Forgo the island getaway but still score big on alone time.
by Marra Ciuffetelli
When you hear “honeymoon,” a mental image of jetting off to Hawaii or the Caribbean pops into your head—but did you know that, according to AAA as of 2008, a vacation in Hawaii costs, on average, almost $800 a day? Newlyweds pack their bags and head off to the islands for their honeymoon, spending too much and worrying about the expense later. Couples can easily enjoy their honeymoons a little closer to home—it all comes down to a little creativity.
Why not stay home and have a stay-cation? It may not sound appealing or romantic, but some alone time with your new husband is really what makes a honeymoon so important. Stay in and order takeout from your favorite restaurants every night, snuggle under a blanket and watch your favorite movies. Take a drive to Newark’s Main Street or to Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, and take an evening stroll holding hands.
If you and your hubby are itching to get away for a few days, try a nice B&B or hotel in the area. Book a few nights at a cozy B&B in historic Cape May, like the beautiful Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast (102 Ocean St., Cape May, 609-884-8702, www.queenvictoria.com), or a swanky hotel near Atlantic City like the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 609-317-1000, www.theborgata.com). You also can’t go wrong booking a weekend away in Rehoboth Beach or Lewes. There are plenty of hotel options to choose from. Stay right on the beach at Boardwalk Plaza Hotel (2 Olive Ave. & the Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, 227-7169, www.boardwalkplaza.com), or stay canal-front at Hotel Blue (110 Anglers Road, Lewes, 645-4880, www.hotelblue.info).
There is nothing more exciting than jumping in the car and taking a road trip. There are so many great cities within a few hours, from Baltimore to Washington D.C. to New York City. Take in a ball game, tour some museums or enjoy some Broadway shows. Get to any of these cities in less than four hours and have the honeymoon of your dreams.