When looking at glamorous honeymoon destinations, it's best to not have a lot of budget constraints! It means you are looking for plush accommodations, chic shops, fabulous restaurants, hip nightclubs, and maybe a few celebrities who have chosen the same destination.
Here are seven top honeymoon destinations in the U.S.A.
1. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen has long been famous as a place to see and be seen -- and a perfect spot for honeymoon destinations. Sure, you can find a few reasonably priced accommodations here, but if you really want glamorous ambience, book a room at the St. Regis Resort, the Little Nell, or Aspen’s exclusive hotel, the Sky, where the Beautiful People hang out in the hip new 39 Degrees Bar. Take advantage of the upscale shopping offered in town, and check out popular events like the annual Aspen Celebrity Downhill Weekend (February), when the stars come out to ski; the Food & Wine Magazine Classic (June), featuring some of America’s brightest chefs in a festival of cooking, food sampling, and wine tasting; the famed Aspen Music Festival (June); and the Aspen Filmfest (September), which gives a nod to independent films and honors a distinguished artist.
2. South Beach, Miami, Florida
South Beach is sizzling with glamour. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have visited South Beach for fashion and film shoots, and it remains a popular hangout for stars. From the fabulous Hotel Victor, situated in the Art Deco district and dripping with style, to the National Hotel, another Art Deco gem with a three-level penthouse suite, chic accommodations are just the tip of the iceberg in this famous section of Miami. For upscale dining, don’t miss The Forge, and stay late to experience Glass, the restaurant’s nightclub. If you’re in town in February, get tickets to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. (And yes, there is a beach at South Beach, and it’s one of the best in the country, so if you feel like taking a break from all the action, set up your beach chair and relax!)
3. The Hamptons, Long Island, New York
A honeymoon destination in the Hamptons, located on the east end of Long Island, is glamorous at any time of year (yes, even in winter), but you’ll be more likely to hobnob with the stars in the summer and fall, when many TV shows and movies are filming in the area. The Hampton Classic Horse Show, which is the largest hunter/jumper show in the United States, takes place in August, and The Hamptons International Film Festival happens in October, drawing many famous faces from the entertainment industry. Stay at an elegant bed and breakfast inn like Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, or at one of the other historic lodgings in the area, and you’ll be in a perfect position to visit local wineries, go antiquing, or hang out at the beach. One of the hottest nightlife scenes is at the new Lily Pond in East Hampton, which is the place to see and be seen – make a reservation, or you won’t get in!
4. Beverly Hills, California. Rodeo Drive
The Beverly Hills Hotel. Everyone knows these famous places, and that Beverly Hills is where truly glamorous people stroll the streets in all seasons in sunny Southern California. Take the “In the Footsteps of Celebrities” walking tour offered by the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau to spend a few hours visiting various celebrity hotspots – you might even spot a movie star along the way. The dining in Beverly Hills is unmatchable, from the Crustacean Beverly Hills to old favorites like Spago. Plus, Beverly Hills is located right next to Hollywood, and close enough to L.A. that you can take in the city’s excellent museums, performing arts, gardens, and theme parks.
5. Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia
Buckhead, situated in northern Atlanta, has been called the Beverly Hills of the South, and for good reason. It has five-star hotels (the new Mansion on Peachtree, located in the heart of the Buckhead district, is a trendy choice), elegant restaurants (such as the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead), upscale shopping, and a happening club district. If you’re looking for a quiet retreat in the country, Buckhead probably isn’t for you, but if you like the glamour of the city and having access to all of Atlanta’s cultural offerings, you might find this the perfect honeymoon destination.
6. Park City, Utah
Into skiing? Make Park City your honeymoon destination after a winter wedding. In January, the famous Sundance Film Festival tops the list of events where you can see and be seen, and there’s no telling who you will run into on the slopes. The place is hopping the rest of the year, too, with music, wine, and food festivals. You can book a plush hotel room, a home, or a condo for your stay, and there are plenty of good restaurants and nightclubs (the world-famous Harry O’s is one of the celebrity hotspots). Most of the action centers around Main Street, so be sure to spend some time meandering through the art galleries and designer boutiques, with a stop at one of Park City’s fine dining establishments.
Who would ever think of camping as a glamorous honeymoon destination? Glampers, that’s who! If you’re looking for the perfect combination of glamour and camping, glamping is it. Imagine arriving at your campsite and finding your tent furnished with antiques and Oriental rugs, and imagine that while you are camping out, you’ll have all the comforts of home and more: a bed made with the finest linens, computer access, heat, electricity, fine wines, and a gourmet chef. (No, you don’t even have to clean the fish if you don’t want to!) Glamping companies have sprung up all over the country, so all you have to do is type “glamping” into your favorite search engine and troll for the one that suits you best. Happy honeymooning!