Are you a little bit of a hipster? Do you love music? Is your mouth watering thinking about barbecue? Get yourselves to the coolest city in the Lone Star State, which may not be known for romance but does have its spots, like Mount Bonnell and Lake Travis at sunset. Otherwise, stay at the trendy bungalow-style Hotel San Jose (or for a bucolic stay outside the city, the luxury spa resort Travaasa Austin) and spend time trying food trucks, seeing shows and window-shopping on South Congress.
The appeal of Colorado is simple: It’s stunning in the winter, blanketed in super-romantic snow, and it’s stunning in the summer, when the white stuff has melted and left behind verdant, bucolic scenes. Active types have no shortage of fun to get into, especially if basing themselves at Vail’s Hotel Talisa, a ski-in/ski-out property where the service is so great they’ll actually bring the chapstick you left in the room to the top of the mountain for you. In Breckenridge you’ll find the sleek and social new ski-in/ski-out Gravity Haus, complete with a Japanese-style onsen. Meanwhile, Beaver Creek boasts the five-star mountaintop getaway Trappers Cabin, where honeymooners can hike, bike and hot tub in style.
It’s part of Hawaii, of course, but the landscape on Lanai is so otherworldly in parts it’ll make you feel like you traveled to another planet. Options abound: Ride horses up to the pines, or spend the day tooling around the rugged roads in a 4x4 Jeep, snorkeling around spinner dolphins, picnicking with super fresh poke, swimming in the cerulean sea and posing amid the lunar-like rocks of Garden of the Gods. Beyond the famous poke, there’s plenty of goodness to eat and imbibe at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. And now the all-inclusive wellness-oriented Four Seasons Lanai at Koele, a Sensei Resort, has opened, adding a deluxe new way to relax and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.
Napa Valley, California
Sonoma’s buzz overtook its Northern Cali neighbor for a while, but Napa is experiencing a moment once again, with a slew of beautiful boutique-y boltholes—the intimate, experiential Ink House and stunning Las Alcobas—and even a beer-tasting trail. The most known American wine country is full of charm, not to mention game-changing vino and iconic restaurants (anywhere by Thomas Keller), such as those at Calistoga Ranch. Four Seasons Napa Valley recently bowed, as did Vista Collina, a resort with its own Food & Wine Center, bringing couples who love the culinary arts options beyond imagination. Beyond the wine you can relax at plentiful spas, or if you’re feeling frisky there are hikes through redwoods and by lakes.
Domestic getaways can run the risk of feeling less exciting than international, but in and around Portland—base yourself at the sophisticated The Nines—there’s so much going on that’s not a problem. There’s the natural beauty of the snowy Mount Hood, countless parks and bike paths, gardens, a hip music and art scene and trendy microbreweries and restaurants. Outside the city, take your time on the gorgeous drives to other mountains, up the coast or to Willamette Valley (stay at The Allison Inn & Spa) for pours of Pinot Noir.
Thanks to truly five-star destinations like The Ranch at Rock Creek and The Resort at Paws Up, Montana, an unlikely place perhaps, comes out as a leader for domestic honeymoons. Appealing to newlyweds who want to be as active as they are pampered, these all-inclusive working ranches don’t come cheap, but deliver big when it comes to authentic Western adventure and outdoor activities alongside fine cuisine and unmatched service in a breathtaking environment.
Vancouver, British Columbia
For an active honeymoon, Canada’s cool seaport of Vancouver and nearby Vancouver Island have a lot to offer. Its unique setting, surrounded by mountains and also water, makes it popular for a number of outdoor adventures, but it’s also known for its lively art and music scenes. Whatever you choose to spend your days doing—from the confines of the chic city-centric Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel or Tofino’s romantic, forested Wickaninnish Inn—the natural beauty can’t be topped.