New Trend: The Mini-moon

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but what better way to unwind after your big day than by going on a relaxing getaway with your groom!?  Sounds like you’re ready to go on a mini-moon. What is a mini-moon you ask? A mini-moon is a shorter trip a couple takes after their wedding day, with the intention of going on a honeymoon at a later date.  A mini-moon is perfect for couples on a tight budget (planning a wedding can be expensive, we know) because the trip is usually shorter and closer to home, saving you time and money on traveling expenses.  Timing is also another factor that makes the mini-moon so great; sometimes it is hard for a couple to take a lot of days off from work, especially when they might have already taken days off leading up to their wedding.  Does a mini-moon sound like the perfect romantic getaway for you? Here are some trips that are close (but not so close to home) that are perfect for newlyweds.

-Napa Valley

Many hotels and resorts offer honeymoon packages like the one at  River Terrace Inn which includes private wine tours and an awesome two night stay in the River Deluxe Jacuzzi  Room with Balcony. Other hotels like the Marriott offer other exciting experiences like Balloons Above the Valley, a hot air balloon tour above the valley!

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Photos taken from Melissa’s honeymoon in Napa Valley

-Las Vegas

With so much going on, Las Vegas has something to offer for everyone.  There is more to the city than it’s wild and crazy nightlife; mini-mooners can experience a plethora of entertaining shows such as The Blue Man Group or Cirque du Soleil or stroll the strip and shop in one of the many stores and malls they have to offer. Looking for a more relaxing trip to Sin City? Nearly all the hotels offer spa packages, and who could resist a romantic gondola ride at The Venetian?

Photo courtesy of The Venetian and Cirque de Soleil

-San Diego

For couples looking for a relaxing stay on the beach, San Diego is the perfect mini-moon hot spot with it’s warm weather year round. San Diego offers everything a beach-goer looks for, from waterskiing to sunset sail boat tours, to simply sitting back and relaxing on the long stretches of sandy beach.  Hotels such as the La Jolla Shores Hotel are situated right on the beach – who could ask for more?

Photo courtesy of (Left to Right), Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa, and


Nestled in southwestern Colorado, Telluride is known for by ski-enthusiasts for its awesome slopes. Telluride is the perfect mini-moon spot for those looking to hit the slopes on their get-away, but even during off season Telluride has much to offer newlyweds. Hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities are very popular for Telluride tourists, and the town holds many popular festivals throughout the year like the Jazz Festival  in August or the Blues and Brews Festival held in September. Telluride has lots of cozy resorts for couples, such as The Mountain Lodge at Telluride and The Hotel Telluride .

Photo courtesy of (upper left and right) and The Hotel Telluride (lower left)


Hidden between the gorgeous red rocks, Sedona is a perfect get away for couples wanting to escape for a weekend without having to ever leave the state! Couples can choose between tons of fabulous hiking trails in the area, take a tour of the beautiful red rock country with a Pink Jeep Tour or enjoy the day relaxing  in one of the many spas resorts have to offer. Resorts such as L’Auberge and  Enchantment Resort are great for a romantic vacation in Sedona.

Photo courtesy of (Left to Right) Melissa Dunstan, Enchantment Resort and Pink Jeep Tours


Check out this other article on mini-honeymoons!

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