Honestly? We hate the word “staycation.” That said, there are times when you just can’t get out of town and, for some couples, that includes their honeymoon. Here are six tips for planning a hometown honeymoon that's worthy of your newlywed status.
1. Splurge on a honeymoon hotel.
Just because you’re not traveling far doesn’t mean that your honeymoon can't feel special. Spend what you can to create an experience that feels far beyond your typical weekend in town. The first step to creating that experience is decamping to a local hotel you love. Perhaps you've had dinner or drinks on site, but never checked in, because why would you when you live so close? This is the perfect opportunity to book it!
2. Make some special dinner reservations.
We don’t care how much you love it — this is not the time to just go to your local fave! Plan ahead to eat at some of the most elegant special occasion restaurants in town. Just be sure to book well in advance so that you get the time you want on the night you want to dine there.
3. Spread the word.
Don’t be embarrassed about telling everyone it’s your honeymoon — it's a special, celebratory time and you're likely to get a few extra perks. You might get an upgrade at your hotel, if there are suites available, or perhaps they'll send up some flowers or bubbly. Likewise, let any restaurants you're going to dine at know that you’re celebrating your honeymoon and they may send out a little something extra from the kitchen. Ask in advance for an especially quiet, private table — one with a view, if that's an option.
4. Think big.
Sure, you’ve probably been to your local art museum and the nearby zoo. But maybe you haven’t been to their nighttime cocktail hours or other special events. Check the websites of the cultural organizations in your area for seasonal or special events that you might otherwise miss when you’re focusing on work, family and friends. Make plans to explore your city as if you were an out-of-town guest – what haven't you seen or done before?
5. Book some spa treatments.
Nothing says “unwind” like a massage. Ask for a couples’ treatment if they’re available, and set aside extra time to soak in the hot tub or chill out in the sauna, if that's an option. Our advice: Pick a spa that does have some extra amenities that are in a co-ed area, rather than the locker rooms, so you and your new hubby can spend that time together.
6. Turn off the clock.
Don't forget that even though you’re close to home you’re still on vacation! Plan to, well, plan less than usual. For once, don’t set an alarm. Just allow yourselves to sleep in, relax by the pool or read on the porch — that's what R&R is all about, after all.
Sherri Eisenberg is the Editor-in-Chief of ShermansCruise.com, a new deals, reviews and advice site just for cruisers.