The time spent between your engagement and your wedding day is full of excitement, romance, and preparation. Preparation, not only for that special day, but for a lifetime of wedded bliss. Planning for one of the biggest days of your life, can definitely take up much time and add a little stress on you and your loved one. As planners, this is why we spend extra time helping our couples plan the perfect honeymoon getaway.
The honeymoon is one-on-one time for you and your sweetheart to relax and reconnect after all your planning has come to an end, and we’re here to make sure this is exactly what happens! Here, we explore our top 5 honeymoon finds across NC, that provide both, an affordable and unforgettable experience for your first travels as newlyweds.
1 | Corolla - Coastal and Romantic
If a place full of majestic beaches, unique wildlife, and a fascinating history sounds appealing, Corolla, NC is the place for you. This coastal city is home to wild horses that thrive in the Outer Banks, accompanied by the beautiful Currituck Beach Lighthouse that opened in 1985. Trust us, Corolla is the perfect spot for your beachy, romantic getaway.
2 | Asheville - Cultural and Adventurous
This city is known for its distinct culture. The mountainous atmosphere is a wonder in itself, but with the added southern charm and vintage elegance, this place has more to offer than it’s nature trails and changing leaves. The Biltmore House located in the heart of Asheville, is full of exquisite architecture, fine dining, shopping, and wine tours at their on-site vineyard. If you are looking for outside activities, Pinnacle Park and Crabtree Falls are two of the many gorgeous hiking trails we recommend for you lovebirds to explore.
3 | Charlotte - Venturesome and Sporty
A bustling city might not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a relaxing getaway. However, with hidden gems like The Duke Mansion, Charlotte is one of the top places to experience some of the best things NC has to offer. The city will present you with adventures of dining, shopping and nightlife, and for the thrill seekers, hop on over to Carowinds for some amusement and fun! Those who want a relaxing, but entertaining experience, make a trip to support your home teams, like the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets, or the Charlotte Knights. Whether you are shopping or cheering, Charlotte is a great place for lovers to bond.
4 | Beaufort - Secluded and romantic
If you want a beach destination that is equally enlightening as it is tranquil, head to the inner banks of North Carolina. Beaufort will allure you with its beauty, and charm your intellectual side with its fascinating history. Beaufort is home to various places to dine on the seaside, seclude away to a beachfront bed and breakfast, or tour the town with an educational or spooky flare (check out The Old Burying Ground Tour). We love this beach destination and believe it to be the perfect place to relax as a newlywed couple.
5 | Raleigh - Lively and Unique
Our state's capital is right in the middle of everything. Be immersed in Carolina Culture with top museums, various parks, and immersive theatres. You and your honey will find exquisite dining throughout downtown, experiencing some of Raleigh’s famous classics and cultures like Raleigh Times, Brewery Bhavana, Beasley’s, and so much more. We say the best part about honeymooning in Raleigh, is always finding something to do at any time of the year. Ready to book your stay? Search one of the many quaint bed and breakfasts (check out the Northshore Lake House) to make your stay quaint in a big city, or immerse yourself into the lively side of Raleigh by staying in one of the many luxury hotels and resorts (like the Marriott Raleigh on fayetteville St.) .
Bonus Find | Bryson City - Intimate and Active
If you are trying to avoid high tourist areas, or big city vibes, Bryson City has just the small town feeling you need. This quiet town located in the Great Smoky Mountains is known for its unique places to stay, distinct shopping, trails to hike and creeks to float through. This mountainous urban area makes you feel like you’re a part of something, yet away from everything. This crazy cute town is one our favorites.