October is a month of fall colors and holiday planning and preparation. For newlyweds who chose a fall date for their wedding, it's also honeymoon time. October is a great month to honeymoon because travel season has just ended and kids are back in school. Also, the weather is still amazing in most parts of the world, and the crowds have dwindled down to two groups: locals and honeymooners. Whether you are looking for a honeymoon full of adventure in the mountains, a road trip honeymoon through New England or a beachside getaway full of relaxation, October offers endless possibilities for a fabulous post-wedding vacation.
Here are our top places for a honeymoon in October:
October is a busy month in Vermont because it is the height of the colorful fall season. During this month, Vermont will be covered in leaves of every shade of red and orange. With this once-a-year scenery, a drive through the Green Mountain State will be more romantic than at any other time of the year. You can plan a honeymoon road trip through New England, and stop to spend a few days in Woodstock, Vermont.
The Woodstock Inn is the quintessential small town hotel. It is quaint, but at the same time, it has all the amenities of a five star resort. While you are here, you can take a scenic drive past picturesque barns, covered bridges, trees of every shade and color, and charming small-town Main Streets. Spend a day cheese tasting at one of the many local farms or stop in a brewery or two and drink a craft beer or signature cider. If you choose to honeymoon in October in Vermont, be sure to leave space in your suitcase to bring back plenty of Vermont maple syrup.
The crowds of tourists have left Italy, the weather is pleasant but not too hot, and, best of all, it's truffle season. With its rolling hills and numerous hilltop villages, Tuscany is an ideal choice for an October honeymoon. From Florence, you can make your way to Grosseto in the central hills of Tuscany. Here, you can stay at a true Tuscan castle, Castello Di Vicarello. Castello Di Vicarello offers seven unique suites overlooking the vineyards. Castello Di Vicarello also has cooking classes in the kitchen. October is the time for harvesting the grapes, olives and mushrooms... so you will be in for a treat every time you eat! After a few days in Grosseto, it's time to head south to Pienza.
A honeymoon in Pienza will be full of pici pasta, delicious wine, and of course, Pecorino cheese. The small hilltown is charming and full of cafes, restaurants and cheese shops. While you are here, you can stay at La Bandita, a stunning farmhouse just outside of town.
October is spring in Patagonia, so it's a great time to experience the colorful blooms of this natural region. The peak tourist season begins in November, so a honeymoon in October is a perfect time to beat the crowds. Stay at the Singular Patagonia, located just outside of Puerto Natales in Puerto Bories. This five star boutique hotel was formerly a cold storage plant. It has plenty of personality.
While much of Europe has started to cool down by October, Greece still feels like summer... but without all the crowds that come with summer. Honeymooners can escape to the island of Santorini and stay at Canaves Oia, a luxury boutique hotel overlooking the sea. Couples can stay here in one of the oceanfront suites or villas and spend their days soaking in the Greece sun. After a few days of relaxing, you can then hop around the neighboring islands and explore to your heart's content.
While October is still very warm throughout Hawaii, it is the month with the lowest amount of tourist arrivals. Accommodations tend to be cheaper than usual during this "low season" so you can snag some great deals around the islands. Consider a visit to the Big Island of Hawaii where you can stay at the picturesque Puakea Ranch. There is a special honeymoon suite called James Cottage on this converted plantation estate. The Big Island has everything from beaches and waterfalls to farms and ranches, so you will never be left without plenty of options for what to do.
Getting married this month? Where are you headed on your October honeymoon?