The hard part’s over. Skip the beach, for now, and instead head to one of these four hidden gems for your honeymoon.
Austin: For music lovers ready to eat
Sure, Austin becomes cool capitol of the United States during South by Southwest and Austin City Limits, but this Southern hot spot is a year round gem. Austin’s best in the fall and late spring, when temps settle in the 70s and 80s — perfect weather to relax post-wedding with a Real Ale craft brew in hand on one of the city’s countless patios (we love Easy Tiger).
Don’t Miss: Smoked sausage and jalapeno cheese grits from Micklethwait Craft Meats and a concert at the legendary Emo’s
Our Top Hotel Pick: The Westin Austin Downtown
Why We Love This Location: Take in the glitzy Austin skyline while floating in the rooftop pool
Seattle: For romantic adventures on the Sound
Avoid the high season and skip over to Seattle from September to November, when the rain is predictable and tourists are scarcely seen. The city is yours to stroll and eat (Ballard is a must-eat seafood haven) with new spouse in hand, but make the most of the Emerald City with hikes, bikes and time on the water.
Don’t Miss: Chicken and waffle brunch at Skillet in Capitol Hill and cycling around Bainbridge Island
Our Top Hotel Pick: The Westin Seattle
Why we love this location: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, just blocks away from Pike Place Market, CenturyLink and Safeco Fields.
Boston: For exploring history, nature and culture
Few cities are as charmingly American as Boston. Complete with a historic beauty only found in New England, this coastal city is perfect for a honeymoon getaway. Public gardens, world-class museums and upscale — but entirely accessible — dining and drinking round out Boston’s appeal as a cosmopolitan destination.
Don’t Miss: The Monet mega-collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and cocktails at Harvard Square’s Alden & Harlow
Our Top Hotel Pick: The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston
Why We Love This Location: Live blues every Monday and fitness classes from Equinox on Saturdays, in the heart of Beacon Hill
Denver: For outdoor lovers searching for the perfect brew
It’s called the Napa Valley of Beer for a reason. Colorado is home to hundreds of breweries — not to mention unmatched scenery — with a huge concentration in the Denver area. Call to Arms Brewing Company, Little Machine Beer and Ratio Beerworks are all newer craft operations pouring out the good stuff.
Don’t Miss: Washington Park for a burst of green (and blue!) in the city and a Black Project Saison at Former Future Brewing Company
Our Top Hotel Pick: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Why We Love This Location: Walk to the city’s best arts at the Denver Art Museum or the Denver Center for Performing Arts, or catch a game at Sports Authority Field
Aspen: For adventure enthusiasts any time of year
Miners flocked to this Central Colorado town in the 1800s in search of silver, but Aspen is still a goldmine. Ski season typically lasts November through April, but Aspen offers international dining destinations, a multitude of outdoor activities and picturesque views year-round.
Don’t Miss: Any of the town’s world-renown festivals, like the annual FOOD & WINE Classic and Aspen Music Festival
Our Top Hotel Pick: The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Why We Love This Location: Location, location, location: ideally located at the base of Aspen Mountain and in the heart of downtown Aspen.