Honeymooning after the wedding has been a tradition since the 19th century. The reasons may have changed over the decades, but it’s still a time to celebrate the marriage and spend time together after the buildup of the wedding festivities.
“A couple needs time away to take a breath and realize that this is their new life together and all of the wedding stress, excitement and anticipation is over,” said Angela Recinella, owner of Planned to Perfection Events. “Now it’s about beginning their life together. It is a great opportunity for the couple to enjoy each other’s company without anyone interfering.”
Various situations can get in the way of couples planning a traditional honeymoon right after the wedding. Sometimes a couple doesn’t have the luxury of time or money to take a destination honeymoon. Other couples have a special trip planned later in the year. No matter your situation, a few nights away after you say, “I do” is essential.
The honeymoon can be simple or luxurious, depending on your preferences. These Charlotte destinations make it easy to enjoy local fare and activities:
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., (704) 248-4000
The Ballantyne offers a resort-style honeymoon. Newlyweds have the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea, a guided artwork tour, golf at the 18-hole PGA course, unwind with a couple’s massage or relax at one of the pools. Several options for meals are available on-site.
Guests can venture out for dinner or activities, the Ballantyne neighborhood offers shopping, movies, restaurants, walking trails and local restaurants. Visit Terrace Café or Sunflour Baking Company for a light meal or Grape & Agave for a romantic evening.
Weekend rates begin at $259 per night.
237 N. Tryon St., (704) 332-4141
The Dunhill Hotel is a historic hotel in Uptown Charlotte. It’s known for its outstanding service, elegantly decorated period rooms with lavish bedding. With elegant marble bathrooms, decadent Thymes bath amenities and cozy robes, couples may never want to leave.
Continue the wedding romance at the hotel’s popular restaurant, The Asbury. It offers responsibly sourced Southern food with modern, often global, seasonings and flavors. Take a self-guided tour of the local art museums and parks. Refuel at Amélie’s French Bakery & Café with a delectable pastry.
Rates range from $179-$399 per night.
400 Hermitage Rd., (704) 714-4400
The Duke Mansion is a hidden gem tucked away in the Myers Park neighborhood. Guests are treated to a hot breakfast buffet each morning. Special amenities such as an in-room massage, private catered meal prepared by the chef or a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful gardens are available at an additional cost.
Guests may visit local restaurants like Napa at Providence, Stagioni and Aix en Provence. Relax at the city’s signature park, Freedom Park, take in a movie or visit a coffee shop.
Rates range from $199-$359 per night.
303 S. Church St., (704) 445-2626
Uptown’s Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel overlooks Romare Bearden Park and BB&T Ballpark. The hotel will personalize the experience for guests, but newlyweds are always treated to champagne and chocolates.
Stay on property for dinner at Angeline’s, the Italian inspired modern American restaurant, and drinks at Merchant & Trade, the 19th floor rooftop bar and lounge with stunning views of uptown. Take advantage of the fourth-floor fitness center with connected outdoor yoga deck. Tour uptown on bicycles available free for guests.
Rates range from $159-$259 per night, depending on the day of the week.
1122 E. Morehead St., (704) 376-3357
The Dilworth neighborhood is home to The Morehead Inn, a historic inn with a carriage house and twelve private guest rooms. Relax in the courtyard, patio or in front of the fireplace in the library. Each morning, enjoy a traditional southern breakfast in the dining room with fresh pastries baked on site, Belgian waffles and other hot foods made to order.
Take advantage of what the Dilworth neighborhood has to offer. Rent a bicycle and ride Little Sugar Creek Greenway through Freedom Park, stop at local shops and eat at Duck Donuts, 300 East or one of the other locally owned restaurants.
Rates range from $150-$200 per night, depending on the day of the week.
201 E. Trade St., (704) 547-2244
The Ritz-Carlton location in Uptown Charlotte treats newlyweds to luxury accommodations with celebratory champagne and crisp white linens decorated with a rose petal turndown. Take the wine blending class at Hidden Wine. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the hotel’s BLT Steak and a drink at The Punch Room. Grab a decadent dessert from Bar Cocoa.
Venture outside the hotel for a horse and carriage ride or stroll through Romare Bearden Park. Luce, McNinch House, Fig Tree, Bentley’s on 27 and Bernardin’s Fine Dining are within walking distance or a ride in the house car.
Rates begin at $399 per night, depending on the day of the week.
301 Bay St., Monroe, (704) 283-4208
For adventurous couples, Treehouse Vineyards has two tree houses available for the perfect honeymoon get-away. Papa’s Dream is a fully furnished treehouse with a deck overlooking the pond and vineyard grounds. Horsefeathers Hideaway is a secluded treehouse in the woods with a running creek beside it. The vineyard hosts music, wine tasting and vineyard tours year-round.
Head to the shops and cafés in Waxhaw and Monroe, all a short drive from the vineyards. Check out Southern Range Brewing Co. in Monroe or kayak at Cane Creek Park in Waxhaw.
Rates range from $125-$350 per night, depending on the day of the week and season.