Best Mini ’Moon Ideas Based on Where You Live
Even if you can’t take a two-week trip right after saying “I do,” you’ll want to go somewhere. Each escape here is an easy-to-reach mini ’moon—no matter where you depart from—that feels worlds away from home.
If You’re Leaving From the South
Where to Go: Islamorada, Florida
Why Here: This fishing-focused islet offers a Caribbean-style vibe and is passport-free: The drive from Miami is less than two hours.
Where to Stay: With its white sand and hammock-strung palm trees, the oceanfront Moorings Village & Spa resort is a favorite of fashion and film types. Its 18 cottages (from $359 a night) are cushy and private, but still within biking distance of restaurants. At the 16-suite Casa Morada (from $339 a night), weekend mornings start with yoga; afternoons can be spent in a kayak floating in the hotel’s bay.
Where to Eat: Whether you’re enjoying a fancy dinner at Pierre’s or casual lunch at the Morada Bay Beach Café, the neighboring waterfront spots have it all: sunset views, tiki torches, and fresh fish catches.
Where to Play: Set sail from Casa Morada on a skipjack and learn what Islamorada is really all about: The island’s motto is eat, fish, sleep.
If You’re Trekking From the West Coast
Where to Go: Sonoma, California
Why Here: Napa’s little sister feels youthful and laid-back by comparison, but it’s just as celebrated for food and wine.
Where to Stay: Nearby Farmhouse Inn (from $395 a night) has 25 airy rooms—18 have four-poster beds and soaking tubs—and a new spa featuring deep-tissue massage.
Where to Eat: Between the pimiento cheese–topped burger and the pies on display at the counter, you’ll want to try everything at The Fremont Diner.
Where to Play: Scribe Winery’s smart young vintners underscore its cool, bohemian vibe—and the excellent pinot noirs, chardonnays, and rieslings don’t hurt, either.
If You’re Flying From the East Coast
Where to Go: Provincetown, Massachusetts
Why Here: Cape Cod’s most popular destination is surrounded by Instagram-worthy Atlantic beaches.
Where to Stay: Salt House Inn, a New England B&B (from $160 a night) gone minimalist, is a sunlit 15-roomer run by a couple, one of whom whips up pastries and breakfast burritos each morning.
Where to Eat: Call Art’s Dune Tours to book a romantic picnic of clams, lobster, and corn, with a side of killer sunset views.
Where to Play: Borrow two-wheelers from Ptown Bikes and ride along the Cape Cod National Seashore.
If You’re Departing From a Major U.S. City
Where to Go: Tulum, Mexico
Why Here: Thanks to affordable direct flights to Cancun’s airport, what was once a pre-Columbian walled city is now where everyone hits the beach.
Where to Stay: Be Tulum (from $465 a night) is one of the few boutique hotels in the area with A/C, plus a beach and palm-fringed pool and lounge. The charming 14-room Sueños Tulum embodies a barefoot-on-the-shore vibe (from $220 a night).
Where to Eat: The pork ribs at Hartwood (pictured here) draw crowds, but the restaurant doesn’t take rezzies for groups smaller than eight; arrive between 3 and 6 P.M. to get in for dinner.
Where to Play: Hike to and float down a lazy river in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the largest Mexican Caribbean protected area.