RENDEZVOUS:European-Inspired Honeymoon Destinations

With travel to Europe still unavailable for most Americans, couples hoping to honeymoon abroad can closely emulate the same experience at home (with the added bonus of not having to travel too far). Below are some European-inspired honeymoon destinations in the U.S. that will make you feel the romance of Paris and the magic of England just the same.

Healdsburg, Sonoma County
Inspired by: Paris

Where to Stay

Nestled amongst the hills of the Russian River Valley, Hotel Les Mars, a member of Relais & Chateaux, brings the romance of French living to Northern California. Hotel Les Mars is dedicated to the tradition of old world luxury, as evidenced throughout the property with traditional 17th and 18th century antiques that complement the Parisian-style charm. Beyond its interior, the grounds reflect the landscape of a historic French maison. Hotel Les Mars features European style service, complimentary French breakfasts, and daily wine and cheese receptions.

Where to Dine

A piece of Paris in California wine country, the Costeaux French Bakery has been family-owned and serving guests pastries, artisan breads, French café classics like omelets with mixed greens and quiche, and signature desserts since 1923.

Where to Drink

Listen to French music drift in the air while you enjoy classic Parisian bistro fare with a California twist as part of Jordan Vineyard and Winery‘s new “Paris on the Terrace,” experience. For a taste of the Bordeaux Countryside, visit the newly opened Aperture Cellars winery.

St. Augustine, Florida
Inspired by: Spain

Where to Stay

From ornate chandeliers, to exquisite tapestries and extraordinary art galleries, the Spanish Baroque Revival design of Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection will immerse visitors in the rich history and storied secrets of the famed Florida hotel. Originally built in 1888, this iconic hotel is nestled in the heart of St. Augustine’s Historic District and within walking distance to popular attractions.

What to Do

St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest city and was founded by the Spanish admiral, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565. It is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the continental U.S.

Visitors can feel the city’s Spanish heritage all around the cities and can visit The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, a 15-acre, waterfront historical attraction known as the place where Ponce De Leon discovered the healing waters that magically maintain your youthful appearance, stroll through the Colonial Quarter to experience three centuries of St. Augustine’s vivid history through interactive activities and more, or explore the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. that was built to protect and defend Spain’s claims in the New World.

Boston, Massachusetts
Inspired by: London

Where to Stay

Once the storied Charles Street Jail, The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston boasts gorgeous historic architecture and a central location at the foot of Beacon Hill, just steps from premier shopping boutiques and dining options. 

What to Do

Boston was founded in 1630 by British settlers. Today, the city is full of history and gives visitors a glimpse into the past and allows them to feel as if they are worlds away. Visitors can stroll through the Beacon Hill neighborhood, one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, or relax in two of the city’s most famous parks that are both reflective of English Gardens. The Boston Public Garden is a Victorian-era garden and Boston Common is similar to London’s Hyde Park.

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