east coast honeymoon destinations

For many would-be newlyweds, the ideal honeymoon would take place in the tropics.  Yes, there is something attractive about dreaming of a week or two surrounded by palm trees, white sands, warm sea waters, and cocktails served in coconut shells.

If you choose to get married in the summertime, like most couples do, then this kind of setting might turn out to be less than ideal.

Unfortunately, summer is the wet season in popular tropical destinations like the Caribbean and Mexico, so there is a good chance that your honeymoon could turn into a washout if you choose these destinations.  But don't worry, there are plenty of equally attractive summertime honeymoon destinations where you are virtually guaranteed to stay dry.

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Luckily, there are some very attractive East Coast summertime alternatives to a tropical honeymoon.  Not only is the weather pleasant all up and down the Atlantic Seaboard from May through September, but  the best of these East Coast honeymoon spots can really turn up the romance and offer you a level of privacy and luxury that your standard tropical honeymoon resort just can't match.

If you are seeking a more-timeless romantic setting, places like Cape Cod and the Hudson Valley will actually offer more appeal than the most luxurious tropical beach destination. Or consider taking a road trip honeymoon through New England for a romantic getaway for two.

Cape Cod and Hudson Valley honeymoons

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Cape Cod

Cape Cod, that historic seventy-mile peninsula in Massachusetts, was once a favorite vacation spot of JFK, and it still draws numerous present-day celebrities.

For many couples the perfect honeymoon experience can be found in a classically cozy seaside rental home - the kind of place that has a canopied bed and views of the local lighthouse.  You can spend your first married days on the deck of a chartered yacht or perhaps wandering around the Cape's historic hamlets.

Of course, the quaint coziness of this region is its most notable trait, but there is also a lot of luxury here.

The Cape Cod House is the perfect example of the blend of luxury and history that this part of the East Coast does better than almost anywhere else in the country.  This 18th Century estate features 21st century luxuries like suite-like bedrooms, a large pool, and wi-fi.  Hedgebound at Cape Cod, meanwhile, offers the more intimate setting on 3.5 seaside acres.

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Woodstock, Vermont

The quaint town of Woodstock Vermont is a picture perfect setting right out of the pages of a Norman Rockwell painting. Stoll the town by bike, pop into the general store, go cheese tasting at one of the many local dairy farms, sip on local craft beer, and explore the beautiful green state. Stay at the cozy Woodstock Inn for a boutique hotel experience with all the amenities of a five star resort.

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Kennebunkport, Maine

There is a reason the Bush Family vacations in Kennebunkport Maine every year. It could be the unforgettable lobster rolls, the small town charm, or the storybook setting which all perfect reasons to honeymoon in Kennebunkport. Stay at Hidden Pond for the ultimate luxury summer camp experience. Cruise around on beach cruisers, roast smores' by the fire and play lawn games without having to leave the grounds.

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Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is another upper-crust destination that offers an almost endless list of honeymoon possibilities.  The Valley boasts 18th Century hamlets, amazing rural scenery and plenty of wine bars, unique high-end restaurants, and romantic, secluded rental estates.

The privacy offered by some of the Hudson's best estates is impressive, even when compared to Cape Cod's top honeymoon options.  New York City's celebrity couples all have their favorite romantic getaway spot somewhere in this scenic region of central New York state.

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A perfect example of this region's romantic possibilities is the Roseline Estate.  Set on 25 beautiful acres (filled with ponds, pines, and gardens), this luxury venue can be used both to host your wedding and to provide the right level of privacy and romance for your honeymoon.

This all-in-one allure is backed up by the history of the area.  This has been a vacation destination for America's elite since the days of George Washington.  Nearby wineries, restaurants and boat charter services mean that you can fill your time outside of the estates with  plenty of activities.

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Upstate New York's Pine Bush Estate offers even more natural beauty for couples who equate scenery with romance.  This quaint but luxurious stone home sits on 37 acres.  A swimming pool walled garden, and spacious bedrooms make this an ideal spot for a romantic weekend for newlyweds or couples looking for a special place to celebrate an anniversary or just enjoy each other's company for a quiet weekend.

We have luxurious, romance-filled estates throughout the country.  You can visit our website to find the best options in your area.  Look closely, because many of these venues are ideal for BOTH a wedding and the honeymoon.

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