September is the start of a new season, and autumn is many people's favorite time of year. The crowds of summer have headed back home, leaving popular destinations peaceful and calm. The weather is usually also quite agreeable in September. The phrase “not too cold and not too hot... but just right” rings true during this time of year. If you are planning a honeymoon in September, here are some of the best destinations in the world that you could choose for your first vacation as a married couple.
For honeymooners looking to spend their first vacation as a married couple stateside, the New England area doesn’t disappoint in September. New England is large, diverse, and filled with activities and attractions that honeymooners will find romantic and memorable. While temperatures in the autumn can vary depending on where you are, this month is a relatively comfortable time in New England. The region's legendary fall foliage is in full effect with eye-popping oranges, reds and yellows. The leaves in the northern regions of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire are particularly colorful in mid-September. Areas further to the south start to get colorful in the later part of the month.
For private New England accommodations, honeymooners can try Vermont's Twin Farms. Located in Barnard, roughly three hours from Boston, five hours from New York City and one hour from Burlington, this New England honeymoon hideaway has a collection of personalized, individually decorated rooms and cottages. In addition to boasting an original farmhouse from 1795, the 300-acre property includes 10 free standing cottages that you can hire out for your entire honeymoon. If you take this option, it will seem like you have your own slice of Vermont heaven.
As the most storied city in South Africa, Cape Town is an attractive honeymoon destination. With its dramatic natural features, namely Table Mountain and stunning beaches, Cape Town is also a beautiful destination for a post-wedding getaway. September, which is the start of springtime in the Southern Hemisphere, is also an attractive time to visit for couples who want to go whale watching and see the city’s wildflowers in full bloom. Temperatures are mild in September in Cape Town. The heat of summer is still a month or two away.
Cape Town is near South Africa's wine country. The Clouds Estate is about 45 minutes from Cape Town in Stellenbosch, the region's wine and dining hub. The estate consists of self-catering villas. These accommodations offer plenty of comfort, but their best feature is the view. You can see the vineyard covered valleys in every direction.
The crowds of August have all left, leaving Spain delightfully quiet for honeymooners. Spain's weather starts to cool down in September. While you might find rain on the Atlantic Coast, most of the country is dry during this month. Spain doesn’t just appeal to honeymooners due to its weather and lack of crowds. The country oozes romance with its castles, delicious tapas and deep history. Complete with legendary cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Salamanca, Spain is perfect for couples looking for a destination with activity and excitement at every turn.
If you want to narrow down your honeymoon location in Spain, you can head up to Catalonia and stay at Can Bassa, a luxury boutique hotel. The property sits just 90 minutes away from Barcelona by train. It is right outside the medieval town of Madremanya. With buildings dating back to the 14th century, Can Bassa definitely has that Spanish romance honeymooners often seek. Couples can stay in one of the five private cottages and appreciate the property’s wine cellar, breakfast buffet and massage services.
Brazil basks in pleasant weather year round, so September is a fine time to visit. This month is just before summer travel season starts in the South American country. There are plenty of destination choices in Brazil; the country has more than 5,000 miles of coastline. Toss in the some of the oldest cities in the Americas, and you have a place that promises to never leave newlyweds bored on their honeymoon.
One of the best spots to take your honeymoon in Brazil might be Armação dos Búzios, a resort town just 100 miles from Rio de Janiero that is known for its sun, sand and calm waters. Honeymooners can rest up at the Insólito Boutique Hotel. The property caters to newlyweds with special packages specifically for romance-seeking couples.
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