If you are planning a wedding for this fall, it is time to book your honeymoon plans! The honeymoon is the perfect way to relax and have fun with your new spouse after the wedding, and there are many terrific places to go. These are some ideas for great autumn honeymoon destinations.
First let’s talk about a place that is not the best for fall honeymoons, and that is the Caribbean and the beaches of the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Although the weather is pleasant and the beaches are less crowded, the fall is also the peak of hurricane season. If you have your heart set on a beach honeymoon, you would be better to choose a Pacific location, or at the very least, buy travel insurance that would provide you with a refund should your trip be washed out by a hurricane.
It is true that it is very romantic to stroll arm in arm with your beloved along a sandy beach with the ocean lapping along the shore. In the autumn, a very romantic option can be to visit a Northern beach for your honeymoon. This will not be a sunbathing trip, but rather a chance to enjoy some peace and quiet in a beautiful location. You can take long walks, collect seashells, and spend cozy evenings in front of a roaring fire at a lovely hotel or inn. One nice thing about this type of trip is that you will be able to get some excellent deals on off-season hotels.
New England is a gorgeous place to visit in the autumn, and it would be a great choice for a honeymoon. Spend time touring the breathtaking autumn foliage, shop for local crafts, and take day hikes in the mountains. The attitude is laid-back; you won’t need to bring very dressy clothing, just your cozy sweaters and maybe a simple piece of your wedding jewelry to wear to dinner in a nice restaurant. You may well find yourself wanting to return each year for your anniversary!
If you are looking for a little more excitement, consider a fall honeymoon in Europe. You can enjoy the fabulous museums, shopping (perhaps a new bauble to complete your wedding jewelry set?), and restaurants that the great cities of Europe have to offer. The weather is generally pleasant in the fall, and most locations will not be quite as crowded with tourists as they are during the summer vacation months. The grand capitals of Europe such as London, Paris, and Rome are all spectacular, but you might also want to consider some of the less obvious honeymoon destinations like Switzerland or Austria.
Autumn boasts many festivals that honeymooners can enjoy; perhaps the best of all is Oktoberfest in Germany. Even if you are not a big beer drinker (but especially if you are!), this annual event is rich with music, food, and traditions. There are rides, carousels, shows, and of course, lots and lots of fine beer. Despite the name, Oktoberfest actually takes place mostly in September. For 2009, the dates are September 19 – October 4. Anyone who has ever been to Oktoberfest will tell you that it is not to be missed!
Newlyweds who prefer wine over beer will enjoy a fall honeymoon trip to Napa Valley in California. October is a great time to visit, as it is around the time of many fall harvest celebrations, including the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. See the sights, visit the vineyards, and bring home some wonderful bottles of wine as your honeymoon souvenirs.
There are many ways to enjoy the best that autumn has to offer. There is a fall honeymoon destination that is just right for any interests or budget. The best part about planning your autumn honeymoon is that it will be the perfect way to cap off the celebration of your new marriage.