Monday, December 31, 2007

The rise of the "Mini-Moon"

Ok so this idea isn't exactly on the cutting edge, but the "Mini-Moon" or shortened honeymoon concept is definitely gaining popularity both with our clients and across the industry. For many reasons, couples are not afforded the luxury of lengthly or expensive honeymoons, so introduce the shortened get-away, maybe a few nights, maybe a few hours away, to escape to a miniature oasis, a seclusion from your everyday world.

Well I happen to love these types of vacations. My husband and I just returned from Newport, a favorite childhood destination of mine as I was given a gift by former clients, Kristin and Michael to stay at the lovely The Admiral Fitzroy Inn right on Thames Street, and walking distance to all of the shops and restaurants.

We have a fabulous time, for December the days were warm and sunny, the shops and restaurants were bustling with holiday excitement, the chowder was as good as ever, and the mansions were absolutely glorious. Of course, if all of that activity isn't up your alley, the Fountain Spa next door to the inn is sure to delight.

So maybe Newport isn't your ideal "Mini-Moon" destination. I have a few others up my sleeve that are sure to please. I absolutely love visiting Manchester, Vermont. Any time of year is a wonderful retreat.

While both The Equinox and The Reluctant Panther (my favorite room, the "Florist Suite" shown above) are highly regarded, I happen to love the charm and pure luxury that the Reluctant Panther affords. The restaurants at each are delectable, but regardless of where you choose to stay, I recommend dining at both.

If summer weather brings you to Vermont, hiking, biking, boating and outdoor activities abound. If it is winter weather that warms your heart, Manchester is close to many of the major ski areas, particularly Stratton Mountain. Of course, the Manchester Outlets are a hot spot no matter what time of year and very close by to both of the hotels I mentioned above.

So maybe heading out of state seems like too much trouble. Connecticut offers so many options as well. My all time favorite, including their restuarant is The Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, Connecticut.

I honestly can not think of a better Connecticut locale than this to retreat to even for the most discerning of travelers. The best time of year to venture to the Litchfield Hills is the peak of the fall foliage season. The landscape is so serene, the antique shopping is at it's best, and the wineries are fully operational, as it is the harvest season. My favorite in the area is The Hopkins Vineyard which overlooks Lake Waramaug.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to share with you a few of my favorite spots, and while I am no travel agent, I definitely encourage you to consider the concept of the "Mini-Moon" if escaping the realities of everyday life for the traditional one or two week honeymoon just isn't a reality for you!
Do you have a favorite nearby destination you would love to share? I would love to hear about it!


  1. awesome post!! Justin & I actually took a mini-moon right after the wedding because we were speaking in NYC and only had a few days. We went to Stowe,VT which is one of the most adorable places ever (we've actually gone there every October we've been together). Then two weeks later we took our real honeymoon. It was so great to have that time to catch up on sleep before taking the big trip.


  2. Thanks for stopping by Mary! Agreed, we love Stowe as well. Hiking Mt. Mansfield in the Summer or skiing Stowe in the winter. It is really a great year-round mini-moon destination.

  3. wow! What a nice treat they gave you! It looked so cozy and sounds very inviting...lucky ducks! ;o)