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Do you and your husband-to-be consider yourself major foodies? Then plan a honeymoon that reflects your tastes — literally! You don't have to eat your way through Italy or escape to the south of France to enjoy a honeymoon filled with good food and wine, either. With tons of incredible eateries and even better wine right here in the U.S., you can plan a foodie's dream escape, no passport required!
If you Instagram more food pics than selfies, go to Savannah.
Dripping in Spanish moss and southern charm, this Georgia city has almost as many award-winning chefs as it does local characters. From Brian and Jennifer Huskey's brunch mecca, B. Matthew's, to Roberto Leoci's Leoci's Trattoria, Savannah knows how to do haute comfort good. And down-home fare too; don't miss the fried chicken at Mrs. Wilkes. After you've stuffed yourselves silly, check in at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, a Victorian manor with a Lalique chandelier in the lobby and multicourse feasts at the in-house restaurant, 700 Drayton, a popular wedding spot.
Doubles from $199, Mansion Forsyth Park
If you love wine, try Sonoma.
Think Tuscany without the transatlantic commute. Just an hour outside of San Francisco, Napa's quieter cousin is all rolling hills, bucolic vineyards, and rustic farmhouses. It's also bigger than the state of Rhode Island, which means that honeymooners who comes here to sip and spa have plenty of room to roam. Some of the best wines in the world come from the 400-plus wineries, making daily tastings a must. When you need a break, there's always sunning on a seal-dotted beach, wandering the lavender-scented farmer's markets, ziplining through a redwood forest, or devouring plates of local oysters and duck at Sebastopol's French Garden Restaurant, where most ingredients are grown on the owner's organic farm. Your homestead? Farmhouse Inn, just outside Healdsburg, where you can sleep in a sumptuous, airy renovated barn.
Doubles from $595, Farm House Inn
Looking for an escape a little more off the beaten path? Be the first of your friends to visit these wine regions.
Columbia Valley, Washington: Oregon's Williamette Valley may get most of the press, but its neighbor to the north has award-winning wines and gorgeous scenery (waterfalls! rivers!) to spare. Hit Walla Walla Vintners for its big cabernet francs and lush merlots and J. Bookwalter for its red blends and outdoor seating — perfect for tastings with a view.
Hill Country, Texas: Vineyards in the Lone Star State? Believe it. And there are enough delish vintages to add a wine-tasting tour to your Texas-honeymoon to-do list. Try Bending Branch, with its award-winning cabernet sauvignons, and Becker Vineyards, with a cab and a chardonnay that have been served at the White House.
North Fork, Long Island: Just two hours outside of New York City and a quick shot from the Hamptons, this area has become a destination in its own right, and many of its wines are served in NYC's hottest eateries. Toast your trip with Paumanok's sparkling blanc de blanc, Croteaux's rosé, or Bedell's Musée, a red blend that racks up awards year after year.