Five hotspots within a short drive.
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A destination doesn’t need to be a flight away to be worthy of your honeymoon. We round up five of the best spots within a seven-hour drive of Wilmington, and share all the details you need to start your honeymoon planning.
St. Michaels, Maryland
Under 2 hours
When it comes to a honeymoon on the water, few places in the Mid-Atlantic can match St. Michaels for its romantic atmosphere. A charming town on the Chesapeake Bay, it reflects its Colonial-era founding with many area homes dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. There’s plenty to do, too, and we aren’t just talking the shops and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, though both are worth a visit.
No trip to the Eastern Shore would be complete without a boat trip. Sail aboard the 1886 Rebecca T. Ruark—the oldest working skipjack on the Chesapeake—cruise on the historic cat boat Selina II, or take a boat tour of the area’s lighthouses. Go on a naturalist-guided ecotour, or rent your own kayak or canoe from one of several local outfitters. You can rent bicycles for pedaling around town, or make the popular ride from St. Michael’s to Oxford, which includes a ferry ride from Bellevue to Oxford.
Country Comfort Farm in St. Michaels offers trail rides through woods and along the waterfront at its 70-acre farm. Couples who golf will enjoy links with a water view at Harbourtowne Golf Resort, which is open for play to visitors, as well as resort guests.
The Inn at Perry Cabin is a luxurious place to spend your honeymoon. Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and National Geographic Traveler have all named it among the top hotels in the country. Other lodging options include St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina and Spa, Five Gables Inn and Spa, and any of a number of unique B&Bs.
Bistro St. Michaels and 208 Talbot are among the top-rated fine dining establishments. For some of that famous Chesapeake crab, go to Crab Claw or St. Michaels Crab and Steak House.
For help planning your trip, visit www.stmichaelsmd.org and www.tourtalbot.org.
The Lodge at Woodloch
Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
Back in the day, the Pocono Mountains were a popular honeymoon destination. That was before airline travel became affordable to all—and before the Poconos got sunk by a reputation for tacky champagne-glass hot tubs and round beds with mirrored ceilings. But these days, the Poconos are enjoying a rebirth, thanks to elegant new resorts like the Lodge at Woodloch, a luxury destination spa in Hawley, Pennsylvania, that opened in 2006.
Floor-to-ceiling windows afford sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, private 15-acre lake, woodlands and gardens, which is all beautiful in any season. Ospreys, bald eagles and heron make their homes in the area. There are the usual fitness, yoga and meditation classes, with exertion levels that vary from “boot camp” to “yoga for restful sleep.” Woodloch also offers hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and fishing. In addition, Woodloch boasts a library, art gallery, chef’s kitchen for cooking demos, and an art studio that offers classes in painting, photography and pottery.
The spa’s Aquagarden includes an indoor pool, co-ed soaking pools with heated hydromassage waterfalls, and an outdoor, horizon-edge whirlpool designed for year-round use. The full-range of salon and body treatments includes the perfect splurge for honeymooners: an exfoliation, aromatherapy bath and side-by-side full-body massages.
You might never want to leave the spa, but if you do, there are romantic sights to be seen in the area, including Bushkill Falls (about 45 minutes away), billed as the Niagara of Pennsylvania. During the winter, there’s plenty of downhill skiing at nearby resorts.
For more information, visit www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com.
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