Go Ahead – Spark Some Romance
Every relationship needs some romance once in awhile, so why not set aside a long weekend this summer and take a little trip just you and your significant other? Here, our Newark Airport parking company shares 11 destinations from Travel & Leisure that are perfect for a “mini honeymoon”:
Outer Banks, North Carolina
“Though the journey to the Outer Banks is a bit more complicated than other spots on our list (some of the islands are only accessible by ferry), the destination is still worth the trip.
In the Outer Banks, newly-minted spouses can dive into history by visiting the site of the Wright brothers’ first flight, climb the island’s iconic sand dunes, and even hike to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
After a long day of adventuring, enjoy a Cuban steak and margarita at Barefoot Bernie’s and spend the night at the Castle B&B.”
Catalina Island, California
“Catalina Island is a great escape for West Coasters looking to get away from it all without breaking the bank on their mini-moon.
Hop on the ferry from Long Beach, San Pedro, or Dana Point to be transported in just over an hour to your island getaway, where you can enjoy hikes through the island’s vast wilderness (and maybe even spot a buffalo or two), bike through the town of Avalon, take a ride on a glass-bottom boat, or sip a fruity concoction while sitting on the sand in front of the Hotel Villa Portofino.
Stay the night in the beautiful hotel and make sure to grab breakfast at the Pancake Cottage to refuel for your second day of adventure.”
“Boulder, Colorado is often overshadowed by its bustling neighbor, Denver, but don’t let the city’s smaller size fool you. Beyond world-class restaurants and spectacular shopping, Boulder also offers gorgeous vistas and tremendous outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, or just strolling down the city’s streets hand-in-hand.
After working up a sweat, indulge in Boulder’s best farm-to-table dining at The Kitchen, then head to Hotel Boulderado, a 108-year-old hotel waiting for you to explore all its charms.”
“Step away from your normal life and visit to the surreal world of Miami, Florida for just a few days with your new honey. Soak up the sun (but don’t forget the sunscreen) on the famous sands of Miami Beach and cool off in its crystal blue waters.
Shop for a few “Miami Vice”-worthy threads in South Beach before picking any of the luxurious restaurants along Ocean Drive. While there are a plethora of over-the-top and fantastic places to stay in Miami, you can’t go wrong with the Delano Hotel.”
New Orleans, Louisiana
“New Orleans has something for everyone, from beignets to voodoo and beyond. The city’s wildly eclectic feel means you’ll never have a dull moment during your short stay.
Walk the French Quarter to discover the city’s many shops and join in at happy hour at SoBou before heading out to discover the city’s vibrant jazz scene. Finally, retire for the night at Hotel Maison de Ville, the historic 18th-century French Quarter property where A-listers including Elizabeth Taylor stayed while visiting the stunning city.”
Québec City, Canada
“For those living in the New England area, Quebec can be either a leisurely drive or a quick flight depending on your preferences. The Canadian city will make visitors feel like they are on a European vacation with its old-world French charm, cobblestone streets, and breathtaking architecture.
Spend your afternoon visiting any one of its museums, take in a show at Le Capitole theater, and finish it all off by enjoying a meal at Chez Gaston, where you can enjoy some seriously delicious poutine, the national food of Quebec. Afterward, spend the evening at Auberge Place d’Armes, whose structure dates back to the 16th century.”
“Seattle, well-known for its incredible music scene, has more than a few attractions for you and your new spouse to explore. Walk along the waterfront and hop on a romantic Ferris wheel ride, visit the Chihuly Museum, take a tour of the aquarium, and of course check out the Space Needle. Take a ferry to Port Townsend and grab a bite to eat at Goldfinch Tavern before heading back to stay at Hotel Max, where the walls are adorned with more than a few erotically-charged pieces of art to set the mood for your night in together.”
“There’s a reason so many love songs originate in Nashville. From honky-tonks to tiny hole in the wall dive bars where stars are discovered, the city has plenty of choice activities to offer mini-mooners looking for a little adventure.
Spend your day at Arrington Vineyards, located about 30 minutes outside the city, sipping on wine while enjoying a picnic lunch and free music, and then travel back to the city for even more entertainment at the Wildhorse Saloon. And of course book your stay at the Hermitage Hotel, where nearly every country music star has stayed.”
“Two hours north of Portland, Maine sits the small and incredibly quaint town of Camden. Surrounded by wilderness on one side and a glimmering bay on the other, the town’s picturesque Main Street is the perfect setting for a quiet walk to reflect with your new life partner.
Go hiking in the hills, take a dip in several of the town’s lakes, or sit and chat with one of the 5,000 locals who call the town home before nestling in at the Norumbega Inn overlooking the many lobster boats bobbing in the bay.”
“The once tucked-away Mexican town has become the It destination for travelers looking for a quick retreat south of the border. From LAX, fly just a few hours south to Cancun, Mexico, and from there take a two-hour drive south to be welcomed by a quiet community, stunning beaches, and a few fruity cocktails waiting just for you.
For the ultimate Tulum experience, dine at the Hartwood (but be warned: reservations are a must), and stay at Casa Malca, which sits along a secluded 600-foot-long stretch of pristine beach so you can watch the sunrise and sunsets in peace.”
St. Louis, Missouri
“There’s a reason why St. Louis ranks among the top 10 best cities in America for a staycation. The city’s vibrant food scene and diverse mix of outdoor activities makes it the perfect spot for a close to home mini-moon for Midwesterners. Take in a baseball game at Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals, visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and then enjoy a four-course dinner with a show at Bissell Mansion Restaurant & Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre before tucking in for the night at the Ritz-Carlton.”
No matter where you jet-set to, don’t forget to make your Newark Airport parking reservation with our valet parking company!