U.S. Mini Moon Ideas

20 U.S. Mini Moon Ideas

With international travel temporarily on hold and elopements growing in popularity, many modern couples are planning mini moons. What is a mini moon? Essentially a “mini honeymoon,” these getaways are shorter and closer to home—but no less romantic than exotic destinations! Whether you’re pivoting from your original itinerary, seeking an affordable option, or need a break between wedding planning and honeymoon planning, we’ve rounded up the best mini moon destinations across the USA to celebrate the start of married life.

Splurge-Worthy Stays

Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

A 19th-century ghost town transformed into a luxurious destination, this tiny resort is nestled deep in the Colorado Rockies. Lovingly restored log cabins make a romantic mini moon home base, but the namesake hot springs are the star of the show, perfect for unwinding after a mountain hike.

Little Palm Island, Florida

If your dreams of an exotic tropical trip are temporarily on hold, this sunny escape is perfect for honeymoon weekend getaways in the Florida Keys. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the private island offers swaying palms, sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and total relaxation.

Inn at Perry Cabin, Maryland

This stately resort on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is an easy drive from Baltimore and Washington D.C., making it one of our favorite weekend honeymoon ideas for East Coasters. (You might also recognize it as the venue from Wedding Crashers.) Set sail on the Chesapeake Bay, tour historic St. Michaels, and indulge in the region’s bounty of seafood.

The Point, New York

A “Great Camp” originally built for William Rockefeller, this sumptuous retreat on the shores of Saranac Lake combines rustic charm with the graciousness of a bygone era. Every season at The Point offers unique delights, from water-skiing and campfires in summer to ice-fishing and skating in winter.

Get Away From It All

Tourists, Massachusetts

A modern take on old-school roadside motels, Tourists promises “fresh air, outdoor adventure, and chill vibes” in the picturesque Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Climb nearby Mt. Greylock, visit the MASS MoCA for an afternoon of modern art, and bring along your pup—it’s pet-friendly!

TreeHouse Point, Washington

Just 30 minutes from Seattle, this woodland resort feels a world apart thanks to its imaginative village of treehouse suites—one of the West Coast’s best places for a mini moon. Unwind with yoga, massage, and tai chi, explore the Snoqualmie Valley, or just enjoy the view from your perch above the forest floor.

Under Canvas Glacier, Montana

This luxe glamping destination is the perfect base for exploring Montana’s majestic Glacier National Park. After a day in the great outdoors, relax in your private safari tent with all the comforts of home. (Interested in another national park? Under Canvas camps are scattered across the United States!)

Marfa, TX

This high desert outpost in West Texas has become an unlikely destination in the world of contemporary art, from downtown galleries to the large-scale installations of the Chinati Foundation. Book a boho glamping site at El Cosmico as your home base, and don’t leave without an Instagram-worthy snapshot at Prada Marfa.

Small Town Charm

Healdsburg, California

Take the short drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg for a relaxing weekend of wine tasting in Sonoma County, California’s laid-back counterpart to Napa. Foodies will also appreciate the town’s impressive roster of Michelin-starred restaurants, including three-star destination SingleThread.

Grand Haven, Michigan

Perched on the shores of Lake Michigan, Grand Haven offers a surprising sight: beaches in the heart of the Midwest! Put your toes in the sand at Grand Haven State Park (and snap a few photos at its iconic red lighthouse), then follow the boardwalk downtown or take a sunset schooner sail on the lake.

Leavenworth, Washington

Tucked in the Cascade Mountains just two hours from Seattle, this Bavarian-style village is charming year-round but truly shines during the holidays! Plan a winter mini moon filled with horse-drawn carriages, wine tastings, and twinkling lights. Outside of town, hike the gorgeous terrain of the Pacific Northwest.

Stillwater, Minnesota

Located just outside Minneapolis on the St. Croix River, this historic town is perfect for couples brainstorming mini moon ideas in the Midwest. The quaint downtown is packed with antique stores, breweries, and candy shops, while the river plays host to scenic cruises and romantic gondola rides.

Nevada City, California

This former Gold Rush town has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places for its beautifully preserved downtown district, now filled with bustling shops and restaurants. Its location on the Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada makes it perfect for outdoor adventures, too. You can even try your hand at gold panning like the town’s long-ago settlers!

Regional Road Trips

Maine

Rugged coastlines and seaside towns make the quintessential New England road trip for an East Coast mini moon. Start at Portland’s Cape Elizabeth Light, stop in Wiscasset for the famous lobster roll at Red’s Eats, then stroll through the charming town of Camden. Your final stop? Acadia National Park to watch the sunrise over the rocky Atlantic headlands.

American Southwest

Wide-open spaces and breathtaking national parks make a southwestern camping road trip one of our favorite affordable mini moon ideas. Our perfect itinerary? Stops at the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bryce Canyon, and Zion.

The Catskills

Planning a last-minute mini moon from NYC? Take a two-hour drive to the eclectic hamlets of the Catskills. The mountains reward hikers with swimming holes, caverns, and waterfalls (including the famous Kaaterskill Falls), while the towns are havens for artists, writers, and musicians. Round out your trip with a stay at Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, a 1960s gem reimagined for a new generation.

Take in the View

Big Sur, California

The craggy coastline of central California inspired writers Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller with its dramatic, fog-bound vistas—what better place for a dreamy escape? Rent a convertible for a cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway with stops to explore towering redwood forests and spot humpback whales in the Pacific.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Surrounded by the rugged Teton Range, Jackson Hole offers jaw-dropping landscapes and a touch of campy Old West charm. Explore nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, then check into one of the town’s luxe hotels. Ski bums might consider nearby Teton Village, home to Wyoming’s most popular slopes.

Palm Springs, California

This desert oasis is a retro-cool setting for a mini honeymoon in California. Rent one of the city’s iconic midcentury homes for poolside lounging or check into Two Bunch Palms for a restorative soak in mineral-rich hot springs. Feeling adventurous? Joshua Tree National Park awaits for a desert day trip.

Stowe, Vermont

Though it’s known as the “Ski Capital of the East,” this Green Mountain village offers sweet and simple honeymoon ideas for every season, from summer hiking to autumn leaf-peeping. Check in at the luxe Topnotch Resort, check out the region’s famous covered bridges, then head to nearby Waterbury for BBQ and local brews at Prohibition Pig or a sweet tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory.

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