Minimoon Ideas

by Melissa on May 9, 2011

I pointed out a few months back that my fiance and I aren’t going to go on a honeymoon immediately after the wedding (oh, just another thing that the Royal Couple seems to have copied off us!).  But, we are contemplating the idea of a minimoon, a quick trip fairly soon after the wedding.  Driving distance from the Washington, DC area  is preferable, but not overly necessary.  So, what are some ideas for a minimoon?

  • Thanksgiving in NYC. This is definitely on my bucket list.  I’d like to spend Thanksgiving in NYC to go to the Macy’s Day Parade, then do Black Friday shopping in Manhattan, maybe see a Rockette’s show, and other Christmas-y things!  A few issues with this though.  1) If I ever went to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, I would want to take my nephew, because I know that parade is really exciting for kids.  But, bringing my 5-year-old nephew on a minimoon?  Yeah, probably not.
  • Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA or some other nice southern US locale. I’ve heard that both of these places are very nice and quaint, and there would probably be some remnants of warm weather left there in November.  There’s enough to see to get a long weekend out of it, but not so much that we would feel rushed by spending only a weekend there.
  • Key West, FL. Definitely not driving distance from DC, but it would be a fairly quick flight.  There’s lot to do in Key West, it’s relaxing and low key, but the problem is that it’s pretty expensive.  Flying direct into Key West is pricey (and, you have to go on those little turbo prop planes that I hate), and hotels are expensive too, with no major chains for me to cash in any hotel points.  A few ideas, we could fly into Miami and drive to Key West, stopping at some of the other Keys along the way.  Airfare into Miami would also be way cheaper than directly into Key West.
  • Weekend in Shenandoah Valley. I’m a little ashamed to say that, although it is so close by, I have never been to Shenandoah National Park.  Skyline Drive in the fall is supposed to be gorgeous (but crowded), with all the changing leaves and cool crisp air.  There’s also a lot of wineries in that area.  But, the weekend of our wedding is peak foliage time, so if we go to Shenandoah a week or two after the wedding, all the beautiful foliage will probably be gone.  Not that there isn’t other stuff to do there, but I’d really love to see all the fall colors there.
  • Chicago. You know, I’ve never been to Chicago.  And I’ve been LOTS of places.  This one also wouldn’t be too far of a drive from DC, but November in Chicago will be damn cold already, and I don’t think I’d enjoy such a cold locale.  But, I would like to go just to see it and spend a few days there.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Any other ideas for a minimoon?

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