You don’t have to go far to find the perfect honeymoon escape and these days, with many couples opting to stay close to home, there are many options right here in the US.
Stowe, Vermont is an excellent choice any time of year because it offers plenty to do year-round, although the fall and winter are especially enticing with picturesque scenery and wonderful inns and B&Bs offering cozy honeymoon havens throughout the state.
Surrounded by majestic mountains, Stowe is the ski capital of the East Coast with a slew of winter activities around every corner, but the other seasons offer plenty to do with nearby golf, wilderness hiking, kayaking, fly fishing, zip lining, sailing and more. Winter, or course means skiing, skating, snowshoeing and other frosty activities.
The AAA Four-Diamond Stoweflake Resort and Spa is particularly appealing – anytime of year.
The family-run resort, open since 1963 has a very welcoming staff, 176 very comfortable guestrooms – some with gas fireplace and Jacuzzi - two restaurants showcasing tasty New England fare and a spa where you can wrap yourselves in comfy robes and leave your cares behind.
With 30 luxurious treatment rooms and more than 120 soothing services – including a romantic couple’s massage - to select from, there is definitely something for whatever ails you. An aqua solarium with waterfalls and mineral baths are the proverbial “icing on the cake.”
A fully equipped Sports and Wellness Center offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment and classes with everything from Nordic walking to Pilates, Yoga, spinning and more. In addition to the classes, consultants are on hand for fitness evaluations and nutritional consultations. A heated lap pool, sauna and steam baths top off the experience. Another, larger heated pool offers outdoor swimming - even in winter.
Dining is a romantic experience at both the cozy Charlie B’s (named for the inn’s founder) and at the award-winning Winfield’s Bistro. Menus highlight recipes created with Vermont’s seasonal ingredients. To complement the choices, they feature a full roster of local brews and ciders, along with specialty cocktails and an ample wine list.
For light bites, the Spa Café features a host of soups, salads, sandwiches and ample cheese platters.
If you happen to be honeymooning in the autumn, be sure to book a foliage boat charter with the Fly Rod Shop. Their very capable guides will motor you along the tranquil Waterbury Reservoir, which is nestled between two mountain ranges, offering the perfect vantage point from which to view Mother Nature’s colorful annual spectacle.
Nearby, the town of Stowe beckons with traditional gift shops, cozy bistros and basic charm tucked around every corner.
No matter when you go, it’s the perfect honeymoon destination!