Key Largo, Florida
You’ve definitely heard of all the amazing beaches in Florida by now—but while Key West gets a lot of steam, the smaller city of Key Largo is worth a Google search. Unlike Key West, it’s a more laid back type of vibe, complete with brilliant white sand beaches and awe-inspiring sunsets—only an hour’s drive from Miami. Consider booking your stay at Playa Largo Resort & Spa, a new hotel in the area. Newlyweds can stay at one of the resort’s 10 private bungalows, all of which come equipped with a Bungalow Ambassador that will help you squeeze the most of your trip. Want to cruise on a yacht? Or want a late-night snack from a grocery store? Just text your ambassador. The resort is also located super-close to local small town attractions, such as artist shops in Rain Barrel Village, the Islamorada Brewing Co., and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. (Check out these surprising honeymoon destinations.)
Want to get away to the mountains but maybe don’t want to drive for hours to reach them? The ideal compromise is the super-small town of Cartersville, Georgia, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and just an hour from Atlanta. This charming town has the quintessential “Main Street,” complete with gift shops and antique stores, along with the Booth Western Art Museum and of course, plenty of Southern-inspired menus to whet your newlywed-whistle. Consider staying at the Barnsley Resort, where you can book their Ultimate Romance Package. This includes a two-night stay in the luxe Arbor Cottage, dinner for two at one of the resort’s two restaurants, a private dinner for two either in the cottage or an outdoor location, breakfast, and a sweet turndown service. As if that’s not enough, you’ll also receive a $300 credit toward horseback riding, clay shooting, golf, spa services and more. And to top it off? Just staying at the resort will take you back in time as you learn about the romance between the Barnsley’s—they built the getaway.