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.
Not only is Sedona, Arizona one of the nicest smallest towns in America, it’s also an amazing small town honeymoon spot. You can spend your day hiking the infamous Red Rocks or take the highly-recommended Pink Jeep Tour, go horseback riding or fly up in a hot air balloon for a once-in-a-lifetime view of the southwest. While you’re there, stay at the L’Auberge de Sedona, which offers a honeymoon package to write home to your friends about. (Or post on Facebook!) In no particular order, it includes, a breakfast and dining credit, a spa credit, a love kit complete with an elixir, mist and serum, a romantic turndown service with rose petals, champagne and strawberries, and more. Talk about being swept away to marriage!
If you and your new spouse are adventurous oenophiles, book a trip to Willamette Valley, Oregon. This area is known for producing some of the best-tasting pinot noirs in the country, and though it’s been around for some time, it’s not quite as commercialized or visited as Napa Valley. In addition to being a destination for wine lovers, the small town of Newberg is home to George Fox University and offers that quaint downtown vibe you think of when you consider micro-communities. With a main street full of shops, you’ll find ways to pass the time when you need a break from tastings. For a honeymoon-worthy stay, book your reservation at The Allison Inn & Spa, the only luxe resort in the area. You can book the ‘Blissful Romance’ package, which includes sparkling wine upon arrival, a $100 credit toward JORY—the on-site restaurant—or room service, a $200 spa credit and more.