Monday, December 12, 2011

The Honeymooners

I know several people who planned their honeymoons before they planned anything having to do with the wedding. Clearly Adam and I are not like those people because 4 months of our engagement have passed with barely a thought to where we want to go. Our only requirements for a destination are:
  1. Nothing too far away because we want to come back to Chicago the Friday after our wedding
  2. Not in the Caribbean on account of it being hurricane season
  3. Not a place where we feel like we have to spend our time sight-seeing
We started brainstorming options with these requirements in mind.

This is my dream honeymoon destination. How much fun would it be to bring our wedding clothes with us and have a honeymoon photo shoot all around Paris? Sadly, requirements #1 and #3 ruled out Paris as an option for us.

Hawaii is Adam's dream honeymoon location. It would be lovely to spend our days enjoying the sunshine and tropical breeze while sipping mai tais by the pool. Hawaii satisfies #2 and #3, but doesn't satisfy #1.

  Napa was one of the first places we thought about when discussing where we should honeymoon. It would be so relaxing to spend a week drinking wine and eating in fantastic restaurants. Plus, the vineyards would be gorgeous in the fall. The only downside is that Adam and I already went to Napa together last summer and we'd prefer to go somewhere new.

Puerto Vallarta, located on Mexico's Pacific coast, satisfies all of our requirements. I've never been to Mexico and think it would amazing to spend a week drinking margaritas and eating guacamole by the pool. Now that a Chicago winter is upon us, I'm loving the idea of sunshine. Adam's not 100% sure about this idea, so we'll see.

New England
 Over Thanksgiving, a family friend suggested that we go to New England on our honeymoon. Since it's not a warm-weather destination, we hadn't really thought about it. There may be a slight risk of a hurricane, violating requirement #2, but the risk is MUCH less severe than it would be in the Caribbean. It would be lovely to spend a week at a quaint B&B while enjoying the fall colors and all the fish and chips we can get our hands on. Plus, we could go whale-watching!

  Montreal satisfies the romanticism of Paris, but without the jet lag and high price tag. Plus I could practice my French! Adam doesn't believe I really speak it because he always asks me to translate really obscure words that I don't know.

I suppose we'll have to make a decision at some point, but right now I'm having fun dreaming about all the fun places we can go!


  1. I LOVE Montreal, but there's also all kinds of great stuff in the 'States. Have you considered driving up Scenic Rte 1 in California? We did a trip awhile back that included Rte 1, Napa, Yosemite National Park, and San Francisco. Route 1 is soooo gorgeous, it's lovely to just drive up and down it.

    I think New England is a good idea, too. My parents did that when they got married.

    There's also Banff National Park in Canada, which is lovely. And supposedly you could take a cross-Canada-country-train, with all the touristy scenic views. 'Just some ideas.

  2. What about New York only staying at a great hotel and seeing a play a day!!