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After the vows, the last dance and the sparkler exit, what’s next? Maybe a romantic honeymoon getaway just doesn’t work with your schedule and budget, or maybe your wedding destination is in a beautiful location and you don’t want to leave quite yet! Introducing, the “Mini-Moon!” For those of you who have never heard of this term, a mini-moon is an abbreviated romantic getaway after your wedding. Instead of jetting off to a honeymoon in a far away place, you can drive a few hours and enjoy a long weekend away as newlyweds without the hassle of taking off more work days and a big expensive honeymoon. The Mini-Moon idea is becoming increasingly popular in the beautiful states of New England – and we know exactly why! New England is becoming a spot for destination weddings, so it’s no surprise why couples are starting to stay in their beautiful state to enjoy a mini-getaway.

Intrigued by the idea? Here are a few Mini-Moon destinations that should be on the top of your list.

The Boathouse at Harraseeket, Maine – Located on the harbor in South Freeport, Maine, less than 30 minutes from the Portland airport, with these cottages you’ll find the quintessential “Downeast” Maine experience typically only found much further north. Situated over the picturesque Harraseeket River which flows into Casco Bay, the Harraseeket Boathouse Cottages, “Heron” and “Osprey,” have been newly appointed and together accommodate up to 10 guests.

Enjoy nearby Freeport with its many fine restaurants. Shop at LL Bean’s flagship complex or the many high-end outlets. Walk to the local lobster pond for a bite, swim or kayak from your own private dock, or just relax and watch the ever changing panorama of Freeport Harbor with its many quaint boats as you let your cares slip away and recall our state’s saying… “Maine… The way life should be.”

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts – Explore the quaint towns of Massachusetts, the most beautiful beaches, and dining options that will knock you off your feet. The Harbor View Hotel & Resort at Martha’s Vineyard offers easy access to the water so you can enjoy quiet time out on the kayaks touring it’s very own marina.  Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect getaway for a romantic and laid-back escape.

Hidden Pond, Maine – Kick off your shoes and make yourself at home at this distinctive Kennebunkport Hotel resort. Relax, rejuvenate, restore. Let the fine sunlight of the Southern Coast of Maine soothe you as you nestle into your own cottage, surrounded by sixty acres of birch groves and balsam firs.

Central to life at the Kennebunkport resort is the Lodge, an Arts and Crafts-inspired Maine getaway lodge and gathering place set amidst the natural landscape. Simple in its elegance, the Lodge features a charming mezzanine, large stone fireplace, soaring ceiling and French doors overlooking the resort’s swimming pool. Don’t miss the Back Porch Bar for the perfect poolside libation. You’ll find plenty of comfortable places here to lounge and gather with family and friends.

The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Rhode Island – The Romance by the Sea Package offered at The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina will make your mini-moon one to remember. Newport is a city of romance, and The Newport is right in the heart of all of it. This package includes champagne & chocolates, indoor & outdoor waterfront dinner, and vouchers to explore the town.

Sterling Ridge Resort, Vermont – For the outdoorsy couple, the mountain views and sweet serenity of the cabins at the Sterling Ridge Resort is just for you. Enjoy scenic back roads in Northern Vermont as you enter the 372 acres of countryside. At this romantic getaway you’ll enjoy a warm, friendly atmosphere, breathtaking views and a the jacuzzi tub.

We’ve been talking about mini-moons since 2011 and are happy to see them coming more and more into vogue. Check out our past post here.

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