Your Day, Your Way: Honeymooning Close to Home (Part 1)
When you live in Hampton Roads, there are plenty of romantic spots nearby that will allow you and your new husband (or wife) to feel miles away.
After dishing out money for all the important details that make your wedding day special, why not save a little and consider a honeymoon close to home?
In this two part post, we will explore local spots that make perfect honeymoon getaways. Even if you’re not from Hampton Roads, you may find yourself tempted to check out one of these dreamy locations.
In today’s post, let’s head to the coast to see what Virginia Beach, Sandbridge and the Outer Banks have to offer!
For those of you who live in Virginia Beach, you may not immediately think of it as honeymoon material but don’t be so quick to count it out. In addition to great hotels, many of which offer honeymoon packages, there are countless activities for two!
Why not take advantage of the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront’s Romance Package? This package (when available) includes complimentary sparkling wine, breakfast for two in your room and full use of the pool and whirlpool spa (when available). You can even arrange for early or late check-in to make the most of your trip! Pack your swimsuits and spend some quality time, just the two of you.
Another option would be the Hampton Inn Virginia Beach-Oceanfront South on Atlantic Avenue. Take advantage of their Romancing on the Beach package (when available). In addition to an ocean view room, you will get three red roses (guys, this is a perfect surprise for your new wife!), two keepsake wine glasses, the choice of one bottle of red or white wine, Godiva Truffles and a late check-out.
When you’re ready to get out and have some fun, grab two all-day passes to Busch Gardens. Sample the brews or try to win a souvenir at the many game kiosks. If you want to stay local, rent two jet skis and race each other around the coast, or share one and hold on tight! If you’re feeling lucky, take to the water and watch for dolphins.
After a day of playing in the sand and surf, visit one of Virginia Beach’s fabulous restaurants and have a romantic dinner for two. Don’t forget to share dessert!
If you want to feel transported to a remote location without going very far, make the short drive down the coast to Sandbridge. Things are low-key and the relaxing atmosphere is exactly what you need after planning a wedding!
Most of the accommodations at Sandbridge are rental properties, which is the ideal option if you and your new hubby like to cook for each other and watch the sunset from a private balcony. But be careful who you tell because you may find your extra bedrooms filled up with family and friends “just stopping by!”
Sandbridge Realty and Siebert Realty are two great resources to use when looking for properties to suit your needs. You can search based on number of bedrooms, amenities or price. There are many options available and while you may not need a house with thirteen bedrooms, one that has a private pool might be worth the splurge for the week!
Hold hands as you walk through the scenic landscape of the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re the active type, rent stand up paddleboards and brave the waves. After you’ve spent the day on the beach and in the water, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is just a short drive away and a great way to spend the evening. Or take advantage of your view as you enjoy a meal you made together. Light some candles and pull together a romantic playlist to set the mood.
Further down the coast are the unspoiled beaches of the Outer Banks—long and narrow barrier islands just off the coast of North Carolina.
There are many different lodging options in the Outer Banks, from hotels and cottages and from campgrounds to private rentals. While camping may not be your idea of a honeymoon, some couples might find sitting fireside and sharing s’mores very romantic.
When researching accommodations, ask about current specials. For example, Outer Beaches Realty offers a “Love is in the Air” special (when available), which includes a gift certificate and fitness passes to a local spa and a gift certificate for dinner for two at a nearby restaurant.
If history is something that brought you two together, take advantage of the museums, aquariums and lighthouses that dot the coastal towns. If you two met at the beach, there are opportunities to share your passion and try almost any water sport you can think of. If you two burn easily, take to the air on a scenic flight or try the thrill of hang gliding. If you want all four of your feet on the ground, enjoy each other’s company as you rent Segways, take a trail ride, see the sights on a bicycle built for two or challenge each other at a game of tennis.
While you will be able to find restaurants to suit almost any taste preference, the local seafood is not to be skipped. If your rental has a grill, spend time together cooking fresh seafood and sharing a bottle of white wine—try a local varietal from one of Virginia’s or North Carolina’s wineries!
While these are just a few ideas to help you plan a honeymoon close to home, you will quickly see why Virginia is for lovers!
Check back for the second post when we head north to check out the Eastern Shore, Williamsburg and Richmond.