Honeymoons don’t have to involve pricey flights and days of air travel. There are plenty of regional destinations that provide all the amenities and romance that newlyweds could want—and they happen to require just a tank of gas.
Where to Stay
Enjoy the historic charm of St. Augustine at the Casa Monica Resort & Spa, which features a couple’s massage, access to Serenata Beach Club and on-site dining, making it the perfect haven from the bustle of the historic city.
The Collector Inn provides a romantic getaway along the historic streets of St. Augustine. The inn spans nine historic buildings and features 30 guest rooms, a European Continental breakfast, a heated outdoor pool, bicycles and a cozy, rustic bar serving craft cocktails and light bites.
Where to Eat
In an original structure from the 1800s, Preserved occupies the old house of Thomas Jefferson’s granddaughter. As for their menu, Preserved is dedicated to serving locally inspired dishes with ingredients from area farmers as they strive to preserve Southern heritage.
With a Peruvian chef, Llama pulls from the bold flavors of South American cuisine to bring a foreign dining experience to the streets of St. Augustine. The modern, flavorful menu offers classics such as ceviche and ají, complete with an extensive wine list, beer and innovative cocktails.
Reminiscent of the 1920s, Prohibition Kitchen is a modern speakeasy with upscale gastropub fair, handspun milkshakes, cast-iron desserts and a full bar. Crave is a food truck specializing in convenient, healthy food, such as smoothies, bowls and wraps, that will fill you up for a day of exploring historic Old St. Augustine with your one true love.
What to Do
Start off on St. George Street for a day full of local shopping, eating and exploration. From antique stores to books and music, Old St. Augustine’s shopping appeals to everyone with savory eats and sweet treats along the way.
Tour Whetstone Chocolates of St. Augustine to learn what you should look for when picking out chocolate and other trade secrets. Perhaps the best part, the tour provides chocolate tastings to help with the learning experience.
The Ice Plant Bar brings the 20th century to present day with local ingredients and precise measurements to unique cocktails. Each drink comes with a special type of ice carved from the Ice Plant’s 300 lb. block.
Venture from the historic district to enjoy a day at St. Augustine Beach, a roughly 15-minute drive over the Bridge of Lions.