And a few days as a couple practicing yoga and surfing in Agadir will help you regain balance during this zen-tastic getaway.
Wow Factor: Try luxury glamping under the stars in the middle of the Sahara Desert. And with a camel as your mode of transportation, imagine the bragging rights you will earn upon your return home.